La Marzocco Cafe News – Thank you Linea Caffe and Welcome Elixr Coffee

Seattle – just a week left to visit the La Marzocco Cafe with Linea Caffe as our Roaster in Residence! It has been an honor serving the coffees that the Linea team has meticulously sourced, roasted and placed onto their menu for our Seattle guests to enjoy. We are so grateful to the entire team at Linea for the time and effort put into crafting their residence, specifically Robyn Brems, Director of Operations and Michelle Giroux, Linea Caffe Manager. Special thanks goes to Linea Founder and long-time friend of La Marzocco, Andrew Barnett for personally being involved in every aspect of the residence, giving our Seattle guests the same impeccable coffee and service that is experienced in his own cafe. When in San Francisco, be sure to check it out!

If you haven’t been in this month, we definitely recommend coming by to try Linea’s coffees – or take a bag with you to brew at home!

Linea Caffe’s lineup of espresso-based drinks and single-origin coffees will be available at the La Marzocco Cafe through Monday, February 11.

On Tuesday, February 12 we’ll welcome our next Roaster in Residence: Elixr Coffee Roasters coming to us from Philadelphia!

Founded in 2010, Elixr Coffee is continually engaged in perfecting the sourcing, roasting, preparation, and delivery of the most delicious coffees they can find. They specialize in lighter-roasted unique and exquisite coffees and are firm believers in the Direct Trade model – by building long lasting relationships with producers, both producer and roaster can invest in each other.

After spending time living in Sumatra, Indonesia where he was immersed in a lively coffee culture, Elixr Founder, Evan Inatome knew he wanted to bring amazing coffee and connections to Philadelphia. In addition to roasting and serving incredible coffee, Elixr has created a culture that strongly supports the creative community in Philadelphia, providing space that promotes an open and active dialogue between themselves, the artists and the community at large.

“One thing we believe really strongly in is supporting and promoting the creative community in Philadelphia. Our art program, founded by Ryan Strand Greenberg in 2012, showcases art installations and public events at our Center City location. The program has commissioned six art installations annually and has held over 50 public events to date.” – Elixr Coffee

As part of their residency at the La Marzocco Cafe, Elixr will be showcasing six fabric-based works by Philadelphia artist Gerri Spilka. The artwork will be unveiled during Elixr’s launch party on February 13 – where guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and the crew from Elixr. This event is invite-only. To receive an invite, be sure to sign up for our Local’s Newsletter.  

From Elixr: “We are honored to have the opportunity to share ourselves with folks in Seattle who may never make it to one of our Philadelphia cafes. From our special lots such as El Injerto, Guatemala to Las Brumas, El Salvador and our unique art installation, we feel that people will have a unique ability to feel what Elixr Coffee is truly about. Our main goal is to bring a bit of what we feel makes us and Philly special to everyone that comes to the La Marzocco Cafe.”

Menu Highlights


Sip on Elixr’s signature espresso, Beekeeper, which features a round, caramel sweetness that is smooth, nuanced, and incredibly approachable, or their seasonal blend, Lunar Lander, with notes of melon, pink berry and semi sweet chocolate. Each one can be enjoyed alone, or with your choice of steamed milk.

Hand Poured Coffee

Elixr has chosen four single-origin coffees for their menu including staff favorite – Juan Vergara from Ecuador – a coffee that boasts notes of jasmine, starfruit and fruit punch. Also on the menu – their El Injerto from Guatemala which has been a Cup of Excellence winning lot seven times over!

Kopi Sanger

The traditional coffee drink Evan Inatome enjoyed with friends while living in Sumatra – made with a shot of Beekeeper espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

Anise Pistachio Mocha

House-made anise simple syrup and chocolate sauce swirled into a shot of espresso, steamed milk and topped with roasted pistachio shavings.

To see our current menu head here. Elixr’s full menu will be posted there on their launch day, Tuesday, February 12.  

Events during Elixr Coffee’s Residence

Friday Coffee Tastings at 10 AM – a team member from Elixr will be in Seattle every weekend during their Residence and will host our weekly tastings. Coffees and themes will vary. Check our Facebook page weekly for updates.

Omakase Service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Elixr’s Residence – Omakase is an intimate 6-course coffee tasting where guests will have the opportunity to try off the menu, competition and exotic coffees – all chosen by Elixr baristas. Common in Japanese cuisine, Omakase literally translates “I’ll leave it up to you.” $20 per guest.

Head to our Facebook page for more information on these events and to purchase tickets for the Omakase Service!

The KB90 has landed in the US!

