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.

Now accepting applications for 2018-2019 La Marzocco Café Residents

Program Overview

The La Marzocco Café and Showroom opened in April 2016 in Seattle. The café is unique in that it is designed to serve as a platform to showcase the diversity and creativity of specialty coffee. Each month, a new “resident” takes over the café in order to present their vision of coffee service. Residents curate the coffees that are served, design the complete menu (every item and every ingredient), select the equipment that will be used during their residency, design supporting bar flow, and train our team to execute the coffee program.

In addition to designing the coffee program, residents are also invited to use their residency as a platform for education and community engagement. Residents are encouraged to develop and present educational programming and unique engagement experiences for café guests during their residency, as well as design a launch event to begin their residency. Our goal is that residents will fully embrace the opportunity to express their creativity and showcase their work. No idea is too far-fetched, and our team is eager to be challenged, and to bring each resident’s vision to fruition.

We are now accepting applications for one-month residencies for Year 3, beginning May 2018.

Applications need to be completed no later than February 15th, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

Selection Criteria

Our goal is to create a slate of 2018-2019 residents that are diverse in their perspectives, geographies, and size.

We will be selecting individual residents based on the completeness of their applications, and the unique perspectives and creativity expressed in their applications. We will also prioritize creating an overall slate of residents that is diverse; we will be considering the group overall, in addition to reviewing the individual applications.

Each residency is meant to create the resident’s coffee experience that they choose to present to the communities they serve. Applications should highlight their perspective, and a commitment to creating something special, novel, and unique while in residence.

Applications will be evaluated based on our ability to understand the applicant’s perspective, and the supporting elements (menu, educational programming, company background, etc.) that help showcase that perspective. We will also be giving special consideration to applicants who can commit to having team members train our team in Seattle in the days leading up to the start of their residency, and in the first few days following the launch of the residency.

Coffee samples will be evaluated in a blind tasting.

While being a La Marzocco partner (someone that purchases our equipment) is not required, it is heavily considered. If you are not currently a partner of ours, please share with us what attracts you about our residency program.

The application will serve as the basis for your residency; you are essentially designing your residency as you envision it.

Be as thorough and complete in your answers as possible. Please keep in mind that this application process will take significant time and attention, as the application period will not be extended.

We have found that the Seattle community we serve enjoys being challenged by unique experiences – and they have come to expect it. We hope you’ll surprise them!

If you have questions as you work on your application, please first refer to the FAQs listed on the application. If you have additional questions, you can contact Amy Hattemer at amy@lamarzocco.com.

 

To summarize, residents will be selected based on these criteria:

1. The applicant’s unique perspective within specialty coffee, how their perspective is creatively expressed.

2. The overall diversity of the residents (perspective, company size, geography – international and domestic).

3. The completeness of the application.

4. The applicant’s ability to commit to be in Seattle to train our team in the days before and after the residency begins.

Application Instructions

1. Work with your team internally to design your residency application.

2. Submit the requested information listed in application in any format you desire. (video, online drive with uploaded content, song, online presentation, etc…)

3. Complete your application by February 15, 2018, 11:59pm Pacific Standard Time.

LINK TO APPLICATION

We look forward to learning about your vision for a residency at the café!

La Marzocco Leva: advanced technologies combined with traditional ideologies.

La Marzocco USA is proud to announce the arrival of the all new Leva: an evolution of the lever machine dedicated to the artisans, the pioneers and to all those with an eye to the past and a vision for the future.

La Marzocco Leva reimagines what a lever-actuated espresso machine can be, bringing with it a design that focuses not just on the physical beauty, but also on the satisfaction only found in a truly mechanical system. Leva’s next-generation proprietary electronics provide intuitive feedback over the extraction, allowing the barista to monitor and analyze in real-time more extraction parameters than ever before.

This machine is a joy to experiment with. We have found in our time with the machine that it forces you to rethink what you know about espresso theory. Pressure, volume and time are all inter-related with a lever machine and pulling shots on the Leva is a chance to experience another time in espresso history with the advantages of modern technology.

