The Vita Escort – On Cool Coffee Treats to Try This Summer

| July 19, 2014

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For anyone who has stepped outside recently, it’s impossible to escape the sunny, sometimes miserably hot weather.

And while we all survived the chilly winter and gray spring to get to this point, it can be a little difficult to enjoy a hot cup of coffee each morning when the sun is blistering down.

While we love ourselves some Vita’s Caffe Luna drip to get us started, sometimes going with a colder coffee alternative is a better call—which is why The Vita Escort is giving you the coolest coffee treats to try this summer.

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5. Six Strawberries Caffe Vita Latte Pop

We bet you didn’t know that coffee came in a Popsicle form, did you?

Sure, there are coffee-flavored ice creams and such, but when it comes to the quintessential summer snack, there’s nothing quite like a Popsicle.

That’s why Vita is fortunate enough to have Six Strawberries create their Caffe Vita Latte Pop, taking all the goodness one would get in a regular cup of coffee and putting it on a stick for people to try.

And for those looking to score one, Six Strawberries will be outside the Vita Bean Room for a few hours each Saturday throughout the summer, so keep an eye on our Twitter for when they’ll be serving up their pops!

4. Affogato al Caffe

A perfect Italian dessert, Affogato al Caffe brings together two of our favorite things—coffee and gelato.

Mixing a few ups of vanilla gelato with brewed espresso, this might not be something we’d advise one to have every single day during the summer, but, especially around company, it makes for the ideal after dinner indulgence.

Garnish it however you feel and sit back and enjoy an amazing dessert.

3. Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s Caffe Vita Caramel Shake

As we mentioned in The Vita Escort last week, one alternative way of using grounded coffee beans is to make a milkshake.

So, naturally, that’s exactly what our good friends over at Snoqualmie Ice Cream did, creating a delicious, sweet Caffe Vita Caramel Shake to devour during these warmer months.

With ice cream, Vita cold brew and ground espresso, and caramel, this is one treat that is definitely worth trying when the sun is out.

2. Malted Mocha Iced Coffee

If you enjoy chocolate milkshakes and Vita coffee, then a Malted Mocha Iced Coffee may just completely blow your mind.

Taking the deliciousness of a plain milkshake and adding coffee to it, one of these will put a nice little spin on one’s everyday cup of coffee, adding some amazing flavor to it.

There are a variety of different recipes out there for this, so it depends on personal preference of just how much sweet you want to go with your coffee.

One thing’s for sure, though—it will taste incredible.

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1. Caffe Vita Cold Brew

While all of these other options are delicious dessert-like options, those looking for a more traditional coffee drink can always go to old reliable—Caffe Vita Cold Brew.

Served over ice, medium blended coffee sits in a cold, filtered brew tank anywhere from 12-24 hours, bringing out specific flavors in coffee beans that make Cold Brew the next best thing to a piping hot cup of coffee.

If you like to drink your coffee from a straw and a plastic cup when the weather is warm, Cold Brew is the way to go.

My First Time: Coastal Kitchen

| July 18, 2014

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One of the best parts about working with Caffe Vita is having the opportunity to visit our amazing customers. You know, the ones who love our coffee so much that they share it with customers who come into their establishments.

And continuing with the “My First Time” series, I made my way towards Coastal Kitchen on 15th Avenue in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Described as a “quintessential neighborhood fish house,” Coastal Kitchen features a diverse menu, which includes Caffe Vita’s Caffe Del Sol, Novacella Decaf and Caffe Luna coffee.

I had heard great things about their Blunch menu—yes, a combination of breakfast and lunch—and figured I just had to try it for myself.

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Heading with Vita’s Marketing Director Gretchen—who was just as excited as I was to check out the “Blunch” offerings—we strolled through sun-filled streets to the hip, flourishing 15th Avenue, which has seen an influx of chef-inspired restaurants and cozy little bars over the past few years.

Upon walking into Coastal Kitchen, I instantly compared it to by Grandmother’s favorite diner.

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Coastal Kitchen’s Cobb Salad waiting to be picked up and eaten up.

Exposed kitchen on one side with a bar top and rotating chairs for guests to sit on. The bar is on the opposite side of the restaurant, a mere 30 feet from where the chefs are working their magic on the many options offered.

But as we were led to our booth by the host, one thing became very clear—Coastal Kitchen is not your average diner.

After opening its doors for the first time in 1983, Coastal Kitchen has stood the test of time, recently upgrading its digs with a renovation back in 2012 that saw the restaurant add, as I described it, “a Northeastern, Cape Cod-like feel,” to the inside of the place.

