What We’re Diggin’ on July 8th

| July 8, 2014

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We hope everyone had a great time enjoying the Fourth of July and, for all those in Seattle, are adjusting nicely to this summer heat wave.

With temperatures expected to be in the high-80s over the next week or so, you can bet that us here at Caffe Vita are really looking forward to doing our fair share of fun things outside—like getting a few Happy Hours at Via Tribunali.

And, like every week, we’re giving you a few other things that we’re diggin’, so hopefully you can be inspired by a few of them.

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Rick Friel, Grocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ this handmade Vita bag that my friend Martha made for me. It was a nice surprise to get in the mail. I’m going to put it to use immediately. Pearl wants one now. I love it!”

Dana Ericsson, Customer Service: “I’m diggin’ on spiked rosemary lemonade and pasta salad at the park, with a mean game of wiffle ball.”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ the very real possibility of LeBron James coming back to Cleveland to play for my Cavs. And, of course, all the fun events we’ve got planned over the next month or so.”

Mark Edington, Driver, Portland: “I’m diggin’ on my new neighborhood, Montavilla, and spots like Redwood, Vintage Cocktail Lounge and the Academy Theater. Also, I am really into the Congo Tsheya in the chemex at home. “

Nick Wilton, Sales: “I’m diggin’ Die Manschaft’s complete destruction of Brasil. Hoping this is the year for that fourth star!”

Erin Bednarz, Customer Service: “I’m diggin’ on these Snap Pea Crisps that Customer Service just can’t stop snacking on, and, I personally, have made DIY crop tops and rolled-up shorts my go-to uniform for this heat wave! Also, the new White Lung album is making my day and haunting my dreams.”

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Max McLoughlin, Graphic Designer: “I’m diggin’ on all the art from Essy May.”

Chrissy Nolan, Wholesale Representative: ”I’m diggin’ vegan coconut and mint chocolate chip ice cream cones from Bluebird Ice Cream on Pike. Is there anything more delightful than walking through Volunteer Park with a tasty snack in the sun?”

Reese Umbaugh, Manager, Capitol Hill: “As a serious K-pop enthusiast (I curate a quarterly J/K-pop dance party at Capitol Hill club Barboza), I’m diggin’ on the new music video from South Korean girl group f(x)! Check it out here.”

Beth O’Brien, PR Coordinator: “I’m diggin’ the engineers who discovered how to make good espresso in space.”

Bob Prince, Brand Champion/Sales Leader: “I’m diggin’ eating the very first sandwich on opening day at Hitchcock Deli No. 2 in Georgetown. Thanks Brendan for the piled high, house smoked pastrami, swiss and house made kraut.”

Caffe Vita Went to the Eat Hope Run 5K and Tasting

| July 8, 2014

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On Sunday, June 29th, Caffe Vita had the opportunity to take part in the Ethan Stowell Restaurants Eat Run Hope 5K, benefitting the Fetal Health Foundation.

With a handful of terrific restaurants serving food and Vita handing out both drip and cold brew, we had a great time eating and talking amongst the crowd at Magnuson Park.

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Four members from a few restaurants participated in the Bacon Relay first thing, a head-to-head competition which included slamming a beer, handing off a baton wrapped in raw bacon and promptly sprinting around the building about 300 feet.

Proving to ourselves that we were good at these types of activities, Caffe Vita actually won the race, taking home bragging rights for the next year—and we look forward to defending the title in 2015.

Following the relay, a few hundred participants ran the 5K course along Lake Washington on a perfect, sunny day.

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Vita showed that their luck hadn’t run out—no pun intended—as a few of the members who ran the Bacon Relay finished in the top-3 of their age groups, earning medals to wear proudly.

At the conclusion of the 5K, nearly 20 different restaurants served some of the most delicious dishes in Seattle.

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With so many delicious options to choose from, it was hard to decide on what we wanted first, but with everything we got to sample being on point, there were definitely second and third helpings being taken advantage of.

