Rapha SF

San Francisco – known for its excellent coffee, steep hills, and fierce two wheeled cyclists. Now, you can add Rapha’s mobile store & cafe to the city’s cycling cred. Our friends at Four Barrel have them covered on the coffee side. Yes, my SF friends, this is where messenger hipsters may finally share a drink with roadies.

From Rapha:

The Rapha Cycle Club returns to North American soil this summer in San Francisco.  Launching with the start of the Giro d’ Italia, the San Francisco Cycle Club will be the meeting place for any cyclist passionate about riding, racing and the culture of cycling. The Cycle Club will feature live coverage of both Grand Tours, a complete library of cycling magazines and books, weekly group rides, an evolving gallery of cycling photography and ephemera, and the full offering of Rapha products. Just 10 minutes ride from the Golden Gate Bridge, and with a steady schedule of unique cycling events planned — including weekly showings of great cycling films — the SF Cycle Club should be a hub for every rider this summer.

As you should expect in San Francisco, the coffee and food at the Cycle Club will have terrific character. Featuring, Four Barrel Coffee, and sweet and savory goodness from the Tell Tale Preserve Company, the Cycle Club is an ideal start or finish for group rides.

A full schedule of events coming soon.


2198 Filbert (x. Fillmore)
San Francisco, CA 94123




  • May 5 – July 31


  • Monday–Friday: 7am to 7pm
  • Saturday–Sunday: 7am to 6pm

Note: Open earlier on big Giro and Tour stages with live coverage.

Roasted & Toasted

Of course we don’t mean to be a tease, but we are pretty excited for the Cuvee party coming up Saturday of  SCAA.  I mean, what more do you need – 20 taps, awesome event space (see link below) and most likely some pretty cool coffee geeks.


There will be 2 raffle items: a La Marzocco MP GS/3 and a Mahlkonig K30; proceeds benefiting Houston’s Ronald McDonald House.

The doors will close at 400 people, so “fashionably late” probably won’t work so well – see ya at 6:30.


Guinness World Record: Most espressos made in 1 hour

This past month, at the London Coffee Festival, the London Belle Baristas’ team broke the Guinness World Record for producing the most espressos made in one hour. Using 31 commercial espresso machines (La Marzocco’s included) they produced 12,005 espressos at a rate of 3.33 espresso shots per second!

The official record was held by a Polish barista team with 3,386 shots, and then an unofficial world record was claimed by a team from Brisbane, Australia making 5,061 espressos. All of this barely even compares to the new record of 4x the amount – congrats London Belle Baristas!

Ipsento Coffee’s Customization

This photo was sent to us from Chicago’s well respected, independent Ipsento Coffee. There’s a variety of creative customization currently out there, but no one can deny the beauty of this wood paneled Linea EE with exposed groups. We are honored that Ipsento has used our platform to create such an awesome dream machine! Read more…

Strada EP Special Edition

Ok the secret’s been out for a while now so here’s a sneak peek into the Strada EP Special Edition that will debut at SCAA Houston.


Beyond Electronic

The La Marzocco engineers did not stop at the jog wheel programming, quick temperature change, and real-time temperature, pressure, and chrono readouts. Thanks to feedback from leading baristas from around the world, the new Strada EP Special Edition is taking it to a whole new level.


Android Inside

With the near ubiquity of smartphones, the technology has surely trickled down. For the first time ever in the coffee industry, La Marzocco has incorporated a touch screen interface and Android operating system.

1 GHz proprietary ARM processor
8 GB internal memory
Android 2.4 Gingerbread (with custom user interface)
Mini audio jack out
USB 2.0
Wifi 802.11n
Pressure Profiling is Only The Beginning
A barista has more than pulling quality shots to worry about. What about the numerous emails that s/he must answer in the name of coffee quality? With Android, checking your Gmail is now possible. Through Gmail, it is also just as easy to transfer pressure profile settings from machine to machine.


Apps & More
Built in apps include Music, Messaging, Google Talk, and Marketplace. At SCAA launch, the graphical user interface for pressure profiling will be available as a companion app. New apps will soon follow.