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






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!