Learn more here: leva.lamarzocco.com

Demo the Leva
We now have the Leva up on our bar in Ballard and it will be there available for demos from December 11 – 15. We will then be moving it over to the La Marzocco Café from December 18 – 22. If you are interested in a demo, please email Josh Littlefield josh@lamarzocco.com.

We will also be touring the Leva at select cities in early 2018, so please look for an announcement about those cities soon.

La Marzocco Cafe News: December – Thank you Quills Coffee and Caffè Umbria Preview

For the past month, we’ve delighted in the seasonally inspired menu created by Quills Coffee at the La Marzocco Cafe. Their residence launched with an incredibly fun campfire themed latte art competition, setting the stage for a cozy month ahead. With just a week left in their residence, we’d like to pass along our gratitude to the entire team at Quills. We thank you for working so hard to share a taste of what you do in Kentucky, with Seattle. We have thoroughly enjoyed serving and drinking your coffee!

In this final week of their residence, Quills has three events planned:

Willett Distillery Whiskey Tasting

Whiskey lovers, this if for you! Quills has invited fellow Kentucky business owner Drew Kulsveen of Willett Distillery to host a whiskey tasting at the Cafe on Thursday, November 30. Included in the tasting will be their newly released – and already sold out – 16 Year Willett Family Reserve Bourbon, and their 5 Year Willett Family Estate Rye! All ticket proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Washington & Alaska and can be purchased here.

The following morning, Friday, December 1, Willett owners Britt and Drew will be at the Cafe for a casual Meet & Greet from 9 AM to 10 AM. A perfect time to order Quills’ Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte – flavored with Willett bourbon!

Immediately after the Meet & Greet, Lee Sill, Director of Wholesale at Quills Coffee will host our weekly Friday Coffee Tasting at 10 AM. Lee will be cupping a selection of Quills’ Single Origin coffees and guests are invited to join in!

As we head into December, we are pleased to welcome our final Roaster in Residence of 2017 – Caffè Umbria!

Caffè Umbria is a Seattle-based specialty coffee roaster, wholesaler and retailer who – like La Marzocco – has roots in both Italy and Seattle. We value our long standing relationship based on the shared vision of balancing Italian tradition with innovation and technology. Caffè Umbria’s Master Roaster Emanuele Bizzarri is the third generation in a family of roasters hailing from the Umbrian city of Perugia and whose father brought true Italian espresso to Seattle’s Pioneer Square in the 1980’s. Caffè Umbria pays homage to the great Italian blending and roasting traditions with an eye toward innovation and the new standard of excellence being set in the Pacific Northwest and across the country.

Caffè Umbria has planned a residence that celebrates their Italian roots and their connections to the community in Seattle. From their launch party to some very special menu items, Caffè Umbria will honor their Italian roots while partnering with several other local Seattle businesses. Read on for some of the highlights:

Launch Party

Help us welcome Caffè Umbria with a modern Italian Aperitivo on Wednesday evening, December 6. Featuring music by local band Sarah Gerritsen and the Shadow Catchers, Italian drinks, appetizers catered by Met Market, and a coffee-cocktail competition – it’s not to miss! Click here for all the details and to RSVP.

Schedule of Events

Caffè Umbria has a packed calendar planned for their residence that includes weekly themed coffee tastings, Italian films, a latte art class for rookies, a coffee and pastry pairing with The London Plane and a private tour of Caffè Umbria’s Roastery.  Stay tuned and check back as details are finalized and posted to our Event Calendar.

Custom Italian Pastries from The London Plane

What would good Italian coffee be without pastries? Caffè Umbria has partnered with their neighbors in Pioneer Square to offer some special Italian treats. Think Gianduja brioche – a flakey pastry with swirls of hazelnut chocolate, Ricciarelli –​ almond cookies that are perfectly chewy and citrusy, and a very classic Panforte from Siena, Italy, to name a few.

