Useless Bay Coffee Co.

What do you do with a Useless Bay? Make coffee, of course! Located in the scenic town of Langley, WA (on the southern tip of Whidbey Island), Useless Bay Coffee produces some of the finest coffees on the island.

Running in the Ragnar Relay Race from Blaine to Langley, I had to plan my caffeine intake so that I can swing by Useless Bay Coffee after my final run. That meant I had to run at 5:30am without coffee. Needless to say, I was grumpy. Good thing by the time I had their coffee, it made me feel all the wait was well worth it.

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Alterra Coffee

Special 80th anniversary edition La Marzocco FB80 at Alterra’s Humboldt Ave HQ.

Our friends at Alterra Coffee has been producing extraordinary specialty coffee in Milwaukee and vicinity since 1993. With 12 stores and great baristas, Alterra’s rockin! Thanks, Scott!

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Lucey’s La Marzocco GS3 on which he made hundreds of his signature drink for Alterra customers after winning the 2009 Great Lakes Regional Barista Competition.

The French Press, Santa Barbara via Verve Coffee Roasters

New La Marzocco GB/5 in Santa Barbara (thanks to Verve Coffee Roasters):

Baca and the new GB/5 at The French Press in Santa Barbara
Baca and the new GB/5 at The French Press in Santa Barbara

New GB/5 serial number 2561’s home is on the bar at The French Press in Santa Barbara, California. Since its birth in Florence, “Roberto” (GB/5 #2561) knew greatness was instore… During it’s long sea voyage Roberto wondered what its future may hold, little did it know it would be called upon to bring specialty coffee to the entire city of Santa Barbara. After arriving in America and taking many long truck trips, Roberto had his box uncovered to find himself on sunny State Street in Santa Barbara. Now he is happy and shiny, making macchiatos in the sunshine. Roberto would like to thank the fine people at La Marzocco USA, Verve Coffee Roasters, and The French Press for letting him juice the finest beans in high style!

Outpost Lounge, Brooklyn, NY via Cafemakers

Rockin the 2AV in Brooklyn….

Outpost Lounge in Brooklyn and their La Marzocco Linea 2AV (thanks, Andrew of Cafemakers).

Thank you!

Thanks to everybody who sent us best wishes and compliments last week, whether via walk-in, phone, email, or blog comment. We’ve had a great first week as La Marzocco USA and continue to ask for your patience as we work through this transition from Franke Coffee Systems North America, Inc.

Official La Marzocco USA Transition Announcement

Dear La Marzocco Customers:

Effective Monday, July 13, 2009, all La Marzocco product sales and technical, training, and warranty support will be operated by La Marzocco USA, a sister company of La Marzocco s.r.l. La Marzocco USA will offer the highest quality espresso equipment with the customer support and satisfaction you expect from La Marzocco. While we will work diligently to make the transition as seamless as possible, we ask you for your patience, as we work through this change. La Marzocco USA looks forward to serving all customers and baristas in the specialty coffee community.


The La Marzocco USA Team



What is the new La Marzocco contact information?

The contact information below will be effective July 13, 2009. Please visit the La Marzocco USA website and blog for most recent updates.

La Marzocco USA
1553 NW Ballard Way
Seattle, WA 98107
Phone: 206.706.9104
Fax: 206.706.9106

Joe Monaghan, President and VP of Sales, x102, joe(at)
Brenna Worthen, Machine Orders & Customer Service, x110, brenna(at)
John Blackwell, Operations, x105, john(at)
Kevin Colello, Parts Orders, x104, kevin(at)
Roger Wittmann, Technical Support, x111, roger(at)
Jacob Ellul-Blake, R&D, x107, jacob(at)
Jack Kuo Marketing, x108, jack(at)
Luke Steitz, Warehouse and Logistics, x109, luke(at)
Tracie Luthi, Accounting, x112, tracie(at)

How will customers be affected?

All customers will retain pricing and terms as they are currently established with Franke Coffee Systems North America, Inc. However, all customers on credit will be asked to submit a new credit application to La Marzocco USA.

What products will La Marzocco USA offer?

La Marzocco USA will be the exclusive U.S. distributor of La Marzocco espresso equipment and parts, Jet Steam coffee equipment, and Malykke coffee grinders. In addition, Mazzer espresso grinders will be offered.