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Technical Training in Seattle

The Seattle office of Marco Beverage Systems is offering technical training on our line of hot water delivery systems, and coffee brewers. The training is focused on the needs of field technicians and will provide an opportunity for hands on experience with the guidance of our Customer Support Manager, Roger Wittmann.The schedule is as follows: 1 […]

Technical Training in Seattle

 The Seattle office of Marco Beverage Systems is now offering technical training on our line of hot water delivery systems, and coffee brewers. The training is focused on the needs of field technicians and will provide an opportunity of hands on experience with the guidance of our Customer Support Manager, Roger Wittmann. The schedule is […]

HOST 2015

Ciao e benvenuto al nostro (doloroso) blog multilingue su HOST. Ecco alcune frasi Italiane utili.Ciao.Arrivederci.Il conto per favore.Dov’è l’alcol?So, every two years Marco rocks up at HOST (the biggest catering show in Europe) and shows off it’s wares. Our full range of coffee brewers, water boilers and gadgetry will all be on display. And… Drum […]

SP9 Finalist Number 5 – Espresso Lab Microroasters

The point in question is “How will the Sp9 improve our business”? It’s not so much how it will improve our business, but how can a small sexy looking brewer such as the Sp9, change perception and create a movement at the same time. In South Africa it’s a given, the man on the street […]

SP9 Finalist Number 4 – Union Hill Coffee

Sweat pours off my brow as I use a kettle to make individual, hand poured cups of coffee. It is 7:35 AM and there are five people in line looking at their cell phones. I’m sure they are checking the time (again) or worse, logging in to Yelp to leave another snarky review about the […]

SP9 Finalist Number 3 – Full Court Press

Splurty, that fabled and oft talked about saviour of quality single cup filter coffee. Seen briefly in the wilds of Milan many years ago, here and then gone again like a will o’ the wisp. We waited, searchers we sent, hunted high and low in the vain hope of catching sight of it again, nothing […]

SP9 Finalist Number 2 – The Coffee Apothecary

We love coffee and we love being the first speciality coffee shop in rural Aberdeenshire. We love surprising people with a delicious coffee and showing them that coffee isn’t always just a bitter caffeine kick. It can be totally delicious and miles removed from anything they have experienced before. We love taking a coffee across […]

SP9 Finalist Number 1 – Revolver

  How would the SP9 improve business, you ask? Allow me to tell you an all too familiar story that you will no doubt relate too, it happened while I was making a pour-over last week. For starters, we only offer by the coffee fresh and by the cup at our shop, and we make […]

Technical Training in Seattle

  The Seattle office of Marco Beverage Systems is now offering technical training on our line of water boilers, and coffee brewers. The training is focused on the needs of field technicians and will provide an opportunity to get some hands on experience with the guidance of our Customer Support Manager, Roger Wittmann. Topics covered […]

Win an SP9 for your business

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SCAA 2015

Marco are coming to the SCAA. Belt up, it’s going to be a hell of a ride. For many years we have been represented at the SCAA show by our lovely former partners La Marzocco. But now that we’ve gone our seperate ways we’ve decided that the time has come for us to make our […]

SP9 – Part of Marco’s new range of Coffee Brewers

We’ve all been waiting for this since “Splurty” rocked up at HOST and stole the show. Splurty is no more. Meet SP9. Developed as part of our range of coffee brewers this new product is fun. It’s a single serve brewer with a minimal counter-top footprint and a striking design profile. It’s something that would look […]

Merry Christmas from Marco

Hello all. Well 2014 has flown by. 2014 has seen the launch of the JET coffee brewer, the introduction of the Splurty to the world, our water boilers being shown everywhere from Dublin to Seoul and our staff criss-cross the world more than Santa himself. 2014 saw the launch of the Dublin Coffee and Tea […]

A Film About Coffee – Dublin

Hello everyone. As you may have seen, we’ve been working alongside our friends at La Marzocco, Cafe Imports and Workshop Coffee Co. to bring A Film About Coffee ( to audiences across the UK. And now, we’re delighted to announce that Marco will be hosting screenings in Ireland, with the latest screening happening at the Dublin Science […]

