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!

La Marzocco Cafe News: November – Thank you Belleville Brûlerie and Quills Coffee Preview

It’s been a magical month at the La Marzocco Cafe. The cooler weather, fall foliage and delicious Parisian coffee have created a welcome, cozy ambiance. We’ve enjoyed the intentional simplicity of Belleville Brûlerie’s menu and trust that guests have savored a French take on specialty coffee. It was an honor to have Belleville’s co-founder David Flynn in Seattle to train our team and launch the residence. Our sincere thanks and appreciation goes out to David and the entire crew at Belleville Brûlerie, and their own cafe– La Fontaine de Belleville–for creating the inspiration and working hard to implement their residence.

For those who have yet to try the current menu, we’re serving half-off Hot Chocolate or Chocolat Chaud for the kids during KEXP’s 2nd Annual Halloween Open House! Bring the family for this all-ages, free event taking place Tuesday, October 31 from 11 AM – 5 PM.

Belleville Brûlerie’s menu will be served through Monday, November 6.

Next up, we welcome Quills Coffee from Louisville, Kentucky as our next Roaster in Residence. Get ready for a month full of Kentucky hospitality and bourbon – along with lots of good coffee, of course!

Quills Coffee was founded ten years ago by Nathan Quillo. Nudged by his blooming passion for coffee, his vision was formed to create a space in Louisville where other coffee lovers could fuel their own passions and find community. Nathan’s brother Gabe soon joined him and together the two began to remodel a space that would eventually become the original Quills. Since then, Quills has opened additional shops in Louisville, New Albany and Indianapolis and has a growing list of wholesale customer brewing their coffee around the country. Their vision for connecting with others who share their passion has come full-circle as they now create connections and foster relationships with coffee producers around the globe.

The good people at Quills and our team at the La Marzocco Cafe are working hard to finalize all the details for their residence, so mark your calendars for the following events!

Quills Launch Day – Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Be the first to taste the new menu! We’re excited to try a cup of Quills 10-year Anniversary Limited Edition Blend, Horsefeathers and their Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte made with Willett’s bourbon. There’s also word of Quills waffles made in-house! With four signature drinks, three daily options for espresso, and several manual and batch brew selections, this menu has something for all.

Quills Launch Party: Campfire Latte Art Throwdown – Friday, November 10, 6–9 PM

Come compete or cheer someone on! Free admission for spectators and $10 buy-in for up to 24 competitors. Competitors will be pouring into camp-style mugs and will each go home with one. Sign-up at the door to compete. Campfire Latte’s and espresso will be served as well as beer, Old Fashioned cocktails and Willett bourbon. Tacos will be available in the courtyard from El Cabrito.

Willett Bourbon Tasting – Thursday, November 30, 6–8 PM 

Willett Distillery located in Bardstown Kentucky is celebrating the 80th anniversary of when Thompson Willett and his family put their first barrels into storage. We love the collaboration between Quills and their fellow Kentucky family business. Lee Sill from Quills will introduce the current owners of Willett who will lead a conversation surrounding their bourbon followed by a tasting and Q&A. Tickets to this event will be limited to 40 attendees and will cost $40 each.

Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to be notified when tickets for the Willett Bourbon Tasting go on sale, and for more information on all happenings at the La Marzocco Cafe.

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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