Back in early June a young gentlemen named Michael Yuasa came and visited us here at Caffe Vita wondering if we might be interested in supporting a new contemporary arts and media video publishing project his company Antarctic Records would be producing called Public Access Media. Michael is very involved with the music community within the city in addition to his monthly smash and roll dance night Club Pop he also promotes various other popular artists with our neighbors at Neumos. Michael was a former barista at the Capitol Hill Caffe Vita, given the mix of coffee, culture and music Caffe Vita was happy to join on and become a sponsoring partner of Public Access Media.
Thus far Public Access has hosted/interviewed some to todays most admired artists such as Chromeo, Tiny Vipers, Daniel Johnston, Girl Talk, Mika Miko, M83, Dan Deacon and Past Lives. Some of which took place in Caffe Vita during the Capitol Hill Block Party. Below are a few of our favorite videos but be sure to check out the full breadth of their work at www.publicaccessmedia.tv
Here is a small taste of what they have been up to – a spirited interview with the controversial house party mash-up artist sensation Girl Talk – in the Vita green bean warehouse.
Here is another video from the first televised “songs for eating and drinking” dinner – Caffe Vita was one of the early supporters of this project and collaboration between One Pot and Chase Jarvis. Hometown favorite Grant Olsen of Arthur and Yu (subpop) belts out a beautiful rendition of 3 horses.
Vita is now selling the super sexy Hario Siphon Brew System on our online store. These bad boys make the cleanest most delicate coffee around. We tested several Japanese imports before we settled on the Hario model. Click here to order.
Check out our demo video from Coffeefest.
Coffeegeek has a great step by step guide of how to use the clever little devices.
Jerry Traunfeld’s bustling Capitol Hill eatery Poppy marks the return of the most celebrated chef in the northwest – during Jerry’s tenure at The Herbfarm he received international acclaim for his seasonal cuisine – since he left that kitchen a year ago we have all been waiting anxiously for the new opening.
The place is stunning and the food is. as expected, remarkable… go.
last time the darling rocker joseph arthur was in the northwest we caught him backstage sporting a caffe vita cap. thanks for the support mister arthur, we remain dedicated fans…
siphon coffee demo @ coffeefest from hebberoy on Vimeo.
Jay Egami made international news when the NY Times inked a feature about the $20,000 siphon bar he installed in San Francisco at Blue Bottle’s newest cafe – we have been lucky enough to know Jay for years – and he has consistently been charming us with his eccentric imports from the East (not to mention his tales of lifting iron with Barry Bonds) – this year he joined Vita at Coffee Fest and Jay and Heather showed thousands of coffee fanatics how the vacuum siphon technology makes some of the best, cleanest flavored, and most nuanced coffee around…
In the coming week we will begin selling home versions of the famous siphon machine online at the Vita store… stay tuned.
The charming and dreamy Heather Ruiz is hosting a series of Coffee Tastings – next week – at each Caffe Vita location. Come down and see how we select and taste coffee before we purchase the pretty beans. Coffee cupping is the coffee equivalent of wine tasting – but without the pomp and cheese.
All Cuppings Begin At 2pm.
Monday, September 22nd @ Seward Park
Tuesday, September 23rd @ Queen Anne
Wednesday, September 24th @ Fremont
Thursday, September 25th @ Olympia
Friday, September 26th @ Capitol Hill
the pictures tell it best. but quickly: a midnight performance by seattle stars Throw Me The Statue, a candlelight romp with Chromeo, some bluesy shout outs by Ty Willman, a 1000 degree brick oven in which we cooked baby turnips, sweet carrots, plump sausages, dreamy squash, delicate beet greens, bloody lamb ribs, all served alongside bowl after bowl of vibrant aioli – bags and bags of farm direct coffee making us feel like we were in a secret bunker, and cups overflowing with fragrant coffee – and maybe some wine… it went till 3:30 am – it was a brilliant end to a phenomenal weekend of music…