A Film About Coffee – Cork

Hello everyone. As you may have seen, we’ve been working alongside our friends at La Marzocco, Cafe Imports and Workshop Coffee Co. to bring A Film About Coffee ( to audiences across the UK. And now, we’re delighted to announce that Marco will be hosting screenings in Ireland. The Oliver Plunkett in Cork is the 2nd destination […]

A note from Brock…

Hello everyone, As you know “A Film About Coffee” is coming to Galway. Oh you didn’t know? Well click here to read more and here to buy tickets! To tie in with this fantastic event the good people at Badger and Dodo Galway are hosting a soirée to warm you up for the film, have a […]

A Film About Coffee – Galway

 Hello everyone. As you may have seen, we’ve been working alongside our friends at La Marzocco, Cafe Imports and Workshop Coffee Co. to bring A Film About Coffee ( to audiences across the UK. And now, we’re delighted to announce that Marco will be hosting screenings in Ireland, kicking off with the Eye Cinema in Galway. […]

A Film About Coffee

We recently got involved with the producers of A Film About Coffee and we are proud to announce our sponsorship of the film’s run in the UK. A Film About Coffee follows the production of coffee from farms in Honduras and harvests in Rwanda to its global consumption. Listening to farmers, buyers, roasters and baristas about […]

Barista Camp 2014

Europe’s first ever Barista Camp will be held from 5th to 8th October near Athens, Greece and it will offer incredible value for baristas looking to take their skills to the next level. The Barista Camp is put together by a workgroup of great baristas and coffee professionals, aiming to create the Barista Guild of Europe (BGE). […]

Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival

Hello all. Dublin Coffee and Tea Festival is almost upon us. Hurrah. To start with here’s a delightfully written press release: “To celebrate the news that Ireland has been chosen to host the prestigious World Barista Championships in 2016, the coffee and tea industry will give the public a fascinating insight into café culture this […]


Ciao a tutti. Come siete tutti? Dove si trova la piscina? Italian, it’s a piece of cake. When in doubt say “Prego!” along with a few overly dramatic hand gestures. You’ll be fine. The World of Coffee is here again. With the success of Melbourne now firmly in the rear view mirror it’s time for […]

London Coffee Festival

The London Coffee Festival will be held from 3-6 April 2014 at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. This is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week and celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene. With over 15,000 coffee lovers and foodies, professional baristas, coffee shop owners and top decision-makers expected to attend, The […]

Internorga 2014

Last Friday INTERNORGA opened its gates at the Hamburg Trade Fair Centre and ran until Wednesday of this week. Hamburg, known as a capital for innovative gastronomy in Germany became the site of the most important get-together for the hotel, gastronomy, catering, bakery and confectionery industries. More than 1,200 exhibitors from 25 nations presented their […]

Food and Bev live 2014

Hello all. We thought it might be an idea to have a little ramble about Food and Bev live 2014 and what we’ll be doing there. So first up, here’s a bit from the press pack that details what Food and Bev is: “Food & Bev Live is a one day extravaganza of Foodservice excellence bringing […]

New Year, New Plans

First of all, a very happy new year to all of you. We thought it a good idea to update you all on our plans for 2014. Spoiler alert: They mostly revolve around water boilers and coffee brewers. We’ll have a more detailed blog leading up to each of shows but we will be exhibiting […]

Merry Christmas from Marco

We usually reserve these posts for chat about our water boilers and coffee brewers but with Christmas almost upon us and our Christmas party already over with (we survived… just) we thought it would be nice to take a moment to thank you all for your ongoing support. Everyone at Marco would like to wish […]


Hi folks. We recently supplied a range of water boilers and coffee brewers in a major refurbishment of refreshment facilities undertaken by Blenheim Palace. Here’s the full story… Marco worked hand in hand with Extract Coffee Roasters, a ‘crop to cup’ coffee roaster and the work was specified by heritage sector specialist, Searcys, who provide […]


HOST is over once again. 5 days of hectic activity, fantastic evening entertainment and meeting friends and clients old and new. We visited the San Siro with colleagues from across the HORECA and coffee world. We partied ourselves silly at Jazz Cafe with friends from the WCE, Sprudge, Modbar and more. We had Ben Kaminsky and […]


