La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you Sweet Bloom and Welcome La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Our team at the La Marzocco Cafe has thoroughly enjoyed preparing and serving coffee from Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters over the past four weeks. It’s been a joy working with their team, a group of good people passionate about what they do. Many kudos to Sweet Bloom Founder, Andy Sprenger, for creating a team who cares deeply about their craft, their colleagues, and all who work along the coffee chain. We want to thank everyone at Sweet Bloom who helped to make their residence at our Cafe a reality, with special thanks going to Miguel Vicuña for his work planning, creating, training our staff and being present to host events and classes.

If you haven’t been in yet to try Sweet Bloom, there’s just one week left! As a later addition to their menu, we recommend trying the newly released Petronilo Martinez – a washed coffee from Guatemala with aromatics of chocolate and notes of pralines and apple crisp. It was highlighted during our most recent Meet the Producer event with Edwin Martinez of Onyx Coffee and his father, Edwin Sr. We’ll be serving this coffee and the rest of Sweet Bloom’s menu through Monday, July 16.

Next up, starting on Tuesday, July 17, our menu and service style will be presented by La Colombe Coffee Roasters based in Philadelphia!

La Colombe is a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, long-term trade practices with growers. Considered one of the pioneers of the third wave of coffee, it provides signature classic blends and exceptional single-origin coffees to cafes, hotels, restaurants and retailers around the world. In addition, the company owns and operates 30 cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The company has  made headlines in the ready-to-drink business with its DRAFT LATTE(™) – the world’s first-ever textured cold latte.

La Colombe’s story began in Seattle back in 1996, where two guys with a shared passion for coffee met at a bar. Founders Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti went on to create La Colombe on a simple but profound premise: America Deserves Better Coffee. By sourcing and roasting with care, and borrowing on ancient and modern coffee traditions from around the world, the two have built a successful company that strives to create an elevated coffee experience in cafes and homes across the country. They are thrilled to be returning to the city that showed them the magic of coffee and will be bringing the best of their voyages and innovations from the past 20 years with them!

“This residency is our opportunity to give the city and coffee community a taste of what it gave us. It’s a real honor and privilege.” – La Colombe.

We’re thrilled to be able to host La Colombe and can’t wait to share their menu and service style with our guests. Read on for some menu highlights.

Menu Highlights

Stay and sip or grab and go! La Colombe’s menu will include most of their ready-to-drink beverages including the Pure Black – a cold-pressed bottled coffee, and a selection of their cans of Draft Latte – a texturized iced latte with cold-pressed espresso, complete with a frothy layer of silky foam. Choose from the Original, Triple, Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel.

The Pure Black and Draft Latte will also be available on tap, alongside the new and perfect-for-summer Cold Brew Shandy Lemonade – cold brew coffee + lemonade, on tap!

For espresso and espresso based drinks, guests will have the choice of enjoying La Colombe’s Cornerstone Nizza – a medium roast blend which happens to be the coffee used for espresso in all La Colombe cafes, or their single origin Burundi Kayanza – a naturally-processed coffee from the Great Lakes region of East Africa which boasts vibrant sweetness and intense fruit-forward acidity.

For pour over, pull up to our back bar and chat with our baristas as they hand brew one of La Colombe’s delightful Colombian Geisha coffees – El Vergel or Monte Verde.

Because summer and coffee, La Colombe has created two cascara ice cream treats! Go big with the Cascara Ice Cream Float – made with layers of black cherry soda, cascara ice cream and Draft Latte or the Affogato with a scoop of cascara ice cream topped with espresso.

Launch Party

On Wednesday, July 18 from 7 – 10 PM, come meet and mingle with the La Colombe crew as they bring a taste of Philadelphia to Seattle through Philly-based music, food and drinks!

Live music will be performed by ill Fated Natives – a power trio whose grit and raw passion creates a blend of bluesy, vibrant “earth music.”

This event is free but you must RSVP to attend – to receive an invite to RSVP, you must be signed up for our Locals Newsletter. Invites go out Tuesday, July 10. Head here to sign up.

We’ll be serving Sweet Bloom Coffee through Monday, July 16, then La Colombe Coffee from Tuesday, July 17 through Monday, August 20.

Introducing Crush the Rush!

An all-new barista competition focused on speed and fun. Coming to a city near you. 

