La Marzocco Cafe News – November: Thank-you Intelligentsia and Panther Preview

Throughout October, guests to the La Marzocco cafe have been treated with Intelligentsia’s thoughtful coffee menu and creative tea program.  We’ve had the privilege of having several of their team members join us in Seattle to host complimentary classes with topics ranging from milk preparation to home barista tips to getting that perfect extraction.

Intelligentsia at La Marzocco Cafe

A highlight of the month was Intelligentsia’s 21st birthday party – a raucous celebration here in the cafe complete with piñatas, pizza, and age-appropriate drinks!

The custom ceramic espresso and cappuccino sets made by notNeutral just to mark the occasion of this month’s residency are just one way Intelligentsia demonstrated their attention to detail.  We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those who worked behind the scenes, those who traveled to the cafe and everyone else at Intelligentsia who worked so hard to make their residency a success. To our guests who haven’t yet checked out their menu, we highly recommend doing so before we switch to our new resident on November 2nd.

In November, guests at the café will have the opportunity to experience coffee culture from the Southeastern-most part of the country, as we welcome Panther Coffee from Miami, Florida.

Panther Coffee

Founders Joel and Leticia Pollock, who have 30 years of combined experience in the coffee industry, visited Miami in 2008 while still living in Portland, Oregon. During their trip, they realized specialty coffee was non-existent in Miami and were inspired to move to the area to start both their family and their company. In 2010, Panther Coffee was born. It began as a roastery, but quickly expanded with a first retail location that opened in 2011. The family-owned business–and the specialty coffee it serves–has been embraced by Miami, and today Panther has three retail locations with plans for a fourth, in addition to a coffee education lab.

Panther Exterior in Miami

Panther’s team works closely with coffee growers, selecting green coffee based on taste as well as individuality and origin. It is then meticulously roasted in small batches, with care taken to highlight the natural sweetness and subtle flavors of each coffee, before being thoughtfully served to guests. Two espresso blends will be offered on Panther’s menu: East Coast and West Coast. The East Coast blend boasts a creamy mouth feel, medium body, with notes of chocolate and a sugarcane-like sweetness. The West Coast blend has a lighter body with notes of malted chocolate and grape with a silky finish. The single origin coffee being served all month will be Finca Kilimanjaro from El Salvador produced by Aida Batlle.

Panther Coffee

Help us welcome Panther Coffee to Seattle at their Launch Party on Wednesday, November 2 from 6-9 PM. Food and drinks will be served, including Miami-inspired empanadas and a special cascara mimosa. KEXP’s own DJ Morgan will be playing a special mix of Pacific Northwest indie rock, pulling our two coasts together for a fun evening of food, drinks and music.

Panther Coffee begins their residency on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Photo Menu: Intelligentsia Coffee Tea

The La Marzocco Cafe welcomed Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee last week as our Roaster in Residence for the month of October. Through their impeccable service and dedication to quality, we can see that Intelligentsia recognizes and honors the amount of time and energy it takes for a coffee plant to reach its ultimate destination: a beverage being enjoyed by a customer. Our team at the cafe is excited to share Intelligentsia’s creative menu with our guests this month. In addition to their rotating coffee menu and their robust Kilogram Tea offering, Intelligentsia has a month packed full of classes and events for the Seattle community and those who travel here from beyond. Following are some highlights from their menu and information on their events.


Intelligentsia’s Black Cat Classic Espresso Blend is the default choice for most espresso drinks on the menu. This is their signature blend, comprised of 75% pulped natural coffee and 25% of a complementary washed coffee. The blend may vary each season, but always offers a flavor profile of dark chocolate and cherries. As an alternative to the Black Cat Classic, there will also be a rotating single origin espresso offered. These single origin coffees tend to be lighter and brighter than the Black Cat Classic and will be listed on the menu by their region and country. Brewed coffee will be prepared using either v60 or Chemex and will be selected each day based on sweetness, balance and clarity, and prepared to order.


Tea lovers will be thrilled with Intelligentsia’s offering of Kilogram Teas. The daily menu includes black, green, oolong, and herbal choices. Pictured below is the Kabuse Okabe, a green tea which boasts both sweetness and umami.


