La Marzocco Cafe News: August- Thank you Four Barrel and Coffee Supreme Preview

We’ve had a beautiful, balmy month in Seattle–perfect weather for our guests to enjoy the newly released cold coffee currently being offered by Roaster in Residence, Four Barrel. Our team has served copious amounts of this coffee-on-tap, which unlike most cold coffee, is brewed hot then almost instantly cooled and kegged–a method that successfully preserves the flavors of the coffee. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to taste this new drink before Four Barrel’s residence ends in just one week. On Wednesday, August 2 we’ll be offering one dollar off every purchase of Four Barrel’s cold coffee. Bring a friend and enjoy either the sweet and syrupy Houdini, or the bright and floral Limelight.

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We’d like to send our thanks and many high-fives to the team at Four Barrel for being our Roaster in Residence for the past month and to all who worked so hard to make it a success. Special thanks goes out to Skip Colombo, Carrie Waye, Logan Greenwald, Mike Squires and owners Jeremy Tooker, Jodi Geren and Tal Mor.

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As a company, La Marzocco is dedicated to bringing guests who visit our cafe the very best coffee from around the globe. We are pleased to introduce our next Roaster in Residence, Coffee Supreme, who quite literally hails from the other side of the world–New Zealand and Australia.

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Coffee Supreme has been selling coffee and creating relationships for nearly 25 years. They have a long history in specialty coffee and their story is certainly worth a read. Here’s one line that especially resonates: “Since coffee began, it has been central to many cultures’ social comings-together, regardless of class or standing. It has become synonymous with generosity and sharing, and these are values we love.”

In addition to their menu, Coffee Supreme will be bringing what most certainly must be a part of their success and longevity–a strong company culture of generosity and hospitality alongside a heavy dose of creativity and fun!

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For their launch event, Coffee Supreme will be generously hosting what has become a tradition for them: Supreme Meets. As described by Supreme, “Amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee. Here at Supreme, what happens around a shared cup of coffee is just as important as what’s in it. Supreme Meets is just that; filling the room with interesting, friendly people creates great conversations–who knows what might happen.”

Supreme Meets: Seattle Edition will be on Wednesday, August 9th from 8 AM to 10 AM. All are invited to come together to make toast, drink coffee and enjoy inspiring conversation!

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The creative team at Supreme will be making over the Cafe with their quirky yet smart style and branding. From tray liners to barista socks to custom ceramics and pins, get ready for an instagrammable month! Watch out for loads of Aussie and Kiwi language as Coffee Supreme will do our first ever Instagram takeover. Be sure to follow along the first week of their residence when Creative Director Al Keating and Art Director Douglas Johns take the reins on the Cafe Instagram account and post from their Supreme view.

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We’re thrilled to have Coffee Supreme on deck! We will begin serving their menu on Tuesday, August 8th and will continue to serve Four Barrel Coffee through Monday, August 7.

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Photo Menu: Four Barrel Coffee

Less than 10 years ago, the founders of Four Barrel Coffee were in the midst of building out their first space–a roastery in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since then, they have forged ahead by opening two more cafe locations. Partnering with some incredible companies along the way, Four Barrel has become an integral and respected part of their community. We’re so pleased to have Four Barrel as the newest Roaster in Residence to the La Marzocco Cafe and are thrilled to be sharing their coffee here in Seattle. Read along for some of the highlights on their menu.

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Slow Bar

When planning their takeover of the Cafe, Four Barrel wanted to recreate the concept of the Single Origin Slow Bar from their original shop. The Slow Bar offers Four Barrel’s Ethiopia Bulga espresso and the choice of four single origin coffees brewed via pour over. They include Colombia Andino, Rwanda Nyamulinda, Guatemala Los Yuc and Ethiopia Qorema. Guest’s who want to experience these coffees are encouraged to wander over to the Slow Bar, chat with the barista and enjoy the sweet nuances of single origin coffee. Slow Bar hours will be 10 am to 4 pm daily.

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Cold Coffee

For years, the creators over at Four Barrel have been experimenting with cold coffee. Never satisfied with the results of traditional cold brew methods, their new–and soon to be patented method promises to deliver extravagant acidity, luscious sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. We’re happy to be offering all three of Four Barrel’s recently launched cold coffee options: Houdini which is sweet and syrupy, Limelight which is bright and floral, and Nitro which has all the sweetness of Houdini, infused with creamy nitro.