Introducing Crush the Rush! An all-new, team-based barista competition from La Marzocco that is all about fun, speed, efficiency, and community. Eight teams (with three baristas per team) will compete in a head-to-head style tournament, racing to deliver 8 perfectly-made drinks to the judges’ table faster than their opponent. The fastest team from each heat will move on to the next round. Each round, a new surprise will await the competitors to increase the difficulty. At the end of the night, one team will be awarded the *incredibly* legendary Crush the Rush trophy + $300.

About Crush the Rush

Crush the Rush focuses on bar flow efficiency, technology, and fun! Teams will need to optimize their workflow, roles, and responsibilities in order to improve their speed. Each team will be competing on a La Marzocco Strada AV with Scales that will need to be programmed in order to maximize efficiency and accuracy.

We’ll be bringing Crush the Rush to 9 U.S. cities this Summer. See the list below to see if we will be visiting your city!

Crush the Rush Cities

Portland—June 26
San Francisco—July 2
Los Angeles—July 6
Houston—July 17
Atlanta—July 24
Washington D.C.—July 30
Chicago—August 7
Kansas City—August 10
Denver—August 14

Attendance and Registration

Registration for each city will open two weeks prior to the event, at 6:00 pm PDT. Register your team on the corresponding Eventbrite page! You’ll need a team name, three baristas and $30. Teams must name all baristas and the company they work for. After 8 teams have signed up there will be a waitlist for alternates that will be chosen at random if one of the eight teams can’t make it.

Register to Compete: +La Marzocco Eventbrite Page

**Registration for each city will open 2 weeks prior to the event at 6:00 pm PDT, and the first 8 teams will get in. So get in quick!**

Free & Open to the Public:
Don’t want to compete? This event is free to attend, but please RSVP by clicking “Going” on our Facebook Event page to let us know you’ll be joining us! Come hang out, eat food, and drink drinks with us from 7 pm on.

Official Rules of Crush the Rush

Download a PDF of the Official Crush the Rush Rules & Regulations: https://goo.gl/d94gqF

Interested in Sponsorship?

Check out our sponsorship opportunities!

Interested in Judging or Helping Out?

We’re taking Volunteers to help us at each event! Be a sensory judge, technical judge, help set up & tear down, porter, etc. If you’re interested in helping out, we’d love your help.

Sign up here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfsLkT8jP3LbKnphXmpr0zwEtuM7ke3fVE9611cNNne6WPc6g/viewform 

 


Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Josh Littlefield: josh@lamarzocco.com

La Marzocco Cafe News: June – Thank you Cuvée and Welcome Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

With just a week left in their residence at the La Marzocco Cafe, we want to thank Austin-based Cuvée Coffee for bringing a taste of their city to Seattle. Their launch party was a hot ticket – not surprisingly so – as both Aaron Franklin and Renee Erickson were serving up delightful bites under the same roof! Also a hot ticket? Cuvée’s canned Nitro Cold Brew, which has completely sold out! Guests can still enjoy their Cold Brew however – on tap – through June 11.

Thank you to everyone at Cuvée Coffee who worked so hard to make this residence happen. Special thanks to Cuvée’s Owner, Mike McKim for creating the opportunity, and to Kym Good, Director of Marketing, for her countless hours and work that made it all happen. We are so grateful and have had so much fun serving your coffee!

On Tuesday, June 12 we are thrilled to be welcoming Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters from Lakewood, Colorado as our next Roaster in Residence.

In 2013, after ten years in the specialty coffee industry, Andy Sprenger founded Sweet Bloom out of a love for beautiful coffee and a desire to share it with others. As a two-time US Brewers Cup Champion, Runner-up in the World Brewers Cup Championship, 2013 US Aeropress Champion, and Runner-up in the 2014 US Cup Tasters Championship it’s fair to say he brings a wealth of knowledge to the industry.

Andy has built a team of coffee professionals who care deeply for their craft, their team members, coffee producers and all those who buy, sell and drink Sweet Bloom Coffee. They continue to build on a vision that strives to connect coffee producers with end-consumers in meaningful ways. One way they do this is by regularly inviting coffee producers to come to the United States to give them the opportunity to share their stories with Sweet Bloom’s retail and wholesale customers.

