La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you La Colombe and Welcome Equator Coffees & Teas

As we find ourselves half-way through summer, we hope yours has been full of fun, adventure and lots of great coffee. Those who have spent some time hanging out at the La Marzocco Cafe know that we have had the honor of serving La Colombe Coffee over the past month. It has been the perfect menu for hot days – filled to the brim with Draft Latte, cold brew on tap, Lemonade Shandys and custom-made cascara ice cream! The team at La Colombe did an incredible job encapsulating the feeling of walking into one of their own cafes. From their massive signature “La Colombe” logo and custom Deruta ceramics down to the littlest details like the sugar bowls, nothing was ignored when planning this residence.

We want to thank Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti for meeting up in a Seattle bar years ago to create what would become Philadelphia-based La Colombe, and now, for bringing it full circle back to us. We are also eternally grateful to the entire team at La Colombe who worked on this residence and for all who were present for launch week. It was an honor to meet and work with such an incredibly thoughtful, passionate and hard-working crew!

On Tuesday, August 21, we’re excited to be welcoming the Bay Area’s Equator Coffees and Teas as our Roaster in Residence through September 24!

Equator was founded in 1995 by Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell. As co-founder and CEO, Helen leads Equator forward. Under her leadership for more than twenty-three years, Equator has grown from a small roaster and wholesale supplier into a national brand known for it’s values-driven approach, award winning coffee and impactful action around issues of environmentally sustainable and economic empowerment. Brooke McDonnell is the original Master Roaster and Green Coffee Buyer. Brooke’s discerning palate and dedication to sourcing coffee from growers who practice responsible land stewardship in diverse growing regions helped build a coffee program of depth and quality. Together, the two have created a company dedicated to sustainability and social responsibility while maintaining a commitment to high-quality coffee and community-focused cafes.

The team from Equator has been working hard in tandem with our crew at the La Marzocco Cafe to create and implement a menu and schedule of events that will showcase their company’s dedication to quality, sustainability and community to our guests in Seattle and we can’t wait to share it all with you!

Menu Sneak Peak

Shakeratos – Because summer is not over yet! Espresso shaken with cream and served over ice. Choose from the classic or add in a swirl of house-made chocolate syrup.

The Million Dollar Macchiato – The One & One, elevated. A split shot of Gesha espresso. One part straight up, one part adorned with saffron-honey steamed milk, and gold leaf.

A Dreamy Espresso Menu – Featuring Equator’s latest edition of their seasonally evolving blend: Eye of the Tiger. This one is built around a richly nuanced and savory coffee from Nicaragua, complemented by two washed coffees from Malawi and Kenya to create a sweet profile of blackberry, ripe plum and baker’s chocolate, with a vibrant lime-like acidity. Alternatively, the Ethiopian Sidama Ardi, a sundried natural coffee with flavors of vanilla, lavender & sweet lemon promises to be very tasty.

Three Gesha Selections – Colombia Cerro Azul Enano, Ethiopia Gesha Village Oma and Costa Rica Puente Tarrazú Gesha. All available as a single pourover, iced pourover or a flight of all three!

World Bicycle Relief Blend – A mellow and rich cup of filter coffee with accents of cedar, almond, berry and nutmeg. For every bag of this coffee sold, Equator donates one dollar to World Bicycle Relief, an organization that mobilizes people in rural and developing areas by distributing specially designed, high quality bicycles through philanthropic and social enterprise programs.

Silk Road Tea – Five delicious, diverse teas. Three of which guests are invited to enjoy with us, served only in-house via traditional Chinese Gaiwan bowls, including a Magnolia Blossom Oolong that tastes of roasted almond, honeysuckle and stone fruit.

Community-focused Events

Equator places a high priority on being good neighbors and engaging with its local communities by creating cafe spaces and events that cater to each locations’ individual culture and interests. Treating their residence here in Seattle no differently, they have an event-filled month planned especially for our local Seattle community.

Equator will be launching their residence on Tuesday, August 21 with a Latte Art Throwdown co-hosted by Miir. Want to compete? Head here for all the details and be sure to arrive by 6:30 PM on the night of the event to officially sign up. Want to be a spectator and enjoy an evening with our local coffee community? Be sure you’re signed up for our Locals Newsletter to receive an invite that will get you on the guest list!

Runners and Cyclists – Equator has two events planned for you! First up, a five-mile run from Seven Hills Running Shop ending with complimentary coffee at our Cafe on Sunday, August 26. Then on Sunday, September 9, a community bike ride beginning at our Cafe and ending at Metiér bike shop.

Several other community events are in the works for Equator’s residence including a networking event with the Greater Seattle Business Association, a B Corp fair highlighting several local B Corp businesses and an evening dedicated to women in coffee.

Check our La Marzocco Cafe Facebook Events page regularly for updates on all these events, as well as our Friday Coffee Tastings, which will all be planned by Equator during their residence.

