Monthly Archives: October 2011

TODAY Show at Pike Place Market

| October 20, 2011

This morning, Caffe Vita’s Coffee Specialist, Andy Kent, prepared a traditional caffe latte on live television for TODAY Show hosts Kathie Lee and Hoda at Pike Place Market. Tune in to NBC today at 10:30am PST to watch the episode that was taped this morning. [Update: video now posted above.]

There was a coffee showdown, and Caffe Vita brought home the hardware, winning the coffee taste test with a beautiful, classic drink. Way to go, Andy!

FareStart Guest Chef Night – Caffe Vita’s Chef Robert Prince

| October 20, 2011

We at Caffe Vita want to tell you about a very special FareStart Guest Chef night happening on Thursday, November 3. Returning to the kitchen with FareStart students, Chef Robert Prince, Caffe Vita’s Key Account Manager, will prepare a three-course meal in the Guest Chef Night series. The cost is $24.95, and all proceeds and gratuities go back into the program to fund student services and training. Here’s the link to make your reservations through OpenTable.

The menu for November 3 is posted below. The dessert will feature a Caffe Vita coffee ice cream made by our partners at Bluebird Microcreamery, who opened up their second location on Phinney Ridge less than a week ago.

GUEST CHEF NIGHT MENU
November 3, 2011
Chef Robert Prince

STARTER
Cannellini Bean with Wilted Kale and Pickled Pepper
ENTRÉE 
Brined Pork Loin Chops Roasted and Finished on the Grill,
Warm Roasted Fingerling Potato Salad with Balsamic Braised Onion
Vegetarian Entrée
Risotto with Oven Roasted Tomato and Whole Milk Ricotta
DESSERT
Fall Fruit Crumble with Bluebird Caffe Vita Ice Cream 

Caffe Vita and Chef Robert Prince are longtime supporters of FareStart, a nationally-recognized culinary job training and placement program for homeless and disadvantaged individuals. As part of FareStart’s culinary training program, they offer regular weekday lunch service (here’s the lunch menu – we love that Founder’s “Field Roast” Sandwich). The restaurant is located at 7th and Virginia in downtown Seattle.

We hope to see you at FareStart on November 3. It’s going to be delicious. Again, reservations are required. Here’s the link.

Coffee Shop Series, Oct 13 VIP Tour and Concert

| October 15, 2011
Last night was our second Coffee Shop Series concert in partnership with Verizon. Before the sweet indie-pop bands The Scene Aesthetic and He Is We took the stage a half-block away at Neumos, we hosted VIPs for a roasting demo and roasterie tour. To gain their exclusive status, these kind people donated their used wireless phones to Verizon’s Hopeline program. Additionally, they were treated to a meet & greet with the bands, a Via Tribunali pizza dinner, and drinks, too.
The next Coffee Shop Series concert will feature Motopony and The Maldives at Neumos on November 3. Tickets are free, and we’ll post more details on the blog next week. Check out our photos from our fun time last night, and see you at the next show!
Daniel Shewmaker, green bean buyer, led the Coffee Shop Series VIPs on a Coffee Experience tour of the roasterie.
A Very Important Batch (VIB) of Finca Nuevo Vinas was roasted for the VIPs.
There was time to enjoy a cup of French press Finca Nuevo Vinas before heading back to Neumos.
The Scene Aesthetic performing at Neumos on 10-13-2011.
Between bands, prizes were distributed to the crowd. Prizes included tins of Caffe Vita coffee, a signed drumhead, an Xbox LIVE subscription, and a coveted HTC smartphone.
He Is We on stage at Neumos on 10-13-2011.

Fresh Vita Tees, Green and Grey

| October 12, 2011

New Vita tees are in. What can these tees say about you?

In rich green, the stylish French press design features the line, “out of this world and into your cup.” When you wear this shirt, it shows that you’ve got a handle on things and that you’re all about taking the plunge.
In light grey, it’s clear you don’t have time for anything but the best. Taste matters to you, and you like your coffee strong. Every day it pumps you up so you can get all of your stuff done. It’s simple. It’s delicious  It’s the coffee.
Make a statement or just wear a shirt. Find them at a Caffe Vita near you for the easy price of $14. Get them while you can.
Thanks to our models, Erin and Wade, who took a break from work to pose for the camera in the Caffe Vita Bean Room.