La Marzocco Cafe News: June- Thank you Toby’s Estate and Madcap Coffee Preview

For the past month, the Seattle community has had the opportunity to experience a taste of Toby’s Estate Coffee, our current roaster at the La Marzocco Cafe. We’d like to thank everyone at Toby’s who has worked so hard to make their residence a reality. Aaron Owens, Director of Coffee at Toby’s, played a huge role in organizing the residence, training our staff, as well as being present to teach several classes and we are very grateful to him! Thanks also to Chloe Langman and Angelika Garcia, both Educators at Toby’s, for teaching classes and hosting cuppings. We’ve felt the passion and respect for specialty coffee that Toby’s represents, and it’s been an honor having them at the Cafe. Their menu will continue to be served through Monday, June 5.


Joining us next with their fun and ambitious menu is Madcap Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Madcap was born in 2008 through a friendship between Co-Founders Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp. Today, the company continues to be driven and inspired by relationships made at every step of the coffee process–from growing and sourcing to roasting, brewing and serving.


Madcap’s menu will showcase a permanent core offering of espresso based drinks, filter coffee, and Song Tea. Each week, the specific coffees will rotate in order to highlight a different source country, with Ethiopia being featured first followed by Colombia, Kenya and El Salvador. Just in time for summer, there will also be three ice cream beverages featuring Molly Moon’s Ice Cream available all month!


During week one of Madcap’s Residence, we will be participating in Negroni Week–a weeklong celebration of the beloved cocktail that benefits an array of charity organizations. The wizards of Madcap have developed three Negroni-inspired espresso and tea drinks and we will be donating one dollar from the sale of each drink to the International Rescue Committee.


Aloha Friday is a tradition at Madcap that was the brainchild of one of their baristas, Matt Rogers. Once a resident of Hawaii, Matt brought the island tradition of wearing Aloha Shirts to his cafe shifts on Fridays and as the idea took hold with the team, they began creating island-inspired coffee drinks to go with it. The barista’s take turns crafting drinks, which are then featured every Friday. Madcap will be sharing some of their favorites with us–like their espresso and pineapple milkshake–each “Aloha Friday” of their residence!


The good folks at Madcap are eager to meet and form relationships with the guests and community at the Cafe. Trevor and Ryan will both be at their launch party on June 9th so be sure to come say hello! Several team members will be present throughout the month hosting an impressive lineup of complimentary cuppings, classes and hang out sessions that will focus on a variety of coffee topics. For more information and to sign up, head to our events calendar. Madcap’s residence begins Tuesday, June 6.

Photo Menu: Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters

Last week we welcomed Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters to the La Marzocco Cafe as our Roaster in Residence for the month of May. In just a week, Toby’s has set a casual yet vibrant vibe at the Cafe with their fun and adaptive menu and commitment to customer enjoyment. By serving excellent coffees and high quality ingredients, Toby’s maintains the ability to offer a broad selection of drinks, and strives to satisfy every guest’s palate. Craving a drink not on the menu? If it can be made with house ingredients, our baristas will make it!  We are pleased to be sharing Toby’s menu with the Seattle community–read on for some highlights.


The Bedford Blend is Toby’s signature espresso, used in their Brooklyn Roastery and Cafe. It’s sweet Colombian component paired with a floral Ethiopian makes it balanced and approachable. Toby’s recommends trying this espresso alone, or with steamed milk in a velvety cortado.


For a remarkably sweet cup of pour over coffee, try Toby’s newest offering–a Colombian microlot from female producer Aidé Garro. Described as “fruit-forward with juicy sweetness and brilliant acidity” it has notes of strawberry, watermelon and jasmine and is a coffee not to miss!


The single origin Rwanda Vunga is offered as either espresso or pour over. Juicy mandarin flavors are balanced with notes of red grape and black tea, making this a unique and satisfying coffee.


Toby’s Residence has coincided with warmer weather in Seattle making Cold Brew an inviting choice. Made with their Brooklyn Blend, this refreshing drink boasts flavors of creamy cocoa, toasted hazelnuts and a sweet toffee finish. Enjoy it poured over ice, with or without a dash of cream.


The Gingersnap is eight ounces of steamed milk, espresso and house made ginger and fennel seed syrup swirled together into a delectable drink. Though not on the menu, it is also available–and delightful–as an Iced Gingersnap Latte! As part of their commitment to offer guests what they wish for, most items on Toby’s menu can be served iced.


We are thrilled to offer a selection of Song Tea again this month. Toby’s menu includes New Craft Meizhan White, Old Tree Yunnan Red and their Botanical Carrot.


“Toby’s dedication to specialty coffee and making it approachable, understanding their context and their guests’ palates and desires–without sacrificing quality–is most impressive,” says Jesse Davis, Experience Coordinator at the La Marzocco Cafe. We are honored to be long-time partners with Toby’s estate, and are delighted to be sharing their menu with the Seattle community and beyond. We will be serving Toby’s menu through Monday, June 5.