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.

Photo Menu: Intelligentsia Coffee Tea

The La Marzocco Cafe welcomed Chicago’s Intelligentsia Coffee last week as our Roaster in Residence for the month of October. Through their impeccable service and dedication to quality, we can see that Intelligentsia recognizes and honors the amount of time and energy it takes for a coffee plant to reach its ultimate destination: a beverage being enjoyed by a customer. Our team at the cafe is excited to share Intelligentsia’s creative menu with our guests this month. In addition to their rotating coffee menu and their robust Kilogram Tea offering, Intelligentsia has a month packed full of classes and events for the Seattle community and those who travel here from beyond. Following are some highlights from their menu and information on their events.


Intelligentsia’s Black Cat Classic Espresso Blend is the default choice for most espresso drinks on the menu. This is their signature blend, comprised of 75% pulped natural coffee and 25% of a complementary washed coffee. The blend may vary each season, but always offers a flavor profile of dark chocolate and cherries. As an alternative to the Black Cat Classic, there will also be a rotating single origin espresso offered. These single origin coffees tend to be lighter and brighter than the Black Cat Classic and will be listed on the menu by their region and country. Brewed coffee will be prepared using either v60 or Chemex and will be selected each day based on sweetness, balance and clarity, and prepared to order.


Tea lovers will be thrilled with Intelligentsia’s offering of Kilogram Teas. The daily menu includes black, green, oolong, and herbal choices. Pictured below is the Kabuse Okabe, a green tea which boasts both sweetness and umami.


For a total herbal pick-me-up, guests should try the Hot Turmeric Tonic. It’s bright yellow color foretells the flavor bomb of turmeric, ginger, lemon and lime.


Guests will also find sparkling teas–on tap! These are cold, a little bubbly and very refreshing. Pictured below is the King Crimson Sparkling Tea that features an infusion of hibiscus, lemongrass and citrus.


Matcha, a finely-powdered green tea, gets its own section on Intelligentsia’s menu! Try this earthy, antioxidant-packed tea warm (matcha latte), iced (iced matcha, iced matcha latte) or even as a matcha shake!


And speaking of shakes, Intelligentsia has two more on their menu. First, the Black Cat Shake is made with a single extraction of espresso blended with Salt & Straw Double Fold Vanilla Ice Cream then garnished with whipped cream and espresso powder. Second, the Chocolate Champ Shake is made by blending chocolate ganache with Salt & Straw Double Fold Vanilla Ice Cream, then garnished with whipped cream and a chocolate square.


Intelligentsia has planned some exciting classes and events during their time as our resident roaster. This month, the company celebrates their 21st birthday and will be hosting a party here at the cafe on Sunday, October 9. It will be free and open to the public and will include a cocktail competition featuring Intelligentsia’s Cold Brew!


Special guests will be arriving throughout the month to teach classes and interact with our staff and guests. The first two classes will be hosted by Jesse Raub, Chicago Wholesale Educator and will cover brew variables, methods and how to ensure perfect extraction, as well as a Q&A session on preparing coffee and espresso at home. Next up will be Doug Palas, Kilogram’s Director of Tea, speaking about sourcing teas and Intelligentsia’s unique sparkling tea program. Then, we’ll welcome Geoff Watts, Intelligentsia Vice President and green coffee buyer, for a special evening session on issues related to Direct Trade, sustainability, and Intelligentsia’s Extraordinary Coffee Workshop. Finally, Matt Barahura, West Coast Wholesale Educator will be here to host a class on espresso and milk preparation.


For more details on event dates and times, head on over to our events calendar and to see Intelligentsia’s full menu for the month, head here.