La Marzocco Partners with UC Davis to Advance Coffee Science

Yesterday, we, La Marzocco, pledged $750,000 to the University of California, Davis to help fund a new Coffee Center building and to further coffee science research efforts at the university.

The first-of-its-kind Coffee Center is a nexus for faculty, students and visiting scholars from both industry and academia to explore fundamental and applied scientific research questions about coffee. The center’s dedicated physical infrastructure and laboratories will allow researchers to investigate a host of post-harvest research topics under carefully controlled and measured conditions to facilitate discoveries and innovations similar to those that have advanced the wine and beer industries.

“The science underlying the creation of high-quality espressos is notoriously complicated because of the interplay between fluid flow and extraction under high pressure and high-temperature conditions,” says William Ristenpart, professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis and director of the Coffee Center. “La Marzocco has decades of experience in espresso, so we are very excited to work with them to both advance the state of espresso science and to develop curricula focused on teaching the next generation of coffee science professionals.”

The partnership with UC Davis provides our global company with a groundbreaking opportunity to take part in dedicated coffee research in an academic environment. With the world’s changing climate, an industry-wide push for sustainable best practices, and the ever-growing demand for high-quality coffee, the need for coffee-educated talent and associated academic research has never been greater.

“The forward motion of the coffee industry has always been the core of our mission at La Marzocco,” shares Kent Bakke, International CEO, La Marzocco. “We believe the Coffee Center at UC Davis represents a renewed focus on understanding the science behind coffee that will lead us to better practices for growers, importers, roasters and cafes. Our international team is expanding our research and educational initiatives and we hope UC Davis can be a partner in this effort.”

The La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory will be the cornerstone of the university’s research and teaching efforts on brewing and espresso. La Marzocco will also provide state-of-the-art espresso machines for the laboratory.

UC Davis will renovate an existing 6,000 square-foot facility to serve as a hub for coffee research and education. In addition to the La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory, the Coffee Center building will include a pilot roastery, a green bean storage laboratory, a sensory and cupping laboratory, an advanced chemical analytical laboratory, a classroom and an outdoor event space.

 

About UC Davis Coffee Center

The UC Davis Coffee Center is the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to addressing the broad needs of the coffee industry through a holistic approach to coffee science and education. With support from its many partners, the UC Davis Coffee Center will help to raise the global standards for coffee by applying a rigorous academic framework to coffee research. The center builds upon the university’s existing Coffee Lab, a 1,200 square-foot laboratory where students explore engineering principles through roasting and brewing coffee. For more information on the UC Davis Coffee Center, visit www.coffeecenter.ucdavis.edu

La Marzocco Cafe News: January – Thank you Caffè Umbria and Welcome Kickapoo Coffee

Happy New Year! We are so grateful to everyone who visited our Cafe in 2017 and we’re excited about what’s ahead – lots of delicious coffee, inspiring events and building a stronger local community. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for our La Marzocco Cafe Locals Newsletter. It is our new way of sharing news about the Cafe including invite-only events, special offers for our local guests and information on unique menu items.

Before we introduce our first Roaster in Residence of the year, we’d like to send a heartfelt thanks to our Seattle neighbors and friends at Caffè Umbria. Throughout December we have enjoyed their classic Italian menu and decadent specialty drinks. Every detail of their Residence – from Italian movie nights to weekly themed coffee tastings – has been planned and implemented with care and much pride and we are so grateful. Thanks to everyone at Caffè Umbria who had a hand in the process. We especially want to thank Marie Franklin for her countless hours and organization, and both Marie and Antonio Madeddu for training our staff, being present for set up and hosting events. We truly appreciate all your effort!

On Tuesday, January 9, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters from Viroqua, Wisconsin will begin serving their menu at the Cafe. Already, we have been delighted by the coffee samples that Kickapoo has sent for our team to taste. From Kickapoo:

“From our inception, Kickapoo Coffee has been driven by a twin-focus: great tasting coffee and fairness to farmers. That dual passion stems directly from our co-owners – Caleb Nicholes, whose background in boutique wines and the culinary arts translated well to the world of specialty coffee; and TJ Semanchin, whose studies in sustainable development throughout Latin America led him to a life in coffee. At our core, we are committed to making coffee better and making it better for all parties involved.”

In 2017, Kickapoo launched their “Raise the Bar” campaign by raising their guaranteed minimum price (paid to coffee farmers) to an unprecedented $2.75/lb of coffee (FOB). Join us on Friday, January 19 at 7 PM as TJ Semanchin, Co-owner of Kickapoo Coffee, along with several panelists discuss the impact of coffee on small farmers, touching on topics like fair-trade, direct trade, minimum pricing, importing practices, etc. TJ will speak about Kickapoo’s minimum pricing policy which according to Kickapoo is currently the highest published minimum price in the industry. Please RSVP to this event by heading to our events calendar.

Not to miss on Kickapoo’s menu will be three Coffee Sets. Each Set offers two 7 oz cups of pour over coffee that have been chosen to highlight differences in the coffees based on Microclimate, Variety and Processing. For example, guests will have the opportunity to taste Berundi Nemba processed in two different ways, side-by-side: washed and natural. A suggested pastry pairing will accompany each Set as an additional option.

Kickapoo has collaborated with The London Plane to offer six pastries and toast selections exclusively for their Residence. We can’t wait to try the Meyer Lemon Tartlet with Jasmine Green Tea Meringue or the Apple Butter Toast with Prosciutto, Sage and Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve – a Gruyere-like cheese being brought in from an award-winning 300 acre farm in southwest Wisconsin!

Cheers to a wonderful year ahead with lots of great coffee! We will continue to serve Caffè Umbria’s menu through Monday, January 8 and Kickapoo Coffee’s menu will begin Tuesday, January 9.

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