La Marzocco Cafe News – Thank you Linea Caffe and Welcome Elixr Coffee

Seattle – just a week left to visit the La Marzocco Cafe with Linea Caffe as our Roaster in Residence! It has been an honor serving the coffees that the Linea team has meticulously sourced, roasted and placed onto their menu for our Seattle guests to enjoy. We are so grateful to the entire team at Linea for the time and effort put into crafting their residence, specifically Robyn Brems, Director of Operations and Michelle Giroux, Linea Caffe Manager. Special thanks goes to Linea Founder and long-time friend of La Marzocco, Andrew Barnett for personally being involved in every aspect of the residence, giving our Seattle guests the same impeccable coffee and service that is experienced in his own cafe. When in San Francisco, be sure to check it out!

If you haven’t been in this month, we definitely recommend coming by to try Linea’s coffees – or take a bag with you to brew at home!

Linea Caffe’s lineup of espresso-based drinks and single-origin coffees will be available at the La Marzocco Cafe through Monday, February 11.

On Tuesday, February 12 we’ll welcome our next Roaster in Residence: Elixr Coffee Roasters coming to us from Philadelphia!

Founded in 2010, Elixr Coffee is continually engaged in perfecting the sourcing, roasting, preparation, and delivery of the most delicious coffees they can find. They specialize in lighter-roasted unique and exquisite coffees and are firm believers in the Direct Trade model – by building long lasting relationships with producers, both producer and roaster can invest in each other.

After spending time living in Sumatra, Indonesia where he was immersed in a lively coffee culture, Elixr Founder, Evan Inatome knew he wanted to bring amazing coffee and connections to Philadelphia. In addition to roasting and serving incredible coffee, Elixr has created a culture that strongly supports the creative community in Philadelphia, providing space that promotes an open and active dialogue between themselves, the artists and the community at large.

“One thing we believe really strongly in is supporting and promoting the creative community in Philadelphia. Our art program, founded by Ryan Strand Greenberg in 2012, showcases art installations and public events at our Center City location. The program has commissioned six art installations annually and has held over 50 public events to date.” – Elixr Coffee

As part of their residency at the La Marzocco Cafe, Elixr will be showcasing six fabric-based works by Philadelphia artist Gerri Spilka. The artwork will be unveiled during Elixr’s launch party on February 13 – where guests will have the opportunity to meet the artist and the crew from Elixr. This event is invite-only. To receive an invite, be sure to sign up for our Local’s Newsletter.  

From Elixr: “We are honored to have the opportunity to share ourselves with folks in Seattle who may never make it to one of our Philadelphia cafes. From our special lots such as El Injerto, Guatemala to Las Brumas, El Salvador and our unique art installation, we feel that people will have a unique ability to feel what Elixr Coffee is truly about. Our main goal is to bring a bit of what we feel makes us and Philly special to everyone that comes to the La Marzocco Cafe.”

Menu Highlights

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Sip on Elixr’s signature espresso, Beekeeper, which features a round, caramel sweetness that is smooth, nuanced, and incredibly approachable, or their seasonal blend, Lunar Lander, with notes of melon, pink berry and semi sweet chocolate. Each one can be enjoyed alone, or with your choice of steamed milk.

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Elixr has chosen four single-origin coffees for their menu including staff favorite – Juan Vergara from Ecuador – a coffee that boasts notes of jasmine, starfruit and fruit punch. Also on the menu – their El Injerto from Guatemala which has been a Cup of Excellence winning lot seven times over!

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The traditional coffee drink Evan Inatome enjoyed with friends while living in Sumatra – made with a shot of Beekeeper espresso and sweetened condensed milk.

Anise Pistachio Mocha

House-made anise simple syrup and chocolate sauce swirled into a shot of espresso, steamed milk and topped with roasted pistachio shavings.

To see our current menu head here. Elixr’s full menu will be posted there on their launch day, Tuesday, February 12.  

