Monthly Archives: December 2009

COFFEE + CHOCOLATE = HAPPINESS

| December 4, 2009

A great time was had by all today at CAFFE VITA Capitol Hill, where once a month we host our FREE coffee and chocolate tasting with THEO Chocolate.

Today we cupped some exceptional coffees from Ethiopia, Peru, Papua New Guinea and Panama along side some delectable chocolates from THEO. THEOS cacao roaster, Nathan brought with him some 100% cacao from Madagascar, 84% cacao from Ghana and the always delicious coffee and cream chocolate.

The Fair Trade/Organic coffee from Peru stood out in this heavy weight arena with complex aromas of citrus, dark sun ripe berry, vanilla, cocoa and baking spice. A well balanced, medium bodied coffee boasting opulent flavors of tangerine, cocoa, and honey with a snappy brightness throughout the lingering, candied finish.

Pairing the coffees and chocolates proved to be quite challenging and all combinations seemed to spark myriad conversations. It was great to hear everyones feedback about the different combinations and the dialogue generated about the truly subjective nature of such an exercise. The result of this session was a lot of smiles and discussion leaning towards the similarities and differences in tasting, sourcing, roasting and serving world class coffee and chocolate.

Thank you to all who participated today and especially to Nathan from THEO Chocolate for providing the amazing chocolate. It is always a pleasure to taste these wonderful chocolates from THEO and have someone with the knowledge, passion and expertise such as Nathan to discuss the processes involved in the world of cacao and chocolate.

Please visit us at CAFFE VITA Capitol Hill-1005 E PIKE ST -EVERY WEDNESDAY and FRIDAY at 10 AM for our FREE coffee cupping.

This Thursday, December 3, GIVESEATTLE.ORG and Caffe Vita present a benefit concert @ the CROCODILE with the Grand Archives…

| December 2, 2009

Performances by:

GRAND ARCHIVES
D. BLACK
GRANT OLSEN
KINSKI
GABRIEL MINTZ
FENCES
TEA COZIES
MC: TILSON

Tickets are $15, and the show starts @ 8pm Sharp! Buy Tickets Here!

PROCEEDS from this show benefit ARTS CORP, Ballard Food Bank, Rainier Valley Food Bank, University District Food Bank and West Seattle Food Bank.

WHAT IS GIVE? GIVE SEATLE features exclusive music by Ben Gibbard, The Cave Singers, The Moondoggies, D. Black, The Lonely Forest and 31 additional Seattle Bands to benefit Arts Corps and Seattle area food banks. The Give Seattle benefit Compilation has sold over 1000 copies since Nov. 17th! Keep up the good work music lovers! Grab a copy at any Caffe Vita location or online at www.giveseattle.org

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NOTES FROM THE CUPPING TABLE

| December 2, 2009

Another great day at the CAFFE VITA cupping table! On the table today were some outstanding coffees from Indonesia, Central and South America. Of note, the Fair Trade/Organic Bolivia was clearly the stand out.

Sweet, fragrant aromas of maple, nougat, cocoa and caramel. Silky, medium bodied coffee with moderate acidity, well balanced flavors of cocoa, caramel creme brulee and a luscious finish with tapering notes of honey, citrus zest, cinnamon and all spice.

Join us at CAFFE VITA on Capitol Hill- 1005 E PIKE ST for our FREE coffee cupping- EVERY WEDNESDAY & FRIDAY @ 10 AM

Also, a friendly reminder for this FRIDAY, 12/4/09 @ CAFFE VITA-10 AM- where we will be hosting our friends from THEO Chocolate http://www.theochocolate.com/
We will be cupping coffees from Africa, Indonesia, Central and South America along side some world class Fair Trade/Organic chocolates from THEO.

COFFEE + CHOCOLATE = HAPPINESS