To celebrate our milestone years, starting with 1998, La Marzocco has created a new body style to re-imagine the most popular model of the time. For our 70th anniversary we developed the FB70 on the Linea Classic model. For the 80th, it was the FB80 that transformed the GB5. For our 90th anniversary we couldn’t be more excited to share the KB90, a re-design of the Linea PB.


In the past, these special edition machines have been mainly cosmetic changes. But for our 90th anniversary, the R&D team at La Marzocco developed several new innovative features that increase efficiency and the ease of use for the barista. The addition of these features combined with the consistency and reliability of the Linea PB make it the ultimate workflow machine for busy cafes.

The KB90 is named for our Board Chairman, Kent Bakke. Kent pioneered one of the most exciting new features of the KB90, the Straight-in Portafilter. Kent has always seen La Marzocco’s mission to create machines that make the lives of the barista easier and more efficient and the KB90 embodies this philosophy.

Here are some details of the most exciting new features:

Straight-in Portafilter

The Straight-In Portafilter is designed to simplify the motions required to engage the portafilter and reduce the strain on the barista for even greater performance and everyday usability. High volume coffee environments demand that a barista work fast and efficiently to produce drinks during busiest periods of the day. The Straight-In Portafilter can noticeably mitigate the repetitive stress injuries occurring through its ease of action improving the natural workflow and output of barista. It has been proven in a study conducted by Faentia Consulting S.r.l. that the Straight-In Portafilter System can reduce strain on the barista by 12 times.

Steam Flush

The Steam Flush automatically cleans the shower screen with a burst of steam and a flush of hot water through the grouphead after each extraction. Thanks to the use of hot steam the shower screen remains clean longer, compared to the use of hot water only. Steam Flush helps high volume cafes keep the machine clean with the goal of reducing the number of times the barista needs to back flush during service.

Easy Rebuild Steam Wand

The KB90 is equipped with a new steam valve, accessible directly from the steam knob. In case of regular, preventive or extraordinary maintenance, this feature minimizes machine downtimes.

KB90 will also feature individual boilers, Pro Touch steam wands, and Drip Prediction enabled scales. We can’t wait for you to try out the machine.


KB90 Launch Events

Join us in Seattle, Los Angeles and New York for our KB90 Launch Events. You will have the chance to demo the KB90 and hear from our Board Chairman, Kent Bakke, about the development of the Straight-in Portafilter. We’d love to see you there to celebrate the launch of our latest machine.

Seattle – February 4th, 6:30 PM

Los Angeles – February 15th, 5:30 PM

New York – February 21st, 2 PM – 6 PM

If you are not able to make it to one of our KB90 Launch Events, we are looking forward to showing it to you in Boston at our SCA booth. To learn more about the KB90 visit our global KB90 web page.


Let’s Fix It! Los Angeles

Let’s Fix It! Los Angeles

February 22 -23, Black Rabbit Service Co.

Los Angeles! We’re back at it – Let’s Fix It hits the road February 22 & 23 at Black Rabbit Service Co. Spend the weekend with us in hands-on workshops hosted by industry leading women specializing in technical repair work. These workshop is designed to encourage baristas to explore some of the basic skills required to repair and maintain brewing and grinding equipment.

Let’s Fix It! focuses on encouraging women to become equipment technicians, but is open to any & all. Together, we’ll go through an introduction to the skills needed to become an equipment tech, with each session being taught by leading women in the technical field of the Coffee Industry. At the end of each event, you’ll walk away with the knowledge set and skills to take greater ownership of your coffee equipment, and be started on the path to become an equipment tech.

Throughout the days, we’ll cover:

Hand Skills and Basic Electrical
Install an Espresso machine
A Guided Tour through an Espresso Machine
Preventative Maintenance and Basic Troubleshooting
Grinder Maintenance and Troubleshooting

Presenters include:
Sarah Dullas: Equipment Technician for Black Rabbit Service
Rebecca Jones: Wholesale Technical Services for Counter Culture Coffee
Sheli Maciel: Senior Educator & Training Specialist for Allegro Coffee
Rachel Dickinson: Aftersales Support Technician for La Marzocco

Let’s Fix It! spans over two days, and is free and open to the public. RSVP at the links below—we expect spots to go quickly!

Day One:

Day Two:

See you there!

La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you Dapper & Wise, Welcome Linea Caffe and Happy New Year!

It is with much excitement and gratitude that we write our first post of 2019! We’ve had a full year at the La Marzocco Cafe and are so grateful to each of you – our guests, our vendors, our roasters, our friends. Thanks for being a part of our year and allowing us to continue to do what we love: highlight the breadth and diversity of specialty coffee in an environment that encourages education and community. We look forward to sharing much more good coffee in the coming months!