There was a general gushing about many innovations at Host, the beast of a trade show just concluded in Milan. While us Marco folk quietly glow with pleasure about our little corner of innovation, it is not this of which I speak. Weighing scales, particularly those sited in the drip trays of espresso machines were […]

Introducing JET

Playtime, in a business which competes on product innovation, can be enormously beneficial. I don’t mean xboxes and bean-bags, but something closer to pure research. In other words: engineering-led explorations without a clear path for commercialisation. This relies on a level of trust between the business and the engineering department, after all this activity is […]

HOST 2013

  Marco will be exhibiting at HOST once again this year. HOST is the single biggest hospitality and catering exhibition in the world. It attracts professionals from across the spectrum of the Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Coffee and Tea worlds. This will be our 4th year exhibiting at the vast show which stretches across 10 pavilions […]

The Marco Golf Team Challenge 2013

Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. We held the Marco Annual Golf Outing on Friday at Edmondstown Golf Club and it was a roaring success. Firstly, thank you to everyone for participating in the competition and for joining us for dinner afterwards. It’s your participation that makes the day possible. A huge thank […]

Joining in the fun…

We thought it wise to post a little more detail on the website structure. 90% of our website is open to the world. It is available in English, Russian and Irish and we are happy to consider requests for new languages (We are in the process of translating it into German). The site itself features […]

The MANE event

Our US partners La MArzocco have been a part of MANE for the last three years and we are delighted to add our support to this years event. MANE has really become a model industry event with a keen focus on sharing knowledge and learning within the coffee community. It is well positioned as a […]

The Nordic Barista Cup

Hi folks, the NBC is almost upon us. The Nordic Barista Cup (being held this year in Oslo) is a team event competition for teams from Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland. Running alongside the 3 day competition is a series of lectures/seminars/tastings/cuppings from some of the most interesting people in coffee or related fields […]


I’m not even going to attempt any French after having been told on the Friday of the show that my pronunciation makes it sound like I’m a cartoon character. World of Coffee is over for another year. A brilliantly run show (Well done Eventhaus and to all in the SCAE) that saw more than 2,500 […]


Bonjour mon petit amis. Comment allez vous? Tres bien? That’s about as far as my French goes unfortunately. Although I have been known to ask for a small tomato when I was actually looking to rent a car. Anyhoo… The World of Coffee is here again. With the massive success of Melbourne now firmly in […]

Melbourne International Coffee Exhibition

MICE is almost upon us so we thought we’d do a little write up on the event and give you a little insight into what our plans are for the event. Melbourne sees the WBC go down under for the first time. Since the first World Barista Championships in 2000, thisinternational coffee competition, produced annually […]

What’s behind the brew bar?

There is a quiet revolution taking place in the world of Speciality Coffee. The internet has connected coffee farmers in producing countries with coffee roasters in the consuming countries. The result is the emergence of high quality coffee in a wide variety of unique highly complex flavours. These traceable “estate” coffees are unique to the […]

London Coffee Festival

The London Coffee Festival will be held from 25-28 April 2013 at The Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane. This is the flagship event of UK Coffee Week and celebrates London’s bustling and vibrant coffee scene. With over 15,000 coffee lovers and foodies, professional baristas, coffee shop owners and top decision-makers expected to attend, The […]

Ballymaloe Litfest

The Ballymaloe Literary Festival of Food and Wine will bring some of the world’s best known chefs, critics, commentators, kitchen gardeners, foragers and wine experts to East Cork. The festival will be held at Ballymaloe House and Ballymaloe Cookery School. In addition to the usual festival activities (readings, talks, panel discussions) they are planning to […]

Modbar and Marco

Marco has been a fan of undercounter technology for years stretching from our Oceanic range right through to our Uberboiler, Ecoboiler and Ecosmart undercounter ranges. The space saving potential opens up a wave of new possibilities as it frees up counter space to do more and we’re always interested in new technology coming onto the […]

Irish Aeropress Championship 2013

This years Irish Aeropress Championship is happening at Roasted Brown Thursday the 11th of April 2013 and the winner will be flown to Melbourne to represent Ireland at the World Aeropress Championships in May.  Details below: Maximum of 18 competitors. Entry fee is €20 payable in advance (send cheques made payable to: Lorcan Fagan, 40 […]

