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Custom And Innovation At Accademia Del Caffe Espresso


Excessive above the town of Florence sits the Accademia del Caffe Espresso, a espresso expertise distinctive on this planet offered by our companions at La Marzocco.

Now in its fourth 12 months of operation, the Accademia has really come into its personal, firing on all cylinders and occupying a number of distinct identities: a world customer’s middle, a marvel of reclaimed structure inside the unique La Marzocco manufacturing facility, a historic museum, a multimedia sensory expertise, a scientific analysis hub, a espresso roasting, and high quality management laboratory, a residing backyard, an excellent restaurant, a rooftop wonderland with enviable views throughout the Tuscan hills, and maybe most intriguing of all, a standard working manufacturing facility—Officine Fratelli Bambi—the place really handmade espresso machines are crafted from uncooked metal on conventional gear by true artisans.

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Accademia from the air. (Photograph courtesy La Marzocco)

It was our pleasure to go to Academia del Caffe Espresso for a second time, and the challenge has grown and adjusted significantly since 2019, with a give attention to analysis and sustainability, devoted laboratories, and academic programs (together with programs licensed by the SCA and CQI). The expansion of this challenge is nowhere extra evident than in the primary room of Accademia, which is framed by a heaving library amassing titles on espresso and low tradition (and way more) going again a long time.

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Trying on the library stacks.
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Meals books on the Accademia library.

A tasteful open kitchen is now absolutely operational, providing an impressive curated lunch expertise of traditional-yet-updated Tuscan delicacies for international guests, alongside native wines. On the core of the Accademia nice corridor, you’ll discover a one-of-a-kind espresso machine generally known as Vespucci, which options each operational espresso machine group at the moment produced by La Marzocco, from the Strada to the Leva to the Linea PB. Don’t ask to your personal Vespucci—that is strictly a one-of-one and viewable solely at La Marzocco Accademia—however do anticipate to drink excellent espresso in your go to.

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Fundamental course at an Accademia luncheon.
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Tiramisu at an Accademia luncheon.
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Espresso served in house-made ceramic at Accademia.
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The Vespucci one-of-a-kind espresso machine from the entrance.
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Numerous group heads on the Vespucci espresso machine.

Past the cafe space is a small gallery devoted to La Marzocco’s historic espresso machines, in addition to brand-new fashions from the La Marzocco House line. That is framed by tasteful Italian mid-century fashionable furnishings, with clear strains and evocative angles evoking the espresso machines themselves.

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Espresso at dwelling at Accademia.

Considerably expanded since our final go to is the outstanding Accademia tour expertise, which fuses La Marzocco’s historical past with the event of espresso tradition and historic occasions throughout the twentieth century. Company will expertise all the pieces from a state-of-the-art ASMR video from the La Marzocco manufacturing facility to a historic Italian midcentury cafe reproduced onsite for conventional espresso service. The tour invitations friends to contemplate not simply espresso’s journey from the espresso machine however from the plant’s agricultural roots, a notion anchored by Accademia’s spectacular residing greenhouse stuffed with flowering vegetation (together with, sure, espresso—they’ve even harvested and roasted cherries).

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The exhibition wing of Accademia.
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Contained in the greenhouse. (Photograph courtesy La Marzocco)

A big academic element of Accademia has blossomed during the last 4 years, and accessible experiences embrace introductions to sensory, cupping, processing, plant design, latte artwork, espresso roasting, and hand brewing. Extra rigorous programs embrace the Historical past of Espresso, the Artwork and Science of Espresso, and a number of ranges of accredited SCA programs from introductory to skilled, plus programs from the CQI, together with Q Arabica Calibration. This all takes place throughout a number of classroom areas at Accademia, some boasting enviable views throughout the rolling Tuscan hills. (Not dangerous for a campus.)

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The ceramics lab at Accademia.

On the prime of our listing to discover on this go to was the Officine Fratelli Bambi, introduced within the summer time of 2021 and is now absolutely operational in 2023, underneath the route of La Marzocco lead designer Stefano Della Pietra. This house is sort of a time machine, totally transportive to an earlier period of espresso machine design and manufacture, and but solely attainable within the right here in now, subtly fusing fashionable instruments with conventional craftsmanship and nary a pc in sight. It’s a rare place to go to, and when you love espresso machines coming right here belongs squarely in your bucket listing. We’ll be taking a more in-depth have a look at OFB (because it’s recognized across the store) within the coming days on Sprudge, so keep tuned.

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Lorenzo Santoni demonstrates reducing each bit by hand.
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An espresso machine awaits customized fittings.

Visiting this place, this Accademia is a singular expertise in espresso, and it’s no marvel we discover ourselves requested about it usually by mates and colleagues within the business. Accademia inhabits a number of identities, and there may be an air of caprice to the house, a kind of Disney World for espresso lovers but in addition very a lot a working academic and analysis hub and a positively beautiful workplace setting for La Marzocco’s staff, each native and international. Coming right here, on this stunningly restored conventional manufacturing facility, you can’t assist however really feel linked to one thing larger, to the custom and historical past of espresso tradition because it has prolonged around the globe during the last 100 years. It’s larger than anybody model or place, and this sense is captured by the expertise of visiting Accademia del Caffe Espresso. It may solely be right here, in Tuscany, excessive above Florence, the place the air is heavy with custom, however the breeze blows sweetly with innovation and chance. The place else?

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Accademia cafe bathed in daylight.

Jordan Michelman (@suitcasewine) is a co-founder at Sprudge Media Community.

Pictures by Sprudge co-founder Zachary Carlsen for Sprudge Media Community.

Dislcosure: Sprudge is proudly partnered with La Marzocco. 




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