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The story of La Colombe Coffee Roasters: Todd Carmichael and J.P. Iberti (1 hour podcast)

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.

La Colombe started out as one shop in a run-down part of Philadelphia. Today you can find its cold brew cans in tons of convenience stores across the U.S. And the company is now valued at around a billion dollars, but to get there was a long slow grind. J.P. Iberti was born in southern France where his dad ran a business supplying fresh meat and produce to restaurants, but Todd grew up literally and figuratively half a world away in Eastern Washington State, where a lot of times his mom struggled to put food on the table.

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