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The Vita Escort – On Cool Coffee Treats to Try This Summer

| July 19, 2014

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For anyone who has stepped outside recently, it’s impossible to escape the sunny, sometimes miserably hot weather.

And while we all survived the chilly winter and gray spring to get to this point, it can be a little difficult to enjoy a hot cup of coffee each morning when the sun is blistering down.

While we love ourselves some Vita’s Caffe Luna drip to get us started, sometimes going with a colder coffee alternative is a better call—which is why The Vita Escort is giving you the coolest coffee treats to try this summer.

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5. Six Strawberries Caffe Vita Latte Pop

We bet you didn’t know that coffee came in a Popsicle form, did you?

Sure, there are coffee-flavored ice creams and such, but when it comes to the quintessential summer snack, there’s nothing quite like a Popsicle.

That’s why Vita is fortunate enough to have Six Strawberries create their Caffe Vita Latte Pop, taking all the goodness one would get in a regular cup of coffee and putting it on a stick for people to try.

And for those looking to score one, Six Strawberries will be outside the Vita Bean Room for a few hours each Saturday throughout the summer, so keep an eye on our Twitter for when they’ll be serving up their pops!

4. Affogato al Caffe

A perfect Italian dessert, Affogato al Caffe brings together two of our favorite things—coffee and gelato.

Mixing a few ups of vanilla gelato with brewed espresso, this might not be something we’d advise one to have every single day during the summer, but, especially around company, it makes for the ideal after dinner indulgence.

Garnish it however you feel and sit back and enjoy an amazing dessert.

3. Snoqualmie Ice Cream’s Caffe Vita Caramel Shake

As we mentioned in The Vita Escort last week, one alternative way of using grounded coffee beans is to make a milkshake.

So, naturally, that’s exactly what our good friends over at Snoqualmie Ice Cream did, creating a delicious, sweet Caffe Vita Caramel Shake to devour during these warmer months.

With ice cream, Vita cold brew and ground espresso, and caramel, this is one treat that is definitely worth trying when the sun is out.

2. Malted Mocha Iced Coffee

If you enjoy chocolate milkshakes and Vita coffee, then a Malted Mocha Iced Coffee may just completely blow your mind.

Taking the deliciousness of a plain milkshake and adding coffee to it, one of these will put a nice little spin on one’s everyday cup of coffee, adding some amazing flavor to it.

There are a variety of different recipes out there for this, so it depends on personal preference of just how much sweet you want to go with your coffee.

One thing’s for sure, though—it will taste incredible.

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1. Caffe Vita Cold Brew

While all of these other options are delicious dessert-like options, those looking for a more traditional coffee drink can always go to old reliable—Caffe Vita Cold Brew.

Served over ice, medium blended coffee sits in a cold, filtered brew tank anywhere from 12-24 hours, bringing out specific flavors in coffee beans that make Cold Brew the next best thing to a piping hot cup of coffee.

If you like to drink your coffee from a straw and a plastic cup when the weather is warm, Cold Brew is the way to go.

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.

The Vita Escort – On How to Celebrate America’s Birthday

| June 27, 2014

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Long live the red, white and blue.

It may technically not be until next Friday, but the Fourth of July is the best part of any summer.

Bringing together great friends, family and lots of memories, we’re all reminded why it’s great to be American for at least one day every year.

And since it’s a shout-out to our Forefathers, we’re letting you know how to appropriately celebrate the greatest damn country in the world—just like they did back in 1776.

This is the Vita Escort on how to celebrate America’s Birthday.

8. On a Lake or At a Pool

Is there truly any other way to celebrate the Fourth of July than being lathered up in sunscreen and laying out around a pool or enjoying a floating dock on a lake?

We definitely don’t think so—and neither should you.

With temperatures often above the mid-80s, dipping your toes in the water and enjoying the cool water is refreshing—just remember to doggy paddle to stay afloat.

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7. Boats

On the topic of water, while it’s always a blast swimming in the water, there are few things better than a boat to enjoy everything about warm weather.

Whether relaxing on a sail or pontoon boat, or tubing on a speed boat, having a boat to celebrate America’s birthday is something that our forefathers would appreciate if they were still around—after all, what do you think Columbus used to discover this country? It wasn’t an airplane.

6. Budwieser

For those who are counting calories and worried about how they’ll look in a mankini, this holiday isn’t for you.

That’s because the Fourth of July offers one day—or in this year’s case, one weekend—where the only beer anyone should be drinking is Budweiser.

We’re not talking Bud Light or something that’s described as a “crisp, cool, summer ale,” either.

We’re talking Bug Heavy, complete with the American Flag can for extra effect—so roll up those sleeves and drink a few cold ones.

5. Jean Shorts

Jorts is typically a fashion statement that people should stay away from—not on the Fourth of July, though.

