We have an amazing line up of roasters in the True Artisan Cafe at SCA Expo! Peruse the list below and be sure to grab coffee from your favorite roaster at our Skybridge location.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!
We have an amazing line up of roasters in the True Artisan Cafe at SCA Expo! Peruse the list below and be sure to grab coffee from your favorite roaster at our Skybridge location.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!
Yesterday, we, La Marzocco, pledged $750,000 to the University of California, Davis to help fund a new Coffee Center building and to further coffee science research efforts at the university.
The first-of-its-kind Coffee Center is a nexus for faculty, students and visiting scholars from both industry and academia to explore fundamental and applied scientific research questions about coffee. The center’s dedicated physical infrastructure and laboratories will allow researchers to investigate a host of post-harvest research topics under carefully controlled and measured conditions to facilitate discoveries and innovations similar to those that have advanced the wine and beer industries.
“The science underlying the creation of high-quality espressos is notoriously complicated because of the interplay between fluid flow and extraction under high pressure and high-temperature conditions,” says William Ristenpart, professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis and director of the Coffee Center. “La Marzocco has decades of experience in espresso, so we are very excited to work with them to both advance the state of espresso science and to develop curricula focused on teaching the next generation of coffee science professionals.”
The partnership with UC Davis provides our global company with a groundbreaking opportunity to take part in dedicated coffee research in an academic environment. With the world’s changing climate, an industry-wide push for sustainable best practices, and the ever-growing demand for high-quality coffee, the need for coffee-educated talent and associated academic research has never been greater.
“The forward motion of the coffee industry has always been the core of our mission at La Marzocco,” shares Kent Bakke, International CEO, La Marzocco. “We believe the Coffee Center at UC Davis represents a renewed focus on understanding the science behind coffee that will lead us to better practices for growers, importers, roasters and cafes. Our international team is expanding our research and educational initiatives and we hope UC Davis can be a partner in this effort.”
The La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory will be the cornerstone of the university’s research and teaching efforts on brewing and espresso. La Marzocco will also provide state-of-the-art espresso machines for the laboratory.
UC Davis will renovate an existing 6,000 square-foot facility to serve as a hub for coffee research and education. In addition to the La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory, the Coffee Center building will include a pilot roastery, a green bean storage laboratory, a sensory and cupping laboratory, an advanced chemical analytical laboratory, a classroom and an outdoor event space.
About UC Davis Coffee Center
The UC Davis Coffee Center is the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to addressing the broad needs of the coffee industry through a holistic approach to coffee science and education. With support from its many partners, the UC Davis Coffee Center will help to raise the global standards for coffee by applying a rigorous academic framework to coffee research. The center builds upon the university’s existing Coffee Lab, a 1,200 square-foot laboratory where students explore engineering principles through roasting and brewing coffee. For more information on the UC Davis Coffee Center, visit www.coffeecenter.ucdavis.edu
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 email@example.com.
We will also be touring the Leva at select cities in early 2018, so please look for an announcement about those cities soon.
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
It has been a busy month at the La Marzocco Cafe! Most notably, this past weekend as coffee enthusiasts from all over the world descended on Seattle for the Specialty Coffee Association’s Global Specialty Coffee Expo. We are thrilled that so many were able to visit the Cafe! It was a treat to serve you all coffee and to host a line up of events and classes that we hope everyone enjoyed.
Many expressed their enthusiasm towards our current Roaster in Residence, Tim Wendelboe. As their coffees are roasted in Norway, this was a rare chance for most to be able to taste them in the United States. Being able to represent the work and detail that goes into every cup of Tim Wendelboe coffee has been an honor. We are so grateful to Tim and his incredible team for being our resident this month, carrying us through the Expo and being our final roaster of Year One. Special thanks to Stephanie Dawn, Store Manager at Tim Wendelboe, for making the trek from Oslo to Seattle to set up the residence and train our staff.
If you haven’t been in yet to experience this menu, we will continue serving Tim Wendelboe’s coffees through Monday, May 1.
To kick off Year Two of our Roaster in Residence program, we are thrilled to have Toby’s Estate from Brooklyn, New York!