We have loved sharing La Colombe with our guests in Seattle over the past month. If you have not yet had the chance to visit, we will be serving their menu through 4 PM on Monday, August 20, then we welcome Equator on Tuesday morning, August 21.

La Marzocco Cafe News: Thank you Sweet Bloom and Welcome La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Our team at the La Marzocco Cafe has thoroughly enjoyed preparing and serving coffee from Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters over the past four weeks. It’s been a joy working with their team, a group of good people passionate about what they do. Many kudos to Sweet Bloom Founder, Andy Sprenger, for creating a team who cares deeply about their craft, their colleagues, and all who work along the coffee chain. We want to thank everyone at Sweet Bloom who helped to make their residence at our Cafe a reality, with special thanks going to Miguel Vicuña for his work planning, creating, training our staff and being present to host events and classes.

If you haven’t been in yet to try Sweet Bloom, there’s just one week left! As a later addition to their menu, we recommend trying the newly released Petronilo Martinez – a washed coffee from Guatemala with aromatics of chocolate and notes of pralines and apple crisp. It was highlighted during our most recent Meet the Producer event with Edwin Martinez of Onyx Coffee and his father, Edwin Sr. We’ll be serving this coffee and the rest of Sweet Bloom’s menu through Monday, July 16.

Next up, starting on Tuesday, July 17, our menu and service style will be presented by La Colombe Coffee Roasters based in Philadelphia!

La Colombe is a leading coffee roaster known for ethical, long-term trade practices with growers. Considered one of the pioneers of the third wave of coffee, it provides signature classic blends and exceptional single-origin coffees to cafes, hotels, restaurants and retailers around the world. In addition, the company owns and operates 30 cafes in Philadelphia, New York, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. The company has  made headlines in the ready-to-drink business with its DRAFT LATTE(™) – the world’s first-ever textured cold latte.

La Colombe’s story began in Seattle back in 1996, where two guys with a shared passion for coffee met at a bar. Founders Todd Carmichael and JP Iberti went on to create La Colombe on a simple but profound premise: America Deserves Better Coffee. By sourcing and roasting with care, and borrowing on ancient and modern coffee traditions from around the world, the two have built a successful company that strives to create an elevated coffee experience in cafes and homes across the country. They are thrilled to be returning to the city that showed them the magic of coffee and will be bringing the best of their voyages and innovations from the past 20 years with them!

“This residency is our opportunity to give the city and coffee community a taste of what it gave us. It’s a real honor and privilege.” – La Colombe.

We’re thrilled to be able to host La Colombe and can’t wait to share their menu and service style with our guests. Read on for some menu highlights.

Menu Highlights

Stay and sip or grab and go! La Colombe’s menu will include most of their ready-to-drink beverages including the Pure Black – a cold-pressed bottled coffee, and a selection of their cans of Draft Latte – a texturized iced latte with cold-pressed espresso, complete with a frothy layer of silky foam. Choose from the Original, Triple, Mocha, Vanilla and Caramel.

The Pure Black and Draft Latte will also be available on tap, alongside the new and perfect-for-summer Cold Brew Shandy Lemonade – cold brew coffee + lemonade, on tap!

For espresso and espresso based drinks, guests will have the choice of enjoying La Colombe’s Cornerstone Nizza – a medium roast blend which happens to be the coffee used for espresso in all La Colombe cafes, or their single origin Burundi Kayanza – a naturally-processed coffee from the Great Lakes region of East Africa which boasts vibrant sweetness and intense fruit-forward acidity.

For pour over, pull up to our back bar and chat with our baristas as they hand brew one of La Colombe’s delightful Colombian Geisha coffees – El Vergel or Monte Verde.

Because summer and coffee, La Colombe has created two cascara ice cream treats! Go big with the Cascara Ice Cream Float – made with layers of black cherry soda, cascara ice cream and Draft Latte or the Affogato with a scoop of cascara ice cream topped with espresso.

Launch Party

On Wednesday, July 18 from 7 – 10 PM, come meet and mingle with the La Colombe crew as they bring a taste of Philadelphia to Seattle through Philly-based music, food and drinks!

Live music will be performed by ill Fated Natives – a power trio whose grit and raw passion creates a blend of bluesy, vibrant “earth music.”

This event is free but you must RSVP to attend – to receive an invite to RSVP, you must be signed up for our Locals Newsletter. Invites go out Tuesday, July 10. Head here to sign up.

We’ll be serving Sweet Bloom Coffee through Monday, July 16, then La Colombe Coffee from Tuesday, July 17 through Monday, August 20.

La Marzocco Cafe News: June – Thank you Cuvée and Welcome Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters

With just a week left in their residence at the La Marzocco Cafe, we want to thank Austin-based Cuvée Coffee for bringing a taste of their city to Seattle. Their launch party was a hot ticket – not surprisingly so – as both Aaron Franklin and Renee Erickson were serving up delightful bites under the same roof! Also a hot ticket? Cuvée’s canned Nitro Cold Brew, which has completely sold out! Guests can still enjoy their Cold Brew however – on tap – through June 11.

