Monthly Archives: November 2011

Vita Featured in Fresh Cup Magazine

| November 30, 2011
Our green buyer Daniel Shewmaker visits Papua New Guinea.

Our collaboration with the Woodland Park Zoo was recently featured in Fresh Cup Magazine:

The story behind Caffe Vita’s…Papua New Guinea coffee starts with a marsupial.

The animal in question, an endangered species called the tree kangaroo, resembles a bear shrunk to the size of a squirrel. It’s not a creature most coffee drinkers have likely heard of, but its habitat in the high-elevation jungles of Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula happens to also be an area where Arabica thrives.

A recent initiative from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo and Vita’s buying and roasting team aims to stabilize—and increase—the tree-dweller’s numbers by helping indigenous villages in the area earn money through their distinct-tasting coffee rather than selling their land to timber and energy companies. “This gives us an opportunity,” says Danny Samandingke, a farmer and teacher from the area who was at last month’s Coffee Fest Seattle, standing beside Caffe Vita baristas as they brewed samples of the region’s product. “There are so many challenges in the country, but this gives us hope.”

Read the full article here

Zoo Special Reserve is now available at all of our cafes and in our online shop.

Thursday: Vita + Theo Chocolate Pairing

| November 29, 2011
Image by paolosanchez.

Both coffee and chocolate are influenced by terroir and roasted to bring out a range of incredible flavors. Join us Thursday evening with in partnership with our friends at Theo Chocolate as we pair coffee and chocolate and explore how the two complement each other.

Vita’s green bean buyer Daniel Shewmaker will join Theo product development and sourcing expert Nathan Palmer-Royston in leading a fireside pairing at the Theo Chocolate Factory in Fremont. There will be two rounds of tastings at 6:30pm and 7:30pm.

Come prepared to discover your favorite flavors. Also, Theo will keep the store open late in case you want to shop a little.

Please call ahead (206-632-5100) to reserve your spot for either session on Thursday, December 1, at 6:30pm or 7:30pm. This coffee and chocolate pairing costs $5 per person and takes place at the Theo Chocolate in Fremont at 3400 Phinney Ave. N.

This Weekend: Shop BLANC

| November 18, 2011

Our Capitol Hill bean room will be getting festive this weekend as we house BLANC, Join Design’s winter pop-up shop. Stop by tomorrow, Saturday, from 11AM-5PM to check off your gift list early with items by independent designers. The theme is an all-white affair featuring a curated selection of limited edition furniture, art, housewares, jewelry, accessories, ornaments, and more. While you’re there, enjoy special activities by Brite Collective holiday, hot beverages from Caffe Vita, pizza by Big Mario’s, and other treats.

But wait! There’s more!  

You can get a head start this evening at the BLANC preview party at Sole Repair. Celebrate independent design, preview the BLANC collection and enjoy live music. Guests are encouraged to wear something white.

We hope to see you on Saturday in the bean room!