WHERE IT STARTED
Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti founded La Colombe on a simple but profound premise: America Deserves Better Coffee. By sourcing and roasting with care, and borrowing on ancient and modern coffee traditions from around the world, the two have built a successful company and an elevated coffee experience for Americans. Through 20 years of hard work and innovation, the two have made sure that experience is shared in cafes and homes across the country.
CEO and Co-Founder
Todd Carmichael has lived and breathed coffee for over three decades. By pressing the limits of taste, service, and most notably, coffee sourcing – visiting the world’s developing countries to responsibly gather the planet’s best coffee – Todd has converted the nation’s culinary elite into La Colombe drinkers. Along the way, he has made his company the country’s leading coffee roaster while managing it philanthropically.
President and Co-Founder
JP Iberti is the craftsman behind the company's urban-industrial café spaces, and artisan breads and pastries. Trained in a classical Italian café setting and transplanted into Seattle’s emergent 1980s coffee scene, JP became entranced with the craft of roasting coffees beautifully. He abandoned an early career as a pilot to pursue the other machine that fascinated him—the coffee roaster. To this day, JP says that roasting coffee requires many of the same skills—attention, care, finesse—required to properly operate an aircraft.