SCAA Brew Bar

Hi folks, Marco is sponsoring and supporting the SCAA lobby brew bar this year in association with La Marzocco USA and Kalita USA. The brew bar is in the north lobby of the SCAA exhibition hall, where attendees of both the SCAA Expo and the USBC register, pick up badges, and enter the Expo and […]

Sensory Skills Workshop

We are looking forward to hosting SCAE coffee diploma module Sensory Level 1, on the 22nd of March in Marco, 74 Heather Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18. If you are a barista or barista trainer wishing to understand deeper what you serve, this is for you. If you’re a roaster or involved in buying green coffee, […]

CATEX 2013

Hello all. After a hectic week in the RDS it’s all over. CATEX 2013 has breezed through and left us in it’s wake. From Marco’s viewpoint it was an unqualified success. We had a very nice stand…

Marco and CATEX

Hello all. We thought it might be an idea to have a little ramble about CATEX and what we’ll be doing there. So first up, here’s a bit from the press pack that details what CATEX is: “CATEX has evolved as an event to showcase not just catering equipment but to showcase innovation within every sector of the […]

The Marco Bru

Marco will be launching a brand new coffee brewer at Catex in February so we thought it might be a good idea to do a blog on it… Having already established our Filtro pour and serve brewer as one of the best-selling small batch brewers on the European market we decided that it was time […]

Brewing Workshop for real people

Now that you’re all back from the Christmas splurge, have mucked up your home brews over the break and want to know why it all went so terribly wrong, we have just the thing to kick your 2013 in the right direction. So much learning, in this age of mis-information, comes from unqualified, unclear and […]

Marco's New Year Plans

First of all, a very happy new year to all of you. We just wanted to share some of our plans with you over the coming twelve months. We’ll have a more detailed blog leading up to each of shows but we will be exhibiting or running a brew bar at CatEx Dublin, Gulffood Dubai, Euro Gastro Warsaw, London […]

Merry Christmas from everyone at Marco

Everyone at Marco would like to wish our customers, friends and associates a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. We look forward to meeting and speaking with you all in 2013.

The Marco website

Over the past few months we have been putting the wheels in motion to launch a brand new website. Over the coming months we will be building an interactive, graphically rich website which will provide much greater support for our partners and customers. We are working with Matrix internet to build the site itself and […]

Seoul Cafe Show

Our Korean partners Total F&B featured our kit on their stand at this years Seoul Cafe Show. We thought it might be an idea to post some information on the show along with some photos from the event. The Seoul Cafe Show started in 2002 with a mission statement of vitalising and evolving the Korean and Asian […]

It is in the brewing

The hot beverage industry requires liquid to be heated. Heating liquid consumes energy. Energy is expensive and getting more expensive all the time. In general heating costs follow oil costs. These have been on a steady trajectory upward for quite some time. Energy cost trends, recent recessionary pressures, corporate social responsibility and the oft nodded […]

International Coffee and Tea Festival UAE 2012

Hi Folks, As you all may know we recently sponsored the Brew Bar at The 2012 International Coffee & Tea Festival. It was a great success and we have pictures of the event from Marco’s Middle East Sales Manager, Gautam Kumbargeri. For a bit of background: The festival markets itself as being  for all those […]


Marco is proud to host an SCAE Ireland event this coming Friday 12th October. John Thompson, Cup of Excellence Head Judge, will be running a FREE cupping of the very best lots from the Cup of Excellence selection of this year’s Rwandan and Burundian crops. Attendees will get to cup these fantastic coffees, run through […]


Today sees the first module of an education calendar packed with education gold nuggets. As I write, Maria Cassidy and Anita Bertok from Bewley’s and Mathew Algies respectively are delivering An Introduction to Coffee Module. Next Thursday October 11th is the Green Coffee module in Marco. This will be presented by John Thompson from Coffee […]

The Marco Golf Outing 2012

Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. We held the Marco Annual Golf Outing on Friday at Newlands Golf Club and it was a roaring success. Firstly, thank you to everyone for participating in the competition and for joining us for dinner afterwards. It’s your participation that makes the day possible. A huge thank […]