 

Menu Highlights

Sweet Bloom’s menu will offer a handful of their beautiful single origin coffees that will be available to order as both espresso and pour over. Included in this single origin menu is a Gesha Village Lot 96 from Ethiopia with delicate notes of lavender, mango and honey. Their Hometown Blend, which boasts flavors of cacao nibs, praline and blackberry will be used for all espresso-based drinks. We recommend ordering the One & One for an opportunity to try it with steamed milk and as a straight shot of espresso, side-by-side. Specials will include Sweet Bloom’s Nitro Cold Brew, house-made Lemon-Basil Iced Tea, and a summertime favorite – Affogatos made with Molly Moon’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream. A selection of teas from Spirit Tea will also be available. We’re eager to try the Nitro Rosella Herbal Infusion – a hibiscus, lemongrass and licorice root blend brewed cold and infused with nitro – a refreshing, sweet and tart tribute to summer! Finally, we will have General Porpoise doughnuts every Monday during Sweet Bloom’s residence. Come early, the vanilla custard and chocolate marshmallow filled doughnuts will not last long!

 

Engage with Sweet Bloom

Sweet Bloom will be launching their residence with an Ice Cream Social where guests will be served Sweet Bloom Affogatos, Hard Root Beer Floats, or Beer Floats from Seattle’s Hale’s Ales. This is a ticketed event and guests must be signed up for our La Marzocco Cafe Locals Newsletter to receive an invite.

Miguel Vicuna, Head of Training and Education at Sweet Bloom, will be hosting two Espresso Exploration classes on Wednesday, June 13. Part of the class will be exploring what Sweet Bloom coffees have to offer as espresso and how each is impacted by different ratios of espresso and milk. As a World Barista Championship Head Judge, Miguel will also give an overview of what judges look for on a world level when it comes to espresso. Classes cost $35.00 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, head here.

Then on June 22, Andy Sprenger will be hosting our weekly Friday Coffee Tasting at 10 AM along with Edwin Martinez, CEO of Onyx. Guests will have the opportunity to cup multiple coffees that Edwin has helped to produce and import from Guatemala. This event is free and open to all.

For a listing of all public events, check our Facebook event page often.

 

From Sweet Bloom

“All coffee begins with a bloom: an elegant, fragrant white flower. Exceptional coffee, freshly roasted and ground, blooms again when infused with hot water – equally fragrant and even more complex. We care deeply about everything in between these two blooms, from the producers to precision roasting. Our passion for this craft ensures the end result – what’s in your cup – is as beautiful as its beginning.”

We can’t wait to begin serving Sweet Bloom’s menu on Tuesday, June 12!

Cafe Stories: Equator Coffee & Teas, Mid Market

If the espresso machine is the heart of the cafe, the staff is its soul. We want to celebrate that pairing and take a deeper look at what makes some of our favorite cafes around the country what they are. Introducing Cafe Stories—an interview series that highlights cafes across the United States and showcases their uniqueness.

To kick things off, we’re taking a look at Bay Area staple Equator Coffee & Teas. We sat down with Director of Retail Devorah Fralach to learn a little bit more about their most recent cafe in the Mid-Market area of San Francisco.

What made you want to open a cafe?

Equator loves opening cafes so that neighborhoods can get to know us better. As a mostly wholesale roastery cafes are how we directly interface with the end consumer of our coffee. Having cafes lets us truly tell our coffees stories. It also keeps us in touch with what our customers want.

How would you describe the brand of your cafe?

We pride ourselves on be the most inclusive and accommodating people we can be. It’s very important to us as a company that everyone feels welcome in our spaces. From coffee geeks to folks who are just looking for a strong morning cup, we appreciate everyone and meet them where they are. You can recognize our brand in every store, but each location is iconic. We bring the feeling of a welcoming cafe while fitting into the neighborhood.

Describe the location/demographics of the area where you opened. Why did you choose this area?

Mid market is a transitional neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s been historically very underdeveloped with small businesses moving in and out. It’s a very diverse neighborhood economically which is getting harder and harder to find in San Francisco. We create community centers where ever we go. We wanted to do the same in mid market. When we were opening we made sure to hire from the neighborhood so that we were inclusive, not pushing people out.

What equipment are you using to make coffee? Why did you choose this equipment?