Giving Back

Boxes will be available throughout this residence to accept donations for the Queen Anne Helpline. Serving Queen Anne, Magnolia and South Lake Union, this company provides emergency assistance to our neighbors in need. If you can, please bring a donation when visiting the Cafe during this residence. Head here for donation ideas – we will be able to accept items listed under Food Pantry and Hygiene Bar. Thank you in advance!

We will be serving Quills Coffee through Monday, December 4, then Caffè Umbria will begin their residence on Tuesday, December 5. We can’t wait to serve you coffee during this full and festive month!

Menu Overview- Belleville Brûlerie

The La Marzocco Cafe has been made over with bright blue worker jackets, handpainted signs en français and delicious French coffee. Belleville Brûlerie, a wholesale roastery in France, began its month long residence last week with a menu inspired by its own Parisian sidewalk cafe, La Fontaine de Belleville. In addition to sharing great coffee with Seattle, Co-founder David Flynn is intent on making people feel comfortable and giving them a good experience. Read on as we explore Belleville’s menu and head over to the Cafe between now and November 6 to indulge in it!  

Espresso 

At La Fontaine de Belleville, espresso is pulled slightly longer than the Italian ristretto, an updated version of what one would find in a classic French bistro. Choose from one of two blends during Belleville’s residence in Seattle – La Fontaine de Belleville, or its latest, Chateau Belleville which is being launched here! Each component in Chateau Belleville is a high quality coffee that could easily stand alone, and as a blend becomes big, jammy, and reminiscent of a French bordeaux. 

Allongé 

The Allongé is an extremely popular drink in France, a happy medium between an espresso shot and an Americano. It is short enough to pack a flavor punch with great texture, and long enough to enjoy while catching up on the day’s news. 

Filtre du Jour 

In France, filter coffee is not-so-lovingly referred to as jus de chaussette, or sock juice. Belleville Brûlerie therefore, makes it a goal to have the best sock juice around! For its residence, filter coffee will rotate between the Chateau Belleville blend and three delightful single origin coffees. Not to miss is the Neptaly Bautista from Honduras. With flavors of tropical fruit and honey, it was the first coffee purchased by Belleville and the entire specialty harvest is purchased by them each year. 

Café Crème 

The Café Crème is the quintessential French milk drink, made just a little smaller than a cappuccino. It is the perfect beverage to enjoy alongside a cookie or some shortbread – and yes, dunking is encouraged! Pictured below with a Sablé au Romarin, a French-style butter cookie flavored with fresh rosemary.  

Chocolat Chaud 

As noted on the menu, Chocolat Chaud is a big deal in France and the children would revolt if they were not allowed to drink it. We assume some adults might too. Belleville’s Chocolat Chaud is made with 70% Valrhona chocolate discs added to milk then steamed. For a truly authentic experience, pair it with the Classic Tartine – toasted baguette with salted butter and seasonal jam.  

The Countryside Tartine 

For a more substantial treat, this tartine is a must. Fresh goat cheese, Washington State wildflower honey, olive oil and a sprinkle of red pepper flakes top toasted country-style bread baked by The London Plane. It’s sweet, savory and spicy all in one.  

To read more about Belleville Brûlerie and their cafe, La Fontaine de Belleville, we recommend this article written last year by our friends at Sprudge. To view Belleville’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe, head here. 

La Marzocco Cafe News: October – Thank you Olympia Coffee and Belleville Brûlerie Preview

As our team at the La Marzocco Cafe prepares to welcome Belleville Brûlerie from Paris, France, they will continue to pour themselves into serving Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.’s menu for the next week. While learning about French service style and drink recipes behind the scenes, including how to prepare an Allongé – a French take on a short Americano – our team will continue to dial in more than a handful of coffees each day, serving them all to Olympia’s exact specifications. If you have not yet been in to taste Olympia’s coffees, we do hope you’ll take the chance to come in and enjoy their beautiful single origin selections.