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Toast Menu

Four Barrel’s menu includes four tasty toast options, an ode to The Mill which they co-opened with local Josey Baker Bread in 2013. Pictured below is the Strawberry Toast featuring Happy Girl Kitchen strawberry-lavender jam, and organic salted butter on molasses brown bread, paired with a Pink Flamingo–a Cortado made with strawberry milk.

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Dandelion Chocolate

Another community company Four Barrel has partnered with is Dandelion Chocolate. All chocolate ganache for their residence is made in-house using Dandelion cocoa and includes a coconut milk vegan option as well. Clean, creamy and not too sweet the ganache is used for both the Mocha and Hot Chocolate.

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Tea

The Cafe will continue to serve crowd favorite Old Tree Yunnan Red tea from Song Tea during Four Barrel’s residence as well as two herbal teas from California based company Leaves and Flowers. For a beautiful and super refreshing option, try the Iced Rosella Mint tea–an elegant mix of hibiscus flower, peppermint and stevia leaf.

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Friendo Blendo

Four Barrel’s new packaging is almost as good as what’s inside. Their House Espresso Blend, Friendo Blendo is described best straight from the source:

“Citrus flavors swan dive into fresh berry full forward fold, which jumps or walks back into down dog, then ascends into a toffee sweetness sun salutation.” –Four Barrel Coffee

How can you argue with that? We recommend trying it in the Canski, a 4.5 oz Americano or  with some velvety steamed milk in a cappuccino.

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We will be serving Four Barrel’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe through Monday, August 7. Follow along with all the Cafe happenings on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

La Marzocco Cafe: July- Thank you Madcap and Four Barrel Preview

As the La Marzocco Cafe team gears up to switch Residents once again, we’d like to thank Madcap Coffee for an incredible month! It was an honor to kick off their residence during Negroni Week with three special drinks to benefit the International Rescue Committee. For the rest of the month, we’ve enjoyed highlighting different countries of coffee origin, as well as an impressive lineup of signature beverages and summery ice cream drinks. Madcap hosted a slew of classes and cuppings and we’ve been delighted to get to know some of their team members each week. Thanks to Madcap for being our continued partners and to all who worked so hard to make this residence a success. Grand Rapids is a lucky place to have you!

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From Madcap’s Third Coast we move to the West Coast and welcome Four Barrel Coffee from San Francisco as our next Roaster in Residence! Four Barrel has been a staple in San Francisco’s Mission District since 2008. They are a company who aims to be good to their people, and good to the world. Check out their website here.

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For their Residence, Four Barrel will be pulling inspiration from each of their Bay Area locations, which includes the single origin Slow Bar from their original Mission District shop. The Slow Bar provides a more intimate coffee exchange between baristas and guests. Anchored by the La Marzocco Linea Mini, this will take place along our back bar and will allow guests to experience a menu dedicated to single origin espresso and pour over coffee. The Slow Bar will be open daily from 10am to 4pm during Four Barrel’s residence.

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Four Barrel will bringing along their signature Friendo Blendo espresso. With notes of citrus, berry and sweet toffee, this blend is beautiful on its own or swirled with steamed milk. According to Four Barrel, their cold coffee is, “the least oxidized, best-bodied cold coffee we’ve ever encountered,” so naturally we’re in eager anticipation to give it a whirl! The Pink Flamingo–described as a strawberry milk cortado–also has us delightfully curious. All drink additions will be made in-house including their almond-macadamia milk, chocolate ganache and dairy-free coconut chocolate ganache.

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During the first week of their Residence, Carrie Waye, Head Trainer at Four Barrel will be at the cafe running Slow Bar shifts and hosting classes. Be sure to come say hello! Classes include: Better Brewing at Home, Espresso Preparation, Milk Preparation, Cupping and Sourcing, and a special Coffee Pairing with Dandelion Chocolate. Classes are free, but limited (one week only) and require an RSVP. Head to our event calendar for more information and to sign up.

If you haven’t yet been in to try Madcap’s menu, we highly recommend one of their refreshing signature drinks, ice cream beverages, or a shot of one of their beautiful single origin espressos. We’ll be serving Madcap Coffee through Monday, July 10 then welcome Four Barrel Tuesday, July 11.

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