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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Photo Menu: Four Barrel Coffee

Less than 10 years ago, the founders of Four Barrel Coffee were in the midst of building out their first space–a roastery in San Francisco’s Mission District. Since then, they have forged ahead by opening two more cafe locations. Partnering with some incredible companies along the way, Four Barrel has become an integral and respected part of their community. We’re so pleased to have Four Barrel as the newest Roaster in Residence to the La Marzocco Cafe and are thrilled to be sharing their coffee here in Seattle. Read along for some of the highlights on their menu.

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Slow Bar

When planning their takeover of the Cafe, Four Barrel wanted to recreate the concept of the Single Origin Slow Bar from their original shop. The Slow Bar offers Four Barrel’s Ethiopia Bulga espresso and the choice of four single origin coffees brewed via pour over. They include Colombia Andino, Rwanda Nyamulinda, Guatemala Los Yuc and Ethiopia Qorema. Guest’s who want to experience these coffees are encouraged to wander over to the Slow Bar, chat with the barista and enjoy the sweet nuances of single origin coffee. Slow Bar hours will be 10 am to 4 pm daily.

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Cold Coffee

For years, the creators over at Four Barrel have been experimenting with cold coffee. Never satisfied with the results of traditional cold brew methods, their new–and soon to be patented method promises to deliver extravagant acidity, luscious sweetness and a clean, crisp finish. We’re happy to be offering all three of Four Barrel’s recently launched cold coffee options: Houdini which is sweet and syrupy, Limelight which is bright and floral, and Nitro which has all the sweetness of Houdini, infused with creamy nitro.

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Toast Menu

Four Barrel’s menu includes four tasty toast options, an ode to The Mill which they co-opened with local Josey Baker Bread in 2013. Pictured below is the Strawberry Toast featuring Happy Girl Kitchen strawberry-lavender jam, and organic salted butter on molasses brown bread, paired with a Pink Flamingo–a Cortado made with strawberry milk.

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Dandelion Chocolate

Another community company Four Barrel has partnered with is Dandelion Chocolate. All chocolate ganache for their residence is made in-house using Dandelion cocoa and includes a coconut milk vegan option as well. Clean, creamy and not too sweet the ganache is used for both the Mocha and Hot Chocolate.

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Tea

The Cafe will continue to serve crowd favorite Old Tree Yunnan Red tea from Song Tea during Four Barrel’s residence as well as two herbal teas from California based company Leaves and Flowers. For a beautiful and super refreshing option, try the Iced Rosella Mint tea–an elegant mix of hibiscus flower, peppermint and stevia leaf.

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Friendo Blendo

Four Barrel’s new packaging is almost as good as what’s inside. Their House Espresso Blend, Friendo Blendo is described best straight from the source:

“Citrus flavors swan dive into fresh berry full forward fold, which jumps or walks back into down dog, then ascends into a toffee sweetness sun salutation.” –Four Barrel Coffee

How can you argue with that? We recommend trying it in the Canski, a 4.5 oz Americano or  with some velvety steamed milk in a cappuccino.

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We will be serving Four Barrel’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe through Monday, August 7. Follow along with all the Cafe happenings on our Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Photo Menu: Madcap Coffee

Walk into the La Marzocco Cafe right now, and it may feel like a dream coffee cocktail bar thanks to our newest Roaster in Residence, Madcap Coffee.

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Co-Founder Trevor Corlett relays that they wanted to bring the same feel to the La Marzocco Cafe as in their recently opened coffee bar in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. This new space is fashioned after a cocktail bar with specialty drinks that mimic cocktails, sparkling beverages on tap and fancy barware to boot. Coffee and tea drinkers alike will love this fun and flavorful menu. Read on for some of the highlights!

 

Coffee by Origin

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Each week of their residence, Madcap will celebrate coffees from one country of origin. This is a perfect way for guests to experience the uniqueness of each coffee. Last week began with Ethiopian coffees, Colombia is being represented this week, followed by Kenya and finally, El Salvador. Madcap has created free booklets that are available to guests to learn more about each coffee and to take notes throughout their residence.