Events during Elixr Coffee’s Residence

Friday Coffee Tastings at 10 AM – a team member from Elixr will be in Seattle every weekend during their Residence and will host our weekly tastings. Coffees and themes will vary. Check our Facebook page weekly for updates.

Omakase Service every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during Elixr’s Residence – Omakase is an intimate 6-course coffee tasting where guests will have the opportunity to try off the menu, competition and exotic coffees – all chosen by Elixr baristas. Common in Japanese cuisine, Omakase literally translates “I’ll leave it up to you.” $20 per guest.

Head to our Facebook page for more information on these events and to purchase tickets for the Omakase Service!

Cafe Stories: Equator Coffee & Teas, Mid Market

If the espresso machine is the heart of the cafe, the staff is its soul. We want to celebrate that pairing and take a deeper look at what makes some of our favorite cafes around the country what they are. Introducing Cafe Stories—an interview series that highlights cafes across the United States and showcases their uniqueness.

To kick things off, we’re taking a look at Bay Area staple Equator Coffee & Teas. We sat down with Director of Retail Devorah Fralach to learn a little bit more about their most recent cafe in the Mid-Market area of San Francisco.

What made you want to open a cafe?

Equator loves opening cafes so that neighborhoods can get to know us better. As a mostly wholesale roastery cafes are how we directly interface with the end consumer of our coffee. Having cafes lets us truly tell our coffees stories. It also keeps us in touch with what our customers want.

How would you describe the brand of your cafe?

We pride ourselves on be the most inclusive and accommodating people we can be. It’s very important to us as a company that everyone feels welcome in our spaces. From coffee geeks to folks who are just looking for a strong morning cup, we appreciate everyone and meet them where they are. You can recognize our brand in every store, but each location is iconic. We bring the feeling of a welcoming cafe while fitting into the neighborhood.

Describe the location/demographics of the area where you opened. Why did you choose this area?

Mid market is a transitional neighborhood of San Francisco. It’s been historically very underdeveloped with small businesses moving in and out. It’s a very diverse neighborhood economically which is getting harder and harder to find in San Francisco. We create community centers where ever we go. We wanted to do the same in mid market. When we were opening we made sure to hire from the neighborhood so that we were inclusive, not pushing people out.

What equipment are you using to make coffee? Why did you choose this equipment?

This cafe is located in the historic Warfield Theatre. Built in the 1920’s the warfield is a grand old theatre that still hosts a variety of performers. We wanted our bar to be an homage to the history of this theatre. The bar itself is curved and is reminiscent of a stage. For espresso equipment we wanted something that was beautiful and elegant so we opted for a La Marzocco FB70. This machine has the show stopping curves and is a beautiful bright white. We love the manual feel and consistency of this machine.  

Describe your bar or customer flow. break this down for us. How did the equipment influence the flow? or vice versa?

We want our cafe to be open, our baristas are on stage, so we set the espresso machine down into the counter so there isn’t a barrier hiding them. We also hid all batch brewing and food equipment we could in the back – allowing espresso to take center stage. We make Espresso and pour overs customer facing, but brewed coffee and all food are “backstage”. We also have taps at this store, serving beer and cold brew, we hid the fridges in back as well so that coffee is magically served from handles in the brick wall.

What’s one thing that makes your cafe special?

Our diverse staff at this location makes this cafe shine. They are excellent ambassadors of our brand and embody the spirit of excellence. They approach difficult situations with kindness and have gotten involved in community programs. They welcome the toursests that are walking the length of Market street and help them find the coffee they are looking for (it’s a proud moment then they say it’s the best espresso they’ve had in the US). The demographic of our customers will shift daily depending on what show is playing at the Warfield (hard rock and boy band pop shows are a constant) no matter what folks look like they are welcome in our cafe.

Visit the Mid-Market Equator in Downtown San Francisco at 986 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. Follow along with Equator on Instagram, and be sure to stop by any of their Bay Area Cafes next time you’re in town.

