Category Archives: single origin

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

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


Public Brewing School joins Weezer on the High Seas!

| February 18, 2014

There are a lot of white Mitsubishi vans in the Port of Nassau, Bahamas. After losing our first shipment of coffee in an ice storm that crippled the Southeast, finding the right delivery van was the only hope of getting coffee onboard the 2014 Weezer Cruise. When the driver, Keith finally pulled up we had only moments to spare. We rushed the goods back through customs and hopped the last ferry to an island in the sun where Weezer and Cat Power put on the show of a lifetime.  

Later, we spent some time tasting and discussing different regional coffees with the band and hundreds of their fans.  After tasting these five beautiful Farm Direct coffees, Brian Bell of Weezer surprised the group with a coffee selection of his own.  As fans tasted, they quickly realized that it was the coffee from the gas station style machine on the ships main deck.  Seeing an astonished face or two, Brian and I realized that our job was done; we’d introduced the beauty of directly traded and perfectly roasted coffee to a boatload of new fans.

Caffe Vita Public Brewing School with Brian Bell from Weezer and our own Ross Beamish

Brian Bell and Ross Beamish on The Weezer Cruise

Cat Power rocking her set in the Bahamas

Performance by Caveman

Ross Beamish and Brian Bell – Public Brewing School

Ross Beamish and Brian Bell – Public Brewing School

Public Brewing School hosted by Ross Beamish from Caffe Vita

Toro Y Moi Weezer Cruise set

Caffe Vita’s view from Backstage in the Bahamas

Caffe Vita x Weezer



Get Crazy for Madman Espresso

| May 10, 2013

Mayer Sabag, owner of Madman Espresso eloquently expresses his love and passion for coffee. His approach is altruistic, and realized immediately the second you taste the coffee he and his team deliver. Mayer keeps it real. Simply put, every time you stop by his cafe, you will have a good cup of coffee. You will feel the warmth and see the passion in their work. His appreciation for farm direct, single origin coffee is comforting. This entire ideology falls in line with our own, and Caffe Vita couldn’t be more pleased to be working with Mayer Sabag and his team!

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Now Available: Kenya Gitwe Karinga and Colombia Cauca Inza

| December 20, 2011

Over the weekend, the last bags of Holiday Blend were purchased, and it’s perfect timing for us to tell you about two new single-origin coffees. We are very excited to roast, sell, brew, and serve Kenya Gitwe Karinga and Colombia Cauca Inza. Look for these two as the French press coffees of the day at the Caffe Vita near you.

Now, about that first coffee from Kenya. It has the ability to mesmerize and awe, with its shimmering acidity and complex bouquet of distinct aromatics. From our search, this lot from the Gitwe Farmers Cooperative Society’s Karinga washing station stood out above the rest. The clarity of flavors, depth, elegance, and remarkable sweetness are not to be missed! The Gitwe Cooperative was formed in 1985 after splitting from the Gatundu society, with membership currently standing at 1,868 farmers. This coffee comes from the Karinga wet mill, located on the eastern slopes of the Aberdare ranges. Perfectly ripe cherries are delivered to the wet mill the same day they are picked, and fresh river water is used to process and wash the coffee.

Pristine and perfumed, this coffee offers syrupy sweetness and sparkling acidity. Marasca cherry (mmm, sour), melon, and orange zest aromatics complement flavors of heirloom tomato and blackberry. Enjoy the elegant finish of honey and bergamot. Kenya Gitwe Karinga is available at our cafes and in the online store. The quantity is quite limited, so don’t delay.

The next, Colombia Cauca Inza, is from a region-specific lot in the Inza municipality of the Cauca department in southwest Colombia. It was selected with the assistance of Oralando Torchez, with strict attention to cup quality and cohesion. The average farm size is one-to-two hectares, and the character is very representative of the region, with great depth and lingering sweetness.

Savory and satisfying, with aromas of dark chocolate, dried plum, and geranium, there is an impressive balance of ripe cherry sweetness and meyer lemon acidity with a finish of brown butter, maple, and cardamom. The Colombia Cauca Inza beans have an intoxicating fragrance. We hope you enjoy sipping this as much as we do.