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10 Things You Need to Know On August 25

| August 25, 2014

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After a few Monday’s of traveling to different events, we’re finally back with our “10 Things You Need to Know” column.

And since there has been plenty going on, we’re sure you’ll find this useful as you try to get through yet another sunny, summer Monday.

From more events coming up to fantasy football glitches, here are the 10 things that you need to know today.

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10. A few of us had the chance to travel to Los Angeles last weekend for the A Walk on Water surf therapy, which helps special needs children use surfing as a therapeutic exercise.

The smiles on the kids’ faces were enormous and nonstop the entire event.

9. If you didn’t already hear the news or see the bags in our cafes, Vita released a new, single origin roast called Mexico Sierra Sur De Oaxaca a couple of weeks ago, with it available for purchase both online and in any of our cafes.

8. There wasn’t anything crazy that happened at last night’s MTV Video Music Awards—which is probably a positive thing—but Beyonce seemed to kill it with her full set of songs during her performance.

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7. Did you know Vita recently opened a pop-up shop in Bellevue at the new Rudy’s Barbershop? If not, you do now, as we just launched this past Friday, August 22, and will be serving FREE coffee from 9am-4pm each day until September 5.

6. If breakfast is what you crave, check out some of the best places in the country to fill your appetite at, courtesy of Thrillist.

5. For all the fantasy football gamers out there, last night turned out to be the worst time to have a live-draft—well, if your league is using Yahoo! as it’s platform.

That’s because the company servers crashed at the most inopportune time, causing an Internet freakout by fanatics who were choosing their teams at the time.

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4. Looking for the best records to buy before or after a flight from SEATAC airport? We stopped into the recently opened Sub Pop Records store and got some advice on which ones are the must-haves, so make these albums your next carry-on.

3. Thanks to the pop culture site Buzzfeed, anyone who goes to school in Seattle can definitely identify with some of the things that one of their writers compiled in this list.

2. During the aforementioned trip to L.A., we were fortunate enough to sit down and talk with Jeremy Adler, General Manger of Eveleigh on Sunset Boulevard.

With a menu that changes daily, Jeremy spoke to us about a number of different things that’s happening at the restaurant, including how it hopes to change the food culture in the city.

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1. After fully rebuilding our Probat GG45 Roaster a few weeks ago in Seattle, we’re in the process of building a brand new roasterie in New York’s Bushwick area, expected to be complete by the end of the year.

What We’re Diggin’ on August 19th

| August 19, 2014

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It’s the time of year when kids start thinking about going back to school and the weather starts to get a little bit cooler.

A comfortable t-shirt, some jeans and a warm cup of coffee for the morning, and a sweatshirt to cover up once the sun goes down, the steamy days we enjoyed these past few months are hopefully behind us.

And while we’re still itching for a few more beach days, there are plenty of other things that are keeping us busy besides just sweating it out in the sun—and these are just a few of them in this week’s What We’re Diggin’.

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Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on my first time in L.A. with Shawn Jennings last week. What an incredible place, where ambitious people flood the streets like Sour Patch Kids do my kitchen cabinet. Had an amazing time meeting the Vita team down there, seeing the smiles on everyone’s face at A Walk on Water’s event and sprinting to catch our flight back to Seattle.”

Erin Bednarz, Customer Service: “I’m diggin’ my visit to one of our wholesale customers, Restaurant Zoe, for their awesome end-of-summer atmosphere and killer salmon tar tare! I’m also really excited to head down to Portland with my mom this weekend and say what’s up to our Alberta and Third Avenue crew.”

Pearl Nelson, Sales: “I’m diggin’ on Witness bar on Broadway in Capitol Hill!”

Sarah Lane, Marketing Intern: “I’m diggin’ that I’m all done with my summer quarter! And I’m pumped to go to the Seahawks preseason game this Friday!”