 

Signature Drinks

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To salute the culinary side of coffee, Madcap has created three signature drinks using unique ingredients and flavors. Buds in Bloom (pictured on the left) combines nitro coffee, housemade strawberry rose reduction and almond milk. Sunday Afternoon (center) is a cool, refreshing swirl of espresso, cucumber water and simple syrup. Smoked cinnamon first permeates the glass for the Almost Perfect (right) followed by a luscious blend of espresso, condensed milk and grenadine.

 

Drinks on Tap

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Madcap’s menu includes three delightful drinks on tap. Cold Coffee (left) is coffee brewed over 24 hours then flushed with nitrogen to give it a smooth, creamy feel. A riff on the classic cocktail, the Lime Ricky (center) is a non-alcoholic version made with sparkling Old Yunnan Tea, lime juice and bitters. The Sparkling Cascara (right) is a carbonated drink made with dried coffee cherries that steep for 12 hours.

 

Aloha Friday

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As mentioned in their introductory post, each Friday of Madcap’s Residence the Cafe will turn a touch tropical with three island-inspired drinks. The Fancy Plus Milkshake (left) starts with a scoop of ice cream and a shot of espresso which are then jazzed up with a pineapple balsamic reduction. Iced tea, lime and spice syrup and almond milk make up the Easy Stinger (center), and the Summer Crush (right) is swoon-worthy with its tryst of iced coffee, papaya and vanilla syrup and mint.
Ice Cream Menu

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What would summer be without a menu devoted to ice cream? Using sweet cream ice cream from Molly Moon’s, Madcap’s menu offers an Affogato (left), a Cold Coffee Float (right) and a Classic Espresso Milkshake (below).

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We will be serving Madcap’s menu at the Cafe through July 10. To view their full menu, head here, and for Aloha Friday’s menu head here.

La Marzocco Cafe News: June- Thank you Toby’s Estate and Madcap Coffee Preview

For the past month, the Seattle community has had the opportunity to experience a taste of Toby’s Estate Coffee, our current roaster at the La Marzocco Cafe. We’d like to thank everyone at Toby’s who has worked so hard to make their residence a reality. Aaron Owens, Director of Coffee at Toby’s, played a huge role in organizing the residence, training our staff, as well as being present to teach several classes and we are very grateful to him! Thanks also to Chloe Langman and Angelika Garcia, both Educators at Toby’s, for teaching classes and hosting cuppings. We’ve felt the passion and respect for specialty coffee that Toby’s represents, and it’s been an honor having them at the Cafe. Their menu will continue to be served through Monday, June 5.

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Joining us next with their fun and ambitious menu is Madcap Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Madcap was born in 2008 through a friendship between Co-Founders Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp. Today, the company continues to be driven and inspired by relationships made at every step of the coffee process–from growing and sourcing to roasting, brewing and serving.

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Madcap’s menu will showcase a permanent core offering of espresso based drinks, filter coffee, and Song Tea. Each week, the specific coffees will rotate in order to highlight a different source country, with Ethiopia being featured first followed by Colombia, Kenya and El Salvador. Just in time for summer, there will also be three ice cream beverages featuring Molly Moon’s Ice Cream available all month!

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During week one of Madcap’s Residence, we will be participating in Negroni Week–a weeklong celebration of the beloved cocktail that benefits an array of charity organizations. The wizards of Madcap have developed three Negroni-inspired espresso and tea drinks and we will be donating one dollar from the sale of each drink to the International Rescue Committee.

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Aloha Friday is a tradition at Madcap that was the brainchild of one of their baristas, Matt Rogers. Once a resident of Hawaii, Matt brought the island tradition of wearing Aloha Shirts to his cafe shifts on Fridays and as the idea took hold with the team, they began creating island-inspired coffee drinks to go with it. The barista’s take turns crafting drinks, which are then featured every Friday. Madcap will be sharing some of their favorites with us–like their espresso and pineapple milkshake–each “Aloha Friday” of their residence!

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The good folks at Madcap are eager to meet and form relationships with the guests and community at the Cafe. Trevor and Ryan will both be at their launch party on June 9th so be sure to come say hello! Several team members will be present throughout the month hosting an impressive lineup of complimentary cuppings, classes and hang out sessions that will focus on a variety of coffee topics. For more information and to sign up, head to our events calendar. Madcap’s residence begins Tuesday, June 6.

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