This cafe is located in the historic Warfield Theatre. Built in the 1920’s the warfield is a grand old theatre that still hosts a variety of performers. We wanted our bar to be an homage to the history of this theatre. The bar itself is curved and is reminiscent of a stage. For espresso equipment we wanted something that was beautiful and elegant so we opted for a La Marzocco FB70. This machine has the show stopping curves and is a beautiful bright white. We love the manual feel and consistency of this machine.  

Describe your bar or customer flow. break this down for us. How did the equipment influence the flow? or vice versa?

We want our cafe to be open, our baristas are on stage, so we set the espresso machine down into the counter so there isn’t a barrier hiding them. We also hid all batch brewing and food equipment we could in the back – allowing espresso to take center stage. We make Espresso and pour overs customer facing, but brewed coffee and all food are “backstage”. We also have taps at this store, serving beer and cold brew, we hid the fridges in back as well so that coffee is magically served from handles in the brick wall.

What’s one thing that makes your cafe special?

Our diverse staff at this location makes this cafe shine. They are excellent ambassadors of our brand and embody the spirit of excellence. They approach difficult situations with kindness and have gotten involved in community programs. They welcome the toursests that are walking the length of Market street and help them find the coffee they are looking for (it’s a proud moment then they say it’s the best espresso they’ve had in the US). The demographic of our customers will shift daily depending on what show is playing at the Warfield (hard rock and boy band pop shows are a constant) no matter what folks look like they are welcome in our cafe.

Visit the Mid-Market Equator in Downtown San Francisco at 986 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Follow along with Equator on Instagram, and be sure to stop by any of their Bay Area Cafes next time you’re in town.

La Marzocco Cafe News: May – Thank you George Howell and Welcome Cuvée Coffee

It is with immense gratitude that we thank George Howell and the entire team at George Howell Coffee for not only being our Resident at the La Marzocco Cafe for the past month, but for hosting some incredible educational events and working alongside our team during the busy hours of the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo! We are honored to have been able to work with them, learn from them and have an absolute blast doing it. The coffees brought to Seattle were truly special – they not only delighted us but our guests as well. We want to thank everyone at George Howell for the hard work and detail they put into their residence and for the passion they bring to the specialty coffee industry on a daily basis.

With just a week left in their residence, we highly recommend making a trip to the Cafe if you have not done so already. Our Friday Coffee Tasting on May 4 at 10 AM will be our final event featuring George Howell coffee. It is free and open to the public and we hope to see you there! We’ll be serving George Howell’s menu through Monday, May 7, 2018.

Next up, we’re kicking off our Year Three Roaster in Residence program with a taste of Texas brought by Cuvée Coffee out of Austin!

Cuvée Coffee Founder, Mike McKim purchased his first coffee roaster after being inspired in 1997 by an uncle who worked in the coffee industry. After the purchase was made, his uncle gave him the most important roasting advice he ever received, words that still guide him today, “Never skimp on the raw product.”

“Every year we spend a considerable amount of time traveling the world to work directly with our farmer-partners. By adhering to the Direct Trade model and building substantive, long-term relationships, we are keeping our commitment to source only the best coffee, which shows in each and every one of our offerings.” – Cuvée Coffee

Though Cuvée Coffee got its start in Dallas, the company is now headquartered in Austin, TX where they have been pioneers in creating and canning Nitro Cold Brew. There, they have a Roastery, Coffee Bar and have recently opened their Cold Brewery. The Cold Brewery is a space to make their cold brew and test new products that will get perfected and canned. Two of Cuvée’s newest drinks will be available at the La Marzocco Cafe during their residence including their Hemp-Oil infused Nitro Cold Brew and Horchata Nitro Cold Brew. The menu will also include a selection of Cuvée’s espresso offerings, single-origin coffees and two signature drinks. Their Brewberry Latte has us intrigued – it’s made by swirling house-made blueberry syrup into steamed milk, vanilla and espresso then dusted with blueberry sugar.

For a quintessential Austin experience, Cuvée has partnered with Seattle’s Sunrise Tacos to offer four different breakfast tacos during their residence! After visiting Austin for music events and festivals, Sunrise Owner, Natalie Lamberjack was inspired by the restaurants, street food and coffee shops of Texas to start a breakfast taco company here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re thrilled to be able to offer her tacos! Cuvée has also collaborated with The London Plane to offer our guests both a sweet and savory Kolache (a yeasted dough pastry) as well as biscuits and jam – all of which highlight Texas ingredients.