Thank you to everyone at Cuvée Coffee who worked so hard to make this residence happen. Special thanks to Cuvée’s Owner, Mike McKim for creating the opportunity, and to Kym Good, Director of Marketing, for her countless hours and work that made it all happen. We are so grateful and have had so much fun serving your coffee!

On Tuesday, June 12 we are thrilled to be welcoming Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters from Lakewood, Colorado as our next Roaster in Residence.

In 2013, after ten years in the specialty coffee industry, Andy Sprenger founded Sweet Bloom out of a love for beautiful coffee and a desire to share it with others. As a two-time US Brewers Cup Champion, Runner-up in the World Brewers Cup Championship, 2013 US Aeropress Champion, and Runner-up in the 2014 US Cup Tasters Championship it’s fair to say he brings a wealth of knowledge to the industry.

Andy has built a team of coffee professionals who care deeply for their craft, their team members, coffee producers and all those who buy, sell and drink Sweet Bloom Coffee. They continue to build on a vision that strives to connect coffee producers with end-consumers in meaningful ways. One way they do this is by regularly inviting coffee producers to come to the United States to give them the opportunity to share their stories with Sweet Bloom’s retail and wholesale customers.

 

Menu Highlights

Sweet Bloom’s menu will offer a handful of their beautiful single origin coffees that will be available to order as both espresso and pour over. Included in this single origin menu is a Gesha Village Lot 96 from Ethiopia with delicate notes of lavender, mango and honey. Their Hometown Blend, which boasts flavors of cacao nibs, praline and blackberry will be used for all espresso-based drinks. We recommend ordering the One & One for an opportunity to try it with steamed milk and as a straight shot of espresso, side-by-side. Specials will include Sweet Bloom’s Nitro Cold Brew, house-made Lemon-Basil Iced Tea, and a summertime favorite – Affogatos made with Molly Moon’s Sweet Cream Ice Cream. A selection of teas from Spirit Tea will also be available. We’re eager to try the Nitro Rosella Herbal Infusion – a hibiscus, lemongrass and licorice root blend brewed cold and infused with nitro – a refreshing, sweet and tart tribute to summer! Finally, we will have General Porpoise doughnuts every Monday during Sweet Bloom’s residence. Come early, the vanilla custard and chocolate marshmallow filled doughnuts will not last long!

 

Engage with Sweet Bloom

Sweet Bloom will be launching their residence with an Ice Cream Social where guests will be served Sweet Bloom Affogatos, Hard Root Beer Floats, or Beer Floats from Seattle’s Hale’s Ales. This is a ticketed event and guests must be signed up for our La Marzocco Cafe Locals Newsletter to receive an invite.

Miguel Vicuna, Head of Training and Education at Sweet Bloom, will be hosting two Espresso Exploration classes on Wednesday, June 13. Part of the class will be exploring what Sweet Bloom coffees have to offer as espresso and how each is impacted by different ratios of espresso and milk. As a World Barista Championship Head Judge, Miguel will also give an overview of what judges look for on a world level when it comes to espresso. Classes cost $35.00 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, head here.

Then on June 22, Andy Sprenger will be hosting our weekly Friday Coffee Tasting at 10 AM along with Edwin Martinez, CEO of Onyx. Guests will have the opportunity to cup multiple coffees that Edwin has helped to produce and import from Guatemala. This event is free and open to all.

For a listing of all public events, check our Facebook event page often.

 

From Sweet Bloom

“All coffee begins with a bloom: an elegant, fragrant white flower. Exceptional coffee, freshly roasted and ground, blooms again when infused with hot water – equally fragrant and even more complex. We care deeply about everything in between these two blooms, from the producers to precision roasting. Our passion for this craft ensures the end result – what’s in your cup – is as beautiful as its beginning.”

We can’t wait to begin serving Sweet Bloom’s menu on Tuesday, June 12!

La Marzocco Cafe News: May – Thank you George Howell and Welcome Cuvée Coffee

It is with immense gratitude that we thank George Howell and the entire team at George Howell Coffee for not only being our Resident at the La Marzocco Cafe for the past month, but for hosting some incredible educational events and working alongside our team during the busy hours of the 2018 Specialty Coffee Expo! We are honored to have been able to work with them, learn from them and have an absolute blast doing it. The coffees brought to Seattle were truly special – they not only delighted us but our guests as well. We want to thank everyone at George Howell for the hard work and detail they put into their residence and for the passion they bring to the specialty coffee industry on a daily basis.

With just a week left in their residence, we highly recommend making a trip to the Cafe if you have not done so already. Our Friday Coffee Tasting on May 4 at 10 AM will be our final event featuring George Howell coffee. It is free and open to the public and we hope to see you there! We’ll be serving George Howell’s menu through Monday, May 7, 2018.