Looking back over December, we’ve had the privilege of serving a very festive menu by Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters. They’ve helped us celebrate the season with their beautifully roasted coffee, delicious signature drinks and fun collaborations. With just a week left in their residence, we highly recommend coming by and savoring every last drop!

Dapper & Wise has one last event planned to delight our Seattle guests. On Saturday, January 5, from 11 am – 4 pm, Oregon based Bigwig Donuts will be popping up in our space! Come enjoy donut holes made to order, crispy crusted with sugar on the outside, soft and doughy in the middle. The Lemon Donut Latte – the final Collaboration Series drink being served this week – is inspired by Bigwig Donuts. The Latte is vegan (like the donuts!) made with steamed Oatly oat milk, espresso, maple, cinnamon, clove, and lemon.

We’re sending our immense gratitude to the entire Dapper & Wise team for being our Roaster in Residence over the past month. We are grateful to founders Evan Aldrete and Tyler Geel for creating a company that fosters joy and builds meaningful relationships. We have experienced both this month – along with a delicious offering of coffee! Special thanks goes to Aubrey Mills, Grahm Doughty and Michael Ryan from Dapper & Wise who were tasked with the overall creation and implementation of their residence. They put in many hours of work and planning and were all here to see it through during launch week and beyond. It’s been a joy to work with you all and we send our sincerest thanks!  

We’ll be serving Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters menu until 4 pm on Monday, January 7.

As we ring in the New Year, we are thrilled to announce our next Roaster in Residence: Linea Caffe from San Francisco will be launching on Tuesday, January 8!

Founded by Andrew Barnett, a much-loved pioneer of specialty coffee, Linea Caffe is a coffee roasting company with a warm and modern coffee bar in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission District. Linea’s mission is to secure, purchase, roast, and serve the world’s finest coffees. Linea strongly supports the sustainable efforts of farmers and organic farming techniques while sharing joy and building a global community through flavorsome, clean, fair, and healthy coffees.

Andrew Barnett got his start in the coffee industry in the 1970s. At age 17, he took a trip to visit San Francisco and liked it so much he decided to stay there. He got jobs training as a chef at two of the top restaurants in the area. Eventually, he worked at his neighborhood café, where he prepared soups, quiche, salads, daily specials and coffee. He immediately fell in love with being a barista and preparing espresso drinks.

“This is what started my 40-year love affair with espresso,” reflects Barnett. “I realized that whether you’re in the kitchen or at the coffee bar, it is all cuisine. Working as a barista demands the highest level of focus and skill, just like working in any of the finest kitchens.”

In 1994, Barnett opened his first cafe, the Western Caffé which was voted “Best New Sonoma County Restaurant” that year.  Barnett proudly featured a La Marzocco Linea Espresso machine at the Western, and this began his 25-year love affair with La Marzocco.

In 1999, he founded Ecco Caffe, a premium roasting operation providing the freshest and most exemplary coffees. From its inception, Ecco established itself as a vanguard in North America’s emerging “third wave” coffee movement, introducing Cup of Excellence award winning coffee. Ecco’s commitment to sustainable agriculture, premium payments for the best quality beans, direct trade relationships with farmers at origin, small batch roasting, experimental roaster to consumer subscription coffee programs and cutting edge espresso preparation set the bar, early on, for this new movement. In 2009, Barnett sold Ecco to Chicago based Intelligentsia Coffee + Tea. Barnett continued working with Ecco – Intelligentsia until 2012, when he started drawing up plans for Linea Caffe.

On September 18, 2013, Linea opened the doors of it’s elegant little 292 square ft. San Francisco Mission District Cafe. From the get-go, Linea received a stream of glowing media write ups, developed a devoted local following, and became a destination spot for international coffee lovers.

Menu Highlights

Linea Reserve Espresso

Andrew and his team at Linea have created an espresso-focused menu featuring the Linea Reserve Espresso – an unforgettably sweet, clean and balanced blend with notes of honey, sugar cane, vanilla, caramel, marzipan, apricot marmalade and a lingering bittersweet chocolate finish. Enjoy this espresso alone, or with any milk-based drink on the menu.

La Marzocco Experimental Espresso

This coffee was created exclusively for the La Marzocco Cafe Residence by Andrew Barnett, in collaboration with and his long-time friend, Scott Callender, our VP of Marketing at La Marzocco USA. It is an homage to the experimental espresso they created together years ago for Ecco Caffe and will be available throughout Linea’s residence.

