Monthly Archives: November 2011

2011 Holiday Blend

| November 17, 2011

We’re excited to announce our 2011 Holiday Blend, featuring organic catuai and pacamara coffee.

This holiday season we’ve created a blend to celebrate the fruit of the harvest and the spirit of exploration. Our farm direct partners at Finca Nuevo Viñas in Guatemala are no strangers to these two concepts, with their continual pursuit for the highest quality cherry and their willingness to adopt new strategies to achieve this goal. Each year presents new opportunities for improvement and experimentation, and among the many excellent coffees produced this past growing season, we’ve chosen two distinct and superlative lots to pair for our holiday blend.

The first is a rarity for Central America, a naturally processed catuai. Ripe cherries are hand harvested and taken directly to raised beds to dry in the wind and the sun. This process is quite risky and very labor intensive, as the cherries must be monitored and raked continuously to ensure prompt and even drying. The result is a cup with a distinctly spiced-fruit character and an aroma not unlike the juice of a coffee cherry. To achieve balance and depth, we’ve paired the natural catuai with a washed pacamara, the highly prized large bean varietal. The pacamara is processed in the typical fashion, in which the ripe cherries are washed, pulped, fermented and then sun dried. Its classic dark chocolate and citrus profile adds structure and stability to the blend.

Each component is roasted separately to achieve the distinct expression of the varietal and processing method and blended immediately after cooling. The result is a layered, festive blend with notes of baked pear, dark chocolate, and cinnamon. Flavors of dried fruit and aged rum lend rustic complexity to the spiced plum and walnut finish.

This unique blend is now available for sale in our online store. Happy holidays!

the Service Board’s 16th Annual Soiree

| November 16, 2011

Caffe Vita has been a huge supporter of the Service Board for years. Tomorrow, we’ll be at tSB’s 16th annual soiree, celebrating their success and ensuring that they’ll be around for another 16 years and beyond. the Service board is a life-changing organization that guides Seattle-area youth to make wise decisions and realize their potential through fun, discovery and adventure.

Join us for beer, wine and appetizers in the stunning Georgetown Ballroom with music by the charming crooners of tSB alumni band, Smooth Technique. Guests will also enjoy a delectable dinner provided by The Leary Traveler as well as a short program to both express gratitude and highlight the work tSB has done this year. There will be live and silent auctions featuring incredible prizes including but not limited to helicopter rides, private parties and other fantastic items.

Tickets are available here, at $75 each or $750 for a table of ten. Come celebrate all the great resources the Service Board provides and say hey!

Announcing Caffe Vita California

| November 10, 2011

Photo by James Chutter

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Rudy’s Barbershop continues to grow its community centric shops by partnering with Seattle based coffee roasting company.

Caffe Vita will open their first California location adjacent to Rudy’s flagship location in Silverlake,  formerly occupied by Uncle Jers ( 4459 Sunset Boulevard.)  Both brands plan to partner on key community initiatives which will allow the 6000 sqft space to become a hub for creative events, artists, and music.

Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Company was founded in 1995 by Mike McConnell. The company pioneered Farm Direct purchasing by sourcing directly from coffee farmers across the globe, based on quality, stewardship, and sustainability. Recognized as one of the “Top Ten Cups of Coffee in the Country” by GQ Magazine, Caffe Vita has been recognized by New York Times Magazine and countless other esteemed publications.

Rachel Peacock, Store Manager at Rudy’s Barbershop in Ballard: “Like Rudy’s, Caffe Vita has always made it a priority to support the communities where they are located. It was very important for us to work with a company that values that as much as we do. Their commitment to coffee is an obsession and it extends to the entire Caffe Vita experience, which we understand and appreciate.”

Vita has been offering their famous French press coffee complimentary to Rudy’s customers and farmer’s market attendees in Ballard since last month.  They will continue to brew a rotating selection in multiple locations as the relationship grows.

Mike McConnell, owner and founder of Caffe Vita: “The synergies between Rudy’s and Vita are endless, from the shared aesthetic to the connection with community and arts to the bottom line way we conduct business. I knew this would be a great fit!”

Prior to their launch in Silverlake, Caffe Vita and Rudy’s will be co-hosting a community party at Rudy’s Silverlake location that will be open to the entire neighborhood, offering complimentary coffee drinks and including a Q & A session. Please check back for dates.

Public Brewing School is Back in Session

| November 9, 2011

In less than two weeks, Public Brewing School will be back in session. This time around we will focus on a few new(ish) manual brewing methods, including the AeroPress and Clever Dripper, as well at the more traditional methods of French Press, pour-over, and Bialetti. Taste what’s brewed through the various methods and increase your understanding of brewing techniques to highlight the amazing flavors and aromas in your beans.

The next PBS sessions are November 19 and December 17. The Saturday morning classes begin at 10am, lasting about two hours, and are held at Caffe Vita Capitol Hill at 1005 E. Pike Street. The classes are free and space is limited. To reserve your spot, please email

We look forward to meeting our next waves of students. See you soon at PBS.