Time to mark your calendars! The La Marzocco team will be out and about over the next few months. We hope you’ll join us at one or more of the upcoming events we’re either hosting or participating in. Here’s a look at our schedule:


big central coffee competitions

uppercut gym, minneapolis, mn

november 7-9

Ryan Willbur and Tom Buckley will be traveling to the Twin Cities to attend the Big Central. Ryan will be participating as a judge, and Tom will be participating as a spectator. If you have not met Tom or Ryan, make sure to introduce yourself and say hello. If you catch them at the right moment, there might even be a spare t-shirt around.

We really enjoy the folks at Cafe Imports. For the Big Central we’ve teamed up with them to provide a photo booth in the competition space, just for fun. So make sure to throw on a wig and some weird glasses, and share your photos with us via Facebook and Instagram.


Mane coffee conference

providence convention center, providence, ri

november 6-8

We’re big fans of the MANE conference. We’re honored to be participating again in 2014 as a supporting sponsor. This event has a special approach to facilitating learning and networking among the coffee community. We hope to see you there!

If you’re attending, be sure to catch John Blackwell’s session on the history and evolution of espresso machine technology. John has over 35 years experience in the coffee industry, and an expansive knowledge of its history.

Ryan Wanslow, our east coast training and technical support specialist, will be assisting in the “machine whisperers” workshops alongside New Harvest Coffee’s Jim Connolly.

Also be sure to introduce yourself to our eastern sales director, Michael Del Gatto, and our marketing director, Whitney Cornell.


big east coffee competitions

durham convention center, durham, nc

november 21-23

At the end of November we’ll be attending the Big East Coffee Competitions. Hosted by Counter Culture, this event is sure to be a great time. As the final regional competition before the United States competitions, we’re anxious to see who steps up to the plate. With only 6 spots from each region advancing to the US level, the competition will be fierce.

Of course, we look forward to also drinking delicious coffee at cafes around town, and we will also be enjoying some fantastic barbecue when time allows.


roasters showcase: buna mx

la marzocco usa, seattle, wa

december 5, 10:30am

Continuing our Roaster’s Showcase series, we’re thrilled to have one of our new Mexico City-based partners, Buna, joining us in Seattle on December 5th. Lalo Perez-Verona, one of Buna’s four founding partners (the four have been friends since childhood), will be sharing with us what it is like to start a new coffee business in a coffee producing country, where importing green coffee from other places is almost impossible.

Join us for this special Roaster’s Showcase on December 5 at 10:30 am in our lab in Seattle.


2014 holiday blend cupping & food drive

la marzocco usa, seattle, wa

december 12, 3pm

Calling all roasters! We would love to share your holiday coffee during our annual holiday blend event. If you are interested in sending coffee, please let us know.

Our 3rd annual holiday blend cupping will be held on December 12th. This event is becoming one of our favorite traditions of the season. We will cup holiday blends and special coffees from around the country, and celebrate what a fantastic year it has been for Specialty Coffee.

Again this year, we invite attendees to bring something to contribute to the Ballard Food Bank. We will be taking donations the entire week of the cupping event, so you are welcome to bring items by beginning on December 8. Items the food bank especially needs are:

Shelf Stable Food Items

Canned Soups
Canned Fruit
Canned Vegetables
Shelf Stable Milk Products (soy milk, rice milk)
Canned Protein (corned beef, beans, tuna, peanut butter, chili)
Cooking Oil
Pet Food
Hygiene Items
Baby & Adult Diapers
Diaper Wipes
Toilet Paper