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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Menu Highlights

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

 

Engage with Sweet Bloom

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

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

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

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

 

From Sweet Bloom

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

La Marzocco Cafe News: Announcing Year Two Roasters in Residence

The La Marzocco Cafe was built to be a place where guests from Seattle and beyond could gather to enjoy specialty coffee from roasters all over the world.

In it’s first year, the cafe has welcomed 11 roasters from 5 different countries including: Stumptown, G&B, Buna, Campos, Counter Culture, Intelligentsia, Panther, Pilot, Cat & Cloud, Heart and Tim Wendelboe.  With each roaster, the cafe’s talented team has dialed in an entirely new menu, bar flow and service style in order to effectively display each roaster’s unique approach to coffee. Launch parties and special events during each residence have included a basketball tournament, live musical performances, taco trucks, southern BBQ, a mariachi band, a latte art throwdown, a live podcast recording, home barista classes, coffee tastings, and an undisclosed amount of beer, wine and of course, coffee! We are honored to have had the level of involvement and talent that the roasters have displayed in bringing their residencies to life each month. The cafe team and guests have learned and discovered new approaches to coffee from each one and we’d like to once again extend our heartfelt thanks!

Looking ahead to year two, we are extremely excited to announce the roaster line up for the next 12 months. Receiving over 100 applications from roasters all over the world was incredibly humbling and we are extremely grateful to all who took the time to apply. Tasked with picking only 12, we based our selections on the quality of application, uniqueness of coffee program, coffee quality and diversity of residents style and location – all in an effort to showcase the breadth of specialty coffee experiences. So without further ado:

The Year Two Roasters in Residence to the La Marzocco Cafe are:

Toby’s Estate Coffee, Brooklyn, NY: 5/2/17 – 6/5/17

Madcap Coffee, Grand Rapids, MI: 6/6/17 – 7/10/17

Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco, CA: 7/11/17 – 8/7/17

Coffee Supreme, Wellington, NZ: 8/8/17 – 9/11/17

Olympia Coffee, Olympia, WA: 9/12/17 – 10/9/17

La Fontaine de Belleville, Paris, FR: 10/10/17 – 11/6/17

Quills Coffee, Louisville, KY: 11/7/17 – 12/4/17

Caffe Umbria, Seattle, WA: 12/5/17 – 1/8/18

Kickapoo Coffee, Milwaukee, WI: 1/9/18 – 2/5/18

Dutch Bros. Coffee, Grant’s Pass, OR: 2/6/18 – 3/5/18

ONYX Coffee Lab, Springdale, AR: 3/6/18 – 4/2/18

George Howell Coffee, Acton, MA: 4/3/18 – 4/30/18

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Congratulations roasters!

We are anticipating an incredible year two and can’t wait to see what these 12 talented roasters will bring to the La Marzocco Cafe and the Seattle community. Also beginning today, La Marzocco Home is announcing the launch of their Home Espresso Subscription, the perfect way to be able to experience these roasters at home all year long! Head here for all the details.

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