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INDO 25: Celebrating Easy Street Records

| April 17, 2014

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Easy Street Records & Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. announce INDO 25: A commemorative coffee in celebration of Easy Street Records 25th Anniversary as an independent, Seattle business.

How Mike McConnell and Matt Vaughan met in 1995 is somewhat of a blur. They went to the same concerts, floated around the same circle of friends, but it was deeper than that. They were fierce independents in their respective industries, building their dreams from the ground up. Mike was a patron of Easy Street, always supporting local music. One day Matt stopped by Caffe Vita just to see what it was about, there was Mike, doing it all from roasting coffee to pulling espresso shots, that’s when it clicked for them. These two guys had the same spirit and drive to make something that would have a lasting impression on the Seattle community. Matt bought a couple pounds of coffee that day, impressed with the quality and hard work, making him the very first wholesale customer of Caffe Vita. Throughout the next 20 years they set a model for local and independent businesses, with support from each other and the community, allowing them to tantalize the ears and tongues of many with the best in music and coffee.

INDO 25 is an exclusive single origin coffee sourced from the islands of Indonesia with an unmistakable flavor attributed to the traditional style of coffee processing used. This coffee is organic and shade grown in harmony with their other fruit crops. The community works together at harvest time, hand picking the coffee fruit. INDO 25 is a medium to dark roast with an earthy aroma and spicy maple flavor.

Join us at Easy Street Records in West Seattle on Saturday, April 19th, National Record Store Day, for a free sample of INDO 25 and in support of the music community!

12oz bags available for $16 at Easy Street Records, Seattle Caffe Vita locations and online at www.caffevita.com starting April 19th.

THE GREAT PIE FIGHT OF 2014

| April 16, 2014

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What are you doing on May 4th? You should help us attempt to officially break the world record for largest pie fight! This will be a charity event, with donations going to benefit the Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Did we mention that there’s also going to be a bouncy house?
http://www.greatpiefightseattle.org/

Mexico, March 2014

| March 20, 2014
The view from Guadalupe Victoria, looking into Guatemala

The view from Guadalupe Victoria, looking into Guatemala

Greetings from Chiapas, our last stop on this harvest visit to Mexico’s coffee states.  Starting in Veracruz, we’ve woven our way south through Oaxaca and witnessed the tail end of what has been a trying harvest.  Estimates of production are at forty percent reduction due to poor weather and roya, the leaf destroying fungus I wrote about in our visit to Guatemala last year.  It’s been a whirlwind of a trip, with long days on windy mountain roads, numerous cupping sessions, and meetings with farmers. Here are some of the highlights:

Visiting Finca Fatima, near Xalapa

Visiting Finca Fatima, near Xalapa

Meeting Ranulfo Lara in Teoselo (he let us try his homemade orange liquor!)

Meeting Ranulfo Lara in Teoselo (he let us try his homemade orange liquor!)

Germinating Marsellesa, a rust resistant variety with good cup quality

Germinating Marsellesa, a rust resistant variety with good cup quality

Cupping at the Ixhuatlan wet mill

Cupping at the Ixhuatlan wet mill

Visiting La Lagunilla, an organic cooperative in Oaxaca

Visiting La Lagunilla, an organic cooperative in Oaxaca

In Oaxaca, Claudia preparing a delicious breakfast of chile de huevos, tlayudas, and café de olla

In Oaxaca, Claudia preparing a delicious breakfast of chile de huevos, tlayudas, and café de olla

The stunning mountains outside of Chico Musela, Chiapas

The stunning mountains outside of Chico Musela, Chiapas

Checking out Mario Lopez's farm near Pantelho, Chiapas

Checking out Mario Lopez’s farm near Pantelho, Chiapas

An amazing sculpture, in memory of the victims of the Acteal Massacre.

An amazing sculpture, in memory of the victims of the Acteal Massacre.