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The rest of the day included great music and a lot of dancing, so thanks to all those who came out to show their support for the Fetal Health Foundation, we can’t wait to do it again next summer.

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My First Time: The Victoria Clipper

| July 1, 2014

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As someone who just recently moved to Seattle not too long ago, I’m always boasting to friends and family in land-locked states about how majestic the water around the city is.

There was always just one problem—save for a day-trip to Bainbridge Island last May, I had never, fully, taken advantage of it.

That all changed once Caffe Vita teamed up with the Victoria Clipper as the sole provider of coffee on each one of their three vessels and in their cafe—with our Caffe Luna drip recently coming aboard in the past few weeks.

A staple in Seattle since 1986, the Clipper has proven to be the premier choice for visitors to pack their bags for an easy, three-hour trip to beautiful Victoria, B.C., allowing passengers an opportunity to cross the border without too much fuss.

And because the people over in the Clipper offices are so great, they sent me over to Victoria for a day to see what the experience was all about—and it turned into something that was pleasantly unexpected.

Here are the details.

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Departing from Seattle on the 6:45am boat, I can honestly say that I couldn’t sleep the night prior, feeling as if I were a kid on Christmas Eve all over again.

With low-70s and nothing but sun in the forecast, it’s easy to see why I tossed and turned all night in anticipation.

Listening to the Andrea Bocelli Pandora station to help get me in the European mindset, I was blown away with not only how easy the process of loading people on the boat was, but, upon arrival, how much Victoria resembles that of a small city in France or Switzerland.

From the architecture to the narrow streets and nooks and crannies, to the small shops and blend of cultures, Victoria is very much European—and deceptively large, with nearly 150,000 residents.

Very quickly, I felt as if I was on vacation—but was quickly reminded there was work to be done.

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Arriving in Victoria, our journey began walking around the dock and passed The Empress Hotel, which we later found out is about as classy of a place as one could find.

Old ivy lives on the walls giving the hotel an appearance of a castle in the middle of Scotland, with big porches and an incredible view of the bay.

Continuing up Government—a popular, main drag in downtown Victoria—we were instantly introduced to a number of great shops, restaurants and bars. Since the road extends a few miles through the heart of the city, we used Government as a guide while walking around.

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With so many different options to choose from—especially cafes—we popped into a quaint shop called Grindstone Café, which on first impression, shares the same love for coffee and laidback personality as Caffe Vita does.

After speaking with the owner, Alex, about everything from our mutual love for local, organic coffee to the World Cup, we walked away with a few suggestions on key places to check out when visiting Victoria for a day.

Located at 504 Herald St., both the friendliness of the staff and the espresso they pull, make Grindstone a place that is a perfect start to the day. We recommend that anyone exploring Victoria stop in to Grindstone and say hello

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Fresh after an espresso, we made our way into Chinatown, which featured a discrete alley housing a number of shops hidden from the main drag.

Our favorite was the album shop, The Turntable, which had an unlimited amount of vinyls for sale and some cool Van Morrison playing over the speakers.

It may have been small and congested, but it made for a great time.

We even joked that, if not for a day ahead of us full of walking, we could have spent hours in the store browsing the selection and, more than likely, buying our fair share of records.

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Once hunger set in, we followed Alex’s recommendation to watch some soccer and enjoy a cold, homebrew beer at the Canoe Brewpub.

With a huge patio, a large dining room with multiple TVs, and a diverse menu,, we housed some food while catching the first half of the Germany-Algeria match.

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Following some grub, we walked around some more and stopped into a few more cafes and saw some interesting sites in town.

One of my personal favorites was the Victoria Lawn Bowling Club.

Located in Beacon Hill Park, the club was full of people playing a version of bocce ball in the sun on a pristinely cut lawn. If not for our busy schedule and time restraints to get back aboard the Clipper, I would have been out there challenging anyone to a match, but sadly, it will have to wait until my next trip.