Next up, we’re kicking off our Year Three Roaster in Residence program with a taste of Texas brought by Cuvée Coffee out of Austin!

Cuvée Coffee Founder, Mike McKim purchased his first coffee roaster after being inspired in 1997 by an uncle who worked in the coffee industry. After the purchase was made, his uncle gave him the most important roasting advice he ever received, words that still guide him today, “Never skimp on the raw product.”

“Every year we spend a considerable amount of time traveling the world to work directly with our farmer-partners. By adhering to the Direct Trade model and building substantive, long-term relationships, we are keeping our commitment to source only the best coffee, which shows in each and every one of our offerings.” – Cuvée Coffee

Though Cuvée Coffee got its start in Dallas, the company is now headquartered in Austin, TX where they have been pioneers in creating and canning Nitro Cold Brew. There, they have a Roastery, Coffee Bar and have recently opened their Cold Brewery. The Cold Brewery is a space to make their cold brew and test new products that will get perfected and canned. Two of Cuvée’s newest drinks will be available at the La Marzocco Cafe during their residence including their Hemp-Oil infused Nitro Cold Brew and Horchata Nitro Cold Brew. The menu will also include a selection of Cuvée’s espresso offerings, single-origin coffees and two signature drinks. Their Brewberry Latte has us intrigued – it’s made by swirling house-made blueberry syrup into steamed milk, vanilla and espresso then dusted with blueberry sugar.

For a quintessential Austin experience, Cuvée has partnered with Seattle’s Sunrise Tacos to offer four different breakfast tacos during their residence! After visiting Austin for music events and festivals, Sunrise Owner, Natalie Lamberjack was inspired by the restaurants, street food and coffee shops of Texas to start a breakfast taco company here in the Pacific Northwest and we’re thrilled to be able to offer her tacos! Cuvée has also collaborated with The London Plane to offer our guests both a sweet and savory Kolache (a yeasted dough pastry) as well as biscuits and jam – all of which highlight Texas ingredients.

Cuvée will be launching their residence with a Texas-style party that will include Brisket Tacos by Aaron Franklin of famed Franklin Barbecue, Pickled Clam & Oyster Tostadas by Seattle’s own Chef Renee Erickson and scoops of Molly Moon Ice Cream. This event will be invite only. To receive an invite, guests must be signed up for our Locals Newsletter. Head here to sign up for the Newsletter.

During Cuvée’s residence, guests will have the opportunity to sign up for a weekly raffle when they visit the Cafe. Prizes will include products from some of Cuvée’s favorite Texas brands. Name and email address will be needed, but no purchase will be necessary to enter the raffle. From Director of Marketing, Kym Good, “We not only wanted to bring Cuvée to La Marzocco, we wanted to bring Texas with us as well!” Through their launch party and food collaborations, raffle prizes and of course their coffee, Cuvée will certainly be doing just that and we’re looking forward to this Texas-style month.

Cuvée Coffee will be our Roaster in Residence beginning Tuesday, May 8 through Monday, June 11, 2018.

SCA 2018: Expo, Events, & Technical Trainings

SCA Expo is coming and we couldn’t be more excited about the lineup of events and products we have to share with you! Here are some of the highlights:

  • La Marzocco Booth & New Products, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1207
  • Modbar AV, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center, Booth 1207
  • True Artisan Café in the Skybridge, 4/20-22, SCA Expo, Washington State Convention Center
  • Choose Your Own Adventure Party, Friday 4/20, Fremont Foundry
  • La Marzocco Cafe and Tastings, 4/20-22, La Marzocco Cafe
  • Let’s Fix It! and other Technical Trainings, 4/20-21, La Marzocco (Ballard), RSVP

 

La Marzocco Booth & New Products, 4/20-22, WSCC, Booth 1207

 This year we invite you to visit our booth #1207 and have a chat with our sales, after sales and marketing teams. We have lots to show you!

First of all, we are excited to share our latest machine, the Leva, with you! One of our Italian colleagues, Gianni Tratzi will be pulling shots for guests to try throughout the weekend. Come experience a traditional lever espresso re-created for today by the talented engineering team at La Marzocco.

We will also have a Linea PB AV and a Strada AV/ABR open for you to come pull shots of your coffee and check out our latest in technology. These will be paired with the exciting new ZM Filter grinder from Mazzer. You will be able to drop a single dose in the ZM to pull shots and experiment with the digital interface. Check out the features of the new ZM in this video.

 

Modbar AV, 4/20-22, WSCC, Booth 1207

Last year we shared our booth space with our sister company, Modbar. This year we have even more excitement to share with you on the Modbar side. Make sure you come by to learn about all the magic happening with Modbar.

