Monthly Archives: December 2011

Now Available: Kenya Gitwe Karinga and Colombia Cauca Inza

| December 20, 2011

Over the weekend, the last bags of Holiday Blend were purchased, and it’s perfect timing for us to tell you about two new single-origin coffees. We are very excited to roast, sell, brew, and serve Kenya Gitwe Karinga and Colombia Cauca Inza. Look for these two as the French press coffees of the day at the Caffe Vita near you.

Now, about that first coffee from Kenya. It has the ability to mesmerize and awe, with its shimmering acidity and complex bouquet of distinct aromatics. From our search, this lot from the Gitwe Farmers Cooperative Society’s Karinga washing station stood out above the rest. The clarity of flavors, depth, elegance, and remarkable sweetness are not to be missed! The Gitwe Cooperative was formed in 1985 after splitting from the Gatundu society, with membership currently standing at 1,868 farmers. This coffee comes from the Karinga wet mill, located on the eastern slopes of the Aberdare ranges. Perfectly ripe cherries are delivered to the wet mill the same day they are picked, and fresh river water is used to process and wash the coffee.

Pristine and perfumed, this coffee offers syrupy sweetness and sparkling acidity. Marasca cherry (mmm, sour), melon, and orange zest aromatics complement flavors of heirloom tomato and blackberry. Enjoy the elegant finish of honey and bergamot. Kenya Gitwe Karinga is available at our cafes and in the online store. The quantity is quite limited, so don’t delay.

The next, Colombia Cauca Inza, is from a region-specific lot in the Inza municipality of the Cauca department in southwest Colombia. It was selected with the assistance of Oralando Torchez, with strict attention to cup quality and cohesion. The average farm size is one-to-two hectares, and the character is very representative of the region, with great depth and lingering sweetness.

Savory and satisfying, with aromas of dark chocolate, dried plum, and geranium, there is an impressive balance of ripe cherry sweetness and meyer lemon acidity with a finish of brown butter, maple, and cardamom. The Colombia Cauca Inza beans have an intoxicating fragrance. We hope you enjoy sipping this as much as we do.

Celebrating Conservation Coffee from Papua New Guinea

| December 16, 2011

Last night our roasting room was transformed as we celebrated our collaboration with the Woodland Park Zoo’s Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program (TKCP) and the arrival of coffee from the remote forests of Papua New Guinea’s Huon Peninsula.

Earlier this year, our Green Bean Coffee Buyer Daniel Shewmaker traveled with the TKCP staff  to Papua New Guinea’s YUS Conservation Area. There, coffee has become a true opportunity for positive growth and hope in the community — where selling a quality coffee crop can mean education for their children.

Last night, we gathered with friends from the Woodland Park Zoo to celebrate the fruits of this unique partnership. Chef Shane Lynch prepared a feast inspired by Papua New Guinea cuisine (i.e., smoked pork wrapped in banana leaves, coconut fish stew, vegan sweet potato curry, sauteed greens with fresh ginger, roasted taro root and potatoes, and fresh tropical fruit!) the team’s travels to the region. After dinner, everyone sampled an exclusive first taste of the coffee and took home some beans from the initial roast.

We look forward to releasing Yopno Uruwa Som in early 2012. Until then, keep on supporting the Woodland Park Zoo with your purchase of Zoo Special Reserve. It makes a great gift for the animal and coffee lovers in your life.

Now Serving Repast Croissants

| December 14, 2011

We’re excited to carry croissants by Repast bakery in all of our Seattle-area cafes as of this week! Between traditional, chocolate, almond, and ham & cheese we’ve got you covered. Come in and try them for yourself. They’re delicious.

This Weekend in the Bean Room: Brackish Pop-Up Shop

| December 13, 2011

Come down to the Caffe Vita Bean Room (1005 E. Pike Street, Seattle) on Saturday and Sunday for the Brackish Pop-Up Shop. Brackish is a local, sustainable furniture company that aims to inspire and respond to a demand for exceptional design, local production, and lasting quality. Essentially, this stuff is gorgeous. We are excited to partner with these talented designers and craftsmen.


Have the chance to see the first collection of furniture from Brackish as well as pieces from Whitcomb & Company. Also, come see the clothing, home goods and gifts from other local designers, brought to you by Glasswing. The Brackish Pop-Up Shop is open  from 11AM to 10PM on Saturday and 11AM to 5PM on Sunday.

Find Brackish on Facebook, and invite your friends via the event page.