La Marzocco Cafe News: June- Thank you Toby’s Estate and Madcap Coffee Preview

For the past month, the Seattle community has had the opportunity to experience a taste of Toby’s Estate Coffee, our current roaster at the La Marzocco Cafe. We’d like to thank everyone at Toby’s who has worked so hard to make their residence a reality. Aaron Owens, Director of Coffee at Toby’s, played a huge role in organizing the residence, training our staff, as well as being present to teach several classes and we are very grateful to him! Thanks also to Chloe Langman and Angelika Garcia, both Educators at Toby’s, for teaching classes and hosting cuppings. We’ve felt the passion and respect for specialty coffee that Toby’s represents, and it’s been an honor having them at the Cafe. Their menu will continue to be served through Monday, June 5.

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Joining us next with their fun and ambitious menu is Madcap Coffee Company, a coffee roaster and retailer based in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Madcap was born in 2008 through a friendship between Co-Founders Trevor Corlett and Ryan Knapp. Today, the company continues to be driven and inspired by relationships made at every step of the coffee process–from growing and sourcing to roasting, brewing and serving.

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Madcap’s menu will showcase a permanent core offering of espresso based drinks, filter coffee, and Song Tea. Each week, the specific coffees will rotate in order to highlight a different source country, with Ethiopia being featured first followed by Colombia, Kenya and El Salvador. Just in time for summer, there will also be three ice cream beverages featuring Molly Moon’s Ice Cream available all month!

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During week one of Madcap’s Residence, we will be participating in Negroni Week–a weeklong celebration of the beloved cocktail that benefits an array of charity organizations. The wizards of Madcap have developed three Negroni-inspired espresso and tea drinks and we will be donating one dollar from the sale of each drink to the International Rescue Committee.

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Aloha Friday is a tradition at Madcap that was the brainchild of one of their baristas, Matt Rogers. Once a resident of Hawaii, Matt brought the island tradition of wearing Aloha Shirts to his cafe shifts on Fridays and as the idea took hold with the team, they began creating island-inspired coffee drinks to go with it. The barista’s take turns crafting drinks, which are then featured every Friday. Madcap will be sharing some of their favorites with us–like their espresso and pineapple milkshake–each “Aloha Friday” of their residence!

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The good folks at Madcap are eager to meet and form relationships with the guests and community at the Cafe. Trevor and Ryan will both be at their launch party on June 9th so be sure to come say hello! Several team members will be present throughout the month hosting an impressive lineup of complimentary cuppings, classes and hang out sessions that will focus on a variety of coffee topics. For more information and to sign up, head to our events calendar. Madcap’s residence begins Tuesday, June 6.

Photo Menu: Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters

Last week we welcomed Toby’s Estate Coffee Roasters to the La Marzocco Cafe as our Roaster in Residence for the month of May. In just a week, Toby’s has set a casual yet vibrant vibe at the Cafe with their fun and adaptive menu and commitment to customer enjoyment. By serving excellent coffees and high quality ingredients, Toby’s maintains the ability to offer a broad selection of drinks, and strives to satisfy every guest’s palate. Craving a drink not on the menu? If it can be made with house ingredients, our baristas will make it!  We are pleased to be sharing Toby’s menu with the Seattle community–read on for some highlights.

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The Bedford Blend is Toby’s signature espresso, used in their Brooklyn Roastery and Cafe. It’s sweet Colombian component paired with a floral Ethiopian makes it balanced and approachable. Toby’s recommends trying this espresso alone, or with steamed milk in a velvety cortado.

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For a remarkably sweet cup of pour over coffee, try Toby’s newest offering–a Colombian microlot from female producer Aidé Garro. Described as “fruit-forward with juicy sweetness and brilliant acidity” it has notes of strawberry, watermelon and jasmine and is a coffee not to miss!

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The single origin Rwanda Vunga is offered as either espresso or pour over. Juicy mandarin flavors are balanced with notes of red grape and black tea, making this a unique and satisfying coffee.

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Toby’s Residence has coincided with warmer weather in Seattle making Cold Brew an inviting choice. Made with their Brooklyn Blend, this refreshing drink boasts flavors of creamy cocoa, toasted hazelnuts and a sweet toffee finish. Enjoy it poured over ice, with or without a dash of cream.