 

True Artisan Café in the Skybridge, 4/20-22, WSCC

The True Artisan Café will be in the Skybridge this year. We are excited to be able to offer SCA attendees the chance to taste some delicious espresso from our partners in the sun-drenched Skybridge. The café will feature three Linea PB AV/ABR machines and original art from Liz Chai. It will be the perfect place to grab coffee for your meetings. Stay tuned for the schedule of roasters who will be serving their espresso in the True Artisan Café!

 

Choose Your Own Adventure Party, Friday 4/20, Fremont Foundry

We are teaming up with Cafe Imports to throw a fantastic party on Friday night, April 20. The theme of the party this year will be Choose Your Own Adventure and will feature three different parties on three levels at Fremont Foundry Events. The party will feature a dance party, tiki party and classic cocktail bar, as well as two food trucks in the courtyard. General admission will be available at the door starting at 8:30; make sure to come early to get in as capacity will be limited! A limited number of early entry bracelets will be available, allowing entry from 7:45 pm to 9:30 pm. Swing by La Marzocco Booth #1207 and the Cafe Imports booth #2218 on Friday at expo for more information!

 

La Marzocco Cafe and Tastings, 4/20-22, La Marzocco Cafe

Join us at the Cafe to experience the coffee menu presented by George Howell, our April Roaster in Residence. George Howell will be serving up some of his vintage coffees as well as the mythical Panama Esmeralda Gesha.  Also during SCA the Cafe will be holding a series of different tastings that you can find here.

If you are interested in trying out a Linea Mini or GS3, the La Marzocco Home team will also be at the Cafe running demos and answering questions on our home equipment. Look for the “Ask me about espresso!” buttons.

 

Let’s Fix It! and other Technical Trainings, 4/20-21, La Marzocco (Ballard), RSVP Now 

Let’s Fix It! – Spend Saturday afternoon, April 21 with us at our Ballard HQ in a hands-on workshop hosted by industry leading women, specializing in technical repair work. This workshop is designed to encourage new technicians to explore some of the basic skills required to repair and maintain brewing and grinding equipment. You can RSVP at the Let’s Fix It Eventbrite page here.

Technical Trainings – Sign up now for our technical seminars, held at the La Marzocco Training Lab in Ballard. On Friday, April 20 our Seattle trainer, Randy Phillips (alongside a small team of others), will lead four different technical seminars covering topics such as a Leva technical overview, ZM Filter technical overview, water testing workshop and a La Marzocco Product Improvement presentation. Each seminar will be around 1-hour long. Registration is now open, and space is limited to 30 people per class, so sign up while you can!

Leva Technical Presentation – https://levatech.eventbrite.com

ZM Filter Technical Presentation – https://zmfiltertech.eventbrite.com

Water Testing Workshop – https://lamarzoccowater.eventbrite.com

La Marzocco Product Improvement Presentation –  https://lamarzoccoimprovement.eventbrite.com

 

La Marzocco Cafe News: Introducing Year Three Roasters in Residence

In its second year, the La Marzocco Cafe hosted 12 specialty coffee companies for month-long residencies – each one sharing its own unique approach to coffee with our Seattle community. These companies put a tremendous amount of time into creating their residencies, working with our team to seamlessly set a new stage each month. This past year we welcomed partners from three different countries and eight states including: Toby’s Estate, Madcap, Four Barrel, Coffee Supreme, Olympia, La Fontaine de Belleville, Quills, Caffé Umbria, Kickapoo, Atlas Importers, and Onyx Coffee Lab. Next week, we’ll welcome George Howell Coffee as our final Resident for Year Two.

Through our Roaster in Residence program, we’re able to showcase the breadth of specialty coffee while offering our guests access to coffee education and opportunities to build relationships with the greater coffee community through various classes, throwdowns, panel events and weekly coffee tastings. We send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each of our Residents for sharing their passion and stories with us!

Looking ahead, we are thrilled to announce the next line up of roasters who will carry us from May 2018 through February 2020! During our recent application period, we received a myriad of applications from companies all over the world. We were inspired by so many, making it extremely difficult to narrow the selection down. Our goal was to have a diverse group – each with unique company perspectives, sizes, geography, and menu offerings – all in an effort to showcase the many specialty coffee and service philosophies. We are so grateful to each company who took the time to thoughtfully and creatively fill out applications. Representing six countries and eight states, we are honored to be able to welcome the following as our future Roasters in Residence:

Cuvée Coffee, Austin,TX

Sweet Bloom Coffee Roasters, Lakewood, CO

La Colombe Coffee Roasters, Philadelphia, PA

Port of Mokha, Oakland, CA

Equator Coffee, San Rafael, CA

The Coffee Collective, Copenhagen, Denmark

Seesaw Coffee, Shanghai, China

Dapper and Wise, Portland, OR

Linea Caffe, San Francisco, CA

Elixr Coffee, Philadelphia, PA

Allpress Espresso, Auckland City, New Zealand

Metric Coffee, Chicago, IL

Bonanza Coffee Roasters, Berlin, Germany and Onibus Coffee, Tokyo, Japan

Verve Coffee Roasters, Santa Cruz, CA

Ditta Artiginale, Florence, Italy

4th Dimension Coffee, Durham, NC

Kuma Coffee, Seattle, WA

Onda Origins, Seattle, WA

Five Elephant, Berlin, Germany

Congratulations, Roasters – we look forward to working with you soon at the La Marzocco Cafe!

