What We’re Diggin’ on July 15th

| July 15, 2014

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What has most of dancing like Will Smith this week? The fact that Capitol Hill Block Party is already next week, with over 100 bands playing in just three, short days.

But besides the fact that some good tunes will be pouring over the thousands of people in attendance from July 25-27—remember to get your tickets—nearly everyone and their mother can’t stop talking about this heatwave that has suddenly come through the Great Northwest.

So when we’re not roasting, drinking or serving coffee, here are the things that some of us at Caffe Vita are diggin’ on this week.

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Nick Wilton, Sales Rep: “I’m diggin’ the soon to come Woolley Market in Sedro Woolley, WA. Serving Caffe Vita, they will be bringing great coffee, fresh produce and other healthy, locally-sourced goods to the Skagit Valley. If you’re nearby, don’t miss their Grand Opening on Saturday, July 26th!”

Erik Walters, Manager, Pioneer Square: “I’m diggin’ the chance to play a Neil Young Tribute at The Tractor Tavern tomorrow night. Featuring Noah Gundersen, Le Wrens and others, it’s a benefit for Farestart, which is an awesome organization that Vita has worked with in the past. Other than that, I’m diggin’ that Capitol Hill Block Party is right around the corner, the sun, cold beer and a good book.”

Allie Campbell, Manager, Alberta: “I’m diggin’ the 90-plus degree weather here in Portland—or at least I’m embracing it! The roaster is cranking out the heat, we’ve got a bunch of fans blowing in the café, and we’re slanging Theo and Guatemala toddy like there’s no tomorrow. Bruce Springsteen is on blast and so is the sunshine. I’m also diggin’ some iced spicy chai’s and espresso over ice. Oh, and we’re definitely diggin’ any cool breezes.”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on these long, warm, Seattle nights, and going running to the different beaches to get in some swimming. And when I’m not doing that, I’m usually dancing, alone, to James Brown Pandora.”

Rick Friel, Grocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ that we’re finally having a decent Summer in Seattle! We deserve it. Also diggin’ on donating Caffe’ Vita coffee again to Beacon Food Forest this Saturday morning. They are making a real difference in the community and I am proud that we are a small part it. Thanks to Gretchen and Reese for helping out. Lastly, I’m diggin’ the new jam by Ace Frehley!

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Bob Prince, Brand Champion/Sales Leader: “I’m diggin’ on Caffe Vita’s relationship with Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants.”

Charley Holloway, Sales Manager, Portland: “I’m diggin’ savory crepes for breakfast at Silvermoon Creperie on N. Mississippi. So good. I’m also into finding the perfect swimming hole for weekend fun. Roaring River Wilderness is my most recent discovery. They have a rope swing!”

Shawn Jennings, Digital Media Manager: “I’m diggin’ these two hooligans, preparing for WESTx1OOO.”

Something you need this week: Vita Records: He Whose Ox Is Gored 10″ Vinyl—If only to help get you in the mood for Capitol Hill Block Party in a few weeks . (Buy Here)

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10 Things You Need to Know On July 14

| July 14, 2014

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Monday’s can be difficult to deal with at times.

Whether it’s downing as much Vita coffee as possible to stay awake at your desk in the quest to recover from a busy weekend or dreading sitting inside all day while the summer sun shine’s down, getting through the first day of each week can bring some struggles.

That’s why we try and help you out when you’re looking for some entertaining stuff to read on the Internet, giving you a few things that will make you seem really smart amongst friends, family and coworkers.

Here are the 10 things you need to know for today, so go spread some knowledge onto others.

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10. Caffe Vita got the chance to serve some great people—and hang out with some cute animals—at Woodland Park Zoo’s Jungle Party this past Friday.

You can see the pictures on our Facebook page.

9. For our friends around the country who might feel a bit stressed out, CNN released its most stressed out cities in the U.S.

Our solution? Grab some of our coffee and sip it slowly—that’s sure to slow things down and cheer you up.