Single Origin Coffee

Linea Caffe also has a beautiful selection of single origin coffee on their menu that will be brewed on a daily rotation. Included will be coffee from Brazil, Guatemala, Peru, Ethiopia, Colombia and Kenya. Tasting notes and more information on each coffee will be available in the Cafe and from our Baristas.

Linea Signature Cappuccino  

Featuring Linea’s Experimental Espresso paired with Straus Organic Extra Rich Barista Milk, this may just be the perfect cappuccino! In Barnett’s words, “this milk is exquisitely creamy with a silken mouthfeel. The bittersweet chocolate and caramel notes of Linea’s Espresso pair perfectly with Straus’s Extra Rich Barista Milk. Linea Caffe couldn’t be more excited about sharing Straus Family Creamery’s delicious milk with La Marzocco Cafe guests during our Seattle Residency.”

Based in Northern California, Straus Family Creamery is a certified organic creamery that makes its products from organic milk supplied by nine family farms in Marin and Sonoma Counties, including the Straus Dairy Farm, which is the first certified organic dairy farm west of the Mississippi River. Barnett discovered Straus’s exemplary milk in 1994 and proudly serves it in his cafe still to this day.


It may be winter, but it’s never too cold for a scoop of Molly Moon’s Sweet Cream ice cream doused in a shot of Linea Reserve Espresso!

General Porpoise Doughnuts

Linea Caffe is pairing up with one of Seattle’s favorite doughnut shops to offer scrumptious Italian-style doughnuts. They will be available every Friday during Linea’s residence – while supplies last!

Launch Event with Linea Caffe

On Tuesday, January 8, join us for Linea Caffe’s launch event. At 2 pm, Andrew Barnett will be hosting an espresso tasting in our Home Espresso Lab. Then at 3 pm, he will give a presentation about the development of the Linea Experimental Espresso – the espresso blend created exclusively for Linea’s residence at the La Marzocco Cafe and our Seattle guests! Conversation will include Andrew’s thoughts on sourcing coffee and espresso blend formulation, followed by a Q&A. This event is free and open to all and we look forward to spending an afternoon of coffee and coffee talk with you!

If you haven’t been by to try Dapper & Wise, be sure to do so by January 7. We wish each of you a very Happy New Year – and we hope to see you for coffee soon!


La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you Seesaw Coffee and Welcome Dapper & Wise

For many of us at La Marzocco, Seesaw Coffee offered something new and unique – the chance to experience coffee from China for the first time. As pioneers for specialty coffee in China, Seesaw is dedicated to educating farmers and improving production methods in Yunnan, while at the same time creating their own unique coffee culture in Shanghai. We are so thrilled that Seesaw has been able to introduce themselves here in the United States and we’re grateful for the opportunity to host them in Seattle.

Not only have we been delighted by their coffee, but also the flavor combinations of their signature drinks and their traditional teas. Founder Tom Zong sent a stellar team to launch Seesaw’s residence. Ray Li, Amelie Wang, Juliet Zhu and Lema Tan – we are so appreciative and we thank you so much!

If you haven’t been by the Cafe to check out Seesaw’s residence, be sure to do so by Monday, December 3! The Cafe will then be closed on Tuesday, December 4.

When we re-open on Wednesday, December 5, it will be to our next Roaster in Residence, Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters from Portland, Oregon. Dapper & Wise has collaborated with some of their favorite artisans in Portland, so get ready for a holiday season full of beautifully roasted coffee, clever signature drinks and weekly pop-ups that are sure to delight!

Serving tasty, quality coffee is a given at Dapper & Wise, but we love that founders Evan Aldrete and Tyler Geel also focus on fostering JOY, building meaningful relationships, learning and teaching, being nice to everyone and having FUN! Read on for a preview of what they have planned for their residence at the Cafe.

Joy in a Cup

Dapper & Wise has created a drool-worthy menu. Start by tasting the coffee in its purest form – a shot of Ethiopia Shantawene espresso, the Kenya Tambaya AB pour over, a mug of Colombia La Falda batch brew or a velvety cappuccino.

Then, get in the holiday spirit with a specialty drink, or two… here are some we’re eager to try:

Cloudforest MochaCloudforest chocolate, espresso, and steamed milk. Finished with a spritz of orange extract and Angostura bitters.

Spicy Pear Chai – Made with pear juice, freshly-juiced ginger, and steamed milk. The right amount of sweet and spicy!

Double Gold –  Spicy golden milk made with turmeric, ginger, apple, cayenne and steamed milk.

S’mores Mocha – Cloudforest chocolate, espresso and steamed milk topped with a roasted marshmallow and served with a graham cracker sidecar from Nineteen27 S’mores.

