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La Colombe Espresso Bar

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La Colombe Espresso Bar

BGRose | Aug 26, 2007 08:05 AM

Had the pleasure of going to the newly opened La Colombe espresso bar at 319 Church St (one block south of Canal). Serving the "high-end" coffee of a Philadelphia-based roaster, it's a classic espresso shop very much in the Roman mold--no special flavorings, iced coffees, etc. Atmosphere is classically Italian as well, with attentive baristas, carefully prepared drinks, and a management staff that seems European in dress and manner. The coffee is supposedly served at places like Le Bernadin and other "4-star" establishments (which is not something necessarily worth bragging about, since I've rarely found good coffee at any pricey restaurant--they simply don't have the time or inclination to prepare it properly and generally seem to go for the Illy pod approach). Nevertheless, I found both the espresso and decaf lattes quite good, with a strong, pleasantly sharp flavor. Drinks are beautifully presented by some of the most professional baristas in New York (none of whom, oddly enough, are covered from finger to shoulder in tatoos). The place is well worth visiting, if only to sample is comfortably austere vibe and its B+ espresso. Still, Joe's the art of coffee has nothing to worry about--its Barrington Roaster beans are in a class of their own.

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