Each month, a new, renowned coffee roaster or coffee brand from across the US or elsewhere in the world will take over the La Marzocco Café space, implement a new menu, train our staff on their coffees and drink preparation, and curate a new experience for guests. This month, we welcome Buna out of Mexico City, Mexico.
We thought it’d be nice for you to get to know them a little better, so we sat down with Buna’s Lalo Perez Varona to learn a little more.
1. Tell us a little about yourself and your past in coffee
To keep it short and sweet, I started working in coffee for Allegro in 2010. I fell in love with the passion I saw in the industry, and the diversity involved in the supply chain. It wasn’t long before Santi, David and I decided it was time to get the ball rolling on sharing amazing coffee with the city we grew up in.
2. If you had one fact you’d like to share with coffee enthusiasts about the coffee program at BUNA, what would it be?
That we like to keep it simple…we call it sharing cafe rico (rico translates to yummy in spanish).
3. What is the most exciting part of serving your coffee at the La Marzocco Cafe?
That we get to share the amazing coffees we source with a new community. We have a team of biologists doing amazing work daily with all the producers we buy coffee from, its exciting to give that exposure.
4. What one tip would you give people to help them make better coffee at home?
Easy…buy better coffee. It all starts there.
5. Describe your perfect espresso:
Made by Scott Rojohn, an Aerospace Engineer who makes the most ridiculously delicious espresso…viscous, sweet, lingering.
Bonus: How have you seen the coffee industry change over the last 10 years?
Ill give you the last 6, as thats all I’ve been a part of. Increasing awareness about the productive chain, more focus on simplicity and accessibility.
**Be sure to visit La Marzocco Cafe throughout the month of July to experience Buna’s Cafe Rico for yourself**
La Marzocco Cafe is located in the KEXP Studios at 472 1st Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 and is open daily:
Monday: Friday 7am—8pm