For a total herbal pick-me-up, guests should try the Hot Turmeric Tonic. It’s bright yellow color foretells the flavor bomb of turmeric, ginger, lemon and lime.


Guests will also find sparkling teas–on tap! These are cold, a little bubbly and very refreshing. Pictured below is the King Crimson Sparkling Tea that features an infusion of hibiscus, lemongrass and citrus.


Matcha, a finely-powdered green tea, gets its own section on Intelligentsia’s menu! Try this earthy, antioxidant-packed tea warm (matcha latte), iced (iced matcha, iced matcha latte) or even as a matcha shake!


And speaking of shakes, Intelligentsia has two more on their menu. First, the Black Cat Shake is made with a single extraction of espresso blended with Salt & Straw Double Fold Vanilla Ice Cream then garnished with whipped cream and espresso powder. Second, the Chocolate Champ Shake is made by blending chocolate ganache with Salt & Straw Double Fold Vanilla Ice Cream, then garnished with whipped cream and a chocolate square.


Intelligentsia has planned some exciting classes and events during their time as our resident roaster. This month, the company celebrates their 21st birthday and will be hosting a party here at the cafe on Sunday, October 9. It will be free and open to the public and will include a cocktail competition featuring Intelligentsia’s Cold Brew!


Special guests will be arriving throughout the month to teach classes and interact with our staff and guests. The first two classes will be hosted by Jesse Raub, Chicago Wholesale Educator and will cover brew variables, methods and how to ensure perfect extraction, as well as a Q&A session on preparing coffee and espresso at home. Next up will be Doug Palas, Kilogram’s Director of Tea, speaking about sourcing teas and Intelligentsia’s unique sparkling tea program. Then, we’ll welcome Geoff Watts, Intelligentsia Vice President and green coffee buyer, for a special evening session on issues related to Direct Trade, sustainability, and Intelligentsia’s Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. Finally, Matt Barahura, West Coast Wholesale Educator will be here to host a class on espresso and milk preparation.


For more details on event dates and times, head on over to our events calendar and to see Intelligentsia’s full menu for the month, head here.

See you at the New York Coffee Festival


La Marzocco is excited to participate in the second edition of the New York Coffee Festival. September 16-18, we will be on site at the 69th Regiment Armory for a weekend of espresso and coffee celebration.

The New York Coffee Festival is an exciting event, as it is consumer facing, giving ourselves and our partners the opportunity to spread the good word of specialty coffee to the masses. This year, we’ll be doing this in two ways; the La Marzocco Home DIY Experience Bar and the True Artisan Cafe.


DIY Experience Bar

For those curious to learn more about the craft of making espresso, La Marzocco Home is running a hands-on Experience Bar, giving attendees the opportunity to learn the steps to making espresso on a La Marzocco GS3 and Linea Mini. For many, this is the first opportunity to get hands-on with an extraction method that is usually experienced from the other side of a counter in a cafe or coffee shop.

The La Marzocco Home Experience Bar will feature four home espresso machines—two Linea Minis and two GS3s, and will feature coffees from Counter Culture Coffee, Toby’s Estate, Gregory’s Coffee, Joe NYC, and Blue Stone Lane throughout the weekend.


The True Artisan Cafe

La Marzocco machines are nothing without great roasted coffee. Throughout the weekend, stop by and try espresso drinks made by some of the best coffee roasters New York has to offer.

Our roasting partners will be sharing delicious blends, single origin coffee, and creative espresso drinks. See the schedule at the end of this post to know when to stop by for your favorites.


Strada AV

The True Artisan Cafe will feature the newly released, newly available Strada AV. This machine features the forward-thinking La Marzocco electronics platform, giving baristas easy-to-navigate, precision control of the volume of water to flow through an extraction.

The Strada AV is also the first espresso machine to feature our all-new Pro Touch steam wand. This new steam wand stays cools to the touch, without compromising steam quality or volume.

No matter how big the crowds get at the New York Coffee Festival, the Strada AV will be the machine to help our baristas make consistent, delicious drinks with ease.



Our Partners

Thank you to Counter Culture whose staff will be guiding folks through our Experience Bar. We also want to thank all of the following for taking a part in the True Artisan Cafe. (The most current True Artisan Cafe schedule is also listed.)

