Photo Menu: Heart Coffee Roasters

On Valentine’s Day, we welcomed Heart Coffee Roasters from Portland, OR, our 10th Partner in Residence to the La Marzocco Cafe. As is the case each time a new Roaster takes over, we reorganized the bar and dialed-in our equipment to make coffee the same way it would be prepared at Heart’s cafes in Portland, and implemented a completely new menu.

Heart’s motivation behind coffee is simple and is on full display at the Cafe: uncompromising quality aimed at bringing guests a focused and exceptional experience. Heart’s founder, Wille Yli-Luoma, started the company after much experimentation as a home roaster. Over time, he began to appreciate the coffee he was roasting at home more than what he was experiencing elsewhere. Wanting to share that appreciation with others, he decided to start Heart Roasters. Eight months after launching, Wille’s wife Rebekah jumped in to help out where she could and has been there ever since—together they now run the business.

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Wille says he roasts his coffee, “so you can taste where the coffee comes from.” He roasts on the lighter end of the spectrum and always uses washed coffees. Wet process, or washed coffee, is a method of processing coffee where the fruit and pulp covering the coffee seed is completely removed before being dried.

Heart boasts an impressive selection of Single Origin coffees across their menu. The La Marzocco Cafe will rotate through these, and will serve each two ways—as espresso and as drip coffee off of the Fetco batch brewer.

One coffee we’re particularly excited about bringing to the Cafe is Colombia La Morelia. Harvested just five months ago by coffee Producer Miller Walles, this limited-edition microlot has juicy acidity with molasses, pomegranate and rose notes.

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Leaning heavily on single origin coffees and the unique flavors each possess, Heart has just one coffee blend on their menu–Stereo Seasonal Blend. Heart uses Stereo as the default coffee for all their milk-based drinks, including macchiatos, cappuccinos and lattes. Stereo is a great choice for guests who are looking to drink espresso with rich, chocolatey flavors and lower acidity.

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Guests will find a Seasonal Special on Heart’s menu–their Honey Cardamom Latte. It includes steamed milk, Stereo espresso, raw honey and cardamom. Try this for something sweet and satisfying.

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Heart’s take on the Mocha combines espresso, steamed milk and a chocolate syrup made with cocoa powder, Madagascar vanilla beans, Himalayan pink salt and chocolate bitters. The steamed milk is poured into a dusting of cocoa powder that makes for a beautiful presentation.

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The Heart Chocolate is a coffee-free option that is made by melting Valrhona chocolate ganache into hot water, half and half cream, and steamed milk.

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For tea enthusiasts, Heart’s menu offers two selections from renowned Song Tea: Fragrant Leaf–a rich green tea with the scent of sweet grass and honey, and Carrot–a botanical tea with dried carrots, ginger, cinnamon and burdock.

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Finally, Friday’s just got even sweeter at the cafe. In addition to our regular (and free!) Coffee Tastings at 10 am, Heart’s menu will include a selection of General Porpoise Doughnuts each Friday during their Residence.

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Heart will be serving their menu at the La Marzocco Cafe through March 20, 2017. Be sure to come by to get a taste of Portland here in Seattle. To view the full menu, head here.

La Marzocco Cafe News: February–Thank you Cat & Cloud and Heart Preview

For the past month we’ve been delighted by Cat & Cloud’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe and we’d like to extend a huge thank you to them for being our Partner in Residence. As a small company with just over a dozen employees, Cat & Cloud was generous enough to have all three owners present in Seattle for their launch. They also sent up two of their employees from Santa Cruz to work the bar with us for a few days and we are so appreciative to them. We commend their company culture that creates a space where everyone feels welcome and leaves happier than when they came in, in addition to having an incredible coffee experience. Thanks so much Chris, Jared and Charles for putting so much effort into your Residence!

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We are thrilled to announce that our next Partner in Residence, Heart Coffee Roasters of Portland, OR will be launching on Valentine’s Day!

