Category Archives: guatemala coffee

New Arrival : Finca Pacamaral

| July 30, 2011

Caffe Vita’s most recent trip to Guatemala led to the discovery of this beautiful and rugged farm. Located at the upper limits of coffee cultivation (1700-2000 masl), the terrain provides a challenge for the farmers who work it. The steep hillsides are planted with a predominance of the Pacamara variety (hence the name), along with some Caturra and Catuai. Isote hugs the trails to provide protection against erosion and towering pine and avocado trees supply shade. The farm is owned by Eduardo Castro and managed by Jose ‘el Chepe’.

The cherries are handpicked at peak ripeness and then loaded into a truck for the short drive down to the wet mill at Finca Nuevo ViƱas where they are unloaded, sorted by density and de-pulped. After a fermentation period of approximately 24 hours the parchment is washed and then allowed to dry on patios.

The cup is complex and lively with aromas of honeysuckle, melon, and ginger. Flavors of marshmallow, dark chocolate, and dried cherry are buoyed by a lemon juice acidity and sustained in the sweet, persistent finish.

Available online and at our retail locations.

Introducing Eco-friendly Zoo Special Reserve coffee

| April 15, 2011

We are honored to partner with our good friends at the Woodland Park Zoo to release a special product that supports the Zoo and their conservation programs. Our newest coffee, Zoo Special Reserve, is organic and shade-grown using sustainable farming practices. The beans are from a farm in the Santa Rosa district of Guatemala and were certified by the Rainforest Alliance. The farmers who grow this coffee promote biodiversity by setting aside over forty percent of their land as a nature reserve, which protects the habitats of native tropical animals and birds such as gray foxes, armadillos, anteaters, parrots and butterflies.
Caffe Vita will donate $1 to the Woodland Park Zoo for every bag of Zoo Special Reserve sold in our cafes.

The Woodland Park Zoo is raising funds for their Tree Kangaroo Conservation Program, which works with indigenous landowners in Papua New Guinea to improve community livelihoods while protecting biodiversity and the habitat of the endangered Matschie’s tree kangaroo.
The 12-ounce bags of whole beans are available now at our six Seattle locations.

Vita’s roasting some new beans

| July 1, 2010
Ethiopia YirgacheffeWe are pleased to offer this exceptional organic coffee, from the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmers Cooperative Union, located in Gedeo. This coffee is grown at an average elevation of 2,300 meters, and exhibits all of the characteristics we love about Yirgacheffe coffees. Aromas of rose petal and tangerine. Moderate acidity, medium to light body, with a lingering honey plum like sweetness.

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Guatemala Mundo NovoA new organic arrival from our farm direct partners at Finca Nuevo Vinas, Mundo Novo is a naturally occuring hybrid between Typica and Bourbon. This varietal matures slower than most, yeilding a dense, complex cup. Aromas of meyer lemon, brown sugar, cocoa, and fava. Crisp acidity and spice, medium body, with a long finish of molasses and sweet cream butter.

Available exclusively at any of our six retail locations . . . capitol hill, queen anne, fremont, seward park, pioneer square, and olympia.