La Marzocco USA- Pre Camp Pull A Shot LA Coffee Crawl

1 11 2011

Barista Guild of America Coffee Crawlin Crew: Jason & April Dominy (Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters), Sarah Dooley (La Marzocco)  and the men who organized the  extravaganza  Mr. Noah Namowicz & Joe Morrocco (Cafe Imports).  We set out to visit as many shops as we could, but don’t worry we’re totally coming back and we want to visit so many more of you!  Send us an email as we plan our future caffeignation: sarah [at] lamarzoccousa [dot] com.

Hopping off the jet and into the waiting car of Tonx (Tonx Coffee). Tony sweeps a few of us off to what he labels his favorite brunch spot in LA, AXE (ah-shay).  (Very important to support sanity when tasting coffee).  Shortly after our departure Noah & Joe of Cafe Imports land, grab a souped up rental mini-van and head toward the first coffee meetup, Intelligentsia Venice. Here we were also met by  John & Andrea Stoval, (Coffee Tools Application).

Typical to Intelligentsia Coffee, Venice a line of out the door, a smiling barista to greet and host you to your coffee bar where excellent beverages are crafted and served. Coffee faces…everywhere, driving short and not so short conversations. A few check-ins and the coffee crawl destinations are finalized.

Collectively off to Paper or Plastik. Additionally adding the super friendly Todd Goldsworthy & adorable son Levi to the caravan. Yummy coffee and a dark rimmed women with warm motherly charm introduces herself as the owner Anya Michelson. She politely took our plates, asked about the service and would later share the extended floor plan addition of a dance studio, at which point there was twinkling pride in her eyes.

Next stop, the LA hotspot that is Handsome Coffee Roasters. Arriving to a pop up cafe,

delicious coffees and a public view of the future roaster/cafe. Chris Owens, Mike Phillips & Tyler Wells were fine hosts to our growing coffee crawl.

There was also a visionaries tour of the future by Mr. Phillips. We tromped around the freshly dug drainage lines and stood on literal earth for the future roaster/cafe.  Outside, film crews drive by and street posts indicate there will be filming proving we are clearly in LA…Hollywood signage looming in the hills and in our thoughts.

Back into cars we race through streets,  framed in palm trees and yet another slow drive past camera’s filming the caravan of tricked out low riders…ending up at Proof Bakery & Cognescenti Coffee Bar.

Here we sample the Tonx Coffee Costa Rican offering as espresso. They were kind enough to stay open for also showcasing amazing baked items and a ridiculous chocolate truffle. Other options for coffee; Four Barrell, Heart, Coava , & Ecco. (A little Pacific Northwest in the mix).

At this point hydration and food is the next necessary need for proper brain function, continued communication with humanity and balance.  Walking distance from dinner and our last stop of the day, Intelligentsia Silverlake.

A stunning space with yup you guessed it, predictably delicious coffee and more coffee folk to chat with.

The sun is setting and the caravan parts from  it’s tour guide, heading toward the 101. Next destination, Santa Barbara’s El Capitan Resort for the 2nd Annual Camp Pull A Shot!





Hi Scott

5 01 2010

Like your picture….

BGA





Visions Espresso’s Coffee Enhancement Lounge

18 08 2009
A La Marzocco Linea Manual Paddle at Visions Espresso's Coffee Enhancement Lounge.

A La Marzocco Linea Manual Paddle at Visions Espresso's Coffee Enhancement Lounge.

Our friends at Visions Espresso introduces their Coffee Enhancement Lounge (nice blurb here from Seattle Times), an extension of their services into training and consulting. Spearheaded by the always cheerful Sarah Dooley, every event should be a blast.

The Coffee Enhancement Lounge, or intentionally abbreviated as CEL so people like me won’t forget, features a La Marzocco Linea Manual Paddle, a standard Linea, and a GS/3. Soon it will also feature a Slayer, so baristas can have a smackdown between a Slayer and a Linea Manual Paddle.

La Marzocco espresso machines at the Coffee Equipment Lounge

La Marzocco espresso machines at the Coffee Equipment Lounge

When not training, Sarah and her accomplices at Visions enjoy water gun/balloon fights, pranks during coffee cupping, and anything else that doesn’t relate to work.

If you’ll be around Seattle on Saturday, August 29, check out CEL’s all day class/lecture on defect cupping, PID, SO espresso roasting, equipment mods, and more presented by many industry names you may know. The event will migrate over to a BGA sanctioned Barista Jam/Latte Art Smackdown at Victrola, where winning NW baristas will compete with LA baristas during Coffee Fest.








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