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!


What Can You Do With An FB/80?

17 11 2010

First presented at La Marzocco OUT OF THE BOX MILAN in 2009, the LM Art Collection combines urban art with a canvas that is the FB/80.  These art pieces were commissioned by our counterparts in Italy and are actually available for sale. Give us a call if you have an interest.

You can read more about the artists’ background here.

Here in sunny Seattle, we are currently working on two custom FB/80 bodies. One is pretty much done and waiting for its debut at High 5 Pie‘s new cafe on Capitol Hill. Think pinstripes, pastel green, and chrome. Just like a classic car from the 50’s. Almost.

The other FB/80 body will be painted by if/then loki. By day, he works at LM USA, by night he is better known as a part of French Letters or Token Folk. You may remember him from the musical act at Victrola’s party during Coffee Fest Seattle:

Seattle people "dancing". Picture from Seattle Weekly. Read more about their writeup on Coffee Fest and the party by clcking on the picture.

Anyways, he will be producing a custom FB/80 hopefully in time for OUT OF THE BOX SF/BERKELEY. The result should be interesting.

Victrola Brew Haha

27 10 2010

Coffee Fest Parties This Weekend

26 10 2010

Here is your specialty coffee party directory for Coffee Fest weekend (ok, it’s not much of a “directly” as there’s only two public parties going on but, hey, it’s only Coffee Fest, not SCAA):

Coffee Fest Seattle Kick Off Party

Thursday, Oct 28, 6-10pm
Hotel Andra Ballroom
2000 4th Ave

Get your kicks at the uber trendy Hotel Andra with folks from Roast Magazine, Batdorf & Bronson, Espresso Supply, iSi, Monin, Theta Ridge, and Caffe D’Amore.

Victrola’s Brew Ha Ha

Saturday, Oct 30, 7-11pm
Victrola Coffee Roasters
310 E. Pike

Costume party + latte art competition + manual brew competition. Espresso Parts is throwing in the prizes. La Marzocco USA is providing the espresso machine and the new Marco hot water towers. Killer music sets by DJ Shvr (alt ego Kliff at Visions Espresso) and Token Folk (whose Ifthen Loki’s alt ego is Luke at LM USA). Undoubtedly, this is THE party this weekend. More party details here.

Download Token Folk’s album for free here.

[UPDATED] The partimeisters at has also made their own posting about the parties this weekend. Here are a couple more:

Trabant Presents TRAINWRECK

Friday, Oct 29, 8pm-?
602 Second Ave

“Kegs, liquor, a taco bar, some throwdown shenanigans, costume contests, and epic groovy prizes supplied by the Trabant Consortium.” Trabant-inspired 49th Parallel espresso blend, “Tunnel #20″ will also debut. Boozapalooza

Saturday, Oct 30, after Victrola’s party
Six Arms
300 E. Pike

Celebrate Sprudge’s one year anniversary with an afterparty down the street from Victrola.

Marco is Here!

18 10 2010

UPDATED 10/21: The Uber Grinder is 110V

La Marzocco USA is excited to introduce Marco and their advanced line of coffee equipment to the USA!

Uber Boiler – You probably have heard of it before. It is the result of an engineering collaboration between James Hoffman, Anette Moldvaer, Stephen Morrissey, and Marco – a precise water delivery system designed to deliver exact volumes of water at exact temperatures to meet the needs of uncompromising manual coffee brewing. When Hoffman’s Penny University opened, it was the only piece of brewing equipment used. Download brochure here.

Uber Grinder – The other product in Marco’s Uber Project and a result of collaboration between Marco and Mahlkonig. It has the body of a Mahlkonig Tanzania but with a proprietary, unique burr set that produces an amazingly narrow grind particle distribution curve. Download brochure here (UPDATED: the Uber Grinder is 110V).

Ecosmart 10L – An electronically controlled, insulated hot water tower with a digital temperature display and programmable features. Unlike typical hot water towers that immediately displaces every cup of hot water you use with incoming cold water and thereby lowering the temperature of the entire vessel, the Ecosmart prioritizes temperature stability by controlling when and how much cold water can enter. Also features an “Ecomode” for saving energy use during off peak hours. Download brochure here.

Ecoboiler 5L and 10L – Same as Ecosmart but no digital display. Insulated and made with 95% recyclable materials. “Ecomode” available on 10L model only. Same brochure as Ecosmart.

La Marzocco USA is Marco’s exclusive distributor in the USA and can sell to Canada as well. Visit La Marzocco USA’s booth (#625, 627, right next to Barista Magazine and Espresso Parts) at Coffee Fest Seattle!

Courtesy of Marco:

Timeline: Seattle Coffee

11 10 2010

Go to the newstands and grab an issue of Seattle Magazine! The current issue features an extensive writeup on Seattle’s past and current coffee scene, personalities, and history. While the feature is mostly on roasters and shops, it does give acknowledge credit to those in the equipment realm that helped to shape how things are:

Potraits of Seattle coffee "gearheads" in Seattle Magazine. Taken with the ghetto scanner.

Just as interesting is a Seattle coffee Monopoly game-like timeline of historical significance:

Download the PDF here.

Yeah, We’re Doing Coffee Fest

13 08 2010

After SCAA in April and LMOOB NYC in June, we’re pretty toast for tradeshows and events for the year, especially when there’s so few of us here at LM USA. But when it’s right in your backyard, it’s hard to say no. Such is the case with Coffee Fest Seattle. So, ladies and gents, mark your calendars for:

October 29-31, 2010

In addition to espresso machines, we will officially showcase a new line of coffee equipment. Details to come.

If you plan on attending, register for FREE by Oct 10 or save $20 thereafter by using this our complimentary invite code: 59173