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A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Seattle

| March 13, 2014

A Coffee Lover’s Guide to Seattle

Seattle’s eclectic roster of roasteries offers the best reflections of what’s brewing locally, be it buzzworthy neighbourhoods or cultural styles. Look no further than cool Caffé Vita, owned by Mike McConnell, a local kid who discovered the allure of good coffee during his challenging formative years.

“In the 80’s we used to save up our money and go drink espresso at the Nordstrom Coffee Bar,” he recalls, “a bunch of ragged teenagers with unintentionally ripped jeans sampling Italian coffees in a high end department store.”

McConnell’s flagship Caffé Vita sits on Pike Street, smack in the middle of the Pike-Pine Corridor, Seattle’s most dynamic district. The minimalist ambience reflects its founder; the baristas tattooed and pierced, the music loud, the coffee outrageously good.

Like Seattle’s grunge music movement, when musicians routinely sat in with other bands, Seattle’s espresso culture remains a cooperative affair. McConnell credits Espresso Vivace’s David Schomer with teaching him the trade and encouraging him to strike out on his own right around the corner.

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Rain City Spirits x Caffe Vita

| March 12, 2014

Caffeination Cascadia: Your Favorite Distiller’s Favorite Coffee

Northwest spirits producers often work closely with coffee roasters to produce coffee liqueurs or match liquors to coffee for exceptional cocktails. They also frequently enjoy a hot, strong cup on their own time. Here are a few of your favorite Northwest distillers on their favorite Northwest cafés and coffees.

Rain City owner and distiller Duffy says, “One thing I really appreciate about Caffe Vita is their commitment to not only excellence but to artisan roasting.”

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Public Brewing School March 15th

| March 4, 2014

Join us March 15th, 2014 from 10am to 12pm for our FREE Public Brewing School at our Capitol Hill Cafe!  Reserve your space by emailing trainingdept@caffevita.com

Interested to know more, read about Examiner Writer, Mary Garrison’s experience in her article “Learn the Art of Brewing Coffee at Caffe Vita”

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