Cuvée will be launching their residence with a Texas-style party that will include Brisket Tacos by Aaron Franklin of famed Franklin Barbecue, Pickled Clam & Oyster Tostadas by Seattle’s own Chef Renee Erickson and scoops of Molly Moon Ice Cream. This event will be invite only. To receive an invite, guests must be signed up for our Locals Newsletter. Head here to sign up for the Newsletter.

During Cuvée’s residence, guests will have the opportunity to sign up for a weekly raffle when they visit the Cafe. Prizes will include products from some of Cuvée’s favorite Texas brands. Name and email address will be needed, but no purchase will be necessary to enter the raffle. From Director of Marketing, Kym Good, “We not only wanted to bring Cuvée to La Marzocco, we wanted to bring Texas with us as well!” Through their launch party and food collaborations, raffle prizes and of course their coffee, Cuvée will certainly be doing just that and we’re looking forward to this Texas-style month.

Cuvée Coffee will be our Roaster in Residence beginning Tuesday, May 8 through Monday, June 11, 2018.

Choose Your Own Adventure Party, Friday, April 20

The La Marzocco/Cafe Imports Choose Your Own Adventure Party is only a few days away!

If you want to experience the best dance, tiki, corn hole, cocktail party of your life, you’re not going to want to miss it. Just a reminder, we are handing out a limited number of bracelets at the La Marzocco SCA booth (#1207) on Friday, 4/20. These will allow you entrance into the party starting at 7:45 pm and being valid until 9:30 pm. If you show up with your bracelet after 9:30pm, it will no longer get you in. If you are unable to get a bracelet at our booth, you will want to make sure to arrive early to get in the General Admission line. We will begin letting people in the General Admission line enter the party at 8:30 pm. We are anticipating that we will hit capacity, and once the party is full we will be implementing a one out, one in policy for the rest of the night. Arrive early to make sure you get in, and we can’t wait to dance the night away with you!

True Artisan Cafe Line Up, SCA 2018

We have an amazing line up of roasters in the True Artisan Cafe at SCA Expo! Peruse the list below and be sure to grab coffee from your favorite roaster at our Skybridge location.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

SCA 2018: Expo, Events, & Technical Trainings

SCA Expo is coming and we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of events and products we have to share with you! Here are some of the highlights:

  • La Marzocco Booth & New Products, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1207
  • Modbar AV, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1207
  • True Artisan Café in the Skybridge, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Party, Friday 4/20, Fremont Foundry
  • La Marzocco Cafe and Tastings, 4/20-22, La Marzocco Cafe
  • Let’s Fix It! and other Technical Trainings, 4/20-21, La Marzocco (Ballard), RSVP

 

La Marzocco Booth & New Products, 4/20-22, WSCC, Booth 1207

 This year we invite you to visit our booth #1207 and have a chat with our sales, after sales and marketing teams. We have lots to show you!

First of all, we are excited to share our latest machine, the Leva, with you! One of our Italian colleagues, Gianni Tratzi will be pulling shots for guests to try throughout the weekend. Come experience a traditional lever espresso re-created for today by the talented engineering team at La Marzocco.

We will also have a Linea PB AV and a Strada AV/ABR open for you to come pull shots of your coffee and check out our latest in technology. These will be paired with the exciting new ZM Filter grinder from Mazzer. You will be able to drop a single dose in the ZM to pull shots and experiment with the digital interface. Check out the features of the new ZM in this video.

 

Modbar AV, 4/20-22, WSCC, Booth 1207

Last year we shared our booth space with our sister company, Modbar. This year we have even more excitement to share with you on the Modbar side. Make sure you come by to learn about all the magic happening with Modbar.

 

True Artisan Café in the Skybridge, 4/20-22, WSCC

The True Artisan Café will be in the Skybridge this year. We are excited to be able to offer SCA attendees the chance to taste some delicious espresso from our partners in the sun-drenched Skybridge. The café will feature three Linea PB AV/ABR machines and original art from Liz Chai. It will be the perfect place to grab coffee for your meetings. Stay tuned for the schedule of roasters who will be serving their espresso in the True Artisan Café!

