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The Vita Escort – On The Top 5 Records To Buy At SEATAC

| August 16, 2014


For those who have ever flown from the SeaTac Airport in Seattle, you know that there are always a few things that must be done before boarding your flight.

If you’re at SEATAC anytime between 5:00am and 9:00pm, your first stop should be Beecher’s Handmade Cheese where you can pick up some mouth watering Mac & Cheese, and a cup of your favorite Caffe Vita coffee.

Your second stop should be the Sub Pop Records store that opened in SEATAC this past May, bringing arguably Seattle’s greatest and most famous record label to the forefront of travelers.


Filled with records, merchandise and other PNW history, the store is an oasis for diehard music-lovers and casual fans, alike.

With a few of us traveling to Los Angeles this weekend for the A Walk on Water surf therapy session, we wanted to browse through the shelves at Sub Pop to see what would catch our eye ear.

Instead of including that extra day’s worth of clothing on your next vacation, save the space… and check out the records that Sub Pop suggests be included in your carry-on—as this is the Vita Escort on the top five records to buy at SeaTac Airport. A big thanks to Josh T. for curating.


5. Shabazz Palaces: Lese Majesty

The second studio album from Seattle hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces, Lese Majesty was released in late-July after first debuting a few months earlier at the Seattle Pacific Science Center’s Laser Dome.

Receiving praise following the release by a number of different publications, Lese Majesty‘s sound is one that is both fresh for the band, yet unique to their style.


4. Beach House: Bloom

Released in May of 2012, alt-rock group Beach House’s Bloom may be a couple years old, but, as we all know, music is timeless—and this is an album worth checking out.

Debuting at No. 7 on the Billboard 200 list after selling 41,000 copies its first week, the album eventually peaked to the top spot on the US Alternative and US Independent album charts, meaning Bloom is the perfect record to play from the inside-out.


3. Luluc: Passerby

Just released in the middle of July, Australian folk duo Luluc worked with legendary producer Joe Boyd on this, their sophomore record, as Boyd has bands like Pink Floyd, Nick Drake and R.E.M., among others, on his resume.

The music on Passerby evoke the sounds of the late-sixties and early-seventies, with a new, folksy vibe on the tracks that will no doubt leave one feeling each lyric from the peaceful voice of lead singer Zoe Randell.


4. Broken Water: Tempest

Inspired by the psychedelic sounds of the sixties, Olympia, Washington rock band Broken Water’s Tempest exudes everything one wants in an album when putting a house party together.

Major reverb and hazy sounds make the band’s second full-length album one that isn’t for the faint of heart, and was produced on Sub Pop’s younger sister label, Hardly Art, back in May of 2012.


5. Black Marble: A Different Arrangement

Like the aforementioned Broken Water album, Tempest, Black Marble’s A Different Arrangement was also produced on Hardly Art in 2012, and was the first release from the Brooklyn synth band.

Thanks to the mixture of quick rhythms and dark basslines, A Different Arrangement might resemble that of a mid-eighties, dark pop album, but with a modern twist from the past.

Not traveling through Sea-Tac anytime soon? Check out the gallery below, of the oasis located in the C Concourse.

What We’re Diggin’ on August 5th

| August 5, 2014


It’s very close to that time of the year again—football season.

As the Seattle Seahawks begin their quest to defend their Super Bowl title from last season, some of us around Caffe Vita are excited to see what the team does as an encore.

But with big things happening around here—like the complete rebuild of our 45 roaster all week long—there are plenty of things other than the old pigskin that we’re diggin’ on.

And for those who are headed to this weekend’s Doe Bay Festival, make sure to stop by and say hello to the Vita crew, as we’ll be selling coffee to help get each morning started.


Rick Friel, Grocery Field Representative: “I’m diggin’ the fact that as of today, August 5th, I’ve been at Vita for 11 years! Thank you Mike for giving me a job within your company. I’ve met so many wonderful people  & have had so many great experiences because of Vita & the generosity of Mike and Liz. People at Vita are passionate and caring and genuinely enjoy being here. I appreciate each and everyone of you & your hellos mean a lot. It’s been fun & it still is.”

Skyler Locatelli, Sales Rep: “I’m diggin’ all things DOE BAY. DOE BAY, DOE BAY!”

Beth O’Brien, PR Coordinator: “I’m diggin’ the Chvrches show this Thursday at the Showbox, can’t wait to see them live!”

Mark Edington, Driver, Portland: “I’m definitely diggin’ on taking advantage of all the wonders the Northwest has to offer and floating in the rivers and lakes as much as possible. Also, I’ve been listening to the new Shabazz Palaces and Parquet Courts while delivering the coffee. And I really dig the A/C in the delivery van.”


Ian Beckwith, Production: “I’m diggin’ Marty Curtis and his crew busting ass on the 45 kilo roaster. Giving us a chance to learn about our roaster inside and out.”

Jason Atteberry, Warehouse Manager: “I’m diggin’ the progress that Marty and his crew are doing at Vita, and that my mom will be in town to see an amazing production and roasting crew doing their thing! Go team Vita!”

Nick Dimengo, Content Creator: “I’m diggin’ on Seattle! Running around and seeing the many sights and scenes this gorgeous city has. I’m also all about football being back, there’s no better time of year to be a diehard sports fan than now.”

Charlie Holloway, Portland, Sales Manager: “I’m diggin’ Common Grounds Coffeehouse!  Currently serving Caffe Vita Brazil Rancho Sao Benedito as their featured single origin. Stop in and say hi to Gus or Amber in the morning or stop in for an evening event. Comedy open mic night on Wednesday!”

Something you need this week: Vita Black on Black Snapback—Hey, if Jay Z can wear black on black, so can you. (Buy Here)