Intelligentsia Coffee (Friday, 1:45-3:45)
The Pulley Collective (Friday, 1:45-3:45)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Saturday, 9:45-11:30)
La Colombe (Saturday, 9:45-11:30)
Parlor Coffee (Saturday, 11:45-1:15)
Irving Farm (Saturday, 11:45-1:15)
Coffee Labs 
Super Crown Coffee (Saturday, 1:30-3:00)
Gotham Coffee (Saturday, 3:15-4:45)
Toby’s Estate
Gregory’s Coffee
Ceremony Coffee (Sunday, 9:45-11:30)
George Howell (Sunday, 9:45-11:30)
Ninth Street (Sunday, 11:45-1:30)
Square One (Sunday, 11:45-1:30)
Green Street (Sunday, 1:30-3:30)
Third Rail Coffee (Sunday, 1:30-3:30)
Blue Stone Lane

Photo Menu: G&B Coffee

This month we’re thrilled to welcome G&B Coffee as the resident coffee program at our Seattle café.

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G&B Coffee, a coffee shop located in Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, is owned by longtime specialty coffee thought leaders Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski, both Intelligentsia Coffee alumni. Kyle and Charles don’t serve a single coffee roaster’s coffee. Instead, they are constantly blind-tasting coffees from roasters from all over North America, then choosing their favorites to serve in their bar. During their residency at the La Marzocco cafe, we will be serving coffees from four roasters that are routinely served at G&B: Heart, Madcap, Parlor and 49th Parallel. G&B’s menu is notable for its creativity and ambitious ingredients and flavors. Everything they serve is made in-house––from their almond macadamia nut milk to the sparkling black tea with hops. They’ve done everything possible to recreate their menu, and their service experience in Seattle. What follows is some detail about the beverages you can experience at the café during G&B’s residency.

When visiting the cafe this month, no need to form a line. G&B runs a bar-style “order anywhere” service, so find a spot along our bar and our baristas will be happy to help you explore the G&B menu.

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Almond Macadamia Iced Latte

This latte is as smooth as it is cool, and has been named one of the best iced lattes in America. The almond macadamia milk is made in-house daily.

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Turmeric Almond Macadamia

For a caffeine-free option, just ask for a “Tumi.” Served either hot or cold, the base for this drink is made with fresh organic turmeric and ginger then lightly sweetened with honey.

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G&B’s own six-spice recipe made in house.

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G&B Shake

Four (4!) shots of espresso and almost a whole pint of ice cream, let it be known that this milkshake is intended for two! Fair warning, but we won’t judge if you can’t bear to share.

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Fizzy Hoppy Tea

The refreshing house-made Fizzy Hoppy Tea is a carbonated blend of black tea, citra hops, with just a hint of sweetness. Served alongside espresso and G&B’s 1-and-1 selections, this slightly bitter beverage is an excellent alcohol-free alternative to beer.

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Yeasted Waffle and Filter Coffee

Because there may not be a greater combo. Served to you straight from the iron, these waffles are light with crispy edges, and come dolloped with butter and a generous drizzle of pure maple syrup. Order one with the filter coffee of the day.

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Enjoy coffee’s version of a root beer float. G&B’s Affogato starts with a generous scoop of ice cream covered in a single shot of espresso.

To view G&B’s full menu at La Marzocco Cafe, head here.

Over the coming month, we’ll be telling you a bit more about G&B and their innovative approach to processes and service. Stay tuned to learn more!

True Artisan Cafe 2014

This Friday, coffee companies from across the US and beyond come together to celebrate specialty coffee. We’re excited to invite a diverse group of companies to showcase their coffee at the True Artisan Café at the 2014 SCAA, booth 3031. Join us! #TrueArtisanCafe