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Rick Friel, Grocery Field Rep: “I’m diggin’ our continued partnership with the good people at Beacon Food Forest. They’re really making a big difference in this world, and I’m so happy that I can represent Caffe’ Vita each time I bring them a few boxes of our organic coffee. Believe me, they appreciate it. I’m also diggin’ on training our new delivery driver, Joe Kirk. He’s a real nice guy and I think he’ll make a great addition to the Vita family. It’s nice passing down what I’ve learned.”

Alicia BasingerManager, Fremont: “I’m diggin’ iced lattes, polydactyl kittens, Pilates and making pottery this week.”

Ross Beamish, Head Trainer: “I’m diggin’ on working with the staff at The Goodland Hotel in Goleta this week. I’m also happy to have sat down at Industrial Eats for dinner last night. Their seasonal, locally focused menu of pizzas and “not pizzas” always blows me away.”

Allison Hardy, Manager, Phinney Ridge: “I’m diggin’ dancer Leah Jones, who just so happens to be a regular at the Phinney Ridge cafe. Check out this new Gran Rapids music video she dances in below, where there’s a Vita hat toss in slow motion at the 2:23 mark. Love it!”

Something you need this week: Alpen White & Black Baseball Tee—Like Shawn and Pearl, it’s always a style home run when wearing this. (Buy Here)

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What We’re Diggin’ on August 12th

| August 12, 2014

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You’re probably asking yourself why there’s a dog riding a surfboard, right?

While there are plenty of events and partnerships that Caffe Vita works with, one of the ones coming up this weekend is the A Walk on Water surf therapy session, teaching special needs children how to ride the waves.

With a few Vita folks going down to take part, we figured that a surfing dog would help set the mood for this awesome event.

But, as you probably know, that’s not the only thing Vita has going on.

Caffe Vita will also be taking part in things like the Seattle Tattoo Expo, Convergence—a coffee convention which brings together leaders within in the coffee community—and the Beacon Food Forest over the next few days, so if you’re around town, make sure to keep an eye out for us.

With so much happening this week, we figured we would tell you a few of the things that we’re diggin’ on.

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Pearl Nelson, Sales: “I’m diggin’ Summit Block Party from this past weekend!”

Chrissy NolanWholesale Rep: “I’m diggin’ this golden summer, Maggie Tweedy on the fiddle, The Quiet Life at the Tractor Tavern tonight in Ballard, Orcas Island four-hour ferry waits with my Vita folks and a Pac Nor to start my day.”

Zackery Woods, Manager, Queen Anne: “I’m diggin’ the release of my new EP today, Kabuzi Death, on my Bandcamp page, as well as the soft rain to kick off the day after yesterday’s scorcher.”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ the memories I made with everyone from Doe Bay Fest last weekend. Always great traveling with coworkers who are like mi familia. I’m also all about my trip to L.A. with Shawn Jennings for the AWOW surf event—it’s my first time in La La land and will be my second time getting on a board.”

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Rick Friel, Grocery Field Rep: “I’m diggin’ the fact that the Woodland Park Zoo has a penguin named after my first band, Shadow! It was one of the highlights of my life. I got to meet him when I was giving out samples of our PNG YUS last Saturday. The Zoo is a wonderful place and the staff are so happy that Vita is there. I’m also diggin’ this song by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass.”

Beth O’Brien, PR Coordinator: “I’m diggin’ Convergence Seattle this Saturday, where leaders in the coffee world get together to celebrate our favorite bean!”

Shawn Jennings, Social Media Manager: “I’m diggin’ on the new Via Tribunali website.”

Gretchen Hackler, Marketing Director: “I’m diggin’ on this weekend’s Seattle Tattoo Expo, mingling with all the artists and fans and dancing all Saturday night long.”

Something you need this week: Mexico Sierra Sur de Oaxaca—It’s our newest single origin that just got released last week. (Buy Here)

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10 Things We Saw on Day One of CHBP

| July 31, 2014

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As the Storyteller for Caffe Vita, I get a chance to do some things that most of my friends consider to be pretty rad.

Whether it’s traveling to surf events with a partner in Los Angeles—which I’ll be doing in a few weeks for A Walk On Water—jetting to New York for the Governor’s Ball—as I did last month—or any of the other hundreds of happenings that Vita participates in, I’m pretty darn lucky.