True Artisan Cafe Line Up, SCA 2018

We have an amazing line up of roasters in the True Artisan Cafe at SCA Expo! Peruse the list below and be sure to grab coffee from your favorite roaster at our Skybridge location.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Seattle!

La Marzocco Partners with UC Davis to Advance Coffee Science

Yesterday, we, La Marzocco, pledged $750,000 to the University of California, Davis to help fund a new Coffee Center building and to further coffee science research efforts at the university.

The first-of-its-kind Coffee Center is a nexus for faculty, students and visiting scholars from both industry and academia to explore fundamental and applied scientific research questions about coffee. The center’s dedicated physical infrastructure and laboratories will allow researchers to investigate a host of post-harvest research topics under carefully controlled and measured conditions to facilitate discoveries and innovations similar to those that have advanced the wine and beer industries.

“The science underlying the creation of high-quality espressos is notoriously complicated because of the interplay between fluid flow and extraction under high pressure and high-temperature conditions,” says William Ristenpart, professor of chemical engineering at UC Davis and director of the Coffee Center. “La Marzocco has decades of experience in espresso, so we are very excited to work with them to both advance the state of espresso science and to develop curricula focused on teaching the next generation of coffee science professionals.”

The partnership with UC Davis provides our global company with a groundbreaking opportunity to take part in dedicated coffee research in an academic environment. With the world’s changing climate, an industry-wide push for sustainable best practices, and the ever-growing demand for high-quality coffee, the need for coffee-educated talent and associated academic research has never been greater.

“The forward motion of the coffee industry has always been the core of our mission at La Marzocco,” shares Kent Bakke, International CEO, La Marzocco. “We believe the Coffee Center at UC Davis represents a renewed focus on understanding the science behind coffee that will lead us to better practices for growers, importers, roasters and cafes. Our international team is expanding our research and educational initiatives and we hope UC Davis can be a partner in this effort.”

The La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory will be the cornerstone of the university’s research and teaching efforts on brewing and espresso. La Marzocco will also provide state-of-the-art espresso machines for the laboratory.

UC Davis will renovate an existing 6,000 square-foot facility to serve as a hub for coffee research and education. In addition to the La Marzocco Brewing and Espresso Laboratory, the Coffee Center building will include a pilot roastery, a green bean storage laboratory, a sensory and cupping laboratory, an advanced chemical analytical laboratory, a classroom and an outdoor event space.

 

About UC Davis Coffee Center

The UC Davis Coffee Center is the first multidisciplinary university research center in the world devoted to addressing the broad needs of the coffee industry through a holistic approach to coffee science and education. With support from its many partners, the UC Davis Coffee Center will help to raise the global standards for coffee by applying a rigorous academic framework to coffee research. The center builds upon the university’s existing Coffee Lab, a 1,200 square-foot laboratory where students explore engineering principles through roasting and brewing coffee. For more information on the UC Davis Coffee Center, visit www.coffeecenter.ucdavis.edu

La Marzocco Leva: advanced technologies combined with traditional ideologies.

La Marzocco USA is proud to announce the arrival of the all new Leva: an evolution of the lever machine dedicated to the artisans, the pioneers and to all those with an eye to the past and a vision for the future.

La Marzocco Leva reimagines what a lever-actuated espresso machine can be, bringing with it a design that focuses not just on the physical beauty, but also on the satisfaction only found in a truly mechanical system. Leva’s next-generation proprietary electronics provide intuitive feedback over the extraction, allowing the barista to monitor and analyze in real-time more extraction parameters than ever before.

This machine is a joy to experiment with. We have found in our time with the machine that it forces you to rethink what you know about espresso theory. Pressure, volume and time are all inter-related with a lever machine and pulling shots on the Leva is a chance to experience another time in espresso history with the advantages of modern technology.

Learn more here: leva.lamarzocco.com

Demo the Leva
We now have the Leva up on our bar in Ballard and it will be there available for demos from December 11 – 15. We will then be moving it over to the La Marzocco Café from December 18 – 22. If you are interested in a demo, please email Josh Littlefield josh@lamarzocco.com.

