La Marzocco Cafe News: August- Thank you Four Barrel and Coffee Supreme Preview

We’ve had a beautiful, balmy month in Seattle–perfect weather for our guests to enjoy the newly released cold coffee currently being offered by Roaster in Residence, Four Barrel. Our team has served copious amounts of this coffee-on-tap, which unlike most cold coffee, is brewed hot then almost instantly cooled and kegged–a method that successfully preserves the flavors of the coffee. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to taste this new drink before Four Barrel’s residence ends in just one week. On Wednesday, August 2 we’ll be offering one dollar off every purchase of Four Barrel’s cold coffee. Bring a friend and enjoy either the sweet and syrupy Houdini, or the bright and floral Limelight.

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We’d like to send our thanks and many high-fives to the team at Four Barrel for being our Roaster in Residence for the past month and to all who worked so hard to make it a success. Special thanks goes out to Skip Colombo, Carrie Waye, Logan Greenwald, Mike Squires and owners Jeremy Tooker, Jodi Geren and Tal Mor.

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As a company, La Marzocco is dedicated to bringing guests who visit our cafe the very best coffee from around the globe. We are pleased to introduce our next Roaster in Residence, Coffee Supreme, who quite literally hails from the other side of the world–New Zealand and Australia.

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Coffee Supreme has been selling coffee and creating relationships for nearly 25 years. They have a long history in specialty coffee and their story is certainly worth a read. Here’s one line that especially resonates: “Since coffee began, it has been central to many cultures’ social comings-together, regardless of class or standing. It has become synonymous with generosity and sharing, and these are values we love.”

In addition to their menu, Coffee Supreme will be bringing what most certainly must be a part of their success and longevity–a strong company culture of generosity and hospitality alongside a heavy dose of creativity and fun!

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For their launch event, Coffee Supreme will be generously hosting what has become a tradition for them: Supreme Meets. As described by Supreme, “Amazing things can happen over a cup of coffee. Here at Supreme, what happens around a shared cup of coffee is just as important as what’s in it. Supreme Meets is just that; filling the room with interesting, friendly people creates great conversations–who knows what might happen.”

Supreme Meets: Seattle Edition will be on Wednesday, August 9th from 8 AM to 10 AM. All are invited to come together to make toast, drink coffee and enjoy inspiring conversation!

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The creative team at Supreme will be making over the Cafe with their quirky yet smart style and branding. From tray liners to barista socks to custom ceramics and pins, get ready for an instagrammable month! Watch out for loads of Aussie and Kiwi language as Coffee Supreme will do our first ever Instagram takeover. Be sure to follow along the first week of their residence when Creative Director Al Keating and Art Director Douglas Johns take the reins on the Cafe Instagram account and post from their Supreme view.

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We’re thrilled to have Coffee Supreme on deck! We will begin serving their menu on Tuesday, August 8th and will continue to serve Four Barrel Coffee through Monday, August 7.

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Photo Menu: Campos Coffee

Last week we welcomed Campos Coffee from Sydney, Australia as our fourth Roaster in Residence to the La Marzocco Cafe in Seattle. Owners Will Young and Raf Bartkowski are long-time partners of La Marzocco; they opened their first cafe in 2002 with a 3-group Linea Classic. Today, Campos has eight company-owned cafes, and wholesales their coffee to 300 cafes throughout Australia. They are already winning over Seattle coffee lovers with their menu options, high-quality coffees, and commitment to creating a positive experience for every guest.

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When navigating Campos’s menu, guests will see some options they may not be used to. For a shot of espresso, order a “Short Black” and for an Americano a “Long Black.” A Piccolo Latte has a single shot of espresso, like a macchiato, but has more steamed milk and is served in a 4.5 oz glass. A debate over the differences between the Australian Flat White and the Cappuccino rages on, but this month you’ll be able to try the two side by side and draw your own conclusions as they are both on the Campos menu.

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Brew ratios for espresso and espresso-based beverages during Campos’s residency are quintessentially Australian. Espresso brewed as a Short Black or for other espresso-based beverages is prepared with 23 grams of dry coffee in the portafilter, with a target brew ratio of 1:1.7 (by comparison, Italian cafes prepare espresso with 5-7 grams of coffee in the portafilter). Campos’s Long Black is prepared with a brew ratio closer to 1:1, yielding a thick, striking crema on the top of the beverage.

Campos uses their signature Superior Blend in all their milk beverages as well as for espresso, and has a rotation of single-origin coffees that are used for espresso and filter coffee. No matter the drink, Campos is committed to quality and they are being rewarded for it. Most recently, Coffee Review gave them the top score in a comparison of single-origin coffees from around Australia. Campos’ Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Goro scored a 94 and is available to order during their residence at the cafe.

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Perhaps one of Campos’ most endearing offerings is their Barista Kids Menu. When asked how this came about Bartkowski explained, “We noticed a lot of moms coming into our cafes, so to keep their kids occupied, we’d make them special drinks. Many times we even give these to kids for free. It lets people with kids know they are welcome. It’s crazy popular.” The Kids menu includes a Babycino (steamed milk with cocoa powder), hot chocolate, and iced chocolate.

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For the kid in everyone, Campos is offering their signature drink, the Affogato, all month long. They’ll be served with one of three ice cream flavors including Toasted White Chocolate made exclusively for La Marzocco Cafe by Portland’s beloved Salt & Straw.

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Finally, to go along with their drinks, guests will find several savory food options popular in Australia such as pork meat pie (La Marzocco Cafe’s version is made by the London Plane), smashed “avo” toast and Vegemite toast. Vegemite is a dark, savory and salty spread that is very nutritious and according to Bartkowski. It is the most popular choice in Campos’s cafes.

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Campos’s menu will be featured at the La Marzocco Cafe until August 29th. Check out their full menu here and be sure to stop by!

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