Monthly Archives: January 2013

GIVE 2013 Compilation Out Today

| January 24, 2013

Vita Records presents GIVE 2013, 27 tracks from leading Northwest artists with 100% of profits donated directly to The Vera Project. GIVE 2013 features songs from The Head and The Heart, of Montreal, The Vaselines, The Maldives, Shabazz Palaces, Lemolo, The Young Evils, J. Pinder, TilsonXOXO, Fruit Bats, and more.

The $10 compilation, which includes rare and exclusive tracks, was produced, curated and funded by Vita Records. GIVE will be available for download at, as well as at all Caffe Vita locations, Redhook breweries, and Theo Chocolate, with more outlets to be announced later this week. These locations will carry GIVE packages, including download cards for online redemption, perfect for Valentine’s Day gift giving.

A benefit concert featuring Jason Dodson of The Maldives, RA Scion of Common Market, and performances by Rainbow of the Can Can Castaways (with more artists to be announced in the next week) will be held at Barboza on February 13th.

The full list of participating artists includes: The Head and The Heart, of Montreal, The Vaselines, The Maldives, Shabazz Palaces, Lemolo, The Young Evils, J. Pinder, TilsonXOXO, Brent Amaker and the Rodeo, The Physics, Don’t Talk To The Cops!, Mt. St. Helens Vietnam Band, Sweet Pups, Pearl Dragon, Dude York, Telekinesis, OCnotes, TacocaT, Carissa’s Wierd, Dum Dum Girls, Vox Mod, Fruit Bats, SEACATS, Gold Leaves, Seapony, and Beat Connection.

GIVE 2013 is a true collaboration, with Seattle’s best and brightest donating their time, talent, and services. The full list of GIVE 2013 community partners includes: Caffe Vita, The Vera Project, Vita Records, Sub Pop, Polyvinyl Records, Fin Records, The Stranger, Kerri Harrop, Barboza, Girlie Press, Dropcards, Gary Mula and the Columbia City Theater, Steve Turnidge, Redhook, Theo Chocolate, and Dry Soda.

Public Brewing School is January 26th

| January 8, 2013
The next session of Public Brewing School will be held at our Capitol Hill cupping room on Saturday, January 26th at 1pm. Join us to practice a variety of home brewing methods as we taste all of our origin-specific coffees currently in production. This unique session of PBS will allow each student the opportunity to taste the different regional characteristics inherit from coffees of every major growing region. 
If you’d like to reserve a FREE spot in the class, RSVP to Classes are limited to 20, last two hours, and fill up fast. 

Peru La Convención

| January 2, 2013

At the confluence of the Vilcanota and Yanatile rivers, there live a number of coffee-growing communities. Using organic methods, typica and yellow caturra are cultivated in the rich, clay soils. Thanks to the shade requirements of coffee cultivation, the forested area of this lush landscape has been preserved over generations.

Each cherry was distinct. We discovered jasmine-scented typica flowers and yellow caturra blossoms with melon aromas. After harvest, the cherries were pulped, fermented, washed and then sun-dried on solar driers. In a region prone to rain and high humidity, the drying process is the most critical step.

We sat down to a cupping with the farmers who grew this coffee. Their impressive attention to detail showed through in every cup. At that moment, it became clear that this particular coffee was the right fit for Vita!

Buy yours in our shop.