Menu Overview: Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

As we embrace the beginning of fall here in the Pacific Northwest, we are thrilled to have a resident at the La Marzocco Cafe that shares the seasons with us – Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. As long time friends and partners of La Marzocco, it’s an honor to host them in Seattle. Olympia has exclusively used our espresso machines since the company began, and for its residence, all espresso drinks will be made on our Strada AV. Guests are invited to line up at the machine and explore the menu. Read on for some of the highlights!

Espresso

There are two espresso options on the menu, including Olympia’s primary espresso, Sweetheart. Sweetheart is a rotating, seasonal single origin coffee. Sam Schroeder, co-owner of Olympia Coffee points out that, “Sweetheart intentionally does not try to achieve a consistent flavor profile, but rather provides our guests with a seasonal variety of flavors specific to a given moment.” The Sweetheart concept is one way the company implements its overall goal of “Quality Coffee and Quality of Life.” Schroeder goes on to explain, “If we feature a farmer’s coffee as Sweetheart Espresso, we can buy over 10 times as much coffee from that farmer than if we were to feature it as filter coffee alone. This has the ability to create much stronger bonds with farmers and improve quality of life at origin.” The current version of Sweetheart Espresso is from the Kirinyaga District of Kenya, where the coffee has grown on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. It’s a dynamic espresso with flavors of citrus, caramel and berry.

Pour Over Coffee

Rotating throughout the residence is Olympia’s full offering of single origin coffees, brewed via pour over. There are five options offered daily with a Barista’s Pick based on what our baristas are loving that day. Though it does offer a blend to wholesalers, Olympia’s retail menu is very focused on single origins. Schroeder explains, “We do an immense amount of work with farmers to source and develop specific coffees. For example, I think of the coffees we have from Ricardo Ariz, four specific coffees from one farm in El Salvador. These coffees are so intentional and dynamic on their own and we want to present them in their pure form.” All four of Ricardo Ariz’s coffees will be available during Olympia’s residence. We recommend trying them all to experience the variations in coffee even from within the same farm.

Cold Coffee

Olympia has two selections on tap daily – refreshing cold coffee and smooth nitro cold coffee. Both are currently made with Olympia’s Kenya Kirinyaga Sweetheart. Or, try Olympia’s bottled options – one made with an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and the other, Olympia’s Big Truck Organic Blend. While the coffees in Big Truck change with the seasons, its flavor profile of sweet chocolate and ripe berries remains the same. The current blend is created with Direct Trade Colombia San Fermin Organic and Ethiopia Adisu Kindane Natural Organic.

Ice Cream Drinks

We’ve teamed up with Molly Moon’s for another month of sweet coffee and ice cream creations. Try a Nitro Float, an Espresso Milkshake, or an Affogato. All are made with the perfect ratio of Olympia coffee to Molly Moon’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Tea

We’ll be brewing tea from Rishi Tea for Olympia’s residence. The tea menu has a nice selection of black, green, herbal and oolong teas. Other than with a warm cup of coffee, we can’t think of a better way to welcome the fall season than with a comforting mug of Rishi Earl Grey.

Taste

Try a sampling of Olympia’s coffee’s as folks from their team will be hosting our weekly Friday Coffee Tastings at 10 AM for the duration of their residence. Here’s what’s coming up in the next three weeks:

  • Friday, September 22: Shared Terroir, Explore four distinct coffees from one farm

Presented by Sam Schroeder, Director of Education, 2015 NW Barista Champion

  • Friday, September 29: Processing and its role in coffee’s flavor

Presented by Honor Forte, Director of Sales, 2014 NW Brewer’s Cup Champion

  • Friday, October 6: Varietals, from classics to the exotic

Presented by Sam Schroeder, Director of Education, 2015 NW Barista Champion

We’ll be serving Olympia Coffee’s menu through October nine. To see the full coffee and tea menus head here.

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