Marco and The Clink Charity

Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. As you are all probably aware Marco is committed to working with more and more charities and the community wherever we may be. There is one charity that our UK team is working with at the moment that we’re particularly fond of as they do fantastic work […]

Marco and Ristretto at TEDGlobal 2012 – episode 1 – The Preparation

Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of inviting Kas from Waterloo Tea to do a guest blog on his experiences at TEDGlobal. It was well received so we’ve asked Joseph O’Hara from Ristretto to blog about his experiences at TEDGlobal and share them with us. […]

2012 SCAA Leadership Summit

Hello all, Our CEO, Mr. Drewry Pearson, has been invited to attend the 2012 SCAA Leadership Summit so I’ve spent the morning picking his brain about the event. The leadership summit is designed to engage SCAA committee, council and guild members with the mission and work of the Association. The 2012-2014 SCAA strategic plan will […]


Vince Fedele of VST, the coffee industry leader in brewing measurement devices, amongst other things, delivered a very notable talk at the Nordic Barista Cup last weekend. Go to the NBC site to see a video of his talk. The key subject of twitterdom and indeed the talk of NBC attendees was the apparently heretofore […]

Marco and Waterloo Tea at TEDGlobal – Guest author: Kasim Ali

Hello all, I hope this morning finds you well and happy. So we recently provided the tea and coffee making equipment for TEDGlobal where the guys at Ristretto Coffee and Waterloo Tea used our Uber Boilers, Filtro Shuttles and Water Boilers to deliver the very highest standard of coffee. Rather than us warbling on about […]

The Nordic Barista Cup ~ Be together, act together, learn together

Hi folks, I hope you’re all keeping well. As discussed in our last blog our own David Walsh is off to the Nordic Barista Cup soon so we thought it might be a good idea to wax lyrical (waffle) about it. As a coffee newb I’ve been picking David’s brain about the event and he […]

WOC Vienna – Effiziente österreichischen Spaß.

Hi folks, We thought it might be pertinent to have  a little ramble about our experience at the World of Coffee Vienna 2012. For those of you who don’t speak German (and are too lazy to use Google Translate) the title translates as Efficient Austrian Fun. No fun that was not scheduled was had. But […]

2012 WBC Brew Bar

In 2009, the Uber boiler still very much a protoype, the first WBC Brew Bar (by Marco) came to be in Atlanta. Brewed coffee was acknowledged, an indication of  a redressing of the imbalance of attention espresso had enjoyed. In London, 2010, the Brew Bar was bigger, we were joined by some of our favourite […]

SCAE Election – May I have your vote please?

I, Paul Stack, have put myself forward as a nominee for the SCAE board. Elections for members is open until April 30th. The new board will commence duty from June 2012 for a two year term. I have been involved with the SCAE officially for six years, co-authoring and leading the SCAE Gold Cup programme, […]


The Irish Aeropress Championships will take place in Marco, Sandyford Industrial Estate on Tuesday March 27th from 6:30pm. Competitors must supply their own aeropress, filters and any other equipment required. Hot water will be available. Competitors may use ANY coffee of their choosing. Entry is free, and spectators are welcome. To enter simply leave your […]


Marco’s involvement with the World Aeropress Championship  goes back to 2010, to WBC London, where we hosted it at the Brew Bar. Last year at HOST we worked closer than ever with Tim Varney, to give the competition a space, in a year when it looked like there might be no WAC. We are excited, […]

Dispersed Discovery

If you have a Coffee Refractometer I encourage you to visit this site and take part in a brewing study. The principle of the study is that multiple participants can submit and evaluate their own brews (following the experimental procedure), and that collectively the data may (re)define taste preference and/or provide an interesting analysis of […]

Hotelympia – Putting the ympia back into Hotels

Trade show season continues in style this week with Hotelympia, a trade show that promises to deliver innovation to your hospitality business. As the premiere deliverers of innovation to hospitality businesses everywhere, Marco will be there. Oh yes, we will be there. We’ve decided to mix it up this year though. We feel rectangular booths have been […]

Gulfood 2012 / War of the Baristas

With a little over a week to go to Gulfood in Dubai, we wanted to let people know about a competition we will be running. The competition is called “War of the Baristas” and we will be asking entrants to brew their own coffee, with their own recipe using a chemex and an Uber boiler. […]


Here’s a quick update to our schedule of activities for HOST. Come see us at Pavilion 9, G35. [table id=1 /] PS – check out the HOST app in the App Store.