We will also be touring the Leva at select cities in early 2018, so please look for an announcement about those cities soon.

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:

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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: October – Thank you Olympia Coffee and Belleville Brûlerie Preview

As our team at the La Marzocco Cafe prepares to welcome Belleville Brûlerie from Paris, France, they will continue to pour themselves into serving Olympia Coffee Roasting Co.’s menu for the next week. While learning about French service style and drink recipes behind the scenes, including how to prepare an Allongé – a French take on a short Americano – our team will continue to dial in more than a handful of coffees each day, serving them all to Olympia’s exact specifications. If you have not yet been in to taste Olympia’s coffees, we do hope you’ll take the chance to come in and enjoy their beautiful single origin selections.

We want to pass along our appreciation to everyone at Olympia Coffee Roasting Co. for the tremendous effort in helping us successfully execute our coffee service over the past month. Special thanks goes to Oliver Stormshak, Sam Schroeder, Honor Forte and Adam Kovatovich for working so hard with our team. It’s been an honor serving your coffee and we’re thrilled that you’ll soon be our neighbors over in West Seattle!

On October 10th, we’ll welcome Parisian roasting company Belleville Brûlerie to the Cafe as our next Roaster in Residence!

Belleville Brûlerie began in 2013 when owners David Flynn and Thomas Lehoux could not find the quality of coffee and level of service they were looking for among the existing roasters in Paris. La Fontaine de Belleville is their first cafe and we love its commitment to specialty coffee alongside a traditional French cafe atmosphere. From Belleville Brûlerie:

“La Fontaine de Belleville is housed in a cafe space that has been in continuous operation since at least 1915 and that history is imbued in everything we do. From the design of our cafe with handmade wicker chairs and the original copper bar to the hard boiled eggs on the counter we’ve tried to update and honour the tradition of the french sidewalk cafe. We have chosen to make traditional french coffee beverages and to serve them alongside the traditional cafe items such as beer, wine, cheese and charcuterie. Our commitment to quality is total and we have tried to update traditional products with excellent quality options working with artisanal suppliers for almost all of our offerings. We have also adapted our service style to the french cafe setting. What this means is that while our baristas are very knowledgeable about coffee (and indeed all of our products) the initial approach is one that puts the focus on the client and the daily banter that is the hallmark of French cafe life. La Fontaine de Belleville is about that interaction. Newspapers are always freely available on our copper bar and you can almost always find the staff chatting with clients about the news of the day or a funny story that happened to a client the day before. This openness of service and lively atmosphere provides us with an opening to introduce people to amazing coffee, often people who have never tried it before. We believe that specialty coffee can fit seamlessly into a traditional French cafe setting without snobbery or exclusion.”

Belleville Brûlerie hopes to bring to Seattle the dreamy feel of a French sidewalk cafe. The menu will include traditional French drinks as well as a selection of Tartine’s and French pastries made in collaboration with The London Plane. Newspapers will be available for guests and daily banter with the baristas is encouraged! We’re already dreaming of dipping a classic Tartine with butter and jam into a perfectly poured Café Crème while reading the day’s printed news.

To launch their residence, Belleville Brûlerie is hosting an evening of jazz with international performing trumpet player Hermon Mehari on Wednesday, October 11. When owners Flynn and Lehoux took over La Fontaine de Belleville, they found out that 20 years previously it had been a popular jazz venue in Paris. They have since revived it to once again include concerts every Saturday by some of the best jazz musicians in Paris, a program that Mehari himself organizes. For a quintessential French evening, guests are invited to come for the music, coffee, wine and french bites catered by Vif Coffee and Wine.

