La Colombe Serves Up Cold Brew Coffee in Vintage Soda Machine

New meets old with La Colombe's updated nostalgia

La Colombe's cold brew machine, made from a vintage soda vintage machine.

Old soda machines, cold brew coffee and local cafes all have their places in the pantheon of hipness. Now, Philadelphia-based coffee roaster, La Colombe Torrefaction, is installing cold brew coffee machines into select cafes that are made from refurbished vintage soda machines.

The machine, which debuted at the Noho location in New York last year, is a way for the company to bridge its love for the modern with the vintage. Instead of resembling the bland soda machines of today, this machine has curved edges, vintage-style white lettering, and the company’s trademark white dove. While the machine functions more for looks than for function — it doesn’t take coins or bills — customers reportedly loved it. Doug Wolfe, New York retail manager for La Colombe NYC, told New York Magazine, “People start acting like kids around it.”

If you’re itching to get a glimpse of the retro machine, head down to La Colombe’s Noho location at 400 Lafayette Street. A 12-ounce bottle of cold brew concentrate (called pure black) will cost you $3. The iced coffee, made from their favorite Corsica coffee blend, isn’t diluted; La Colombe that promises you “cocoa tones and sweet goodness” with each cup.

Whether you enjoy it black over ice or cut with milk, coolness never tasted so good.