HOST 2011

Every two years the fortunate, or the unfortunate, depedning on your point of view, go to HOST in Milan, a gargantuan trade show for the hospitality industry. As it is in Italy there is an endemic focus on coffee, and if you work for a business which manufactures for the coffee industry HOST 2011 will […]


It may seem a trifle early to start talking about HOST, the gigantic annual hospitality exhibition held in Milan. HOST can be a long aul slog (5 full days), but we have lots of plans to break that up with, fun, interesting, new things (more on that later). For now though, we are delighted to […]


The Uber Project, encompassing the Uber Boiler, Grinder and related projects are intended to function as frequently upgraded, constantly improved, collaborative efforts between our R&D team and members of the coffee industry. That was the genesis of the project, and it is where would like to see its future remain. So on that basis, we […]


Hot on the heels of Bogotá, barely time to catch out breath and Maastricht, the SCAE World of Coffee is upon us. There was a lot going in on Bogotá, and although there is nothing as big ticket as the WBC, there is even more going on in Maastricht. So here goes: 1. Brew Bar […]


I recommend watching in full screen (and HD).


The World Barista Championships in Bogotá are close. Damn close. So close that a lot of people are already arriving in Bogotá. There is a sense of impending reality about the whole event. So with vaccines in my arms, and Brew Bar Menus in my bag I’m almost ready to go. The key objective in […]


Ground Control To Major Paulllll…. Dear leader, here’s your agenda for Houston: 1. Uber Boiler 1.8 Software This is a bloody massive upgrade. The technical speak version is that we no longer fill the tank by continuous fill mode, now by heat fill mode, allowing us to no longer require a full tank for the […]


Our good friends the Baratzas recently sent us a full set of their grind profiles for us to geek out on. For each grinder they analysed settings at the finest, at the coarsest and at a median level. Some surprises, some things we very much expected. First up the Maestro. In practice we found the […]


We are delighted to announce the date and location of the 2011 Irish Brewer’s Cup. This is the inaugural year for the Brewer’s Cup and the Irish Champion will go on to represent the country in Maastricht in June, at the SCAE World of Coffee. The date for the national finals is Friday 13th May, […]


Mark your calendar Burn it into your mind Use permanent, that’s PERMANENT ink Hell! Have it laminated, framed, embossed in a semi-precious metal BREWMASTER is back* Tuesday April 12th Dublin, Ireland Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come basis To book and for more info drop an email to – *now with […]


We are happily participating in what is very simply a wonderful, innovative and brave initiative in speciality coffee – Coffee Common at TED2011. But you knew that, ‘cos you all read David’s great post here on that subject. Let’s go back a bit. Not too far. Just a few weeks ago.* At the end of […]


In a week’s time a disparate group of coffee companies and baristas plan to unite at TED’s 2011 Conference in Long Beach California serving coffee with a unified message – that coffee is the most complex and extraordinary beverage in the world. It is a drum that needs to be banged, and TED seems like […]


Once every two years, Dublin’s RDS hosts CATEX, Ireland’s biggest catering/food/beverage industry expo. It is an important event for us, and punctuates the year with a lot of focus in terms of production and R&D leading to this point. It was only two years ago, at the 2009 CATEX the Uber Boiler made its debut, […]

Out Of The Box Berkeley

My biggest regret on return from La Marzocco’s Out Of the Box event in Berkeley was that my commitments there prohibited my attendance at a series of talks by experts in various aspects of the coffee industry. I consoled myself instead with the company of great friends and the consumption of delicious coffee. The flight […]


I believe quite a significant event took place in the speciality world last week which deserves recording and applauding. The newly formed World Coffee Events (WCE) had a Summit Meeting in Dublin on 17th and 18th January. WCE is a new body formed to deliver international competitions and other, as yet unknown, events. Amongst it’s […]


Today was the first working day of 2011 for us at Marco. As we take a healthy break of two weeks at Christmastime, and despite our fiscal year not paralleling the calendar year, the first working day of January always has a freshness to it as all are rested and back in the saddle. As […]


