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

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TNTNW, Zoka Coffee

4 01 2012

Thusday, December 29th Zoka Coffee House

The warm brown of Zoka Coffee & Tea – Tangletown, along with the simple glow of 3 group Linea, set a brilliant stage for the hours to come.  Live DJ, super inviting barista’s, serious (sometimes silly) judges, a pretty gnarly supply of dairy and espresso moved the night along very quickly.

Photo credit given to Michael Fernandez at Espresso Parts
Thursday Night Throwdowns (TNT) are local latte art competitions that have found their way west, thanks to the community mindset of Espresso Parts, Terry Z.
This TNT had a wonderful cause: Zoka Coffee promised to match all donations and entry fees and the amount was given to Seattle’s Union Gospel Mission, a locally based organization in the heart of Seattle’s Pioneer Square.  Also competition cups were sold for $1, in efforts to boost customer and crowd involvement.
Judges:
Photo credit given to Michael Fernandez at Espresso Parts
Left-Dan Baumfeld, tehcoffee.com & Neptune Cafe
Middle-Sarah Dooley, La Marzocco USA
Right-Alex Negranza, whynotcoffee.com & Milstead & Co.
Although they were hosting, Zoka definitely did not go easy on anyone.  They quickly advanced in the latte art competition, and by the end took both first and second place, with Urban Coffee Lounge coming in as a close third.  Until next time!
Winning pours.

Winners!

Top- 1st Place, Brandon Paul Weaver, Zoka

Middle- 2nd Place, Amanda Jean Atkins, Zoka

Bottom- 3rd Place, Brady McDonald, Urban Coffee Lounge





2012 Tech Training Schedule

12 12 2011

Hello All!

Here is our technical training schedule – each class has a strict maximum of 6 students, which will fill on a first come, first serve basis.

The trainings are made up of a 3-day course and require an $100 deposit, due 1 month prior to the class date. Once you complete your training, that $100 will turn into a Parts department credit, for you to use whenever you choose.

However, if you do not make your deposit 1 month prior to the class your spot will be offered to the next person in line. Also, failure to attend your class would result in forfeiting the deposit.

Technician Level 1

Goal:  Introduce a person to the field technician profession; create a working understanding of the machine’s components and a familiarity with the principles of La Marzocco repair.

Prerequisites:

  • Basic coffee proficiency –  grind/dose/tamp/extraction understanding
  • Basic plumbing proficiency – do you know how to turn off your sink’s water?
  • Basic electrical proficiency – AC vs. DC & 220v vs. 110v, Ohms/Watts/Amps
  • Comprehensive review before class of the “La Marzocco Training Manual”

Objectives:

  • Perform machine installation
  • Perform machine periodic maintenance
  • Perform steam wand and MP group rebuilds
  • Understand machine hydraulic and electrical systems, and parts
  • Perform basic troubleshooting
  • Understand proper role as espresso technician

AVAILABLE 2012 DATES:

January 10-12th

February 7-9th

April 10-12th

May 8-12th

July 10-12th

September 11-13th

October TBD

December TBD

If you are interested and meet the requirements, we would love to get you enrolled. Please understand that this class is geared towards creating professional technicians, those looking to have a long-term career in machine repair.

Please contact  Scott Guglielmino at scott[at]lamarzoccousa.com and cc your La Marzocco Sales Rep (Mike Lanz or Michael Del Gatto) if you are interested or have any questions.





Calling all service technicians!

31 08 2011
  • Do you work in the US as an espresso service technician?
  • Are you experienced and comfortable working on La Marzocco machines?

If you said YES to both questions, please either connect, or re-connect with us!

Email solutions@lamarzoccousa.com to get in touch with our Solutions (tech) department.

Thanks, and we hope to hear from you talented ones soon!






Intelligentsia Videos

28 04 2010

Department of the 4th Dimension (from someone in the 4th dimension I suppose) has decided to enter our dimension in search of the “ultimate tastemakers” (in their words). Wouldn’t that mean the 4th dimension is pretty tasteless then?

Their journey begins with three videos on Intelligentsia in Venice, CA. Uber barista Kyle Glanville stars in this black & white mini-series opposite of their Espresso Parts restored and souped up vintage La Marzocco GS/2. The docudrama cinematography combined with onscreen charisma oozing from Kyle will sure to make all the lady baristas from around the country gush.





Serrano Social Club GS/2

21 04 2010

Tony's christening the new Serrano Social Club GS/2 (with a mini bottle of Maker's Mark)

SCAA last week marked the first time Tony’s new restored and souped up GS/2 was shown to the world (and to Tony). A creation of Espresso Parts’ customization arm, the GS/2 sports a gold-bronze color finish and a fully functional, old school variable pressure brewing mechanism. Best of all, it features a fancy tiara, right up Tony’s alley.

The "Serrano Social Club" tiara on the GS/2

This machine will be featured in Tony’s new cafe in Modesto, CA, opening sometime later this year (?).

Click here to see the full Flickr set by Espresso Parts.





Espresso Parts Restoration Services

20 01 2010

…restores a classic La Marzocco Mondial 2 group to its old shiny self for 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters. This baby has been retrofitted with a PID temperature controller. Technical wizardry by David Ringwood. Additional pictures on Flickr.