La Marzocco Cafe News: December–Thank you Panther and Pilot Preview

We’ve been delighted by Panther Coffee’s menu and service style at the La Marzocco Café in November. While they may not have been able to bring Miami sunshine with them, co-founders Joel and Leticia have traveled to Seattle twice this month, with one more still planned for their final event: a Latte Art Throwdown on December 1st. Stakes are high for this event, as the grand prize will be a trip to El Salvador, sponsored by coffee producers Aida Batlle and J. Hill & Cia. Head to our Facebook Page for information on competing in this event! Observers are also welcome! We have so much gratitude for Joel, Leticia, and their entire team for putting so much effort into their residency.


For our final Roaster in Residence this year, we are pleased to introduce our friends Pilot Coffee Roasters from Toronto, Ontario. Since they began in 2009, Pilot has partnered with La Marzocco, using our machines and sharing our commitment to quality, consistency, and innovation.


As the first Canadian Roaster in Residence at the La Marzocco Cafe, Pilot will be sharing with us a taste of the coffee culture and rich diversity from north of the border. Throughout the month, they will take us on a sensory ride, unveiling a series of coffee cocktails inspired by the tastes of Canada’s East Coast, Ontario, Quebec, the Prairies and British Columbia.


Pilot operates four locations in Toronto, including a combined Roastery and Tasting Bar. It is their goal to recreate the experience of their tasting bar here in Seattle, which includes optimizing the space to facilitate interaction and engagement with guests. Pilot hosts weekly public training sessions and will be offering these free of charge to our guests at the La Marzocco Cafe.


A selection of Pilot’s favorite single origin coffees will be seen on their menu including an exclusive and limited edition “Gesha Honey” lot from Guatemala’s Finca Catalan de las Mercedes.


We are looking forward to welcoming Pilot Coffee Roasters to the La Marzocco Cafe! Their Residency begins Tuesday, December 6.

Again, we want to thank Panther Coffee for such a great month and for bringing a part of the Miami coffee scene to Seattle. If you haven’t yet been in to try their coffees, make sure to do so by Monday, December 5.

Photo Menu: Panther Coffee

We are thrilled to have Miami-based Panther Coffee as our Roaster in Residence at the La Marzocco Cafe for the month of November. Husband and wife team Joel and Leticia Pollock started Panther in 2010 and have turned their company into a growing and locally appreciated business, now a roaster, retailer and wholesaler. They are excited to be sharing coffee in the Pacific Northwest as Portland, OR was their home prior to Miami. By living on both coasts, Joel and Leticia have identified certain coffee preferences between the two and have created two signature blends, East Coast and West Coast, based on these observations. Following is an exploration of their menu and information on some of the events that they will host while here.


When ordering an espresso drink off of Panther’s menu, the default blend served will be East Coast. To try the West Coast blend, just ask our barista then let us know–are you East Coast or West?


Panther’s Cold Brew Nitro is their Cold Brew coffee infused with nitrogen gas. The coffee itself has notes of chocolate, hazelnut, nougat and black cherry. When infused with nitrogen it becomes a creamy, stout-like drink. Guests can order it black, or white with the addition of half and half and house made vanilla bean syrup.


Cascara–the commonly discarded husks of the coffee cherry–can be made into a fruity, floral tea which can then be reduced and sweetened into a syrup. Try it during Panther’s Residence mixed with sparkling water as a Cascara Soda:


Or, mixed with espresso and steamed milk as a Cascara Cortado:


Guests will see both Cortadito and Cortado listed on Panther’s menu. A Cortadito is a single shot of espresso with 1.5 ounces of steamed milk, while a Cortado is a double shot of espresso with 2.5 ounces of steamed milk.


Panther’s menu also includes a robust list of single origin coffees made-to-order and brewed by Chemex. These include: Finca Kilimanjaro and Finca Himalaya from El Salvador, Finca la Amistad and Finca el Kilometro from Nicaragua and Gera Farm from Ethiopia.


Tea lovers will enjoy a selection of Miami-based JoJo teas this month. Each tea is brewed with its own brewing parameters and includes: Breakfast Black from India, Green Jasmine Pearls from China and Chamomile Herbal from Egypt.


Panther has two events lined up this month that guests won’t want to miss. First up, meet coffee producer Aida Batlle, who was raised in Miami and described by The New Yorker as, “a fifth-generation coffee farmer and a first-generation coffee celebrity.” She will be giving a presentation at 4 pm on Monday, November 14 and everyone present will have the opportunity to sample her incredible Finca Kilimanjaro coffee, roasted by Panther.


Finally, Panther will be hosting a latte art competition at the La Marzocco Cafe on Thursday, December 1st from 6-8 pm. Come to watch or compete! There’s a $5 buy-in for competitors with a Winner Takes All first place prize! Head to our events page for more details and make sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter. To view Panther’s full menu head here.

La Marzocco Cafe News – November: Thank-you Intelligentsia and Panther Preview

Throughout October, guests to the La Marzocco cafe have been treated with Intelligentsia’s thoughtful coffee menu and creative tea program.  We’ve had the privilege of having several of their team members join us in Seattle to host complimentary classes with topics ranging from milk preparation to home barista tips to getting that perfect extraction.

Intelligentsia at La Marzocco Cafe

A highlight of the month was Intelligentsia’s 21st birthday party – a raucous celebration here in the cafe complete with piñatas, pizza, and age-appropriate drinks!

The custom ceramic espresso and cappuccino sets made by notNeutral just to mark the occasion of this month’s residency are just one way Intelligentsia demonstrated their attention to detail.  We’d like to extend a huge thank you to those who worked behind the scenes, those who traveled to the cafe and everyone else at Intelligentsia who worked so hard to make their residency a success. To our guests who haven’t yet checked out their menu, we highly recommend doing so before we switch to our new resident on November 2nd.

In November, guests at the café will have the opportunity to experience coffee culture from the Southeastern-most part of the country, as we welcome Panther Coffee from Miami, Florida.

Panther Coffee

Founders Joel and Leticia Pollock, who have 30 years of combined experience in the coffee industry, visited Miami in 2008 while still living in Portland, Oregon. During their trip, they realized specialty coffee was non-existent in Miami and were inspired to move to the area to start both their family and their company. In 2010, Panther Coffee was born. It began as a roastery, but quickly expanded with a first retail location that opened in 2011. The family-owned business–and the specialty coffee it serves–has been embraced by Miami, and today Panther has three retail locations with plans for a fourth, in addition to a coffee education lab.

Panther Exterior in Miami

Panther’s team works closely with coffee growers, selecting green coffee based on taste as well as individuality and origin. It is then meticulously roasted in small batches, with care taken to highlight the natural sweetness and subtle flavors of each coffee, before being thoughtfully served to guests. Two espresso blends will be offered on Panther’s menu: East Coast and West Coast. The East Coast blend boasts a creamy mouth feel, medium body, with notes of chocolate and a sugarcane-like sweetness. The West Coast blend has a lighter body with notes of malted chocolate and grape with a silky finish. The single origin coffee being served all month will be Finca Kilimanjaro from El Salvador produced by Aida Batlle.

Panther Coffee

Help us welcome Panther Coffee to Seattle at their Launch Party on Wednesday, November 2 from 6-9 PM. Food and drinks will be served, including Miami-inspired empanadas and a special cascara mimosa. KEXP’s own DJ Morgan will be playing a special mix of Pacific Northwest indie rock, pulling our two coasts together for a fun evening of food, drinks and music.

Panther Coffee begins their residency on Wednesday, November 2nd.