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A Walk On Water

| June 6, 2013



It is finally that time again, summer is right around the corner and A Walk On Water is proud to announce their first official event of 2013!  A Walk On Water is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing water therapy through guided surf instruction to special needs children.  They will be returning to where it all started, Hollister Ranch, for the first of four events there this year.  The event will take place on June 22nd, as it has been delayed for safety purposes.











The morning session will start at 9:30 AM and the afternoon session at 1:00 PM.  Lunch will be served from 11:30-12:30 PM.  After the event ends at 4:00 PM, the adventure continues at Bulito Beach!  Below is a beautiful description of AWOW, and information pertaining to how you can be a part of this program!

Surfing is used as a tool to gain self confidence skills and promote the therapeutic benefits of the sport’s positive effects. Events are dedicated to the children having a safe day experiencing the oceans healing qualities. Children will experience the “stoke” of surfing and sense of accomplishment as family and friends cheer them on from the beach.

Founded by Josh Froley and Pat R. Notaro III the inspiration began 12 years ago at the 1st annual “Pat Notaro Day Malibu Surfers Healing” hosted by Variety Club The Children’s Charity. The event is a tribute to Pat’s late father who was an avid Malibu surfer, member of the Variety Club and Sony Executive. Over 200 autistic children experienced surfing at this years event!

Donating time as instructors and ambassadors for different surf therapy charities both Josh and Pat felt it was necessary to serve all special needs children and their families. Through these experiences they were inspired to do more— create a movement.  With the intent to approach “giving back” just like surfing, is cool and fashionable.  Creating a brand and a platform to help benefit all surf related charities.

These events are free to the families and all other attendees.  Donations are welcome and can be made out to A Walk On Water Inc or by clicking on the donatebutton above.  These monies will be appropriated to hold A Walk On Water events and provide relief for the families of special needs children.

Signups are extremely limited, so be sure to sign up here ASAP. We will send out a confirmation email leading up to the event if your child will be participating. If you are unable to make it after signing up, please be sure to let us know ASAP so that we can fill the spot.

For those looking to make it an overnight or weekend adventure, we are in talks with the local hotel to offer discounted room rates – we’ll update this as soon as it’s finalized.

We at AWOW are all so excited for this event and the coming year, we hope you will all be able to join the AWOW family on this adventure!  -AWOW

Caffe Vita couldn’t be more excited to be serving coffee to friends and family at this year’s event.  We are both humbled, and extremely honored to be a part of these festivities.

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PBS Troubleshoots Your Brew

| April 5, 2013


We sat down with Ross Beamish, lead trainer here at Vita who runs our Public Brewing School, a once-a-month workshop on home brewing methods that’s free to the public. Below, Ross offers his advice on picking your tools, sharpening your nose, and how we perceive bitterness in coffee.

Why does training your palate mater?

There is an array of grinders, brew methods, and water kettles that offer the coffee enthusiast a way to achieve greatness in the comfort of their kitchen. When you’re making the decision to purchase a great bag of coffee to complement your shiny new toys, it helps to know what’s affecting the overall flavor of your cup. Adjusting these variables to suit your personal taste will empower your purchasing decision, mature your palate, and have you brewing more confidently at home.

So what about bitterness?

We all perceive bitterness in coffee, and sometimes it’s balanced perfectly (like a piece of good dark chocolate) but sometimes it’s overwhelming (like a burnt marshmallow). It could be a combination of the level of roast on the coffee, the grind size or the water temperature. If you’re a black coffee drinker and bitterness is an issue, it might be time to try a lighter roast. Lighter roasted coffee boasts higher acidity and more pleasant aromas, which balance out bitterness. Taste experienced in the nasal passage as well as the tongue, so take a few quick sniffs of your coffee as you enjoy it. As you evaluate the coffee and begin to smell floral or fruit-like notes, you probably will not taste as much bitterness as before, or the bitterness will balance well with the increased acidity of a lighter or medium roasted coffee. By training your palate you’ll eventually you’ll know the difference between your varietals. Brazilians, Kenyans, Ethiopians, Indonesians.

What other factors determine bitterness?

Other factors influencing bitterness include mineral content of water, hardness or softness of water, and processing of the green coffee. Washed coffees and water processed decaffeinated coffees are known to be less bitter and complement full immersion methods. These methods include French Press, Clever, Eva Solo, or Aero Press.

Grind size also determines the amount of bitterness in a cup of coffee. In general, a coarser grind size will produce a less bitter flavor but will require a longer brew time (which correlates directly to increased bitterness) so tread carefully.

Ross explores each of these methods and more in our free monthly Public Brewing School sessions. For more information and to reserve your spot at our Capitol Hill location in Seattle, email

Los Angeles I’m Yours Reviews Caffe Vita!

| February 27, 2013

Thank you to Los Angeles I’m Yours for this lovely review!

Caffé Vita‘s entrance into the Los Feliz/Silver Lake gateway feels like such a long time coming. Los Angeles has many coffee shops, yes, but there was definitely a bridge needed from the Vermont Starbucks to the Silver Lake Intelligentsia. Since that space inside the Vista is never really open and there was no option for a beverage pre- or post- movie or Rudy’s haircut, Vita’s entry is very well placed. How is it, though? It’s actually super duper nice and mega-chilled out.

The black and gold corner building opened its doors around two weeks ago and did not make too big a showing of it (save for a few free coffees). The exterior is markedly attractive with two murals (one of a gold Pulcinella, their mascot; another of a related monkey serving coffee) and a shining golden flower above the clear red lettered entry. Although the flower is a long time feature of the building, it twinkles in a new light now. It’s a simple statement piece and, save for the dramatic black, fills the old Uncle Jer’s space quite easily. The interior is cool greens, brick, and wood with black counters and accessories to draw the outside in. There is also an upstairs seating level and we did hear rumor of an eventual patio, too.” -Los Angeles I’m Yours