And my most recent (foggy) memory was this year’s Capitol Hill Block Party, which happened this past weekend.

A three-day music festival that was headlined by such names as Spoon, Chromeo and A$AP Rocky, the party was nonstop for everyone in attendance, with bands jamming on two different stages all weekend long.

And because there was something awesome happening every single second of the 72 hours, I’m giving you 10 things that I saw each day while there. Let’s start with what Friday was like.

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10. Lots of Vita Baristas

With three different places to snag coffee and cold brew for the thousands at the festival, we had baristas from our many locations around Seattle pulling shots and making drinks.

Here’s a selfie of Allison and Chelsea, as well as a pic of Chrissy and Maggie while enjoying the amazing weather and great music.

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9. The Constant Lovers

The rock band, Constant Lovers, may have played the Neumos stage in the afternoon, but Pearl was able to catch them hanging behind the Main Stage for a few hours, chatting them up and snapping a picture.

If you get a chance to see these guys in action, you won’t regret it, as they don’t hold back in any aspect while performing.

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8. Q13 FOX News’ Bill Wixey

As a good friend of Vita’s Rick Friel, we were lucky enough to have Emmy-winning anchor Bill Wixey sporting his Vita snapback all day, hanging out and taking in the good vibes inside our Capitol Hill café and Bean Room.

Based off a few of his tweets, it sounds like he had a great time soaking it all in, too.

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7. ODESZA

After writing a preview for the band ODESZA prior to the event—and listening to their music on repeat—I knew that this was one group I wanted to check out.

They didn’t disappoint.

Playing on the Main Stage in the early evening, the two-man group of Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight brought their smooth sounds and hooks that was a perfect appetizer to the bands that followed them.

I dare you to listen to their music and not nod your head back and forth; you just can’t help but do it.

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6. CHILDBIRTH

Typically, when I see someone wearing doctor scrubs, I just assume they can save my life.

But when I saw the three girls of CHILDBIRTH performing on the Vera Stage, the only thing they were saving me from was standing still, as they brought a heavy dosage—no pun intended—of their grungy rock that got the crowd jumping around.

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5. Robert DeLong

As the first of three separate, VIP acts that took our Bean Room stage, Robert DeLong brought his electronic beats to set the mood for how the entire day—and festival—was going down.

Tabbed as a “2013 Artist to Watch” by places like MTV, Billboard and Vibe Magazine, DeLong’s sounds proved why, as there wasn’t a single person who was standing still while he performed.

He later closed out the Vera Stage, playing another 45 minute set in the evening.

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4. Iska Dhaaf

Just returning to town after an intense tour around the country, Nathan Quiroga and Benjamin Verdoes of the band Iska Dhaaf hopped on our Bean Room stage prior to their set a few hours later on the Vera Stage.

Blending a few of their older songs with some new material, the crowd was feeling it from the very beginning, bobbing their heads and dancing around.

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3. Matt and Kim

Of all the cool stuff I did during Block Party, meeting Matt and Kim backstage may have been one of the best experiences.

Not only were both down to earth and mega-rad, but they hit it hard with their set on the Main Stage just a few hours after I got to meet them.

Hell, Vita’s Shawn and Kim even joked about wearing the same type of underwear, so, yeah, they didn’t really have much of a filter when it came to chatting with any of us.

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2. Macklemore

Seattle’s favorite son, Macklemore, was backstage to check out his buddy A$AP Ferg, who performed during the afternoon on the main stage.

Not only did I snap a selfie with him—as did most people who got the chance to meet him—but we even saw him fueling up by drinking our coffee before taking a pic with Pearl.

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1. Spoon

With all of the different private Bean Room sessions that Caffe Vita had the opportunity to host, the band Spoon’s lead singer Britt Daniel and guitarist Alex Fischel performed a few of the group’s songs during their set.

As if that wasn’t rad enough for the fans who were able to get passes to the VIP show, the entire band headlined the first night of the festival on the main stage, playing a set that lasted just over an hour and sending festivalgoers home with a bang.