For more information about this event and to let us know you’re coming, head here. To stay up-to-date with all announcements and events at the La Marzocco Cafe follow along on our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Celebrating The London Plane + La Marzocco Cafe

On Sunday, July 30 a special coffee and pastry pairing was held at the La Marzocco Cafe to celebrate the relationship between the Cafe and The London Plane. After a brief introduction, guests were invited to sample bites of London Plane pastries – each paired with different coffee hand selected by Cafe Experience Coordinator, Lucas Rickerson. It was a delectable afternoon and we were happy to have so many guests join us for the tasting. We are honored to be able to have a continuing relationship with The London Plane by offering their delightful pastries and bread to our guests. Read on to learn more about the beloved Seattle company and how our relationship formed.

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Since opening its doors in 2014, The London Plane has risen to icon status in the Seattle restaurant scene. Spearheaded by Matt Dillon, James Beard award winning chef and restaurateur, this unique space is known for its innovative combination of café, floral shop, artisanal grocer, and bakery, that draws locals and visitors alike back time and again.

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The London Plane bakery takes inspiration from baked goods from around the world and are made with sustainable, local ingredients. From cakes and cookies to biscuits and tarts, their collective 50 years of baking experience is evident in the excellence and creativity of everything they produce. We chatted with Yasuaki Saito, General Manager of The London Plane, to get some background on the space and the origins of their bakery program:

“The London Plane, located in a renovated historic bank building fronting the plane trees that line Pioneer Square’s Occidental Plaza is a modern, airy space housing a restaurant, a cafe, a specialty foods grocery, a florist, and a bakery. This one-stop market is a collaboration between Katherine Anderson, owner of Marigold & Mint and M & M Botanicals, and Matthew Dillon, owner of Sitka & Spruce, The Corson Building, Old Chaser Farm, and Bar Ferd’nand. They are both Seattle natives who met through mutual connections & the small business network of the Melrose Market on Capitol Hill. They share an aesthetic affinity as well as a desire to make a positive impact on their hometown & our re-emerging neighborhood.  

The bakery component began as part of the pastry & bread baking happening at Matt’s other restaurants headed up by pastry chef Sarah Ellsworth (now at Canlis) & Michael Sanders, bread baker & owner of Plane Bread. In the portion of its identity as an all-day restaurant & cafe, the idea of baked goods made in house was at the core of the business model. As the shop developed, so did its reputation for the best quality ingredients and the tastiest recipes for everything from biscuits to cookies.”

When we began the search for a pastry partner at the La Marzocco Cafe, we wanted a partner that would match the quality and passion of the roasters and cafe’s that we are proud to showcase. The London Plane was the ideal candidate. Saito explains how that partnership came to be:

“With the impending opening of La Marzocco’s Cafe coinciding with the expansion of the London Plane’s operation into a new commissary kitchen next door to our main location, a wholesale relationship was born. In addition to Matt’s familiarity with The La Marzocco team in Seattle, I was also fortunate enough to know Joe Monaghan (President of La Marzocco USA) through my time at Stumptown & the Woodsman Group in PDX.  Scott Guglielmino (Product Manager for La Marzocco) introduced us to Amy Hattemer (General Manager at the La Marzocco Cafe) and she has been an absolute joy to work with on the project.  

We all believed it would be a great match even though we didn’t know how it would be received or how the monthly transitions would work. Over the course of the first year, both La Marzocco & the London Plane created new facets of our respective businesses & grew them in accordance with that belief. Although we all have experience in the general operations we started, in some ways we’ve had to make it up as we went along. We have added savory components & bread to the menus. We change the base offerings seasonally. We try to engage each resident with options for customization as with the Four Barrel doughnuts as a nod to their SF relationship with Dynamo. The overlapping of our philosophies (tradition, craft, quality, service) made us good partners to start. Our collaborative spirits have allowed the relationship to blossom.”

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Our cafe manager Amy Hattemer played a large part in forging the relationship, and admits there was a mutual affinity for one another:

“We at La Marzocco have been friends with the London Plane team for quite some time, I believe sharing a bit of a mutual company crush. The stars aligned and right as we were opening our cafe, The London Plane was opening its commissary kitchen. We were lucky enough to be one of their first wholesale customers.”