Friday, April 25

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Josuma Coffee

Equator Coffee


Coda Coffee

Fazenda Ambiental Fortaleza

12:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Evocation Coffee

Cuvee Coffee

Linea Caffe

Temple Coffee

2:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Klatch Coffee

Ristretto Roasters

Venia Coffee

Noble Coffee

Cuvee Coffee

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Ristretto Roasters

Kickapoo Coffee

Cuatro M Coffees

Deeper Roots

La Colombe


Saturday, April 27

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Venia Coffee

LA Mill Coffee

Fourbarrel Coffee

Coda Coffee

La Colombe

12:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Handsome Coffee

Anthology Coffee

Kuma Coffee

Temple Coffee

2:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Crema Coffee

Spyhouse Coffee

La Colombe

Toby’s Coffee

Counter Culture

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Chromatic Coffee

Evocation Coffee

Fazenda Ambiental Fortoleza

Intelligentsia Coffee


Sunday, April 27

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

De La Paz

Gimme! Coffee

Blue Star

Counter Culture

12:40 PM – 2:10 PM

Bow Truss Coffee

Flying Goat Coffee

Kickapoo Coffee

Caffe Ladro

2:20 PM – 3:50 PM

Stumptown Coffee

La Colombe

Anodyne Coffee

Ceremony Coffee

Welcome to Seattle!

We look forward to welcoming the specialty coffee community to Seattle next week for the SCAA Expo and US Coffee Championships. Here is a sneak peek at what we have planned for the weekend – we hope you will join us!

Welcome Party

Welcome to Seattle! On Thursday April 24th, in partnership with 15 other Seattle-area coffee companies, we’re hosting a welcome bash from 8:00-12:00 at Von Trapp’s on Capitol Hill, just one mile from the convention center, following opening ceremonies for the show. Bring your SCAA badge for entrance. Stop by for food, drink, and bocce to celebrate your arrival in Seattle. More info on the event’s Facebook page.

Tradeshow Presence

Be sure to stop by our booth 3031 to see a host of roasters from around the US, as well as the newest additions to the La Marzocco USA product lineup: the La Marzocco Strada EE, the La Marzocco Vulcano Swift grinder, and the Mazzer Kold grinder. Look for details about the roasters who will be joining us for the “True Artisan Café” in a blog post next week. The tradeshow floor is open Friday and Saturday 11:00-5:30, and Sunday 11:00-4:00.

Skybridge Cafe

If you’re heading to the US Coffee Championships, be sure to visit the Skybridge Café, produced in partnership with Kalita USA, Marco, Baratza, Prima Coffee, and Global Customized Water. In addition to picking up a delicious coffee prepared by one of the roasting companies on bar, guests can receive one-on-one guidance to prepare their own espresso beverages on a fleet of customized La Marzocco GS/3 espresso machines. The Skybridge Café will be open Thursday-Saturday 8:00-5:00 and Sunday 8:00-4:00.

SCAA Lectures

Members of the La Marzocco USA team will be presenting a number of lectures at the show. Be sure to catch one or all of them:

  • Friday April 25th 9:00-10:15am, room 3A, CEO of La Marzocco International, Kent Bakke, will participate in a panel discussion on “The Evolution of Espresso Machines.”
  • Friday April 25th 10:30-11:45am, room 3A, Scott Callender, Senior Marketing Manager at La Marzocco USA will participate in a panel discussion titled “Capitalizing on Coffee at Home: Build Your Business by Supporting the Growing Interest in Specialty Coffee at Home.” Other panelists include Mark Hellweg of Clive Coffee, Nicholas Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters, and Colby Barr of Verve Coffee Roasters.
  • Saturday April 26th 9:00-10:15, room 3A, Whitney Cornell, Marketing Director at La Marzocco USA presents “When Sparks Fly! Connecting With Your Customer, From First Impression to Lasting Relationship.”

Finally, if you have a chance to get out and about in Seattle during your stay, do stop by La Marzocco USA headquarters in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Our showroom and learning lab will be open for visitors Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00 (we will not be open on Saturday or Sunday, April 26th or 27th).

We look forward to seeing you, and to a great weekend celebrating our specialty coffee community.

La Marzocco USA- Pre Camp Pull A Shot LA Coffee Crawl

Barista Guild of America Coffee Crawlin Crew: Jason & April Dominy (Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters), Sarah Dooley (La Marzocco) and the men who organized the extravaganza Mr. Noah Namowicz & Joe Morrocco (Cafe Imports). We set out to visit as many shops as we could, but don’t worry we’re totally coming back and we want to visit so many more of you! Send us an email as we plan our future caffeignation: sarah [at] lamarzoccousa [dot] com. Read more…