La Marzocco Cafe News: April – Thank you Onyx Coffee Lab and Welcome George Howell Coffee

Our team at the La Marzocco Cafe will be serving the incredibly tasty and creative coffee menu by Onyx Coffee Lab for just one more week! Filled with both comfort and adventurous drinks – in addition to a selection of single origin coffees and blends, the menu Onyx created for their residence has something for every coffee lover.

Each month, our residents are able to choose which espresso machine they would like to use. Onyx is our first Resident to use a complete espresso setup from our sister company, Modbar. Modbar’s under-counter, sleek design allows for enhanced engagement between the cafe staff and guests. Onyx has used their residence as an opportunity to test their vision for a “finisher” station. As described by Lani Paschall, Experience Coordinator and Barista at the La Marzocco Cafe, this station “is envisioned to be the highest barista position, meant to be a final point of hospitality and engagement between the cafe team and their guests – this is where the final product is garnished, sweetened, presented and served. The low profile of the Modbar unit further enables engagement between host and guest – I’d go so far as to say that it requires it! This presents us with a unique challenge to step up our hospitality game. I love a hospitality challenge, so I quite enjoy the finishing station for this reason.”

We love that Onyx has implemented this finisher station for their residence and that the Modbar equipment complements the goal of enhanced hospitality. Come check it out and see what you think before Onyx finishes up their residence next week. We’ll be serving their menu through Monday, April 9.

We’d like to send our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the entire team at Onyx Coffee Lab. We’re especially grateful to owners Andrea and Jon Allen, as well as Dylan Siemens and Lance Hedrick for all their involvement in planning the residence, training our staff, and hosting classes for our guests in Seattle. We’ve loved serving your coffees and specialty drinks and our guests have very clearly enjoyed consuming them! From our team to yours – thank you!

We are beyond honored to announce that our final Year Two Roaster in Residence is George Howell Coffee from Boston, MA!

George Howell Coffee was founded in 2004 by veteran coffee pioneer George Howell. From the company: “George started George Howell Coffee with the focus and passion to identify, source and roast the highest quality coffees available. We carefully roast every bean to highlight the farmer’s craftsmanship and the influence of each crop’s region and climate or terroir. Our mission is to seek out the best coffees on Earth. We buy the finest regional and single farm-sourced coffees for coffee lovers who share in our quest for the ultimate cup!”

If there are legends in the specialty coffee world, George Howell is certainly one. Since the 1970’s, he has traveled extensively to coffee producing farms, has worked to raise specialty coffee quality standards and economic sustainability for coffee farmers, has written for many food and beverage publications, and has guest lectured at prestigious universities. He has greatly influenced popular coffee culture as well, including his role in creating the Frappuccino™ back in the early nineties. To read Howell’s full biography and contributions to the emergence and growth of specialty coffee, head here.

George Howell has been pioneering a way to keep top quality coffees tasting fresh much longer than their normal shelf-life. By freezing green coffees at the peak of their maturity, the natural aging process can be halted, allowing coffees to outlast their seasonality. Through this innovative process, coffees that were harvested months, even years ago, can taste like they just left the farm. We are thrilled that George Howell’s menu will have some of these “vintage” coffees for our guests to experience during their residence including a Kenyan and an Ethiopian, both to be brewed via pour over. The menu will also feature a selection of signature drinks, including the Cloud 9 which has a fruity, sangria-like base steeped with San Antonio, Colombia coffee, and dolloped with Ethiopian honey whipped cream. Also on the menu, a coffee that has achieved near-mythological status – the La Esmeralda Gesha from Panama.

George Howell himself will be at the La Marzocco Cafe on Friday, April 20, hosting two events including a blind cupping of fresh crop versus previous years crops that have been preserved by freezing to showcase how they hold up over time. These events are free, but attendance will be limited. To see all events during George Howell’s residence and to reserve your spot, head here.

We’ll be serving George Howell Coffee at the La Marzocco Cafe from Tuesday, April 10 through Monday, May 7.

La Marzocco Cafe News: March – Thank you Atlas Coffee Importers and Welcome Onyx Coffee Lab!

The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of good coffee and inspiring education as we have hosted Atlas Coffee Importers at the La Marzocco Cafe. With just a week left in their residence, Atlas will introduce their third and final coffee menu on Tuesday, February 27, which explores coffees from the African Great Lakes Region. On Wednesday, February 28 at 3 pm come listen to a trip report that will focus on gender equality and coffee cooperatives in this region. A selection of coffees will be served including Congo Muungano, Burundi Shamba, and Rwanda Abakundakawa Hingakawa.

