La Marzocco Cafe News: November – Thank you Belleville Brûlerie and Quills Coffee Preview

It’s been a magical month at the La Marzocco Cafe. The cooler weather, fall foliage and delicious Parisian coffee have created a welcome, cozy ambiance. We’ve enjoyed the intentional simplicity of Belleville Brûlerie’s menu and trust that guests have savored a French take on specialty coffee. It was an honor to have Belleville’s co-founder David Flynn in Seattle to train our team and launch the residence. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to David and the entire crew at Belleville Brûlerie, and their own cafe– La Fontaine de Belleville–for creating the inspiration and working hard to implement their residence.

For those who have yet to try the current menu, we’re serving half-off Hot Chocolate or Chocolat Chaud for the kids during KEXP’s 2nd Annual Halloween Open House! Bring the family for this all-ages, free event taking place Tuesday, October 31 from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Belleville Brûlerie’s menu will be served through Monday, November 6.

Next up, we welcome Quills Coffee from Louisville, Kentucky as our next Roaster in Residence. Get ready for a month full of Kentucky hospitality and bourbon – along with lots of good coffee, of course!

Quills Coffee was founded ten years ago by Nathan Quillo. Nudged by his blooming passion for coffee, his vision was formed to create a space in Louisville where other coffee lovers could fuel their own passions and find community. Nathan’s brother Gabe soon joined him and together the two began to remodel a space that would eventually become the original Quills. Since then, Quills has opened additional shops in Louisville, New Albany and Indianapolis and has a growing list of wholesale customer brewing their coffee around the country. Their vision for connecting with others who share their passion has come full-circle as they now create connections and foster relationships with coffee producers around the globe.

The good people at Quills and our team at the La Marzocco Cafe are working hard to finalize all the details for their residence, so mark your calendars for the following events!

Quills Launch Day – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Be the first to taste the new menu! We’re excited to try a cup of Quills 10-year Anniversary Limited Edition Blend, Horsefeathers and their Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte made with Willett’s bourbon. There’s also word of Quills waffles made in-house! With four signature drinks, three daily options for espresso, and several manual and batch brew selections, this menu has something for all.

Quills Launch Party: Campfire Latte Art Throwdown – Friday, November 10, 6–9 PM

Come compete or cheer someone on! Free admission for spectators and $10 buy-in for up to 24 competitors. Competitors will be pouring into camp-style mugs and will each go home with one. Sign-up at the door to compete. Campfire Latte’s and espresso will be served as well as beer, Old Fashioned cocktails and Willett bourbon. Tacos will be available in the courtyard from El Cabrito.

Willett Bourbon Tasting – Thursday, November 30, 6–8 PM 

Willett Distillery located in Bardstown Kentucky is celebrating the 80th anniversary of when Thompson Willett and his family put their first barrels into storage. We love the collaboration between Quills and their fellow Kentucky family business. Lee Sill from Quills will introduce the current owners of Willett who will lead a conversation surrounding their bourbon followed by a tasting and Q&A. Tickets to this event will be limited to 40 attendees and will cost $40 each.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be notified when tickets for the Willett Bourbon Tasting go on sale, and for more information on all happenings at the La Marzocco Cafe.

Menu Overview- Belleville Brûlerie

The La Marzocco Cafe has been made over with bright blue worker jackets, handpainted signs en français and delicious French coffee. Belleville Brûlerie, a wholesale roastery in France, began its month long residence last week with a menu inspired by its own Parisian sidewalk cafe, La Fontaine de Belleville. In addition to sharing great coffee with Seattle, Co-founder David Flynn is intent on making people feel comfortable and giving them a good experience. Read on as we explore Belleville’s menu and head over to the Cafe between now and November 6 to indulge in it!  

Espresso 

At La Fontaine de Belleville, espresso is pulled slightly longer than the Italian ristretto, an updated version of what one would find in a classic French bistro. Choose from one of two blends during Belleville’s residence in Seattle – La Fontaine de Belleville, or its latest, Chateau Belleville which is being launched here! Each component in Chateau Belleville is a high quality coffee that could easily stand alone, and as a blend becomes big, jammy, and reminiscent of a French bordeaux. 

Allongé 

The Allongé is an extremely popular drink in France, a happy medium between an espresso shot and an Americano. It is short enough to pack a flavor punch with great texture, and long enough to enjoy while catching up on the day’s news. 

Filtre du Jour 

In France, filter coffee is not-so-lovingly referred to as jus de chaussette, or sock juice. Belleville Brûlerie therefore, makes it a goal to have the best sock juice around! For its residence, filter coffee will rotate between the Chateau Belleville blend and three delightful single origin coffees. Not to miss is the Neptaly Bautista from Honduras. With flavors of tropical fruit and honey, it was the first coffee purchased by Belleville and the entire specialty harvest is purchased by them each year. 

