SCAA Portland

16 04 2012

Wow, we can hardly believe SCAA is almost here! Here are the details:

WHO/WHAT: Specialty Coffee Association of America Exposition, La Marzocco exhibiting

WHEN: 4/20: 11-5:30pm

4/21: 11-5:30pm

4/22: 11-4pm

WHERE: Booth #3101: Oregon Convention Center: 777 NE ML King Blvd.  Portland, OR 97232

WHY: Because we all like the opportunity to talk, taste, brew and compete with coffee!

Other big deals:

  • We’re very excited to be sharing our booth with an awesome list of GUEST ROASTERS, who will be pulling shots of their coffee from our machines. They’ll be at our espresso bars with LM & Mazzer equipment, and at our brew bar, with equipment from Marco & Mazzer.
  • 2012 World Aeropress Championship (WAC) will be taking place at our brew bar from 11am-4pm Friday!
  • SARAH DOOLEY, our Customer Service & Sales gem will be competing in the United States Barista Competition, first going on Friday at 3:55pm! We can hardly wait to support her as she makes us and Olympia Coffee Roasters quite proud.
  • Co-sponsored PARTIES will take place Friday & Saturday night:




Noteworthy news coverage kicks off 2012

9 04 2012

We’re honored that several local and national publications have recently profiled La Marzocco and our people.

In February CEO Kent Bakke was featured in the Seattle Times in a story detailing his contribution to the coffee community in Seattle and beyond. The Seattle Times profile was complemented by a company profile of La Marzocco on Gizmodo the same week.

In  March, Seattle Magazine’s special “Best Restaurants” issue named Kent Bakke one of the 70 most powerful players in the Seattle food scene. The list includes “people and institutions who have had – and continue to have – the most substantial impact on how we eat, what we eat, and what we’ll want to eat in the future.”

And be sure to pick up the April/May issue of Barista Magazine. The cover story “Coffee Women of the Pacific Northwest” features our own Sarah Dooley, who focuses on coffee education and community engagement.

We recommend reading while enjoying a Marzocco-crafted beverage. Cheers!





Announcing: Pre-Seasoned Burrs now on Roburs

27 02 2012

We just wanted to share the news that as of now—-EVERY Mazzer Robur grinder that we ship out will come with pre-seasoned burrs – so save your old beans, rice, whatever else you were using to season these guys; it’s now a thing of the past.





Thank You Terry and Kelly, and a hearty Congratulations!

24 02 2012

A few words from our CEO, Kent Bakke:

“I would like to give a formal and sincere tribute to Terry Z (as he is most famously know) for all the contributions that he has made to our world of espresso coffee.  Terry has been a long time creative energy in providing leadership, innovation, passion and invention. His company, Espresso Parts, has been a valuable source for exotic, custom espresso machine creations, spare parts, coffee expertise and an often driving force in supporting a myriad of coffee activities.  I would be remiss without also acknowledging is dear partner and wife, Kelly.  Together they created a special place and special family in Espresso Parts.  On behalf of many of us in the industry, Thank You Terry and Kelly and a hearty Congratulations!  I am proud to be counted among your  many friends.” My best, Kent Bakke





Coffee Common + TED

21 02 2012

The exclusive TED Conference is coming up next week, in both Long Beach & Palm Springs, California, Feb 27 – Mar 2, 2012.

Coffee Common, a group that brings together world-class baristas and roasters, will be providing all the coffee service, with La Marzocco representing as the exclusive equipment provider (through the espresso machines, grinders (Mazzer) and hot water devices (Marco)).

The beautiful coffees will be served by sharply dressed baristas, done up in vests, ties, dresses and sweaters – hotness.

Quoting Brent Fortune, from Coffee Common:

“Each coffee roaster submitted a sample of their coffee which was then cupped for clarity and taste. Those who met the taste criteria were researched for sustainability, price transparency, and directness.

The coffees are being roasted by their respective roasters in Canada, Australia and the USA, and will be traveling to Long Beach [and Palm Springs] this week to meet us there.”
The line up for selected coffees include:
Guatemala Zelaya
Producer: Ricardo and Luis Pedro Zelaya
Roaster: Phil & Sebastian – Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Ecuador El Batan Cooperative
Producer: Procafeq
Roaster: Equator Coffees – San Rafael, California, USA (about 20 mi N of San Francisco)


Rwanda Coko Cooperative
Producer: Coko Cooperative
Roaster: Heart Roasters – Portland, Oregon, USA


Burundi Kayanza Gatare
Producer: Gatare Coop
Roaster: Seven Seeds – Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Peru La Frontera
Producer: Cenfrocafe’s & communities of the Valle del Santuario
Roaster: Counter Culture Coffee – Raleigh Durham, North Carolina, USA


Bolivia Anjilanaka
Producer: Agricafe
Roaster: Intelligentsia Coffee – Los Angeles, California, USA


Guatemala Finca El Injerto – El Injerto El Tanque Bourbon
Producer: Arturo Aguirre and son Arturo Jr.
Roaster: Stumptown Coffee Roasters – Portland, Oregon, USA
Note: This coffee, part of Stumptown’s Grand Cru collection, is no longer available from Stumptown webshop.  I’ve attached a PDF of a scan of the info sheet for this coffee.


Rwanda Bufcafe
Producer: Epiphanie Mukashyaka
Roaster: Detour Coffee Roasters – Dundas, Ontario, Canada (about 70 km SW of Toronto)
Rwanda Buf Cafe Web Link






New Machine Accessories

1 02 2012

La Marzocco has updated the accessories to be packed with ALL machine models.  The Strada MP, GB/5, FB/80 and GS/3 models, which went into production the week of November 21st, have been packed as indicated below.  The Linea and FB/70 models, which entered into production this week, have also been packed as indicated, and the Strada EP will follow shortly.  We hope you enjoy the new products!

 

Accessories Linea 1-group and GS/3 models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 each of 4 sizes – 7, 14, 17 and 21 grams

 

Accessories Linea, FB/70, GB/5, FB/80 2 and 3 group models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 each of the 14, 3 of the 17 and 2 of the 21 gram size

 

Accessories Linea, FB/70, GB/5, FB/80 4 group models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 each of the 14, 3 of the 17 and 3 of the 21 gram size

 

Accessories Strada MP, both the 2 and 3 group models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 of the 14, 3 of the 17 and 2 of the 21 gram.  The filter baskets included with the Strada MP are branded with the Strada logo and basket size and will include a printed summary report.

 

Accessories Strada EP, both the 2 and 3 group models:

  • 1 new stainless steel tamper
  • Stainless steel precision filter baskets, 1 of the 14, 3 of the 17 and 2 of the 21 gram.  The filter baskets included with the Strada EP are branded with the Strada logo and basket size and will include a printed summary report.
  • A silver frame branded with the Strada logo

 

Feel free to contact La Marzocco USA for more information.





NWRBC: La Marzocco’s own, Sarah Dooley

25 01 2012

Have to say, we are pretty excited for this weekend. Our own, Sarah Dooley, will be competing in the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. To our knowledge it’s the first time a competitor has competed on behalf of an espresso machine company, versus a roaster.

“Sarah has added a new depth to our team and we are thrilled to have her competing this year; we wish her the best!” – Joe Monaghan

The NWRBC will be held at the Tacoma Convention Center (1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402) Friday through Sunday and is open to the public!

Sarah will be the #15 competitor for the first round (Saturday, going on a little before 1pm).

In her words, she’s “excited to see her friends again, in this setting, and stoked on how the community comes together for the competition.”

Please come and support the competitors, SCAA & Barista Guild of America; hope to see you there!