The entire gathering space itself has been an exciting opportunity to cross-collaborate, an experience that London Plane and Saito have enjoyed being a part of:

“La Marzocco’s Cafe in KEXP’s New Home has been a runaway success. Marrying two Seattle icons (Coffee & Music!) in one space has become a true community gathering space for Seattleites and tourists alike. We collaborated with KEXP during the recent Upstream Music Fest. We have had the chance to cater events at the New Home for both La Marzocco and KEXP.  The benefits have been tremendous for us as we have been able to feed more people and expand our brand. We hope we have added to the experience & satisfaction of all the people involved with the cafe and its residencies, the staff of KEXP and the everyday visitors to La Marzocco. We are grateful for the opportunity to be a part of the group story we are telling and are humbled to be able to serve our collective guests.”

Hattemer shares in this sentiment and gratitude to have forged such a partnership:

Working with the London Plane for each residency offers us a unique opportunity to not only have a strong food program each month, but to also expand what we offer with each new resident through the creative relationship that our teams share. We would not be able to do any of this without the incredible communication and imaginative talents that our teams share and we are eternally grateful.”

For information about events like these and all happenings at the La Marzocco Cafe, follow along on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook.

Photo Menu: Madcap Coffee

Walk into the La Marzocco Cafe right now, and it may feel like a dream coffee cocktail bar thanks to our newest Roaster in Residence, Madcap Coffee.

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Co-Founder Trevor Corlett relays that they wanted to bring the same feel to the La Marzocco Cafe as in their recently opened coffee bar in the Grand Rapids Downtown Market. This new space is fashioned after a cocktail bar with specialty drinks that mimic cocktails, sparkling beverages on tap and fancy barware to boot. Coffee and tea drinkers alike will love this fun and flavorful menu. Read on for some of the highlights!

 

Coffee by Origin

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Each week of their residence, Madcap will celebrate coffees from one country of origin. This is a perfect way for guests to experience the uniqueness of each coffee. Last week began with Ethiopian coffees, Colombia is being represented this week, followed by Kenya and finally, El Salvador. Madcap has created free booklets that are available to guests to learn more about each coffee and to take notes throughout their residence.

 

Signature Drinks

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To salute the culinary side of coffee, Madcap has created three signature drinks using unique ingredients and flavors. Buds in Bloom (pictured on the left) combines nitro coffee, housemade strawberry rose reduction and almond milk. Sunday Afternoon (center) is a cool, refreshing swirl of espresso, cucumber water and simple syrup. Smoked cinnamon first permeates the glass for the Almost Perfect (right) followed by a luscious blend of espresso, condensed milk and grenadine.

 

Drinks on Tap

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Madcap’s menu includes three delightful drinks on tap. Cold Coffee (left) is coffee brewed over 24 hours then flushed with nitrogen to give it a smooth, creamy feel. A riff on the classic cocktail, the Lime Ricky (center) is a non-alcoholic version made with sparkling Old Yunnan Tea, lime juice and bitters. The Sparkling Cascara (right) is a carbonated drink made with dried coffee cherries that steep for 12 hours.

 

Aloha Friday

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As mentioned in their introductory post, each Friday of Madcap’s Residence the Cafe will turn a touch tropical with three island-inspired drinks. The Fancy Plus Milkshake (left) starts with a scoop of ice cream and a shot of espresso which are then jazzed up with a pineapple balsamic reduction. Iced tea, lime and spice syrup and almond milk make up the Easy Stinger (center), and the Summer Crush (right) is swoon-worthy with its tryst of iced coffee, papaya and vanilla syrup and mint.
Ice Cream Menu

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What would summer be without a menu devoted to ice cream? Using sweet cream ice cream from Molly Moon’s, Madcap’s menu offers an Affogato (left), a Cold Coffee Float (right) and a Classic Espresso Milkshake (below).

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We will be serving Madcap’s menu at the Cafe through July 10. To view their full menu, head here, and for Aloha Friday’s menu head here.

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.

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