Todd Carmichael is an American entrepreneur, adventure traveler, philanthropist, television personality, author, inventor, producer, and the CEO & co-founder for Philadelphia-based La Colombe.
When Todd Carmichael and J.P. Iberti met at a grunge concert in Seattle in the 1980s, they were an unlikely pair. But they shared a love for great coffee, and the two friends began to dream about opening a cafe and premium roastery that would produce coffee at a higher quality than anything available in the U.S. at the time. A few years later, Todd and J.P. co-founded La Colombe Coffee Roasters in Philadelphia, and went on to play a leading role in the "third wave" of specialty coffee in the U.S. Today, their coffee drinks are widely available in grocery stores all over the country.
KREM's Ian Smay speaks with La Colombe CEO Todd Carmichael about the Penn. school district that initially rejected his donation to pay off school lunch debt and his upbringing in Spokane.
Think you’re addicted to coffee? Your habit probably pales in comparison to Teddy Roosevelt's — he supposedly drank a gallon a day. In this episode Marc meets up with La Colombe co-founder Todd Carmichael, a thrill-seeker who travels the world in search of rare coffee beans. He's also joined by Illy’s Master Barista Giorgio Milos to learn about the complex harvesting process and pick up some tips on how to brew the perfect cup at home. Learn more about your ad-choices at
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Aug 30th, 1963
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1 hour, 40 minutes
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