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December 2023 | Fiesole, Italy

Accademia del Caffè Espresso

Nestled among the hills which encompass Florence, overlooking its picturesque Renaissance landscape, lies a marvelous example of industrial architecture restored to its former glory. This building is home to Accademia del Caffè Espresso. A visionary project, Accademia was born from what was once the old factory of La Marzocco, or “The Workshop” as its workers called it. Inside these walls a small group of brilliant craftsmen changed the world’s understanding of espresso machine mechanics through innovation. Deeply knowledgeable about the technology tied to the coffee extraction processes and passionate about crafting machines by hand, Accademia del Caffè Espresso became the birthplace for industry leading technology.

Today Accademia is an open and shared space, attracting visitors to generate passion and expertise on the all-Italian and now global ritual of espresso.
Inside Accademia, visitors can engage with interactive displays, showcasing decades of research – to develop an understanding behind the importance of using raw materials and a skilled approach to coffee’s roasting and extraction process.

In addition to welcoming visitors, Accademia is currently home to agronomists working on research projects in collaboration with universities, engineers focused on developing prototypes and one-of-a-kind espresso machines, baristas, chefs, and communications professionals.

A Note from the Roaster…

Buongiorno, Discerning Espresso Traveler,

In the captivating world of coffee alchemy and roasting, where beans morph from fruit seeds into the treasures we know and love, oxidation’s dance begins after roasting. Fear not! We’ve harnessed cosmic powers to defy this nemesis.

Our secret: Nitrogen Flushing. When we pack your coffee, we replace most air with Nitrogen Gas, thwarting oxidation’s grip and preserving your coffee’s potential.

Nitrogen gas, your perfectly-safe and steadfast ally, makes up 78% of the air you normally breathe. Indulge in your beloved beans without the loss of taste, and reseal to guard against light and moisture.

These very beans, roasted in November here in Italy, have journeyed across the globe to reach your doorstep. Made possible by the miracle of air travel, modern post mail, and Nitrogen Flushing, we hope these coffees enchant your senses and bring you as much joy as they do us.

Yours in good espresso,

Accademia del Caffè Espresso

Fiesole, Italia

Classic Blend

Coffee Name: Classic Blend
Origin: 70% Cerrado Mineiro – Brazil & 30% Guji – Ethiopia
Producer: Cerrado Coffee Grower Federation & Smallholder farmers
Elevation: 900 – 2000 meters
Process: Natural
Variety: Yellow Catuai & Heirloom
Tasting Notes: Red fruit, dark chocolate, caramelized nuts

Creamy texture, vibrant medium berry acidity, chocolaty and caramelized nuts notes.

Dose: 17g
Time: 26 seconds
Yield: 31g
Temperature: 93.5°C
Pressure: 9 bar
Preinfusion: 3 bar – 5 seconds

We’ve been refining our Classic Blend since day one and to be our expression of a traditional Italian espresso: creamy texture, chocolaty with a caramelized nut finish brought in the cup by the Brazilian compound but elevated to the next level exploiting the fruitness of the Ethiopia compound, making the espresso more vibrant thanks to a berry-like medium acidity.


Coffee Name: Ethiopia
Origin: Guji – Ethiopia
Producer: Smallholder farmers
Elevation: 2000masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Heirloom
Tasting Notes: Red berries, caramel, gianduja

Creamy thick texture, vibrant berry-like acidity with chocolate-nutty notes and a long lasting caramel aftertaste.

Dose: 18g
Time: 25 seconds
Yield: 36g
Temperature: 93C
Pressure: 9 bars
Preinfusion: 3 bar for 5 seconds


Coffee Name: Brazil
Origin: Cerrado Mineiro – Brazil
Producer: Cerrado Coffee Grower Federation
Elevation: 900 masl
Process: Natural
Variety: Yellow Catuai
Tasting Notes: Citrus, nutty, dark chocolate

Silky texture, vibrant medium citrus acidity, dark chocolate and nutty notes.

Dose: 18g
Time: 25 seconds
Yield: 36g
Temperature: 93C
Pressure: 9 bars
Preinfusion: 3 bar for 5 seconds

In the heart of Scarperia, a magical holiday journey begins within La Marzocco’s storied walls. Join “Ernest” as he steps through a hidden door, embarking on an adventure through the world of espresso. This December, follow along with @lamarzocco and @lamarzoccohome to experience the sights and sounds aboard the “La Marzocco Polar Espress,” and immerse yourself in magical moments and festive espresso wonders.