The S’mores Mocha will be available week one of Dapper & Wise’s residence, followed by four more weekly-rotating festive drinks throughout the month. Come try them all!

Holiday Calendar

Be sure to add these dates to your calendar! Dapper & Wise is throwing a launch party the first week of their residence (sign up for our Local’s Newsletter to receive an invite), and will be hosting several other fun events and pop ups to keep the festivities going all month long.

Saturday, December 8, 6 – 8 PM, join in as Dapper & Wise hosts a panel-style conversation focused on the cost of coffee production. Light refreshments and coffee will be served. Free and open to all, but please let us know you’re coming.

Saturday, December 15, 12 – 4 PM, Dapper & Wise will be hosting mini latte art classes. Each will be 30 minutes and are designed as an intro to the basics of free-pour latte art. Classes cost $10 each and you must register here.

Saturdays, December 8, 15, 22, 29, 11 AM – 4 PM, Vanessa Schmidt Co. Pop-up. Come meet Portland floral designer Vanessa Schmidt, she’ll be here every Saturday in December making and selling her modern holiday wreaths. Each one is unique, influenced by the season and finished with hand-dyed 100% silk ribbon. Wreaths will be available for sale in the Cafe all month long.

Saturday, December 29, 2 – 6 PM, Late Shake Pop-up. Milkshakes created by Dapper & Wise Coffee Roasters Creative Director, Grahm Doughty. He’ll be serving up his milkshakes that are created using unique, local ingredients and approachable flavor profiles.

Saturday, January 5, 11 AM – 4 PM, Bigwig Donuts Pop-up. Come enjoy donut holes made to order, crispy crusted with sugar on the outside, soft and doughy in the middle. Choose from classic flavors like maple, chocolate and cinnamon sugar.

Head here for more information on these events and pop-ups and be sure to share the cheer with your friends!

Dapper & Wise will be our Roaster in Residence Wednesday, December 5 through Monday, January 7.


La Marzocco Cafe News: Thanks to The Coffee Collective and Welcoming Seesaw Coffee

Part of our mission at the La Marzocco Cafe is to showcase the breadth and diversity of specialty coffee to our guests in Seattle and to those who travel here on their coffee adventures. For the past month, The Coffee Collective from Copenhagen, Denmark has taken residence and in just over a week we will welcome Seesaw Coffee from Shanghai, China. Our hope is that with each Resident, everyone who comes through our door will experience something new and delightful. 

We want to thank The Coffee Collective for sharing their beautiful coffees with us over the past four weeks. To launch their residence, Klaus Thomsen and Callum Hare traveled from Denmark to spend a week in Seattle training our team. We were privileged to see first-hand the passion and precision that goes into every task at The Coffee Collective. Beyond that, we got to know two incredibly humble people who make connecting with and serving others a priority. We are so grateful to Klaus and Callum and everyone at The Coffee Collective who played a part in creating this residence.

To experience The Coffee Collective’s Scandinavian take on coffee, be sure to head to the La Marzocco Cafe by Monday, October 29.

On Tuesday, October 30 we will welcome Seesaw Coffee from Shanghai, China as our next Roaster in Residence!


In addition to being a country we have never featured before at the La Marzocco Cafe, China is an emerging origin in the specialty coffee scene – even being selected as the portrait country during the 2018 Specialty Coffee Association Expo. Seesaw will be the first coffee from China that most of our team has tasted, so we’re delighted to have this unique experience and to be able to offer it to our Seattle guests as well!

Seesaw Coffee was founded by Tom Zong who began his career as an engineer for Dell, then went on to begin an architecture and design company. Tom wanted to create something though, that spoke to a new generation of consumers in China, and thus began Seesaw Coffee, a company that in his own words, “celebrates individuality and a curiosity for the uncommon.”

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“Seesaw is China’s pioneer and leader in specialty coffee, headquartered in Shanghai. With roots in Yunnan, the heartland of China’s coffee producing region, Seesaw is at the forefront of China’s specialty coffee movement, providing unique coffee experiences to communities across 25 stores. Founded in 2012, the business has doubled every year, a testament to the company’s unrelenting pursuit for quality and excellence. It is the largest and most active roaster and retailer in the Yunnan coffee region; the team is almost halfway through a ten-year project to transform Yunnan into a major specialty coffee region.” –Seesaw Coffee

To read more about Tom Zong, his big plans for Seesaw Coffee and the growing specialty coffee movement in China, head here.