Then on Friday, March 2 at 10 am Atlas’s final event will feature some of their key producer partnerships in a coffee tasting and discussion on what it takes to communicate across time zones and cultural distances. Come taste and compare sample roasts received by Atlas to the roasts of Atlas customers, including Counter Culture, Coava, and Equator.

We are so humbled by the enthusiasm and hard work that Atlas poured into their residence. With just over one month to plan, they rolled out an impressive line-up of events, menus and signage that cohesively tells how Importers can bridge the gap between producers and consumers of coffee. Their passion for what they do as Importers is extremely evident and we are so appreciative to the entire Atlas team for all the work that went into their residence, and for the work they do each day. Special thanks goes to Atlas Founder Craig Holt and COO Jennifer Roberts for creating the opportunity, Chelsey Walker-Watson who’s hours of work and attention to detail made this residence run so smoothly, Drew Billups for taking on the role of Roaster and to each Atlas team member who helped with events, set up and take down. We are so grateful!

If you haven’t yet, stop by to taste Atlas’s coffees or attend a class – their menu will be served through March 5.

Next up, we’d like to welcome Onyx Coffee Lab out of Northwest Arkansas as our Roaster in Residence for the month of March!

Onyx Coffee Lab was born back in 2012 to husband and wife team, Jon and Andrea Allen. Onyx is a roaster and retailer with a simple mission – to source the best green coffees in the world, roast them to their fullest potential, and serve them prepared with love and humility. Jon and Andrea continue to oversee the quality and scope of every aspect of their business – from green buying to roasting to customer service – but they cultivate an environment where their staff can grow, learn and contribute.

“We love new things and are constantly pushing our sourcing, roasting, drink-making and service to meet customers where they are while reaching beyond what we think is possible. We never settle for good enough, and it’s evident in every cup. Seattle is America’s original coffee audience, and to have an opportunity to share our point of view on coffee and service to such a community is a dream.”  – Onyx Coffee Lab

Onyx’s menu will feature two coffee blends – Southern Weather, to be brewed via batch brew and Geometry as espresso. In addition, four single origin coffees will be offered, rotating weekly so guests will have the opportunity to try each coffee as both espresso and pour over. Onyx gets creative on their menu with drinks such as the Sprochata – espresso, horchata syrup, cinnamon and oat milk, and the Black Salt Mocha – Ecuadorian chocolate, black salt, espresso, and milk. As a sweet bonus, most drinks on the menu will be garnished with a small treat ranging from sugar cookies, to chocolate, to dehydrated orange slices.

To launch their residence, Onyx is hosting a latte art throwdown with a stacked line-up of sponsors, and a Southern-style crawfish boil. This is an invite-only event. To receive an invite, guests must be signed up for the La Marzocco Cafe Locals Newsletter. Latte art throwdown rules and information can be found here.

Be sure to follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram as we update all events and menu changes during Onyx’s residence.

We will begin serving Onyx Coffee on Tuesday, March 6.

La Marzocco Cafe News: February – Thank you Kickapoo Coffee and Welcome Atlas Coffee Importers

As we prepare for our next Resident at the La Marzocco Cafe, we’d like to remind our Partners that applications for our 2018-19 month-long residencies are due by 11:59 pm PST on February 15, 2018. We are eager to review each application and look forward to offering the Seattle community – and beyond – another year of exceptional coffee!

For the past month, we have been proud to serve coffee from Kickapoo Coffee Roasters. Kickapoo launched their residence with a laid-back latte art throwdown followed by a panel event that brought the important issue of farmer compensation to the forefront of conversation. We commend Kickapoo for their dedication to higher and fairer farmer compensation. Kickapoo’s signature drinks have delighted our palates and their coffee flights have challenged us to see how diverse coffee can be. We’re so grateful to owners, TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes, as well as Jamie Lamonde, Alex Stoffregen, Scott Lucey and the entire Kickapoo team who worked so hard to implement this residence. Thank you!

Our next Resident, Atlas Coffee Importers, a Seattle based company celebrating 20 years in business will begin on Tuesday, February 13. Atlas has been instrumental to many of our past Residents throughout their green coffee buying process. Hosting them as a Resident will give us the opportunity to spotlight the work of an Importer and what that means in the world of specialty coffee.

Jennifer Roberts, COO at Atlas Coffee Importers states, “As Importers, much of our work is done behind the scenes and hidden from coffee consumers. In fact, importers play a critical role in the supply chain. We serve at various points as gate-keepers, advisors, match-makers, paper-pushers, financiers, negotiators and risk-managers. We are looking forward to stepping out from behind the curtain to share some of this important work with Seattle’s coffee-drinking community.”

