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 Viñas 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.
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 cave singers
photos by Lori Paulson
Here are some of our favorite photos from the Bean Room on Day 2. Thanks to KEXP and all the bands: Handsome Furs, Austra, The Young Evils, Federation X, and Champagne Champagne.
Click here to listen to KEXP’s archive of the Handsome Furs performance from Saturday, 7/23.
the young evils
photos by Lori Paulson
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
Thanks to all who attended the 7/21 show in our Bean Room — one wild week ago — by Morning Teleportation. Our Thursday kickoff to the Capitol Hill Block Party featured the up-and-coming Portland band, groovy lights, and complimentary cold-brew coffee. Because we partnered with Verizon for this Coffee Shop Series concert, all attendees left the Bean Room loaded up with a bag of “Morning Teleportation Blend” coffee, and T-shirts and posters printed by The VERA Project.
Our next Public Brewing School (PBS) class will take place
this next Saturday, July 30, August 6 from 10am to 12pm. Attendees will learn home brewing methods, including pour over, French press, vaccum pot, Bialetti, and more. The cost to attend PBS is $20. Each student will receive a 12-ounce bag of Farm Direct coffee and 15% off any brewing device.
To reserve your spot in this popular class (recently highlighted in the Seattle Weekly’s Voracious blog), please email email@example.com. The session will take place at the Capitol Hill cafe at 1005 E. Pike St., Seattle.
UPDATE 7/28/2011: Date change! We’ve just moved this PBS session to be one week later. We hope this date is more convenient for everyone. Carry on!
Last night, Caffe Vita was delighted and honored to be named the 2011 Community Partner by The Service Board at the annual Golden Boot. (Thank you, tSB!) Here is Bob Prince accepting the Golden Boot Award. The event was held at Havana with tacos and sliders by Marination Mobile.
The Service Board exists to create mentoring activities for Seattle high school-age youth. Through programs in snowboarding, art, music, and leadership training, they provide life-changing experiences that build self-knowledge, skills, courage, and determination. They do very important work, and Caffe Vita is proud to support them. You can learn about their work and how to get involved by exploring their website