Cup a Joe à la La Colombe / by Tony Chung

La Colombe, best cup a joe + style watching spot in Manhattan.

Some people go to the gym 2-3 times a week.  This is my gym.  Meet La Colombe, a coffee shop situated in Noho on Lafeyette.  No fancy, no bullshit vibe and the most swag baristas you'll find in NYC.  Their coffee is made from earth conscious ethically traded beans.  That's all great, but for me, the coffee is not what has me coming back day after day.  It's the mugs ...and the people.  I never get take-out at this spot.  Always get it in the mug (see below photo).  Something about that mug just brings out the soul of the coffee.  And the people...  Beanies seem to be a prerequisite for working as a barista here.  That and facial scruff.  Big fan of both, so.. yea.  Speaking of people, I met Malcom Galdwell here once, we talked about his upcoming book at the time, amazing dude with great taste (obviously).  Point being people who come here (generally) have a good taste.  Great variety of styles walking in at any given moment.

And finally the interior design... Just look at that circular arrangement of ceiling lights!  And the slabs of wood...  And that gigantic vent tube apparatus thing running adjacent to the ceiling.  It's just perfect...

Oh and did I mention a cup a joe here is $2.50 flat?  Like I said, perfect. 

I die for these mugs.  So much character...

You'd better not apply for a job here if you can't pull off a beanie.  I constantly find myself picking up fashion tips from these baristas...

Click to enlarge.  A quick style check from the entrance.