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Heart was started in 2009 by Finnish born and professional snowboarder Wille Yli-Luoma. He moved to Portland in his early twenties to pursue a career in snowboarding, but knew that it would not last forever and felt it made sense to follow another one of his interests–coffee. With a commercial espresso machine and grinder in his kitchen and a small roaster in his basement, Yli-Luoma dove into the world of specialty coffee. He eventually decided he wanted to share his coffee and roasting methods with Portland, and the world. His wife Rebekah enjoyed the business side of things and was also passionate about coffee. Thus, Heart was born.

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Today, Heart has a roasting and training facility with wholesale partners around the globe. They currently have two cafes in Portland, with a third one opening this year, and a very loyal community to support them! Heart’s menu at the La Marzocco Cafe will include Stereo, their seasonal espresso blend, single origin espresso, a decaf espresso and several single origin coffees for their batch brewed coffee. Other drinks of interest include their spicy chai tea, honey-cardamom latte, Heart chocolate and a selection of Song Tea. On each Friday of Heart’s Residence, we will be serving a selection of General Porpoise Doughnuts!

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Heart will be hosting a launch party on Wednesday, Feb 15 at 6 pm that will include drinks and live music. DoNormaal will begin a live set around 6:15 pm followed by Cody & Shannon of Shannon & the Clams DJ’ing from 7:30-9:30 pm. Head over to our Facebook page to let us know if you plan to come! During their Residence, Heart will also be offering one-on-one home espresso classes and group cuppings. Be sure to check back with the La Marzocco Cafe Instagram and Twitter as we finalize details on these. Heart takes over the Cafe on Tuesday, February 14.

La Marzocco Cafe News: January–Thank you Pilot and Cat and Cloud Preview

Happy New Year Friends!

We’d like to thank Pilot Coffee Roasters for being our Partner in Residence over the past month and for carrying us through the bustle of the holidays! It has been a joy to work with their team and a pleasure to prepare and serve their creative and customer-focused menu. The menu offers our guests the option to build their own drinks, choosing first a coffee then a method of preparation. Many guests have expressed excitement that this menu style forced them to try coffees they may not have otherwise. One of our goals for the La Marzocco Cafe is to continuously provide new experiences for our guests and Pilot has certainly helped us achieve that. A special thanks to Nat Fried and Eric Mahovlich from Pilot and to everyone in Toronto who has worked hard to bring Pilot to Seattle!

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As the New Year gets underway, we would like to announce our next Partner in Residence: Cat and Cloud from Santa Cruz, CA!

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While Cat and Cloud may be the youngest Roaster we’ve had take over the La Marzocco Cafe, its owners Chris Baca, Jared Truby, and Charles Jack are anything but new to specialty coffee, and would argue that their current project has been forming over the past decade. In addition to starting their roastery and opening their first retail space in the past year, Truby and Baca also record a super honest and rollicking podcast that dives into specialty coffee techniques, history and gives a real-life look at running a coffee business. Listen to it here and read more about their personal journeys and what lead them to launch Cat and Cloud here.

Cat and Cloud has a very clear goal of making coffee approachable and enjoyable for everyone. They surround themselves with good people and aim to make every interaction at their cafe a positive experience. Their menu will have several coffees including their flagship blend, the Answer­–which promises to taste amazing and approachable no matter how much experience one has with coffee. Another coffee offered will be the Truth–or an opportunity to get into the minds of Cat and Cloud! This coffee continuously changes but is promised to always be complex and exciting.

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We’ll be serving Cat and Cloud’s menu at the cafe starting Tuesday, January 10. Be sure to join us for their Launch Party on Wednesday, January 11. The party will include a live recording of their podcast at the La Marzocco Cafe beginning at 6pm, followed by tacos, beer and the opportunity to hang with Truby and Baca.

The cafe will continue to serve Pilot’s menu through Monday, January 9. We highly recommend stopping in for a taste of this Canadian company’s coffee before they take it all back North!

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