Holiday Cupping and Food Drive

The weather is chilly, and the holiday season is in full swing. For the third year in a row, we are hosting our Holiday Blend cupping event, held on December 12, starting at 3pm. This event is our way of celebrating the end of the year. If you would like to submit a holiday blend, please send an email to Ryan Willbur. We look forward to receiving and showcasing coffees from our partners around North America.

Not only do we want to celebrate great coffee, but we also want to support our neighborhood. This year we’ll be collecting donations in support of our local food bank. Ballard Food Bank’s mission is to “Bring food and hope to our neighbors,” and that’s a cause we want to support this holiday season. We kindly ask attendees to bring an item or two to help fulfill the food bank’s wish list.

RSVP to our event on Facebook.

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Suggestions from the Ballard Food Bank wish list:

Formula
Canned Soups
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Shelf Stable Milk Products (soy milk, rice milk)
Canned Protein (corned beef, beans, tuna, peanut butter, chili)
Pasta
Cooking Oil

Pet Food
Hygiene Items
Baby & Adult Diapers
Diaper Wipes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Toilet Paper
Razors

fall events

Time to mark your calendars! The La Marzocco team will be out and about over the next few months. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of the upcoming events we’re either hosting or participating in. Here’s a look at our schedule:

 

big central coffee competitions

uppercut gym, minneapolis, mn

november 7-9

Ryan Willbur and Tom Buckley will be traveling to the Twin Cities to attend the Big Central. Ryan will be participating as a judge, and Tom will be participating as a spectator. If you have not met Tom or Ryan, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello. If you catch them at the right moment, there might even be a spare t-shirt around.

We really enjoy the folks at Cafe Imports. For the Big Central we’ve teamed up with them to provide a photo booth in the competition space, just for fun. So make sure to throw on a wig and some weird glasses, and share your photos with us via Facebook and Instagram.

 

Mane coffee conference

providence convention center, providence, ri

november 6-8

We’re big fans of the MANE conference. We’re honored to be participating again in 2014 as a supporting sponsor. This event has a special approach to facilitating learning and networking among the coffee community. We hope to see you there!

If you’re attending, be sure to catch John Blackwell’s session on the history and evolution of espresso machine technology. John has over 35 years experience in the coffee industry, and an expansive knowledge of its history.

Ryan Wanslow, our east coast training and technical support specialist, will be assisting in the “machine whisperers” workshops alongside New Harvest Coffee’s Jim Connolly.

Also be sure to introduce yourself to our eastern sales director, Michael Del Gatto, and our marketing director, Whitney Cornell.

 

big east coffee competitions

durham convention center, durham, nc

november 21-23

At the end of November we’ll be attending the Big East Coffee Competitions. Hosted by Counter Culture, this event is sure to be a great time. As the final regional competition before the United States competitions, we’re anxious to see who steps up to the plate. With only 6 spots from each region advancing to the US level, the competition will be fierce.

Of course, we look forward to also drinking delicious coffee at cafes around town, and we will also be enjoying some fantastic barbecue when time allows.

 

roasters showcase: buna mx

la marzocco usa, seattle, wa

december 5, 10:30am

Continuing our Roaster’s Showcase series, we’re thrilled to have one of our new Mexico City-based partners, Buna, joining us in Seattle on December 5th. Lalo Perez-Verona, one of Buna’s four founding partners (the four have been friends since childhood), will be sharing with us what it is like to start a new coffee business in a coffee producing country, where importing green coffee from other places is almost impossible.

Join us for this special Roaster’s Showcase on December 5 at 10:30 am in our lab in Seattle.

 

2014 holiday blend cupping & food drive

la marzocco usa, seattle, wa

december 12, 3pm

Calling all roasters! We would love to share your holiday coffee during our annual holiday blend event. If you are interested in sending coffee, please let us know.

Our 3rd annual holiday blend cupping will be held on December 12th. This event is becoming one of our favorite traditions of the season. We will cup holiday blends and special coffees from around the country, and celebrate what a fantastic year it has been for Specialty Coffee.