We want to pass along our appreciation to everyone at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. for the tremendous effort in helping us successfully execute our coffee service over the past month. Special thanks goes to Oliver Stormshak, Sam Schroeder, Honor Forte and Adam Kovatovich for working so hard with our team. It’s been an honor serving your coffee and we’re thrilled that you’ll soon be our neighbors over in West Seattle!

On October 10th, we’ll welcome Parisian roasting company Belleville Brûlerie to the Cafe as our next Roaster in Residence!

Belleville Brûlerie began in 2013 when owners David Flynn and Thomas Lehoux could not find the quality of coffee and level of service they were looking for among the existing roasters in Paris. La Fontaine de Belleville is their first cafe and we love its commitment to specialty coffee alongside a traditional French cafe atmosphere. From Belleville Brûlerie:

“La Fontaine de Belleville is housed in a cafe space that has been in continuous operation since at least 1915 and that history is imbued in everything we do. From the design of our cafe with handmade wicker chairs and the original copper bar to the hard boiled eggs on the counter we’ve tried to update and honour the tradition of the french sidewalk cafe. We have chosen to make traditional french coffee beverages and to serve them alongside the traditional cafe items such as beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Our commitment to quality is total and we have tried to update traditional products with excellent quality options working with artisanal suppliers for almost all of our offerings. We have also adapted our service style to the french cafe setting. What this means is that while our baristas are very knowledgeable about coffee (and indeed all of our products) the initial approach is one that puts the focus on the client and the daily banter that is the hallmark of French cafe life. La Fontaine de Belleville is about that interaction. Newspapers are always freely available on our copper bar and you can almost always find the staff chatting with clients about the news of the day or a funny story that happened to a client the day before. This openness of service and lively atmosphere provides us with an opening to introduce people to amazing coffee, often people who have never tried it before. We believe that specialty coffee can fit seamlessly into a traditional French cafe setting without snobbery or exclusion.”

Belleville Brûlerie hopes to bring to Seattle the dreamy feel of a French sidewalk cafe. The menu will include traditional French drinks as well as a selection of Tartine’s and French pastries made in collaboration with The London Plane. Newspapers will be available for guests and daily banter with the baristas is encouraged! We’re already dreaming of dipping a classic Tartine with butter and jam into a perfectly poured Café Crème while reading the day’s printed news.

To launch their residence, Belleville Brûlerie is hosting an evening of jazz with international performing trumpet player Hermon Mehari on Wednesday, October 11. When owners Flynn and Lehoux took over La Fontaine de Belleville, they found out that 20 years previously it had been a popular jazz venue in Paris. They have since revived it to once again include concerts every Saturday by some of the best jazz musicians in Paris, a program that Mehari himself organizes. For a quintessential French evening, guests are invited to come for the music, coffee, wine and french bites catered by Vif Coffee and Wine.

For more information about this event and to let us know you’re coming, head here. To stay up-to-date with all announcements and events at the La Marzocco Cafe follow along on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Menu Overview: Olympia Coffee Roasting Company

As we embrace the beginning of fall here in the Pacific Northwest, we are thrilled to have a resident at the La Marzocco Cafe that shares the seasons with us – Olympia Coffee Roasting Company. As long time friends and partners of La Marzocco, it’s an honor to host them in Seattle. Olympia has exclusively used our espresso machines since the company began, and for its residence, all espresso drinks will be made on our Strada AV. Guests are invited to line up at the machine and explore the menu. Read on for some of the highlights!

Espresso

There are two espresso options on the menu, including Olympia’s primary espresso, Sweetheart. Sweetheart is a rotating, seasonal single origin coffee. Sam Schroeder, co-owner of Olympia Coffee points out that, “Sweetheart intentionally does not try to achieve a consistent flavor profile, but rather provides our guests with a seasonal variety of flavors specific to a given moment.” The Sweetheart concept is one way the company implements its overall goal of “Quality Coffee and Quality of Life.” Schroeder goes on to explain, “If we feature a farmer’s coffee as Sweetheart Espresso, we can buy over 10 times as much coffee from that farmer than if we were to feature it as filter coffee alone. This has the ability to create much stronger bonds with farmers and improve quality of life at origin.” The current version of Sweetheart Espresso is from the Kirinyaga District of Kenya, where the coffee has grown on the slopes of Mt. Kenya. It’s a dynamic espresso with flavors of citrus, caramel and berry.