8. In case you haven’t noticed all those soccer nuts tuning into the World Cup the past month, things ended with yesterday’s title game, with Germany defeating Argentina with a late goal in the second extra time period.

In other soccer news, the hometown Seattle Sounders beat the rival Portland Timbers with a 2-0 victory, adding to their first place standing.

7. For those who enjoy testing their mid-’90s music knowledge, see if you can identify which alt-bands these guys belonged to thanks to Buzzfeed’s quiz.

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6. Don’t forget to get your tickets to Capitol Hill Block Party! With the event going on in less than two weeks, it’s going to be quite the party.

With 100 different bands playing in three days, it’s sure to be quite the party, so get more info on the official website.

5. If some of you parents are nervous that your children are spending too much time on Facebook or posting inappropriate material, fear not, because the social media network has hired a full-time cop to help try and regulate it. No joke.

4. President Barack Obama may have given the best dap ever to an employee at a BBQ joint in Austin, Texas over the weekend, offering a fist bump following Obama laughing at a witty comment.

3. One of Seattle’s favorite athletes of the past decade, Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners got the starting nod for the American League All-Star Game tomorrow night.

2. Who says that playing in the band is for geeks? A middle school heavy metal trio called Unlocking the Truth just landed a $1.7 million record deal with Sony, surely making the Brooklyn-based teens the coolest kids in school.

1. In case you’re still tossing out old coffee grounds, the Vita Escort has some alternative options that they can be used for.

The Vita Escort – On Alternative Ways To Use Coffee Grounds

| July 11, 2014

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It’s no secret that we love coffee.

Heck, hearing the response from all of our great guests and customers, it’s pretty obvious that all of you enjoy it, too.

And while most of us consider using coffee grounds for one thing—making coffee—there are actually endless of opportunities that you can do with them.

Sure, there are very few things that beat sipping a nice, bold cup of coffee each morning, but take a look at some of these five, alternative ways that you can use some delicious Vita grounds.

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5. Make a Milkshake

In these scorching hot, summer days that we’ve been having for the last few—and next couple—months, what better way to cool yourself down than to enjoy a sweet treat that has a little caffeine in it?

For those looking for a unique and tasty recipe, check out what our friends as Snoqualmie Ice Cream worked with us on, putting together the Vita Caramel Shake.

4. Mosquito Repellent

If you’re thinking about camping this summer, one of the most crucial things one needs to remember is bug repellent.

The last thing anyone wants to have happen is to get eaten alive by mosquitoes or other annoying bugs.

And while there are plenty of over-the-counter options, one of the simplest is using coffee grounds, with the smell permeating enough of a harsh scent that keeps these little critters away from you.

Most people love the smell of coffee. But it looks like tiny insects don’t share that same adoration.

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3. Exfoliate your Skin

Yep, believe it or not but those robust smelling coffee grounds can actually help clear up all those dead skin cells that you have on your body, with people being able to use them as exfoliation on their face.

It takes just about a cup or so of grounds, some sugar and coconut oil to get that glow and smoothness that you’ve always wanted from your skin.

Forget being born with it, maybe it’s coffee beans!

2. Wood Stain

For all the do it yourselfers out there, hold back from tossing out the grounds from your morning coffee and save them to create a beautiful stain to use on wood.

Yep, with just a few supplies—coffee grounds being the most critical—you can save yourself from paying for the wrong color dyes or paint by controlling the shade of brown with coffee grounds.

Plus, you can brag to your friends that you were the one who discovered this little trick.

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1. Meat Rub

One of the more commonly known uses of coffee grounds, as the foody culture continues to evolve, chefs everywhere are finding uncommon ingredients to use in a variety of their dishes.

And wouldn’t you know it, coffee grounds are suddenly becoming one of the most popular.

Often used as a dry rub to help give meats a flavor unlike any pre-packaged spices can, coffee grounds on your next pork, chicken or steak will make your taste buds go crazy for what they’re experiencing.

Just check out what our good friends at Off the Rez are doing with Vita grounds.

