Coffee magnate Todd Carmichael—founder of La Colombe and host of Dangerous Grounds on Travel Channel—reached out to Eater on his way home from shooting an episode in Nepal with some big news.
"Just back from Nepal. We're sourcing some new origin beans and shooting an episode here," Carmichael told Eater. "Just signed a new locale in DC, which is pretty cool, and just finishing agreements for two more, one in Philly, and another in NYC."
Carmichael told Eater that the cafe in D.C. will be located in the Shaw neighborhood, the one in NYC will land in Midtown, and in Philly they're setting up in Fishtown. But, these won't be your run-of-the-mill La Colombe storefronts.
"Each will be the next generation of cafes with cupping centers, labs, cutting edge brewing equipment and cool coffee kits," Carmichael said. "And, the Fishtown shop will be leading the way with a full on distillery for our normally private spirits. We're licensed to make our own rum, and we're starting production on that now."
Carmichael didn't set a timeline for the release of their spirits, but they're already doing some tastings, so it shouldn't be too far off. Stay tuned.