Atlas will also be taking on the role of roaster during their residence! Drew Billups, Director of Education & Quality Control, will be roasting all of the coffee for service. They have curated a menu of coffees to highlight relationships with some of their favorite producers. Their own espresso blend, Rosebud, will be served throughout the residence, coupled with a selection of single origin coffees that will change weekly. For a little indulgence, the Plant Magic Affogato will be available – made with Rosebud Espresso poured over Frankie & Jo’s beloved Date Shake Ice Cream, it’s not to miss!

A full line-up of events and presentations have been planned throughout Atlas’s three week residence that will highlight the work that goes into the sourcing, logistics, and quality control work of Importers. We’ll see how an Importer works cohesively with coffee producers and roasters towards the collective goal of putting a delicious cup of coffee in the hands of consumers!

We highly recommend making plans to attend “Coffee and The Invisible Hand” on Saturday, February 17 at 9 AM. Author Dave Eggers will be present with his new book, The Monk of Mokha, an incredible true story of Mokhtar Alkhanshali’s mission to bring Yemen’s coffee to the United States and how Atlas helped him achieve it. Mokhtar will speak along with Craig Holt & Melissa Kelley from Atlas Coffee Importers, and cups of his coffee from Yemen will be available for purchase. Pictured below – a panel discussion that Mokhtar and Craig did in Yemen in 2014, when they first met.

More information about this and all events with Atlas Coffee Importers will be up on our Facebook Event Page and our Event Calendar.

With just one week left in their residence, be sure to come try Kickapoo Coffee’s menu. We’ll be serving it through Monday, February 12, and will then welcome Atlas Coffee Importers on Tuesday, February 13.

La Marzocco Cafe News: January – Thank you Caffè Umbria and Welcome Kickapoo Coffee

Happy New Year! We are so grateful to everyone who visited our Cafe in 2017 and we’re excited about what’s ahead – lots of delicious coffee, inspiring events and building a stronger local community. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for our La Marzocco Cafe Locals Newsletter. It is our new way of sharing news about the Cafe including invite-only events, special offers for our local guests and information on unique menu items.

Before we introduce our first Roaster in Residence of the year, we’d like to send a heartfelt thanks to our Seattle neighbors and friends at Caffè Umbria. Throughout December we have enjoyed their classic Italian menu and decadent specialty drinks. Every detail of their Residence – from Italian movie nights to weekly themed coffee tastings – has been planned and implemented with care and much pride and we are so grateful. Thanks to everyone at Caffè Umbria who had a hand in the process. We especially want to thank Marie Franklin for her countless hours and organization, and both Marie and Antonio Madeddu for training our staff, being present for set up and hosting events. We truly appreciate all your effort!

On Tuesday, January 9, Kickapoo Coffee Roasters from Viroqua, Wisconsin will begin serving their menu at the Cafe. Already, we have been delighted by the coffee samples that Kickapoo has sent for our team to taste. From Kickapoo:

“From our inception, Kickapoo Coffee has been driven by a twin-focus: great tasting coffee and fairness to farmers. That dual passion stems directly from our co-owners – Caleb Nicholes, whose background in boutique wines and the culinary arts translated well to the world of specialty coffee; and TJ Semanchin, whose studies in sustainable development throughout Latin America led him to a life in coffee. At our core, we are committed to making coffee better and making it better for all parties involved.”

In 2017, Kickapoo launched their “Raise the Bar” campaign by raising their guaranteed minimum price (paid to coffee farmers) to an unprecedented $2.75/lb of coffee (FOB). Join us on Friday, January 19 at 7 PM as TJ Semanchin, Co-owner of Kickapoo Coffee, along with several panelists discuss the impact of coffee on small farmers, touching on topics like fair-trade, direct trade, minimum pricing, importing practices, etc. TJ will speak about Kickapoo’s minimum pricing policy which according to Kickapoo is currently the highest published minimum price in the industry. Please RSVP to this event by heading to our events calendar.

Not to miss on Kickapoo’s menu will be three Coffee Sets. Each Set offers two 7 oz cups of pour over coffee that have been chosen to highlight differences in the coffees based on Microclimate, Variety and Processing. For example, guests will have the opportunity to taste Berundi Nemba processed in two different ways, side-by-side: washed and natural. A suggested pastry pairing will accompany each Set as an additional option.

Kickapoo has collaborated with The London Plane to offer six pastries and toast selections exclusively for their Residence. We can’t wait to try the Meyer Lemon Tartlet with Jasmine Green Tea Meringue or the Apple Butter Toast with Prosciutto, Sage and Uplands Cheese Pleasant Ridge Reserve – a Gruyere-like cheese being brought in from an award-winning 300 acre farm in southwest Wisconsin!

Cheers to a wonderful year ahead with lots of great coffee! We will continue to serve Caffè Umbria’s menu through Monday, January 8 and Kickapoo Coffee’s menu will begin Tuesday, January 9.

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