Pour Over Coffee

Rotating throughout the residence is Olympia’s full offering of single origin coffees, brewed via pour over. There are five options offered daily with a Barista’s Pick based on what our baristas are loving that day. Though it does offer a blend to wholesalers, Olympia’s retail menu is very focused on single origins. Schroeder explains, “We do an immense amount of work with farmers to source and develop specific coffees. For example, I think of the coffees we have from Ricardo Ariz, four specific coffees from one farm in El Salvador. These coffees are so intentional and dynamic on their own and we want to present them in their pure form.” All four of Ricardo Ariz’s coffees will be available during Olympia’s residence. We recommend trying them all to experience the variations in coffee even from within the same farm.

Cold Coffee

Olympia has two selections on tap daily – refreshing cold coffee and smooth nitro cold coffee. Both are currently made with Olympia’s Kenya Kirinyaga Sweetheart. Or, try Olympia’s bottled options – one made with an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and the other, Olympia’s Big Truck Organic Blend. While the coffees in Big Truck change with the seasons, its flavor profile of sweet chocolate and ripe berries remains the same. The current blend is created with Direct Trade Colombia San Fermin Organic and Ethiopia Adisu Kindane Natural Organic.

Ice Cream Drinks

We’ve teamed up with Molly Moon’s for another month of sweet coffee and ice cream creations. Try a Nitro Float, an Espresso Milkshake, or an Affogato. All are made with the perfect ratio of Olympia coffee to Molly Moon’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.

Tea

We’ll be brewing tea from Rishi Tea for Olympia’s residence. The tea menu has a nice selection of black, green, herbal and oolong teas. Other than with a warm cup of coffee, we can’t think of a better way to welcome the fall season than with a comforting mug of Rishi Earl Grey.

Taste

Try a sampling of Olympia’s coffee’s as folks from their team will be hosting our weekly Friday Coffee Tastings at 10 AM for the duration of their residence. Here’s what’s coming up in the next three weeks:

  • Friday, September 22: Shared Terroir, Explore four distinct coffees from one farm

Presented by Sam Schroeder, Director of Education, 2015 NW Barista Champion

  • Friday, September 29: Processing and its role in coffee’s flavor

Presented by Honor Forte, Director of Sales, 2014 NW Brewer’s Cup Champion

  • Friday, October 6: Varietals, from classics to the exotic

Presented by Sam Schroeder, Director of Education, 2015 NW Barista Champion

We’ll be serving Olympia Coffee’s menu through October nine. To see the full coffee and tea menus head here.

Celebrating The London Plane + La Marzocco Cafe

On Sunday, July 30 a special coffee and pastry pairing was held at the La Marzocco Cafe to celebrate the relationship between the Cafe and The London Plane. After a brief introduction, guests were invited to sample bites of London Plane pastries – each paired with different coffee hand selected by Cafe Experience Coordinator, Lucas Rickerson. It was a delectable afternoon and we were happy to have so many guests join us for the tasting. We are honored to be able to have a continuing relationship with The London Plane by offering their delightful pastries and bread to our guests. Read on to learn more about the beloved Seattle company and how our relationship formed.

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Since opening its doors in 2014, The London Plane has risen to icon status in the Seattle restaurant scene. Spearheaded by Matt Dillon, James Beard award winning chef and restaurateur, this unique space is known for its innovative combination of café, floral shop, artisanal grocer, and bakery, that draws locals and visitors alike back time and again.

