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
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-marzocco-usa-launch-event-tickets-55533397888

Los Angeles – February 15th, 5:30 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/la-marzocco-kb90-event-tickets-55728961825

New York – February 21st, 2 PM – 6 PM
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kb90-aperitivo-tickets-55545478020

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.

 

North American GB5 and FB80 machines get an upgrade

We are pleased to announce a new feature, now available on all GB5 and FB80 machines, shipping to North America.

La Marzocco Machine Names

On January 14th, we celebrated a great occasion within the La Marzocco family, as we congratulated Piero Bambi on his 79th birthday. What a milestone!

Piero is the son of Giuseppi Bambi, who, along with Piero’s uncle Bruno, started La Marzocco in 1927. Piero has spent much of his life carrying on his father and his uncle’s legacy of building the finest quality espresso machines. Piero has had a hand in the design of every La Marzocco espresso machine that is currently in production. If you ever visit the La Marzocco factory in Scarperia, just outside of Florence, Italy, you’ll find that Piero still goes into work every day, and is still actively participates in design and engineering projects and meetings.”

With a lineup of espresso machines that includes Linea, GB/5, FB/80, GS/3, and Strada models, we often get questions from our customers and the people who use our equipment about what the names mean.

Our machines are generally named for members of the Bambi family – our founders and our heritage; for important milestones in our history; or for new technological advancements introduced by La Marzocco.

FB Series
In 1997, La Marzocco celebrated its 70th anniversary. In honor of the occasion, La Marzocco introduced an alternate body style that could be installed on the Linea – the only La Marzocco espresso machine that was in production at the time. This special body style was made of resin, and was offered in custom colors of the customer’s choice. To honor the Bambi family, the machine was named the FB/70, or Fratelli Bambi 70 (The brothers Bambi).

The FB/80 is named for the 80th anniversary of La Marzocco. It was designed, built, and released just ahead of the anniversary. Like the FB/70, it features a curvy resin body style that is available in custom colors. The features of the FB/80 are the same as those found in the GB/5.

GB/5
The GB/5 was designed primarily by Piero Bambi, and was released in 2005. The GB/5 features a number of technologies that come together to provide superior temperature stability and control. In 2005, as the time came to release the machine, Piero chose to name it for his wife, Giovanna Bambi. Thus, the name was GB and 5 for 2005, the year it was introduced.

GS/3
The design of the La Marzocco GS/3, introduced in 2007, draws inspiration from the iconic GS series of commercial espresso machines that were in production 1970-1991. The La Marzocco GS was the first dual-boiler espresso machine, and featured saturated groups (“GS” stands for “gruppo saturo”).

Today, the GS series remains iconic for its low profile, classic styling, and as the source of the original paddle group. The styling has endured and is a symbol of what makes La Marzocco so classic. The body style of the GS/3 is reminiscent of the GS series, however, it occupies a smaller footprint, intended for the home or for light commercial uses.

Each La Marzocco espresso machine is named to recognize or pay tribute to our past, our family, and our traditions. We look forward to sharing more as we introduce new products in the future!

New Machine Accessories

La Marzocco has updated the accessories to be packed with ALL machine models.  The Strada MP, GB/5, FB/80 and GS/3 models, which went into production the week of November 21st, have been packed as indicated below.  The Linea and FB/70 models, which entered into production this week, have also been packed as indicated, and the Strada EP will follow shortly.  We hope you enjoy the new products!

 

Accessories Linea 1-group and GS/3 models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 each of 4 sizes – 7, 14, 17 and 21 grams

Accessories Linea, FB/70, GB/5, FB/80 2 and 3 group models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 each of the 14, 3 of the 17 and 2 of the 21 gram size

Read more…

Calling all service technicians!

• Do you work in the US as an espresso service technician?
• Are you experienced and comfortable working on La Marzocco machines?
If you said YES to both questions, please either connect, or re-connect with us!

Email solutions@lamarzoccousa.com to get in touch with our Solutions (tech) department.

Thanks, and we hope to hear from you talented ones soon!

 

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