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What We’re Diggin’ on September 2nd

| September 2, 2014


After a three-day weekend and short work week coming up, what could possibly be going on that we’re all excited about?

Well, for one, the weather is starting to cool down, meaning we can all get snug with some pants and a sweatshirt.

Second, the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks kick-off the NFL season in just a couple of days, no doubt leaving all the 12th Fans anxious for the team’s title defense.

Finally, we’ve continued to see a great turnout to our new, pop-up shop in Bellevue at the Rudy’s Barbershop, where we’ll be serving free coffee until this Friday, September 5th from 9am-4pm.

But what else are we looking forward to and diggin’ on? Keep reading to find out.


Rick Friel, Grocery Store Representative: “I’m diggin’ that fall is in the air and gently showing its face, hiding behind old pal summer. I’m also diggin’ the new artwork in the Capitol Hill café by Ashley Nicholas. The skeleton couple—I love it!”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on my trip to Boston in a few days for a wedding. Sure, it’s an ex-girlfriend who I stupidly let get away, but I couldn’t be more excited to be part of her big day.”

Beth O’Brien, PR Coordinator: “I’m diggin’ Husky football every Saturday this Fall and can’t wait to watch the game this weekend. GO DAWGS!”

Seny Knyazev, Roaster, NYC: “I’m diggin’ on this freak, end-of-summer heat wave in New York City.”

Dana Ericsson, Customer Service: “I’m diggin’ having my brother in town for a gluttonous weekend of eating at Westward, Stoneburner, Barrio, Staple and Fancy and a few others. I will now fast the rest of the week for the sake of health and low funds. And by fast, I mean lower my bacon intake by half.”

Bob Prince, Sales Leader/Brand Champion: “I’m diggin’ that we are pulling Caffe Vita coffee at Grand Central Bakery in Pioneer Square tomorrow and Thursday as part of the NFL Village that kicks off the game between the Seahawks and Packers. I’m also diggin’ that, starting next week, when staying at the Hotel Triton in San Francisco—a Kimpton property—you’ll be drinking Vita.”

Gina Rivisto, Retail Operations Manager: “I know this is random, but I’m diggin’ on this cat diary video that I just recently discovered.”

Mark Edington, Driver, Portland: “I’m diggin’ the cooler temperatures, I love fall! I also just discovered Class Actress and it’s heavy play in the Vita Van, and I’m currently all about the Mexico Oaxaca at Goldrush Coffee Bar.”

Charlie Holloway, Sales Manager, Portland: “I’m diggin’ an Iced Americano made with Vita’s Organic Espresso and a kale/lime juice at the Grind Coffee. It’s a perfect combination to keep me focused after a long weekend. I’m also diggin’ homegrown Brandywine tomatoes and a little cooler weather in the future.”

Ian Beckwith, Production: “Like Rick, I’m diggin’ the new art by Ashley Nicholas that’s hanging in the Capitol Hill café. If you haven’t already checked it out yet, you should.”

Chrissy Nolan, Wholesale Rep: “I’m diggin’ socks, because its grey and rainy and all my socks and sweaters have been crying out for attention from the jail cell of my dresser. Fall in the Northwest is the best! I’m also digging on nesting, making brunch at home with the new Oaxaca in my French press and making bad art to stave away the fall blues.”

Something you need this week: 12,000 Rain Gardens Blend—because proceeds help support efforts to build rain gardens in the Puget Sound area. (Buy Here)


What We’re Diggin’ on August 26th

| August 26, 2014


School is finally back in session for many of the kids, ending a summer filled with swimming pools and late nights.

But unlike those who are forced to sit in a classroom and stare at their textbooks all day long, we here at Vita have a ton of other things that are going on.

From our recent pop-up shop at Rudy’s Barbershop in Bellevue—where we’re giving away free coffee from 9am-4pm through September 5th—to upcoming events and fundraisers we take part in, there’s a lot of things that we’re diggin’ on today.

Here are just a few of them.


Shawn P. Jennings, Digital Media Manager: “I’m diggin’ Buster Simpson’s treehouse at the Pilchuck Glass School.

Erin Bednarz, Customer Service Rep: “I’m diggin’ John Lennon Sunglasses and vintage silk dresses from Portland thrifting. I also can’t wait to watch Queen Bey’s VMA performance! Flawless”

Pearl Nelson, Sales: “I’m diggin’ on giving out free coffee in Bellevue Rudy’s and Vita’s pop-up.”

David Hong, Vita’s Renaissance Man: “I’m diggin’ on building a café in 17 hours in Bellevue. We walked into a small white room, and left it as fully functioning Caffe Vita.I’m also diggin’ on Daniel Shewmaker’s lamb and pork taco creations over the weekend—second to none!”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on the new furniture that I finally bought for my apartment. On the contrary, this is really just a sad way of realizing that I’m almost 30.”

Allison Campbell, Manager, Alberta Café: “I’m diggin’ the morning rush, the single origins as a French press on cooler mornings, the new green iced tea that we’ve been brewing (as another option to the black iced tea), and diggin’ on The Rolling Stones in the afternoons!”

Charlie Holloway, Sales Manager, Portland: “I’m diggin’ a midday stop at Cacao on SW 13th for a shot of Del Sol and a superbly rich Thai peanut butter cup. Also that I planned ahead and picked up an extra peanut butter cup for a picnic tonight at Cathedral Park. Yeah summer!”

Rick Friel, Grocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ our friendly morning barisras that I see here five days a week at the Capitol Hill cafe. Sam, Jeremy, Derek, Reese, Whitney, Leah and all. You’re the best!”

Something you need this week: Filtron Cold Water Coffee Brewing System—In order to increase your home brewing skills. (Buy Here)


10 Things You Need to Know On August 25

| August 25, 2014


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.