There’s been lots of kerfuffle over the weighing of espresso and its merits. I like kerfuffle. It generally breeds positive discourse. I added to this web-noise with this tweet: ‘It works – just try it. 18g coffee 29g pour. 1.61 ratio. 29 secs. Tasted great! ‘ Many on and off-line discussions ensued. These discussions were […]


I am very happy to announce the appointment of La Marzocco USA as our sole distributor in the USA.   La Marzocco will sell and support the following items Stateside : Uber Boiler (spec sheet) Uber Grinder (spec sheet) EcoSmart (spec sheet) Ecoboiler (spec sheet as per Ecosmart above) Details are nicely outlined on La […]


The new Virtuoso Preciso grinder from the Baratza stable of grinders has been with me since early this month. Things I was keen to explore: What are the key differences between a Virtuoso Preciso and a Virtuoso? What’s the grind profile for the Preciso vs. the existing Virtuoso? New burrs – how is the brewed […]


There has been lots said and as yet unsaid about the major event that was the coming together of WBC 2010 and the Caffe Culture exhibition (same bed- different dreams).


Phew, so much to do at Caffe Culture, so little time – WBC; WAC; Brew Bar; ; Lectures; Networking (Partee!). Three days – put these on your to-do list:


The final burr-set. Well, if anything is really final, that is! The final burrset for now, shall we say. Those who have followed the Uber Project will be aware of the Uber Ginder. For those who don’t kow what I’m blathering on about all relevant links are at the bottom of this post.


In the first of a couple of pre Caffe Culture/WBC 2010 posts, I am delighted to say Marco will exclusively launch the Baratza range of Coffee Grinders in Europe for the first time at Caffe Culture.


The enemy I refer to is the Americano. Anybody who knows me will know I have very strong feelings about the value of an Americano as an alternative to a cup of ‘correctly’ brewed coffee. I think  the Americano is a very poor substitute. I presented a seminar on this subject at Caffe Culture 2007, the slides of […]


Spurred by David Walsh’s recent post on grind size and the villified omigrind, a latent bugbear of mine has been stirred from the far reaches of my oft-troubled mind. Namely where did these traditionally accepted norms for brewing (contact) times come from? Technology and physics inevitably provide the answers. Just as technology facilitated everything from the steel reinforced […]


Just back from SCAA and a post of findings and thoughts will follow.  This particular post is a bit overdue and takes precedence. I have posted about the Uber Grinder part of the Marco Uber Project a couple of times, initially where we wanted to explore the taste profiles resulting from different particle distributions and […]


The Über has gone down under, carefully chaperoned by 5Senses. The very fine folks at 5Senses kinda scare me. The incredible work they have done with Synesso in Oz is quite astounding. They really know what speciality coffee is about and their continuous crusade for coffee excellence is inspiring. I first met Ben Bicknell of […]


A quick update re BREWHAHA. We will run 3 sessions per day, approx 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30, taking 3 competitors per session, if there is the demand of course. The Prize: New to Ireland and the UK, the renowned Baratza grinders are soon to be available from your friendly Micro-roaster/Coffee website. They will be on […]


The Brew Haha is designed as a fun ‘brew-off’ competition whereby excellent brewing practice will win the day.               This one has been ticking around my head for quite some time. The inspiring Rasmus Helgebostad of kaffemisjonen in Norway has been the key catalyst in bringing the Brew Haha […]


I am pretty excited about the Brew Bar at this year’s WBC, to be held at Caffe Culture in London, between 23 & 25th June. I have been working with the WBC on the design and layout of the Brew Bar and how it will operate this year, learning from feedback after last year’s version […]


I visited Ditting in Zurich, Switzerland recently to continue the research we are carrying out together to advance the Marco Uber Grinder and learn more about burr design and grinder production. IT’S ALL ABOUT THE BURRS While we considered other improvements to the Uber Grinder, for now we decided to stick to the primary task […]


I have been meaning to outline the Uber Project’s plans for 2010. I feel compelled to get it done before February descends upon us all and leaves us mired in 2010 proper. This post will hopefully answer a few frequently posed queries and force me to set out some deliverables for the project this year. UBER BOILER IS […]