Looking at the menu on this specific day, I noticed that it mentioned the featured coastal region was Brazil, which, I assume, meant the menu was inspired by dishes in the beautiful South American country—I wish I had asked, but was too hungry to think about it.

As mentioned earlier, one of the things we had heard so much about—besides the well-known oysters—was Blunch, so we just had to dig into that specific section of the menu.

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Gretchen’s Croque Madame and a side of fruit.

With no time to waste, Gretchen ordered herself the Croque Madame, while I stuck with my vegetarianism and went for the Goat Cheese Scramble.

While waiting for our food, Gretchen and I swapped stories about weekend successes and failures, including her plan to pack and move all day tomorrow. We also found ourselves discussing all of the great art hanging on the restaurant walls.

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The conversation instantly turned into one that made us realize that, while we hope we’re talented at something, the artists who painted what was shown had to be someone with more skill in their pinky finger than we had—I’m only slightly exaggerating, of course.

While some breakfast spots may be either too bashful or too overzealous when it comes to the portions, Coastal Kitchen does it just right, giving patrons enough to fill their appetite without feeling too stuffed.

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My Goat Cheese Scramble before absolutely devouring every bite.

Another thing I appreciated, though small and a bit elementary, was that the chefs had already melted the butter on my four, warm slices of bread. Sure, that sounds silly, but I want to eat my meal, not put it together, so I applaud the little things.

Continuing our conversation in the buzzing atmosphere, the restaurant was busy but not overcrowded. The service was great—with refills and accommodating questions just at the right time—and really made us feel welcome.

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For those looking for a great spot to recover from a nasty night out, a regular brunch spot or for one of the best places in Seattle to get oysters and fresh seafood, Coastal Kitchen is a spot worth trying a few times, because it’s great.

The one regret I have? Not trying any of that seafood—but I’ll be back soon to remedy that.

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Featured Product of the Week: He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl

| July 16, 2014

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If good music is what you look forward to each day, then getting yourself the He Whose Ox is Gored 10” vinyl is the perfect record.

Whether it’s the first in a collection you’re hoping to build, or one of the thousands that are already sitting on your shelf, this three-track vinyl will no doubt have you moving and grooving each time it’s spinning.

Released by Caffe Vita Records, this Seattle band brings hits like “Nightshade,” “Pyramids on the Horizon” and “Charming the Snake” to a specially remastered, 45RPM vinyl that produces maximum sounds to blast through your speakers—and, no doubt, get some attention from friends and neighbors.

Included inside of the records heavy-duty jacket comes an insert, black sleeve and fold-out poster, giving you the ultimate He Whose Ox is Gored experience, so don’t delay in getting your 10″ vinyl now.

Buy the He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl in our Online Shop.

Vita Attended Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party

| July 15, 2014

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There are plenty of crazy parties over the summer, but none of them are technically as wild as last Friday’s the 38th annual Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party.

Giving guests a chance to tour the grounds and meet some animals, the event also included a Happy Hour, a silent and live auction and an amazing dinner to cap it all off.

With pristine, summer weather, the entire event could not have been more perfect.

Caffe Vita served both hot coffee and cold brew during the Happy Hour from 5pm-7pm, but we stuck around a little bit longer to make sure we got to take in the entire experience—okay, and see as many animals as possible.

And if you want to know just how wild the Jungle Party is, picture potbelly pigs laying on the grass beside your feet while waiting for your Vita cold brew.

Yes, such is the life of a visitor at the zoo.

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After mingling with other guests and learning a few different tips about the birds, reptiles and mammals that were displayed in the common area—like the ball python, Boy, whose tongue was moving crazily by the many different scents his instincts could pick up—I made my way towards some of the animals that I will rarely see again.

For all those who have dreamt of going to far away countries in Africa or Asia, the Woodland Park Zoo saves you the trip.

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Featuring some incredible exhibits, I found myself being stalked by the King of the Jungle—thankfully with glass as a protector in case he got any ideas—and standing about three feet beneath the head of a giraffe.

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I was also fortunate enough to be eye-to-eye with a gorilla while getting a private, exercise session from an elephant, which was playing with a ball in his area, as if he knew there was an audience.

As someone who had not been to a zoo since my junior year of high school, one thing became apparent very quickly—one is never too old to marvel at wild animals.

Breaking away from the tour guide, which probably wasn’t supposed to happen, I was able to walk the entire zoo without being rushed, truly taking in everything each exhibit had to offer.

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Making my way back towards the live auction area, I was treated to some fantastic, catered food that included fresh salmon and a few other appetizers, end our fantastic evening.

If you’re looking for something to do with your family, friends or significant other, the Woodland Park Zoo is a perfect place to feel as though you’re somewhere exotic, yet don’t need to leave the city of Seattle.