Café Crème 

The Café Crème is the quintessential French milk drink, made just a little smaller than a cappuccino. It is the perfect beverage to enjoy alongside a cookie or some shortbread – and yes, dunking is encouraged! Pictured below with a Sablé au Romarin, a French-style butter cookie flavored with fresh rosemary.  

Chocolat Chaud 

As noted on the menu, Chocolat Chaud is a big deal in France and the children would revolt if they were not allowed to drink it. We assume some adults might too. Belleville’s Chocolat Chaud is made with 70% Valrhona chocolate discs added to milk then steamed. For a truly authentic experience, pair it with the Classic Tartine – toasted baguette with salted butter and seasonal jam.  

The Countryside Tartine 

For a more substantial treat, this tartine is a must. Fresh goat cheese, Washington State wildflower honey, olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes top toasted country-style bread baked by The London Plane. It’s sweet, savory and spicy all in one.  

To read more about Belleville Brûlerie and their cafe, La Fontaine de Belleville, we recommend this article written last year by our friends at Sprudge. To view Belleville’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe, head here. 

La Marzocco Cafe News: October – Thank you Olympia Coffee and Belleville Brûlerie Preview

As our team at the La Marzocco Cafe prepares to welcome Belleville Brûlerie from Paris, France, they will continue to pour themselves into serving Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.’s menu for the next week. While learning about French service style and drink recipes behind the scenes, including how to prepare an Allongé – a French take on a short Americano – our team will continue to dial in more than a handful of coffees each day, serving them all to Olympia’s exact specifications. If you have not yet been in to taste Olympia’s coffees, we do hope you’ll take the chance to come in and enjoy their beautiful single origin selections.

We want to pass along our appreciation to everyone at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. for the tremendous effort in helping us successfully execute our coffee service over the past month. Special thanks goes to Oliver Stormshak, Sam Schroeder, Honor Forte and Adam Kovatovich for working so hard with our team. It’s been an honor serving your coffee and we’re thrilled that you’ll soon be our neighbors over in West Seattle!

On October 10th, we’ll welcome Parisian roasting company Belleville Brûlerie to the Cafe as our next Roaster in Residence!

Belleville Brûlerie began in 2013 when owners David Flynn and Thomas Lehoux could not find the quality of coffee and level of service they were looking for among the existing roasters in Paris. La Fontaine de Belleville is their first cafe and we love its commitment to specialty coffee alongside a traditional French cafe atmosphere. From Belleville Brûlerie:

“La Fontaine de Belleville is housed in a cafe space that has been in continuous operation since at least 1915 and that history is imbued in everything we do. From the design of our cafe with handmade wicker chairs and the original copper bar to the hard boiled eggs on the counter we’ve tried to update and honour the tradition of the french sidewalk cafe. We have chosen to make traditional french coffee beverages and to serve them alongside the traditional cafe items such as beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Our commitment to quality is total and we have tried to update traditional products with excellent quality options working with artisanal suppliers for almost all of our offerings. We have also adapted our service style to the french cafe setting. What this means is that while our baristas are very knowledgeable about coffee (and indeed all of our products) the initial approach is one that puts the focus on the client and the daily banter that is the hallmark of French cafe life. La Fontaine de Belleville is about that interaction. Newspapers are always freely available on our copper bar and you can almost always find the staff chatting with clients about the news of the day or a funny story that happened to a client the day before. This openness of service and lively atmosphere provides us with an opening to introduce people to amazing coffee, often people who have never tried it before. We believe that specialty coffee can fit seamlessly into a traditional French cafe setting without snobbery or exclusion.”

Belleville Brûlerie hopes to bring to Seattle the dreamy feel of a French sidewalk cafe. The menu will include traditional French drinks as well as a selection of Tartine’s and French pastries made in collaboration with The London Plane. Newspapers will be available for guests and daily banter with the baristas is encouraged! We’re already dreaming of dipping a classic Tartine with butter and jam into a perfectly poured Café Crème while reading the day’s printed news.

To launch their residence, Belleville Brûlerie is hosting an evening of jazz with international performing trumpet player Hermon Mehari on Wednesday, October 11. When owners Flynn and Lehoux took over La Fontaine de Belleville, they found out that 20 years previously it had been a popular jazz venue in Paris. They have since revived it to once again include concerts every Saturday by some of the best jazz musicians in Paris, a program that Mehari himself organizes. For a quintessential French evening, guests are invited to come for the music, coffee, wine and french bites catered by Vif Coffee and Wine.

For more information about this event and to let us know you’re coming, head here. To stay up-to-date with all announcements and events at the La Marzocco Cafe follow along on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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