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Party, Friday 4/20, Fremont Foundry

We are teaming up with Cafe Imports to throw a fantastic party on Friday night, April 20. The theme of the party this year will be Choose Your Own Adventure and will feature three different parties on three levels at Fremont Foundry Events. The party will feature a dance party, tiki party and classic cocktail bar, as well as two food trucks in the courtyard. General admission will be available at the door starting at 8:30; make sure to come early to get in as capacity will be limited! A limited number of early entry bracelets will be available, allowing entry from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm. Swing by La Marzocco Booth #1207 and the Cafe Imports booth #2218 on Friday at expo for more information!

 

La Marzocco Cafe and Tastings, 4/20-22, La Marzocco Cafe

Join us at the Cafe to experience the coffee menu presented by George Howell, our April Roaster in Residence. George Howell will be serving up some of his vintage coffees as well as the mythical Panama Esmeralda Gesha.  Also during SCA the Cafe will be holding a series of different tastings that you can find here.

If you are interested in trying out a Linea Mini or GS3, the La Marzocco Home team will also be at the Cafe running demos and answering questions on our home equipment. Look for the “Ask me about espresso!” buttons.

 

Let’s Fix It! and other Technical Trainings, 4/20-21, La Marzocco (Ballard), RSVP Now 

Let’s Fix It! – Spend Saturday afternoon, April 21 with us at our Ballard HQ in a hands-on workshop hosted by industry leading women, specializing in technical repair work. This workshop is designed to encourage new technicians to explore some of the basic skills required to repair and maintain brewing and grinding equipment. You can RSVP at the Let’s Fix It Eventbrite page here.

Technical Trainings – Sign up now for our technical seminars, held at the La Marzocco Training Lab in Ballard. On Friday, April 20 our Seattle trainer, Randy Phillips (alongside a small team of others), will lead four different technical seminars covering topics such as a Leva technical overview, ZM Filter technical overview, water testing workshop and a La Marzocco Product Improvement presentation. Each seminar will be around 1-hour long. Registration is now open, and space is limited to 30 people per class, so sign up while you can!

Leva Technical Presentation – https://levatech.eventbrite.com

ZM Filter Technical Presentation – https://zmfiltertech.eventbrite.com

Water Testing Workshop – https://lamarzoccowater.eventbrite.com

La Marzocco Product Improvement Presentation –  https://lamarzoccoimprovement.eventbrite.com

 

La Marzocco Cafe News: Introducing Year Three Roasters in Residence

In its second year, the La Marzocco Cafe hosted 12 specialty coffee companies for month-long residencies – each one sharing its own unique approach to coffee with our Seattle community. These companies put a tremendous amount of time into creating their residencies, working with our team to seamlessly set a new stage each month. This past year we welcomed partners from three different countries and eight states including: Toby’s Estate, Madcap, Four Barrel, Coffee Supreme, Olympia, La Fontaine de Belleville, Quills, Caffé Umbria, Kickapoo, Atlas Importers, and Onyx Coffee Lab. Next week, we’ll welcome George Howell Coffee as our final Resident for Year Two.

Through our Roaster in Residence program, we’re able to showcase the breadth of specialty coffee while offering our guests access to coffee education and opportunities to build relationships with the greater coffee community through various classes, throwdowns, panel events and weekly coffee tastings. We send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each of our Residents for sharing their passion and stories with us!

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to announce the next line up of roasters who will carry us from May 2018 through February 2020! During our recent application period, we received a myriad of applications from companies all over the world. We were inspired by so many, making it extremely difficult to narrow the selection down. Our goal was to have a diverse group – each with unique company perspectives, sizes, geography, and menu offerings – all in an effort to showcase the many specialty coffee and service philosophies. We are so grateful to each company who took the time to thoughtfully and creatively fill out applications. Representing six countries and eight states, we are honored to be able to welcome the following as our future Roasters in Residence:

Cuvée Coffee, Austin,TX

Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Lakewood, CO

La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia, PA

Port of Mokha, Oakland, CA

Equator Coffee, San Rafael, CA

The Coffee Collective, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seesaw Coffee, Shanghai, China

Dapper and Wise, Portland, OR

Linea Caffe, San Francisco, CA

Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia, PA

Allpress Espresso, Auckland City, New Zealand

Metric Coffee, Chicago, IL

Bonanza Coffee Roasters, Berlin, Germany and Onibus Coffee, Tokyo, Japan

Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, CA

Ditta Artiginale, Florence, Italy

4th Dimension Coffee, Durham, NC

Kuma Coffee, Seattle, WA

Onda Origins, Seattle, WA

Five Elephant, Berlin, Germany

Congratulations, Roasters – we look forward to working with you soon at the La Marzocco Cafe!