Menu Highlights

Seesaw’s menu will highlight coffee from the province of Yunnan in China that is processed in three different ways – washed, honey and natural. Each one has its own distinct flavor profile and will be available to taste individually or side-by-side as pour over for the duration of the residence. For espresso, Seesaw blends the three together to create their signature 3 Brothers blend, which can be enjoyed alone or in the milk-based drinks on the menu.

Three signature drinks that celebrate nostalgic flavors and traditional ingredients have been created for Seesaw’s residence:

Baby’s Breath – Ethiopia Idido espresso shaken with ice, milk, and Yakult until thick & frothy, then strained and topped with green peppercorn and ground Sichuan pepper. This drink is Seesaw’s throwback to childhood when Yakult, a sweet and tangy milk, is enjoyed by children.

Hem & Haw – Osmanthus-infused cold-brewed Kenya AB coffee shaken with ice and cranberry juice, strained over ice, and served with a small packet of Hawthorn flakes. Osmanthus is a flower used throughout East Asia for its intensely sweet scent and flavor, and hawthorn flakes come from the fruit of the Chinese hawthorn. These ingredients, combined with the fruit-forward Kenyan coffee, make this a sweet and complex drink.

The Meet-Up – A blend of Rooibos tea and Ethiopia Idido coffee are extracted espresso-style into a tea cup, then sweetened with coffee flower honey and topped with textured milk. To Seesaw, this warm, comforting drink is an homage to growing up and the ability to appreciate the coming together of unexpected ingredients.    

Seesaw also has a selection of fine teas offered on their menu:

Dancong or “Flower of Oolong” – Dancong is a family of oolong teas originating from Guangdong Province in China. Known for their ability to naturally imitate the flavors and fragrances of various flowers and fruits, this Dancong has notes of chrysanthemum and magnolia.

Dianhong or “Dragon Eye” – A well-rounded black tea with notes of longan (a tropical fruit) and honey and a finish that follows you long after the tea is gone. What separates Dianhong and other black teas is the large number of fine leaf buds known as “golden tips” present in the dried tea. The tea brews a golden color with a sweet fragrance.

Jiu Qu Hong Mei or “Red Mountain Plum” – A full-bodied black tea. When infused, it has a bright reddish hue and notes of ripe berries, plums and figs. This tea has a rich, nearly 200-year history and is the boldest of the bunch.

Upcoming Events

Come meet the Seesaw team on Thursday, November 1 during their launch party – Tasting China: from Tea to Coffee.

From 4 – 6 PM, Seesaw team members will host three stations set up for guests to move continuously through, beginning with a tea tasting and a Yunnan coffee tasting. These two will be paired with traditional Chinese snacks. The final station will be a tasting of tea and coffee together in one of Seesaw’s signature drinks, the Meet-up.

At 6 PM, led by Ray Li, Head of Operations, the team will present Seesaw’s history and share how coffee is emerging in a traditionally tea-drinking country, focusing on what coffee means to China and to Seesaw.

Then on Friday morning, November 2, Ray Li will host our Friday Coffee Tasting at 10 AM. He’ll take us through a tasting of each Yunnan coffee on the menu as well as a traditional Yunnan tea tasting.

Head here for more info on these events, and we hope to see you there!

La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you Equator Coffees & Teas and Welcoming The Coffee Collective

It has been a joy having Equator Coffees & Teas as our Roaster in Residence at the La Marzocco Cafe over the past month! Through their events, tastings and networking opportunities, they offered not only an enticing coffee menu, but opportunities for our community to connect and mingle as well. Creating genuine community in each neighborhood they place a cafe is a strong focus for Equator as a company – and we truly appreciate their effort in treating their residence here in Seattle the same.

One final public event with Equator is happening Tuesday, September 18 from 7 – 9 pm at the La Marzocco Cafe – an evening open to all, where the roles of several women currently working in the coffee industry will be discussed and explored.

We want to thank Equator’s Founders, Helen Russell and Brooke McDonnell and VP of Operations Maureen McHugh, along with the many passionate people at Equator Coffees & Teas for the incredible work they do each day. Our gratitude goes to all from their team who had a part in this residence, from roasting the coffee to planning events and traveling to Seattle to host them. Special thanks goes to Tovara Salley who worked so hard with our team to put all the pieces together and make it happen! We appreciate you all.

If you haven’t made it in yet to try Equator Coffee’s menu, be sure to do so by Monday, September 24.

Next up, we are so excited to be bringing The Coffee Collective from Copenhagen, Denmark to Seattle as our next Roaster in Residence! We will be serving their menu starting Tuesday, September 25 through Monday, October 29.