Founded in 2011, Toby’s Estate is a small batch roaster dedicated to sustainable sourcing and roasting. They are committed to expanding relationships, both at origin and through their network of wholesale partners. With five distinct and beautiful retail cafes across New York, Toby’s is also forming relationships with every cup of coffee they serve. They proudly feature La Marzocco espresso machines in each of their retail cafes, sharing with us a vision for craftsmenship, quality and a passion for creating exceptional coffee experiences.
As a continuation of their Brew School in New York, Toby’s will be offering a selection of free classes and cuppings each week during their residence at the Cafe. Classes will include: Espresso Fundamentals, Latte Art Basics and Home Brew Methods. Toby’s describes the classes as being “designed to teach everyone from the coffee novice to the experienced home barista, the elements of brewing great coffee.” For more information on the classes and cuppings, and to sign up, head to our events calendar.
The Cafe team is already underway learning Toby’s menu so guests will be able to experience their drinks just as they would in New York. Selections will include: espresso drinks, pour over, batch brew, cold coffee, hot chocolate, Song Tea and a drink named the Gingersnap! Be sure to come check out the full menu when the cafe begins serving it on Tuesday, May 2.
SCA weekend is just 2 weeks away, here’s what we have planned!
SCA Expo, 4/21-23, WSCC, Booth 1338
We hope to see you in Seattle for SCA Expo. Visit booth 1338 to meet with your area sales director, our after-sales support team, and the rest of the La Marzocco team. On bar, you’ll see the new addition to the Strada family, Strada with Auto Brew Ratio, as well as a ‘Songwa-art’ wrapped Linea PB ABR. This year is full of celebrations, including that of our partnership (with Probat and Mahlkonig) in the Tanzania coffee farm, Songwa.
The booth will be energized with the return of the #TrueArtisan Café, showcasing a great list of our roaster partners serving up their coffees.
The La Marzocco booth will also host for the first time, La Marzocco’s sister company, Modbar, the leader in undercounter brewing equipment. La Marzocco’s Kent Bakke and Joe Monaghan were early supporters of Modbar’s innovative approach to coffee equipment, and the company has worked in collaboration with La Marzocco to elevate the craft of coffee while enabling closer connections between customers, baristas and the coffee experience. The booth will feature two brewing stations operated by guest roasters: one in a 2-group setup with two espresso taps and two steam taps; the second holding two pourover taps for filter coffee.
90th Anniversary Party, Saturday 4/22, La Marzocco Cafe
Join us as we celebrate La Marzocco’s 90th anniversary with a party Saturday night – 8pm-midnight – at the La Marzocco Cafe.
It’s a 90s-themed party, decked out in theme with a DJ spinning only 90s music, costumes encouraged, and plenty of food and drink. Two food trucks will be positioned in the courtyard outside the Cafe, and inside will be bars serving up Italian wines, batched Negronis, beer & cider.
Did we mention COSTUMES? There will be a competition for the best costumes, awarding prizes to the best 3, so come dressed in your 90s gear.
Tickets to the party will be handed out at our SCA booth, 1338, but if you don’t get a ticket at the show, come early to receive one at the door – space will be limited. We look forward to celebrating with you! #lamarzocco90
La Marzocco Home programming, 4/20-23, La Marzocco Cafe
La Marzocco Home will be holding an event at the La Marzocco Cafe called “Welcome Home: A series of classes and presentations for the home barista.” This event will be open to the public and will feature talks by industry experts and hands-on classes with the Linea Mini and GS3 taught by La Marzocco staff. Topics will cover barista tool design, beginner and advanced espresso as well as a coffee tasting from Nordic Approach, one of the most respected green coffee buyers in the industry. Visitors will also be able to view an art installation featuring Songwa, the coffee farm in Tanzania partially owned by La Marzocco. For more information and schedule of events, go to La Marzocco Home’s blog: lamarzoccohome.com.
Tech Seminars, 4/21-22, La Marzocco (Ballard), RSVP now
Sign up now for our technical seminars, held at the La Marzocco Training Lab in Ballard. Throughout Friday and Saturday (4/21-22) our Seattle trainer, Randy Phillips (alongside a small team of others), will lead four different technical seminars covering topics such as espresso machine preventive maintenance, water quality, the conical valve, and how to install Modbar equipment. Each seminar will be around 1-hour long and offered both days. Registration is now open, and space is limited to 30 people per class, so sign up while you can!
Follow these links to register: