Monthly Archives: July 2011

New Arrival : Finca Pacamaral

| July 30, 2011

Caffe Vita’s most recent trip to Guatemala led to the discovery of this beautiful and rugged farm. Located at the upper limits of coffee cultivation (1700-2000 masl), the terrain provides a challenge for the farmers who work it. The steep hillsides are planted with a predominance of the Pacamara variety (hence the name), along with some Caturra and Catuai. Isote hugs the trails to provide protection against erosion and towering pine and avocado trees supply shade. The farm is owned by Eduardo Castro and managed by Jose ‘el Chepe’.

The cherries are handpicked at peak ripeness and then loaded into a truck for the short drive down to the wet mill at Finca Nuevo ViƱas where they are unloaded, sorted by density and de-pulped. After a fermentation period of approximately 24 hours the parchment is washed and then allowed to dry on patios.

The cup is complex and lively with aromas of honeysuckle, melon, and ginger. Flavors of marshmallow, dark chocolate, and dried cherry are buoyed by a lemon juice acidity and sustained in the sweet, persistent finish.

Available online and at our retail locations.

Sunday – CHBP 2011

| July 29, 2011

The Capitol Hill Block Party Day 3 with KEXP in the Bean Room featured live performances from The Posies, The Cave Singers, My Goodness, Kung Foo Grip, and Brothers From Another.

Check out our photos from the front row and then see the KEXP blog for more about the bands that played the Bean Room on Sunday:

the posies

the posies

the cave singers

my goodness

photos by Lori Paulson

Friday – CHBP 2011

| July 29, 2011

Can we find the words to say how much we love hosting KEXP’s broadcasts from the Bean Room? It’s an honor to have visits and performances by such talented artists all weekend long. The Bean Room is a fairly normal (and quiet) warehouse almost every day. Its transformation into a mini-venue and recording studio is a special treat — maybe even for the coffee beans, too.

fucked up by Lori Paulson

The Head and the Heart by Lori Paulson

Friday featured Bean Room performances by Fucked Up and The Head and the Heart. You can listen to The Head and the Heart’s live performance on KEXP, here on their website.

Here are more photos from Friday, Day 1, including scenes from our La Famiglia Lounge (our Block Party upstairs bar) and from performances by The Fresh & Onlys, and Thurston Moore.

slideshow by Lori Paulson