The Coffee Collective is just that, a coffee company owned and led (collectively) by Peter Dupont, Klaus Thomsen and Casper Rasmussen. All three began their careers as baristas and, collectively, have over 50 years experience working in the coffee industry. In 2006, Thomsen won the World Barista Champion and has twice become the Danish Barista Champion. Rasmussen became the World Cup Tasting Champion and the European Champion with the Danish Barista Team, both in 2008.

The Coffee Collective has continuously been a leader and innovator in the specialty coffee scene. When the group launched their company in 2007, it was with a dream that still drives them today, “to explore and unfold exceptional coffee experiences in a manner that gives better living conditions to coffee farmers across the globe.” One way The Coffee Collective is leading the charge in this effort is through their Direct Trade model which guarantees that:

  1. The consumer knows that the producer is paid at least 25% more than the Fair Trade price (they even list the exact percentage for each coffee on their website.)
  2. That The Coffee Collective visits that producer every single year.  

Read more about their efforts here, and view their 2018 – and first published – Sustainability Report here.

Menu Highlights

The Coffee Collective is thrilled to be able to showcase their Scandinavian take on coffee and will be bringing their full range of lightly roasted filter coffees as well as a variety of espresso for their residence here in Seattle.

Guests will have the choice of four different filter coffees daily – including both a washed and a natural processed coffee from the same farm, Halo Beriti in the famous Yirgacheffe region of Ethiopia. This coffee as a washed process has a light, delicate acidity and aromas of peach, rose hip and lilac. As a natural process, it is sweet and creamy with medium acidity and aromas of peach, bergamot, strawberry and pineapple.

For espresso, choose Espresso 1 – an intensely aromatic espresso blend with floral top notes, juicy acidity and a fruity aftertaste of black currant and citrus or, Espresso 2 – a sweet and balanced espresso with a creamy body and aftertaste of tropical fruits, nougat and chocolate.

The Coffee Collective’s menu will also offer a selection of caffeine-free beverages that will include herbal teas, hot chocolate, local organic apple juice, hawthorne rose kombucha, and and carrot, orange and coriander soda!

Complement any of these delightful drinks with one of The Coffee Collective’s favorite baked goods. They have collaborated with the London Plane to recreate two classic Danish pastries: Kanel Snurre (Cinnamon Scrolls) and Hindbærsnitter (Raspberry Bars).

Meet Klaus Thomsen and Callum Hare from The Coffee Collective

Klaus Thomsen, Co-founder of The Coffee Collective and Callum Hare, Wholesale Manager, will be here in Seattle for the first week of their residence and have three events planned for our Seattle community during their time here.

First up on Wednesday, September 26, don’t miss The Coffee Collective’s Launch Reception: An Afternoon of Hygge – a quintessential Danish concept meaning cozy, warm and inviting. Enjoy great coffee, tasty food and good people in a warm and inviting environment. Guests are invited to come and go between 2 and 6 pm to sample freshly brewed coffee from The Coffee Collective alongside Smørrebrød (Danish-style open-faced sandwiches) and custom Danish pastries. At 4:00 pm give a warm welcome to Klaus Thomsen as he gives an introduction to The Coffee Collective, along with a brief history of the company and its values, exemplified by their sourcing practices in the Kenyan coffee market. Klaus will end the talk with a public coffee cupping.

On Thursday, September 27, sign up to attend the Nordic Black Brew Filter Class with Klaus Thomsen. 10 guests will have the opportunity to take a class with Klaus Thomsen, learning about lighter roast profiles in coffee and how to brew filter and Aeropress to the Coffee Collective’s recipes. The cost is $25 per person and each guest will go home with their own bag of The Coffee Collective’s Kieni coffee from Kenya. To register for this class, head here.

Finally, on September 28, Klaus and Callum will host our Friday Coffee Tasting at 10 AM. Guests will be able to join in on a public cupping of a selection of coffees from The Coffee Collective’s menu.

Head here for more information on these upcoming events, and to let us know you’re coming!


La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you La Colombe and Welcome Equator Coffees & Teas

As we find ourselves half-way through summer, we hope yours has been full of fun, adventure and lots of great coffee. Those who have spent some time hanging out at the La Marzocco Cafe know that we have had the honor of serving La Colombe Coffee over the past month. It has been the perfect menu for hot days – filled to the brim with Draft Latte, cold brew on tap, Lemonade Shandys and custom-made cascara ice cream! The team at La Colombe did an incredible job encapsulating the feeling of walking into one of their own cafes. From their massive signature “La Colombe” logo and custom Deruta ceramics down to the littlest details like the sugar bowls, nothing was ignored when planning this residence.

