With just a week left as our current Roaster in Residence at the La Marzocco Cafe, we want to give Heart Roasters a huge thank you for an incredible month. Their menu boasts an impressive list of single origin coffees in addition to their Stereo blend that we hope you’ve had a chance to taste and enjoy. We are grateful to owners Wille and Rebekah Yli-Luoma for putting so much time and effort into the residence, to Chris Casassa and Ryan Cross for being here to train our staff and interact with our guests and to the entire Heart team!
We are very pleased to be welcoming as the final roaster of our first year, Tim Wendelboe from Oslo, Norway!
After many years of running a chain of coffee shops in Oslo, Tim Wendelboe wanted to further explore roasting and other ways he could push the quality of coffee in Norway and around the world. He opened the doors to his company in 2007, and it is now a combined store, espresso bar, roastery and training center for baristas and coffee enthusiasts.
The Tim Wendelboe team spends much of their time traveling to origin, working closely with several producers across Central and South America in order to innovate and improve the quality of the coffees they buy. In 2015, the company purchased their own farm in Colombia named Finca el Suelo and has planted coffee on the land. The goal for the farm is that it will be a place for learning how to raise coffee quality with sustainable farming practices.
Tim Wendelboe focuses on sourcing and roasting the best single origin coffees they can find. By keeping each variety and lot of coffee that they source separate, each coffee’s unique characteristics can be on full display. Wendelboe is known for his lighter roasts, which highlight the sweet, fruity, floral and bright characteristics of each coffee. His roasting style has influenced specialty coffee not only in Norway but around the world. He has won the Nordic Roaster Competition five times in the past nine years!
Guests to the La Marzocco Cafe during Tim Wendelboe’s residence can expect a menu that focuses on tasting the individual characteristics of their coffees via espresso, cold coffee and aeropress. Other than the option to add steamed milk, there are no flavors or additions to their coffee drinks. With the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Expo happening in Seattle Center in April, this will truly be a month dedicated to coffee enthusiasts. Tim Wendelboe is excited to share their coffees with the La Marzocco Cafe community and hopes that all guests to the cafe during their residence will come in with an open mind, ready to experience and appreciate the story behind each cup of coffee and how different each one can taste.
The La Marzocco Cafe will continue to serve Heart Roasters menu through Monday, March 20. Tim Wendelboe’s residence will run from March 21st through May 1st.