Again this year, we invite attendees to bring something to contribute to the Ballard Food Bank. We will be taking donations the entire week of the cupping event, so you are welcome to bring items by beginning on December 8. Items the food bank especially needs are:

Shelf Stable Food Items

Formula
Canned Soups
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Shelf Stable Milk Products (soy milk, rice milk)
Canned Protein (corned beef, beans, tuna, peanut butter, chili)
Pasta
Cooking Oil
Pet Food
Hygiene Items
Baby & Adult Diapers
Diaper Wipes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Toilet Paper
Razors

2013 Holiday Blend Cupping

In 2012 with the holidays in full swing, we hosted a cupping event to showcase holiday blends from our roaster partners around the US. We received coffees from more than a dozen roasters from all parts of the country. The cupping event brought together roasters, baristas, and coffee geeks from Seattle and around the northwest for what was a fun way to celebrate the coffee of the holidays.

We’re reviving the holiday blend cupping again this year with a cupping event on December 6th starting at 10am our learning lab in Seattle. The event is open to the public, and free to attend.

This year, we’re adding a giving component to the event, in support of the Ballard Food Bank. We invite holiday blend cupping attendees to bring an item or two to help fulfill the food bank’s wish list.

If you’re not able to join us, but would like to have your coffee included on the table, please email ryan@lamarzoccousa.com; if you’d like to attend the event, all of the details are on our Facebook page.

We hope to see you December 6th!

A few suggestions from the Ballard Food Bank wish list:

Shelf Stable Food Items
Formula
Canned Soups
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Shelf Stable Milk Products (soy milk, rice milk)
Canned Protein (corned beef, beans, tuna, peanut butter, chili)
Pasta
Cooking Oil
Pet Food

Hygiene Items
Baby & Adult Diapers
Diaper Wipes
Shampoo
Conditioner
Deodorant
Toothpaste
Toothbrushes
Toilet Paper
Razors

Upcoming Events with La Marzocco

As each of these unique events approaches, we will share more information, but for now, be sure to mark your calendars for these special upcoming events with La Marzocco. If the location is off-site, the location is mentioned; otherwise all Roaster Showcase events and cuppings are held in the La Marzocco Lab in Ballard:

December 10, time TBD
Pete’s Milk Delivery + Milk and Coffee Co + La Marzocco Dairy Field Trip to Pure Eire Farm
Start and end at La Marzocco, email Carolyn@lamarzocco.com for more details and to RSVP.

December 11, 2pm
Roasters Showcase
with Dillanos Coffee Roasters + Barista 22

December 18, 2pm
4th Annual Holiday Cupping and Food Drive
If you are interested in submitting your Holiday Blend or your favorite seasonal coffee, email Carolyn@lamarzocco.com.

Past Events

October 2, 2pm
Roasters Showcase
with DOMA Coffee

October 9, 1:30pm
Roasters Showcase
with Ratio Coffee

October 16, 2pm
Roasters Showcase
with Ladro Roasting 

September 25, 2015
Roasters Showcase
with Sustainable Harvest

July 30, 6-8:30pm
La Marzocco On The Road
@Novo Coffee

August 5, 2pm
Cupping
with Cafe Imports

August 21, 1:30-3:30pm
Roasters Showcase
with Bluebird Coffee Roasters

August 27, 7-9:30pm
La Marzocco On The Road
@Sustainable Harvest Coffee

May 15, 1-3pm
Roasters Showcase
Hart Coffee Co.

May 18, 2015, 6:00 PM
Location: Tout Suite
Houston, Texas

May 20, 2015, 8:00 PM
Location: Cuvee Coffee Bar
Austin, Texas

May 22, 2015, 6:00 PM
Location: Oakcliff Coffee Roasters
Dallas, Texas

May 28, 2015, 6:00 PM
Location: Ultimo Coffee – Newbold
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

June 4, 2015, 7:00 PM
Location: La Colombe Andersonville
Chicago, Illinois

June 11, 2015, 6:00 PM
Location: Blueprint Coffee
St. Louis, Missouri

February 12, 2015, 2-5pm
NW Barista Competitor Sendoff

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