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The London Plane bakery takes inspiration from baked goods from around the world and are made with sustainable, local ingredients. From cakes and cookies to biscuits and tarts, their collective 50 years of baking experience is evident in the excellence and creativity of everything they produce. We chatted with Yasuaki Saito, General Manager of The London Plane, to get some background on the space and the origins of their bakery program:

“The London Plane, located in a renovated historic bank building fronting the plane trees that line Pioneer Square’s Occidental Plaza is a modern, airy space housing a restaurant, a cafe, a specialty foods grocery, a florist, and a bakery. This one-stop market is a collaboration between Katherine Anderson, owner of Marigold & Mint and M & M Botanicals, and Matthew Dillon, owner of Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, Old Chaser Farm, and Bar Ferd’nand. They are both Seattle natives who met through mutual connections & the small business network of the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. They share an aesthetic affinity as well as a desire to make a positive impact on their hometown & our re-emerging neighborhood.  

The bakery component began as part of the pastry & bread baking happening at Matt’s other restaurants headed up by pastry chef Sarah Ellsworth (now at Canlis) & Michael Sanders, bread baker & owner of Plane Bread. In the portion of its identity as an all-day restaurant & cafe, the idea of baked goods made in house was at the core of the business model. As the shop developed, so did its reputation for the best quality ingredients and the tastiest recipes for everything from biscuits to cookies.”

When we began the search for a pastry partner at the La Marzocco Cafe, we wanted a partner that would match the quality and passion of the roasters and cafe’s that we are proud to showcase. The London Plane was the ideal candidate. Saito explains how that partnership came to be:

“With the impending opening of La Marzocco’s Cafe coinciding with the expansion of the London Plane’s operation into a new commissary kitchen next door to our main location, a wholesale relationship was born. In addition to Matt’s familiarity with The La Marzocco team in Seattle, I was also fortunate enough to know Joe Monaghan (President of La Marzocco USA) through my time at Stumptown & the Woodsman Group in PDX.  Scott Guglielmino (Product Manager for La Marzocco) introduced us to Amy Hattemer (General Manager at the La Marzocco Cafe) and she has been an absolute joy to work with on the project.  

We all believed it would be a great match even though we didn’t know how it would be received or how the monthly transitions would work. Over the course of the first year, both La Marzocco & the London Plane created new facets of our respective businesses & grew them in accordance with that belief. Although we all have experience in the general operations we started, in some ways we’ve had to make it up as we went along. We have added savory components & bread to the menus. We change the base offerings seasonally. We try to engage each resident with options for customization as with the Four Barrel doughnuts as a nod to their SF relationship with Dynamo. The overlapping of our philosophies (tradition, craft, quality, service) made us good partners to start. Our collaborative spirits have allowed the relationship to blossom.”

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Our cafe manager Amy Hattemer played a large part in forging the relationship, and admits there was a mutual affinity for one another:

“We at La Marzocco have been friends with the London Plane team for quite some time, I believe sharing a bit of a mutual company crush. The stars aligned and right as we were opening our cafe, The London Plane was opening its commissary kitchen. We were lucky enough to be one of their first wholesale customers.”

The entire gathering space itself has been an exciting opportunity to cross-collaborate, an experience that London Plane and Saito have enjoyed being a part of:

“La Marzocco’s Cafe in KEXP’s New Home has been a runaway success. Marrying two Seattle icons (Coffee & Music!) in one space has become a true community gathering space for Seattleites and tourists alike. We collaborated with KEXP during the recent Upstream Music Fest. We have had the chance to cater events at the New Home for both La Marzocco and KEXP.  The benefits have been tremendous for us as we have been able to feed more people and expand our brand. We hope we have added to the experience & satisfaction of all the people involved with the cafe and its residencies, the staff of KEXP and the everyday visitors to La Marzocco. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the group story we are telling and are humbled to be able to serve our collective guests.”

Hattemer shares in this sentiment and gratitude to have forged such a partnership:

Working with the London Plane for each residency offers us a unique opportunity to not only have a strong food program each month, but to also expand what we offer with each new resident through the creative relationship that our teams share. We would not be able to do any of this without the incredible communication and imaginative talents that our teams share and we are eternally grateful.”

For information about events like these and all happenings at the La Marzocco Cafe, follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

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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