Checking the fermentation.
Mshikamano is a farming collective in Bara Village, located in the mountainous Mbozi district near Tanzania’s border with Zambia. The term mshikamano is a Swahili word meaning “unity” or “cohesion.” The group was founded with the goal of uniting farmers in the community for the purposes of sharing resources, such as powered processing center. Improved processing and a reputation for quality has allowed these farmers to fetch a higher price for their coffee and establish a more direct link with the market.
The members of the Mshikamano community are responsible for selectively hand-picking cherries and delivering them to the washing station. The coffee is pulped and then fermented in tanks such as the one pictured above. Fermentation is followed by sun-drying on African raised beds. The dried parchment is then milled and prepared for export at the Mbozi Coffee Curing Company.
The cup is sweet and juicy with aromas of plum, nectarine, and cocoa. Tangerine acidity and a honeyed body harmonize while flavors of peach and vanilla lead to a buttery maple syrup finish.
Available online and at our retail locations.
Spring has sprung. Caffe Vita enjoyed the beautiful Seattle evening of Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Western Bridge for Spring Sprung, the 2011 Henry Art Gallery Gala. Our baristas served espresso drinks to the partygoers, while live music, cooking-fire smells, and bouncehouse squeals achieved a lively, festive balance in the outdoor party space. It is our pleasure to participate in this annual event, which raises funds for the Henry Art Gallery and is a most spectacular soiree. We’ve put together a slideshow that we hope you will enjoy.
Last evening, High 5 Pie
, our friends and Capitol Hill neighbors, invited us over while the Food Network
filmed in their cheery shop for a one-hour special on pies that is set to air in November. The special will also include visits to other pie shops in Seattle, Chicago, North Carolina, and Florida.
From outside the “Bakers Only” area of High 5 Pie, we could peek through the glass as the bakers showed the cameras how to make a Lemon Shaker Pie and a Cherry Almond Cutie Pie. The crew also filmed other High 5 Pie specialties: Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Vanilla Cream, and Apple Petit-5s. Daniel from Caffe Vita got to enjoy his favorite pie — Marionberry — on camera.
We want to thank High 5 Pie founder Dani Cone for inviting us over to share a slice of media excitement. Dani’s pies might get used to being on TV: High 5 Pie is featured on the premiere episode
of the Cooking Channel’s new show, Unique Sweets.
High 5 Pie opened
at 1400 12th Avenue, Seattle, on Dec 30, 2010, and serves Fuel Coffee, which is roasted by Caffe Vita. Fuel Coffee
has locations Capitol Hill, Montlake, and Wallingford, and you can find pie at all of them. You’ll also find High 5 Pie at Seattle Caffe Vita locations
Food Network film crews OK, too.
This is pre-TV, folks.
Dani Cone, founder of High 5 Pie and Fuel.
Filming pie enjoyment over at big table.
This Banana Cream pie will not wait for forks.
Daniel eating pie on camera.
Pie and coffee: tender, tasty simplicity.
The family of Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. was proud to again be a part of THAW spring fashion show and fundraiser. The fifth annual event was held on May 5, 2011, at the Stadium Innovation Center in Seattle’s SODO district. Each May, THAW raises awareness about Huntington’s Disease and funds both social services and research programs for the Huntington’s Disease Society of America through its Seattle-chic runway show, auction and soiree. THAW showcases the creations of sassy independent designers and features food and drink from a sweet selection of bars and restaurants, including Via Tribunali, MistralKitchen, and Hitchcock. This year’s event was a huge success and included special performances by Seattle’s fiercely talented groups Mad Rad and Champagne Champagne. Here are some of our favorite shots from the night.
Vita’s Andy Kent pulling shots.
The Caffe Vita bean bag coffee lounge.
Chef/Owner William Belickis (Nice wristbands!)(Photo by Jeff White)
A free cup of French press coffee? On your day and just for you, moms.
This Sunday, May 8, is Mother’s Day, and we’re expressing our gratitude to all moms by offering them a free eight-ounce cup of Zoo Special Reserve French press coffee
at any of our cafe locations
in Seattle, Olympia and Portland.
And, we’d also like to mention that we’re donating $1 toward the Woodland Park Zoo’s important work in animal care, conservation and education for every bag of the Zoo Special Reserve coffee beans sold in our cafes. We’re doing this because our moms raised us right. Read more about our partnership with the Woodland Park Zoo on the wild and wonderful Zoo Blog
One last thing, moms! Our friends at the Woodland Park Zoo are having their 21st annual Mom & Me at the Zoo
event on Saturday, May 7 (Mother’s day eve). Moms qualify for half-price admission.
We wish everyone a wonderful Mother’s Day weekend.