La Marzocco Cafe News: April – Thank you Onyx Coffee Lab and Welcome George Howell Coffee

Our team at the La Marzocco Cafe will be serving the incredibly tasty and creative coffee menu by Onyx Coffee Lab for just one more week! Filled with both comfort and adventurous drinks – in addition to a selection of single origin coffees and blends, the menu Onyx created for their residence has something for every coffee lover.

Each month, our residents are able to choose which espresso machine they would like to use. Onyx is our first Resident to use a complete espresso setup from our sister company, Modbar. Modbar’s under-counter, sleek design allows for enhanced engagement between the cafe staff and guests. Onyx has used their residence as an opportunity to test their vision for a “finisher” station. As described by Lani Paschall, Experience Coordinator and Barista at the La Marzocco Cafe, this station “is envisioned to be the highest barista position, meant to be a final point of hospitality and engagement between the cafe team and their guests – this is where the final product is garnished, sweetened, presented and served. The low profile of the Modbar unit further enables engagement between host and guest – I’d go so far as to say that it requires it! This presents us with a unique challenge to step up our hospitality game. I love a hospitality challenge, so I quite enjoy the finishing station for this reason.”

We love that Onyx has implemented this finisher station for their residence and that the Modbar equipment complements the goal of enhanced hospitality. Come check it out and see what you think before Onyx finishes up their residence next week. We’ll be serving their menu through Monday, April 9.

We’d like to send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire team at Onyx Coffee Lab. We’re especially grateful to owners Andrea and Jon Allen, as well as Dylan Siemens and Lance Hedrick for all their involvement in planning the residence, training our staff, and hosting classes for our guests in Seattle. We’ve loved serving your coffees and specialty drinks and our guests have very clearly enjoyed consuming them! From our team to yours – thank you!

We are beyond honored to announce that our final Year Two Roaster in Residence is George Howell Coffee from Boston, MA!

George Howell Coffee was founded in 2004 by veteran coffee pioneer George Howell. From the company: “George started George Howell Coffee with the focus and passion to identify, source and roast the highest quality coffees available. We carefully roast every bean to highlight the farmer’s craftsmanship and the influence of each crop’s region and climate or terroir. Our mission is to seek out the best coffees on Earth. We buy the finest regional and single farm-sourced coffees for coffee lovers who share in our quest for the ultimate cup!”

If there are legends in the specialty coffee world, George Howell is certainly one. Since the 1970’s, he has traveled extensively to coffee producing farms, has worked to raise specialty coffee quality standards and economic sustainability for coffee farmers, has written for many food and beverage publications, and has guest lectured at prestigious universities. He has greatly influenced popular coffee culture as well, including his role in creating the Frappuccino™ back in the early nineties. To read Howell’s full biography and contributions to the emergence and growth of specialty coffee, head here.

George Howell has been pioneering a way to keep top quality coffees tasting fresh much longer than their normal shelf-life. By freezing green coffees at the peak of their maturity, the natural aging process can be halted, allowing coffees to outlast their seasonality. Through this innovative process, coffees that were harvested months, even years ago, can taste like they just left the farm. We are thrilled that George Howell’s menu will have some of these “vintage” coffees for our guests to experience during their residence including a Kenyan and an Ethiopian, both to be brewed via pour over. The menu will also feature a selection of signature drinks, including the Cloud 9 which has a fruity, sangria-like base steeped with San Antonio, Colombia coffee, and dolloped with Ethiopian honey whipped cream. Also on the menu, a coffee that has achieved near-mythological status – the La Esmeralda Gesha from Panama.

George Howell himself will be at the La Marzocco Cafe on Friday, April 20, hosting two events including a blind cupping of fresh crop versus previous years crops that have been preserved by freezing to showcase how they hold up over time. These events are free, but attendance will be limited. To see all events during George Howell’s residence and to reserve your spot, head here.

We’ll be serving George Howell Coffee at the La Marzocco Cafe from Tuesday, April 10 through Monday, May 7.

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