The Western Regional Canadian Barista Champion

Congrats to Rob Kettner of Fernwood Coffee from Victoria, BC!

Back to the Future: La Marzocco USA

It’s hard to believe it’s been ONE YEAR since we, La Marzocco USA, restarted the business and regained LM distribution in the USA from a not to be named, massively orange logoed,  superautomatic espresso machine company.

For those newer to the industry or never quite got the whole story, here’s a recap of how Kent Bakke and La Marzocco came to be and, along the way, helped to establish the specialty coffee industry that we now know today:

So who is La Marzocco USA now?

  • Kent Bakke, CEO: Friendliest guy you’ll ever meet. Depository of all things espresso and Italy. Human directory of all coffee people.
  • Joe Monaghan, President: The leader of the pack. Loves pizza and nougats.
  • John Blackwell, Tech Guy: If it’s mechanical, he knows how to fix it. Builds race cars, too.
  • Mike Lanz, Western US Sales: He’s the tall, goofy guy in the crowd. No, that one.
  • Michael DelGatto, Eastern US Sales: Total foodie. Easily makes restaurant worthy food.
  • Roger Wittmann, Tech Support: If only callers can see his big poofy hair. Highly technical in espresso machinery, as well as bikes.
  • Jack Kuo, Marketing: Too much for this blog. Remains in the shadows.
  • Brenna Worthen, Machine Orders: If you call in, chances are that’s her on the line.
  • Connie Marquardt, Controller: Decides who gets paid or not.
  • Kevin Colello, Parts: Takes parts orders, packs said parts, ships, repeat.
  • Andy Stazel, Parts: He’s really really really tall.
  • Luke Steitz, Logistics: Likes a neat, organized warehouse. He’s really around because we like his dog, Melody, the company mascot.

The Other London Cafes

During WBC London/Cafe Culture last month, this map must have come in handy for all those who attended and had time to explore. Sadly, I did not have the privilege nor luck of attending. So it was even more of a disappointment for me to see this from NY Times about London Bike Cafes(clearly, coffee and cycling takes up most of my attention span and non-work hours):

Look Mum No Hands in Shoreditch (photo from NY Times)

The cafes listed:

I have no idea as to the quality of coffee (or even espresso machine) they serve. However, the prospect of two of my favorite things in this world together in one place is enough to get me excited. Besides, I’ve always dared to dream to drink a cup of coffee while riding with no hands, screaming “look mum no hands!” (in a British accent, no less).

On the States side, there’s a handful of bike cafes (of course there can always be more). These are the ones that I know but please feel free to let me know of ones that I’ve missed.

If you cared about this to read the post this far, you’ve probably already have heard about Lance out of GC contention at TdF. Such being the case, two words: Go Schleck!

Third Wave on ABC Nightline

More mainstream media coverage on the burgeoning Third Wave movement. This time from ABC’s Nightline, featuring NYC’s Blue Bottle, Stumptown, and Bluebird.

Seriously, how many more times are these type of reports gonna compare Third Wave coffee to Sanka or Foldgers?

NYC Coffee

NYC is known for great food but their coffee was only as good as its urban fragrance exhibited in the subways during the peak summertime heat. That is, until in the recent years, when major roasters and key local coffee heroes paved the way for specialty coffee.

This is, of course, not news. But I am here to show you some delicious pictures of coffee and food from our adventures in NYC during LMOOB NYC last month:

Unfortunately it was only last weekend that the super upscale (read: expensive) cycling clothing brand Rapha opened their “pop up” store on Bowery. Filled with various cycling memorabilia and paraphernalia (wake up, Eddie Merckx fans!), the store is also interesting that they’re streaming Tour de France live (what better way to watch 60 pro riders fall all over spilled motor oil?) AND they have a built in coffee shop, courtesy of Third Rail Coffee and Stumptown. So next time you’re in Manhattan and want a pair of Team Issue Bib Shorts to go along with your cortado, swing by Rapha on 352 Bowery.

Of course there are a number of other notable coffee establishments in NYC but, due to limitations in time, I wasn’t able to swing by (Joe, Bluebird), forgot to take pictures (Blue Bottle, Gimme, Grumpy), or wasn’t open just yet (Caffetteria).

Lastly, what better way to end this mini slide show with the 3 amigos singing and playing guitars on #7 en route to Queens?

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