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With an hour or so to spare, we checked-in with the folks at The Inn at Laurel Point—situated nicely right by the Clipper’s dock—ending our day in one of the best cities in Canada with a Summer Hefeweizen at the attached hotel bar called Aura.

Sitting outside and overlooking the water, Aura is a great place to relax and enjoy good conversation, while getting a terrific view of downtown Victoria.

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Nice and relaxed, the Victoria Clipper was our next stop, departing soon after our final beer of the day.

As great as our time in Victoria was, the highlight of the trip may have been heading back to Seattle, given the opportunity to stand in the cockpit of the Clipper IV during our travels to interview and hang with the crew, as we took in the beautiful scenery up-close and personal.

As giddy as kids on a playground, we asked captain David Mayden, co-captain Robert Reeder and Kurt Sutter who is in charge of Engine Control, questions about their thoughts on the new, Vita coffee on-board, their favorite parts about being aboard a boat all day and, hobbies outside of work.

We all agreed on a few things—the three of them have an amazing job and, even better, the coffee on the Victoria Clipper boats is an amazing perk.

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Wrapping up our trip and docking, the long, entertaining day had come to and end—but not without a lot of memories and great experiences.

With a booming coffee culture and an abundance of great shops to stroll into, the city of Victoria, B.C. is an incredible place to take in the Great Northwest—with a hint of European flair—and thanks to the Victoria Clipper, Caffe Vita was able to enjoy a day that won’t soon be forgotten.

What We’re Diggin’ on July 1st

| July 1, 2014

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It’s one of the best weeks of the entire year—and we’re not hesitant in admitting that.

With the U.S. men’s soccer team set to play against Belgium in the World Cup today, the Seattle weather being mid-80s and sunny and the Fourth of July just a few days away, it sure is starting to feel like summer, isn’t it?

And because us folks here at Vita really enjoy doing an abundance of different things—both inside and outside—here are a few things that we’re diggin’ on this week.

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Nick Wilton, Sales Representative: “I’m diggin’ on that big Caffe Vita win in the Bacon Relay at Sunday’s Eat, Run, Hope event.”

Seny Knyazev, Manager, Lower East Side: “Gair and I are diggin’ on making progress on the new roasting facility in Bushwick in New York City!”

Sarah Lane, Marketing Intern: “I’m really diggin’ getting out of my Accounting class at noon today! Then getting a good workout in at the Seattle Boxing Gym afterwards!”

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Mike McConnell, Owner: “I’m diggin’ on Alicia Amiri’s music.”

Reese Umbaugh, Manager, Capitol Hill: “I’m diggin’ Guatemala FNV cold brew, which we have on tap at the Capitol Hill cafe!”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ my annual Fourth of July trip to Nashville to spend time with family and friends—but not looking forward to coming back looking like a burnt lobster.”

Sarah Ilgenfritz, HR Coordinator: “I’m obviously diggin’ the USA game today and that German coach, Jogi Low, is still human.”

Pearl Nelson, Sales Representative: “I’m diggin’ a cool new band, The Hollers. They just released a self-titled EP and got a nice review in City Arts online.”

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Rick FrielGrocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ working with so many wonderful people right here at Vita, a cold Toddy on today’s summer day and meeting and getting my picture taken with my favorite band, KISS, last Sunday! I can’t believe it!”

Erik Walters, Manager, Pioneer Square: “I’m diggin’ the Artwalk this week, which means big crowds at the cafe. I’m also excited that my project, Silver Torches, is supporting an awesome band from the Bay Area called Geographer at The Crocodile on Friday night, which is also the Fourth of July, and coincidentally, my grandmother’s birthday. She’s 82!”

Skyler Locatelli, Sales Representative: “I’m diggin’ on summertime in Seattle! Events, concerts, vacation, family and friends!”

Something you need this week: Caffe Vita x BLK Pine Workshop Travel Pack—It’s only available online and is the perfect bag to carry everything you need this summer. (Buy Here)

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