I posted recently about the Gold Cup Research Group. I have now completed the scoping document for this research which has been given the nod by the SCAE Education Committee. Some difficult times lay ahead re. funding and objectivity. Exciting none the less. You can download the research project structure here. Comments are very very […]


I am the programme leader for the SCAE Gold Cup. I got involved in 2006 and co-wrote the brewing presentation which was launched in Antwerp in 2007. I have continued to learn more and more at each course I run. I now head up the Gold Cup Research Group (GCRG), which has set out a very ambitious task to […]


There is a real disconnect between the objectivity of brewing parameters, which can can be controlled and the resultant subjectivity of taste which can at best have frames of reference using cupping forms and cupping vocabulary. I’m not a ‘greenie’ and don’t purport to know anything of significance about origin and processing of coffee. I […]


We launched the Uber Boiler in Host in Milan, Italy this week. I will post separately about the UberProject’s experience at the show and how the machine was received. For now, let me update you on what we have changed/improved, following everybody’s feedback since UberProject went live: FOOTPRINT – With the universal desire for a narrower […]


The Uberproject has been keen to play with grinders and grind profiles since its inception. I did postearlier on this topic in April 2009. At Caffe Culture in London in May while working on the Uber Bar, I met with Luca Caneve from Ditting, which is where the 805( aka Mahlkoning Tanzania) is built, with […]


It’s got to be said, brewed coffee in Europe is in pretty bad shape.   An anecdotal look at the issue. Three recent occurrences to ponder: 1. Caffe Culture – London, UK. May 2009. James Hoffmann, as star an attraction as one could have as lecturer, commands an audience of 4, that’s four, at a […]


Following the Uberproject’s progress and the interest therein always brings me back to people enthusiastic about coffee for coffee’s sake and learning about this black stuff.

These enthusiasts are generally those who have no angle other than the pursuit of knowledge as they have no clear commercial agenda.

My own immersion into this world of nerdy coffee heads can be traced back to my visit to the WBC in Seattle 2005 and more pointedly when I helped run the inaugural SCAE European Team Coffee Challenge (ETCC) in Dublin in 2006.

This is a little film made of that event and it is interesting to see a few national and world barista champs rearing their heads before their ascendancy to world domination.


There has been a lot of really great feedback from the coffee community about what the barista would like in an Uber Boiler to accompany existing features – variable flow rate, variable dispersion, temperature volume presets et al. However, I don’t want to forget about tea. I find it quite extraordinary to find that Joe […]


Since we let the US Barista community have a play with the Uber Boiler at the WBC Bar in Atlanta less than three weeks ago, the UberProject now has to turn its gaze to dear ol’ Blighty, as the UK Coffee Community’s annual shindig, Caffe Culture , gets under way on May 20th, less than […]


I should really be doing something else… But it would be untoward of me to let the dust settle on Atlanta 2009 without recounting Über Project’s version of events. Through years of a spider’s web of connections, introductions, fun and coffee, I have met some fine fine people – these connections and learnings led to […]


I wanted to post a short video of the Über Boiler in action for those who are not quite sure what it does or how it does it. Mainly the video demonstrates how the barista can get cup by cup variation with tight precision over the key brew factors: Coffee to Water Ratio Grind profile […]


A sensible question which many have been asking – which grinder? It would be somewhat self-defeating to put all this development effort into a precision water device and accompany it with a poor grinder. Here in the labs, we use a Mahlkönig Tanzania for testing the Über Boiler. It’s a good counter-top size and has […]


Arrived in Dublin airport to find Jenny, the Receptionist at Marco, had booked a flight for Paul Satck. Nice for him. I, on the other hand had a large box of electronics I wanted to bring to London. Eventually they accepted a Stack for a Satck and we were on our way. The expectant security […]


People have been asking how we got to where we are with the Über Boiler from a design perspective. Here it is – The Über Boiler’s journey to date was a Bauhaus-type trawl. Function first – form second. Once we established that premise, we went after temperature stability as the primary goal. We had received […]


What’s this site about? We in Marco have been overwhelmed by the response to the Über Boiler. We showed the Über Boiler for the first time at CATEX, the national catering show in Ireland in February this year. With over 2,500 hits on James Hoffmann’s blog within 3 weeks of his post about the product […]