Vita and the Captain (and Crew) of the Victoria Clipper

| July 10, 2014

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As I mentioned in the My First Time: The Victoria Clipper piece last week, I not only had the opportunity to head up to Victoria, Canada for a day drip with one of my colleagues, but captain David Mayden, co-captain Robert Reeder and Engine Controller Kurt Sutter also trusted us enough to spend some time hanging out in the cockpit of the Victoria Clipper IV on our journey back.

Talking with the men responsible for our lives on open water while they were working was a bit odd at first, but they reassured us that they knew what they were doing—thanks to being caffeinated by Caffe Vita coffee.

With our trip coinciding with the launch of Vita’s Caffe Luna drip on each Clipper vessel and in their Seattle café, it seemed as if every crewmember was ecstatic about the change.

And since Mayden, Reeder and Sutter were so welcoming; they let us ask them some questions while we got the best view on the boat. Here’s what they had to say.

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Mayden: “I must say, I love Caffe Vita coffee. I actually go there quite often, usually heading up on the one in Capitol Hill.”

How long have you been working at the Clipper, how you got into it and what intrigues you doing it?

Mayden: “I was working on other boats, small passenger vessels and I didn’t want to go out to sea anymore, so I started looking for jobs where I could come home at night, and I found this job. After I was hired as an attendant downstairs, I just sort of worked my way up from that to mate to finally captain. And I’ve been here about 10 years.”

As someone who just visited Victoria for the first time, is there anything you recommend as a must-see?

Reeder: “The Royal BC Museum.”

Mayden: “It’s one of the best national history museums that you’ll find anywhere.”

Seeing how Victoria is so big on coffee itself, how do you compare it to Seattle’s coffee scene?

Mayden: “I’ve had varying experiences. There’s one coffee shop that I go near the Clipper Condo (where the crew stays overnight on trips), which is an independent place, and they have really good coffee. Overall, though, I’ve found that the coffee isn’t quite as good as Seattle.”

How much do you rely on coffee each morning?

Reeder: (laughing) “I don’t want to say that I rely on it, but I will say that I’m a connoisseur. And by that I mean that, yeah, I really am just an addict. I really like the Caffe Vita in Capitol Hill; it’s one of my favorite spots. My friends and I go and hang out upstairs and just relax. It’s great.”

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What’s your favorite part about your job?

Mayden: (points to the open sea) “This is my office. (Laughing) But besides the obvious, I would have to say not having to work in a regular office. I could never do that. More than that, though, it’s the people. I love the people. We have a great crew.”

Are you excited about having Caffe Vita on-board?

Mayden: “Absolutely. Yes. The only reason I was drinking the coffee we had before was because I had to, it was what was available, and I had to stay awake.”

Sutter: “It’s a huge improvement. I think everyone is really excited about it because what we had before was just so terrible.”

Mayden: “One thing that I think is really important about having Vita specifically is, since we’re a tourist attraction, people expect to get good coffee when in Seattle, and they get that with a cup of Vita. We’re representing Seattle, and now they get that.”

What do you think about the Caffe Luna blend that we offer?

Sutter: “I really like it. It’s rich and smooth at the same time.

Mayden: “I like it, too, but, personally, it’s a little light for me (even though it’s the darkest roast Vita offers). I like my coffee really, really dark. It’s super smooth. Just before you came up here while on our North Side trip, I thought to myself, ‘Man, this coffee is good.’ It’s very drinkable. Super smooth.”

How critical is it to have good coffee available?

Mayden: “It’s just really good to have good coffee. Like, it’s a total morale thing. When you get to work at 4:45 in the morning and you have a shitty cup of coffee, that doesn’t help your day at all. But when you’re sitting there with a nice cup of coffee and you’re taking on fuel early in the morning; that definitely helps. I think it really has boosted the entire crew’s morale. Good coffee can go a long way.”

Sutter: “It’s important. The stuff we had before was so bad that I actually brought my own Insta Coffee. I would drink that because it was actually better than the stuff on-board. It was bad.”

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