We want to thank Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti for meeting up in a Seattle bar years ago to create what would become Philadelphia-based La Colombe, and now, for bringing it full circle back to us. We are also eternally grateful to the entire team at La Colombe who worked on this residence and for all who were present for launch week. It was an honor to meet and work with such an incredibly thoughtful, passionate and hard-working crew!

On Tuesday, August 21, we’re excited to be welcoming the Bay Area’s Equator Coffees and Teas as our Roaster in Residence through September 24!

Equator was founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell. As co-founder and CEO, Helen leads Equator forward. Under her leadership for more than twenty-three years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for it’s values-driven approach, award winning coffee and impactful action around issues of environmentally sustainable and economic empowerment. Brooke McDonnell is the original Master Roaster and Green Coffee Buyer. Brooke’s discerning palate and dedication to sourcing coffee from growers who practice responsible land stewardship in diverse growing regions helped build a coffee program of depth and quality. Together, the two have created a company dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility while maintaining a commitment to high-quality coffee and community-focused cafes.

The team from Equator has been working hard in tandem with our crew at the La Marzocco Cafe to create and implement a menu and schedule of events that will showcase their company’s dedication to quality, sustainability and community to our guests in Seattle and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Menu Sneak Peak

Shakeratos – Because summer is not over yet! Espresso shaken with cream and served over ice. Choose from the classic or add in a swirl of house-made chocolate syrup.

The Million Dollar Macchiato – The One & One, elevated. A split shot of Gesha espresso. One part straight up, one part adorned with saffron-honey steamed milk, and gold leaf.

A Dreamy Espresso Menu – Featuring Equator’s latest edition of their seasonally evolving blend: Eye of the Tiger. This one is built around a richly nuanced and savory coffee from Nicaragua, complemented by two washed coffees from Malawi and Kenya to create a sweet profile of blackberry, ripe plum and baker’s chocolate, with a vibrant lime-like acidity. Alternatively, the Ethiopian Sidama Ardi, a sundried natural coffee with flavors of vanilla, lavender & sweet lemon promises to be very tasty.

Three Gesha Selections – Colombia Cerro Azul Enano, Ethiopia Gesha Village Oma and Costa Rica Puente Tarrazú Gesha. All available as a single pourover, iced pourover or a flight of all three!

World Bicycle Relief Blend – A mellow and rich cup of filter coffee with accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. For every bag of this coffee sold, Equator donates one dollar to World Bicycle Relief, an organization that mobilizes people in rural and developing areas by distributing specially designed, high quality bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs.

Silk Road Tea – Five delicious, diverse teas. Three of which guests are invited to enjoy with us, served only in-house via traditional Chinese Gaiwan bowls, including a Magnolia Blossom Oolong that tastes of roasted almond, honeysuckle and stone fruit.

Community-focused Events

Equator places a high priority on being good neighbors and engaging with its local communities by creating cafe spaces and events that cater to each locations’ individual culture and interests. Treating their residence here in Seattle no differently, they have an event-filled month planned especially for our local Seattle community.

Equator will be launching their residence on Tuesday, August 21 with a Latte Art Throwdown co-hosted by Miir. Want to compete? Head here for all the details and be sure to arrive by 6:30 PM on the night of the event to officially sign up. Want to be a spectator and enjoy an evening with our local coffee community? Be sure you’re signed up for our Locals Newsletter to receive an invite that will get you on the guest list!

Runners and Cyclists – Equator has two events planned for you! First up, a five-mile run from Seven Hills Running Shop ending with complimentary coffee at our Cafe on Sunday, August 26. Then on Sunday, September 9, a community bike ride beginning at our Cafe and ending at Metiér bike shop.

Several other community events are in the works for Equator’s residence including a networking event with the Greater Seattle Business Association, a B Corp fair highlighting several local B Corp businesses and an evening dedicated to women in coffee.

Check our La Marzocco Cafe Facebook Events page regularly for updates on all these events, as well as our Friday Coffee Tastings, which will all be planned by Equator during their residence.

We have loved sharing La Colombe with our guests in Seattle over the past month. If you have not yet had the chance to visit, we will be serving their menu through 4 PM on Monday, August 20, then we welcome Equator on Tuesday morning, August 21.

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 one week prior to the event, at 6:00 pm local time.

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

**HEAD’S UP! Team registration has been filling up within seconds. Registration for each city will open 1 week prior to the event at 6:00 pm local time, and the first 8 teams will get in.**

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:

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: 


Questions? Don’t hesitate to reach out to Josh Littlefield: