Best Photo of the Week!

Kent Bakke just received this photo, via text, from Daymond Jordan. We think it’s pretty awesome.

Daymond Jordan restores old La Marzocco machines, under the company Old School Espresso. He can be reached at daymondjordan (at) me (dot) com or at 206-619-7744.

 

DC Coffee

What better to do in DC than do a coffee crawl with people who know the scene best? Alex and Brian of Counter Culture and John of Coffee Catcher. Began with coffee cupping and espresso tastings of Apollo and Toscano.

Chinatown Coffee Company (feat. coffees from Counter Culture and Intelligentsia)

Peregrine Espresso (feat. Counter Culture): Julie (right) is the BGA’s Mid-Atlantic chapter rep and pulls a mean shot.

Dolcezza (feat. Wrecking Ball, Ritual, Intelligentsia, and Counter Culture): A gelateria featuring coffee or a cafe featuring gelato? Don’t matter. They put extensive emphasis on both. My first encounter of Wrecking Ball’s DMT espresso.

Nice to see a custom pourover bar fabricated by Kyle at Ritual in DC.

Filter Coffeehouse (feat. Caffe Pronto): Around the corner from Dolcezza in Dupont Circle is Filter. They have a really inconspicuous espresso machine.

Filter’s tshirt! OMG OMG

Ride.Studio.Cafe

Flipping through the new issue of Bicycling magazine, it’s a pleasant surprise to see a picture of bikes in the reflection of a shiny new LM Linea. Yes, it’s a bike shop + cafe hybrid. This time hailing from Lexington, MA.

Ride.Studio.Cafe is a bike centric shop with a warm, inviting cafe atmosphere. They sell Cervelo, Honey, Public, and Seven bikes. I think the best part of it all is that they offer an indoor bike parking area do you won’t have to worry about watching your bike.

Taken with my ghetto scanner i.e. iPhone:

Pink is The New Black

… only if you’ve won the Giro d’Italia or you’re into Legally Blond. But damn these people at Cups, an organic cupcakery, lounge and teaching kitchen, in La Jolla, CA make it look sweet!

Summer BBQ’in

Summer is about grilling grotesque amount of meats with disproportionally unhealthy amount of vegetables, mostly for color contrast. I think our friends at La Marzocco Italy has our company grill here easily beat, hands down.

La Marzocco Italy calls Scarperia (just 5 min away from downtown Florence) home, which is nice because not only do they have a huge patio for company BBQ, they also have a nice view of Ferrari’s test race track.

Yes, Tuscans do love meat.

NYC Coffee

NYC is known for great food but their coffee was only as good as its urban fragrance exhibited in the subways during the peak summertime heat. That is, until in the recent years, when major roasters and key local coffee heroes paved the way for specialty coffee.

This is, of course, not news. But I am here to show you some delicious pictures of coffee and food from our adventures in NYC during LMOOB NYC last month:

Unfortunately it was only last weekend that the super upscale (read: expensive) cycling clothing brand Rapha opened their “pop up” store on Bowery. Filled with various cycling memorabilia and paraphernalia (wake up, Eddie Merckx fans!), the store is also interesting that they’re streaming Tour de France live (what better way to watch 60 pro riders fall all over spilled motor oil?) AND they have a built in coffee shop, courtesy of Third Rail Coffee and Stumptown. So next time you’re in Manhattan and want a pair of Team Issue Bib Shorts to go along with your cortado, swing by Rapha on 352 Bowery.

Of course there are a number of other notable coffee establishments in NYC but, due to limitations in time, I wasn’t able to swing by (Joe, Bluebird), forgot to take pictures (Blue Bottle, Gimme, Grumpy), or wasn’t open just yet (Caffetteria).

Lastly, what better way to end this mini slide show with the 3 amigos singing and playing guitars on #7 en route to Queens?

Intelligentsia Videos

Department of the 4th Dimension (from someone in the 4th dimension I suppose) has decided to enter our dimension in search of the “ultimate tastemakers” (in their words). Wouldn’t that mean the 4th dimension is pretty tasteless then?

Their journey begins with three videos on Intelligentsia in Venice, CA. Uber barista Kyle Glanville stars in this black & white mini-series opposite of their Espresso Partsrestored and souped up vintage La Marzocco GS/2. The docudrama cinematography combined with onscreen charisma oozing from Kyle will sure to make all the lady baristas from around the country gush.

LM Out of the Box SWEDEN

La Marzocco Out of the Box is an opportunity for baristas, roasters, cafe owners, and just about everybody to come together and check out new coffee equipment, R&D and, well, just party. The concept was first realized at HOST in Milan last Fall and, just recently, was held at Espresso Specialisten in Sweden.

Other than geeking out on espresso, the event featured vac pot brewing, latte art jam, and probably lots of alcohol.

Out of the Box NYC edition is coming June 9-10 at Chelsea Market. It will be a fun event, featuring new (LM and others) coffee equipment, geeking out on coffee, and hands on fun. Details are being worked out right now but we’ll make all related announcements on this blog.

Serrano Social Club GS/2

Tony’s christening the new Serrano Social Club GS/2 (with a mini bottle of Maker’s Mark)

SCAA last week marked the first time Tony’s new restored and souped up GS/2 was shown to the world (and to Tony). A creation of Espresso Parts’ customization arm, the GS/2 sports a gold-bronze color finish and a fully functional, old school variable pressure brewing mechanism. Best of all, it features a fancy tiara, right up Tony’s alley.

The “Serrano Social Club” tiara on the GS/2

This machine will be featured in Tony’s new cafe in Modesto, CA, opening sometime later this year (?).

Click here to see the full Flickr set by Espresso Parts.

Doodling…from our friend Michelle @ Blue Bottle SF

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