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La Marzocco factory tour!

We were very fortunate to be able to visit the La Marzocco factory in beautiful Florence, Italy in September of 2018. We weren't sure if we'd be able to get a tour since it was a fairly last minute request and they were about to be hosting their annual "Family Days" company wide get together. However, they pulled a few strings and we were able to sneak in! Thanks so much to Mike and Anna-Lyssa! What a treat to have a shot of Illy Coffee (one of many International roasters featured at the factory cafe/bar) served on a limited edition La Marzocco!  After being given a brief history of the company (founded in 1927 by Giuseppe and Bruno Bambi) we...

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Welcome!

Hey everybody! This is our first post on our new blog! Although we've been in the coffee business for over 25 years, we took our first (and long over due) trip to the motherland of espresso culture, Italy! Our travels took us from Rome to Assisi, Venice to Florence and finally Siena to Amalfi (with over 9 moving violations!) Even though Lisa and I did Duolingo for a few months, I couldn't manage to put 2 + 2 together to understand "zona traffico limitato" meant basically "do not enter!" Traffic tickets aside, Lisa and I enjoyed ourselves very much! Overall coffee quality was consistently average/good and occasionally excellent (Roscioli in Rome and Ditta Artigianale in Florence). The overall flavor profile...

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