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The Gingersnap is eight ounces of steamed milk, espresso and house made ginger and fennel seed syrup swirled together into a delectable drink. Though not on the menu, it is also available–and delightful–as an Iced Gingersnap Latte! As part of their commitment to offer guests what they wish for, most items on Toby’s menu can be served iced.

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We are thrilled to offer a selection of Song Tea again this month. Toby’s menu includes New Craft Meizhan White, Old Tree Yunnan Red and their Botanical Carrot.

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“Toby’s dedication to specialty coffee and making it approachable, understanding their context and their guests’ palates and desires–without sacrificing quality–is most impressive,” says Jesse Davis, Experience Coordinator at the La Marzocco Cafe. We are honored to be long-time partners with Toby’s estate, and are delighted to be sharing their menu with the Seattle community and beyond. We will be serving Toby’s menu through Monday, June 5.

La Marzocco Cafe News: May- Thank you Tim Wendelboe and Toby’s Estate Preview

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

See you at the New York Coffee Festival

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La Marzocco is excited to participate in the second edition of the New York Coffee Festival. September 16-18, we will be on site at the 69th Regiment Armory for a weekend of espresso and coffee celebration.

The New York Coffee Festival is an exciting event, as it is consumer facing, giving ourselves and our partners the opportunity to spread the good word of specialty coffee to the masses. This year, we’ll be doing this in two ways; the La Marzocco Home DIY Experience Bar and the True Artisan Cafe.

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DIY Experience Bar

For those curious to learn more about the craft of making espresso, La Marzocco Home is running a hands-on Experience Bar, giving attendees the opportunity to learn the steps to making espresso on a La Marzocco GS3 and Linea Mini. For many, this is the first opportunity to get hands-on with an extraction method that is usually experienced from the other side of a counter in a cafe or coffee shop.

The La Marzocco Home Experience Bar will feature four home espresso machines—two Linea Minis and two GS3s, and will feature coffees from Counter Culture Coffee, Toby’s Estate, Gregory’s Coffee, Joe NYC, and Blue Stone Lane throughout the weekend.

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The True Artisan Cafe

La Marzocco machines are nothing without great roasted coffee. Throughout the weekend, stop by and try espresso drinks made by some of the best coffee roasters New York has to offer.

Our roasting partners will be sharing delicious blends, single origin coffee, and creative espresso drinks. See the schedule at the end of this post to know when to stop by for your favorites.

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Strada AV

The True Artisan Cafe will feature the newly released, newly available Strada AV. This machine features the forward-thinking La Marzocco electronics platform, giving baristas easy-to-navigate, precision control of the volume of water to flow through an extraction.

The Strada AV is also the first espresso machine to feature our all-new Pro Touch steam wand. This new steam wand stays cools to the touch, without compromising steam quality or volume.

No matter how big the crowds get at the New York Coffee Festival, the Strada AV will be the machine to help our baristas make consistent, delicious drinks with ease.

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Our Partners

Thank you to Counter Culture whose staff will be guiding folks through our Experience Bar. We also want to thank all of the following for taking a part in the True Artisan Cafe. (The most current True Artisan Cafe schedule is also listed.)

Intelligentsia Coffee (Friday, 1:45-3:45)
The Pulley Collective (Friday, 1:45-3:45)
Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Saturday, 9:45-11:30)
La Colombe (Saturday, 9:45-11:30)
Parlor Coffee (Saturday, 11:45-1:15)
Irving Farm (Saturday, 11:45-1:15)
Coffee Labs 
Super Crown Coffee (Saturday, 1:30-3:00)
Gotham Coffee (Saturday, 3:15-4:45)
Toby’s Estate
Gregory’s Coffee
Ceremony Coffee (Sunday, 9:45-11:30)
George Howell (Sunday, 9:45-11:30)
Ninth Street (Sunday, 11:45-1:30)
Square One (Sunday, 11:45-1:30)
Green Street (Sunday, 1:30-3:30)
Third Rail Coffee (Sunday, 1:30-3:30)
Joe NYC
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