We’re not quite sure when the decision was made that denim would be the unofficial outfit for us great American people, but at some point it was adopted as being acceptable on July 4th.

And if you’re wondering, yes, this means guys are legally OK to get away with wearing those cargo jean shorts that have been collecting dust in your closet since the mid-‘90s.

Remember, the wackier the outfit, the better the party.

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4. BBQ

Want to know the beauty of barbecuing on the Fourth of July? It’s that all the calories you consume are empty.

No, seriously.

Every single Ruffle potato chip that you scoop in that onion dip and every hot dog you eat just vanishes as if it’s a free day to chow—and you better believe we chow.

So fire up that grille and toss on the hamburgers, hot dogs, sausages, veggie burgers and chicken, because the smell of BBQ on the Fourth of July is an American holiday in itself.

3. Rock n’ Roll

Now’s not the time to get cute with your playlist—you’re not running five miles here.

This is when you break out hits from classic rock bands like The Rolling Stones, Lynyrd Skynyrd and, naturally, Hendrix.

Rock n’ Roll is what built this country—sort of—and when you’ve got a backyard full of friends and family singing every single word, you’ll be proud that you deleted that mix that included all those poppy songs kids are listening to these days.

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2. LOTS of American Flags

Like we mentioned when talking about jean shorts, the wackier the outfit, the bigger the party—and once should never be bashful in wearing the stars and stripes.

Sunglasses, headbands, towels, flags as skirts; these are all appropriate items to wear at the same time while blasting “The Star Spangled Banner” on repeat in your rusted up truck and a bald eagle following you down the highway.

OK, that’s a little bit absurd, but we’d have no problem anointing you a bigger American than the President if you did it.

1. Fireworks

After all of this fun in the sun, there’s only one way to close out the entire day—colorful explosions in the sky.

Go to the park and spend some quality time with friends to watch them or get yourself some to light off at your own house, because it’s the culmination of, what should have been, a great day—just remember to wear bug spray, you wouldn’t want the skeeters biting you to ruin the

The Vita Escort – On How to Properly Watch the World Cup

| June 20, 2014

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Assuming you haven’t been living under a rock for the past couple of weeks, you’ve probably taken notice of all the soccer jersey’s being worn around town by folks who have World Cup fever.

And as they pack your favorite bars and cozy themselves next to the TV’s, we at Vita want to make sure that you can differentiate between those who just enjoy watching sports and those who actually know what they’re doing—so this is the Vita Escort to watching the World Cup.

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8. Understand the Enormity of It

Much like the Olympics, the World Cup comes around every four years—so, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal.

While some may appear to go over-the-top in their support, this is the one time where yelling at the TV, swearing every other word and crying over a loss is completely OK.

Celebrating a win or sulking over a defeat in any other sport should last for a few hours. But a World Cup result shouldn’t escape someone so easily, instead sticking with them for a couple days because the country they’re rooting for is either overachieving or came up short on expectations—so remember to never judge anyone for their reaction following a game.

7. Expect the Unexpected

What makes the sport of soccer so great is the passion and creativity that pours out of each team and individual.

A goal-scoring celebration, a player crying over their country’s national anthem and, yes, guys losing their cool because they’re caught-up in the moment.

Other sports leagues around the world try and turn their players into robots by limiting what they can and can’t do. But the World Cup is about enthusiasm and love for the game, which lead to some moments that would otherwise be frowned upon by other sports.

6. Always Be Watching

Much like the NCAA tournament that causes us all to have March Madness, the World Cup is a time to always have a game streaming on your work computer.

So whether that means actually watching the game as a split-screen, setting-up shop in the break room where there’s a TV or just listening to what’s going on with headphones from your cubicle, there’s no excuse for missing any action.

We understand that there’s work to get done, but this is the beautiful game we’re talking about here, your boss will understand—since they’re probably doing it themselves, anyway.

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5. Know The Players

OK, so everyone knows about Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar, but don’t come to the bar and ask how England and David Beckham is doing, because, here’s a hint—he doesn’t play for them anymore.

We’re not saying you have to study all 32 countries’ rosters and familiarize yourself with each player, but at least knowing the superstars in the World Cup would be a wise move—and will help you enjoy the matches a lot more.

4. Get a Jersey

In most cases, we’d go against wearing a sport’s jersey of any kind—especially if you’re going with the tucked-in look—but when it comes to the World Cup, it might be the one time where you’ll actually feel like an outsider if you aren’t donning one.

While fans from the NFL, NBA , NHL and MLB mostly look silly wearing oversized jersey with all the bells and whistles on them, soccer jersey’s are more subtle and, in a weird way, prove that you’re a little bit more cultured.

So instead of wearing that polo shirt or button-down, get yourself a jersey to show your allegiance.

3. Know the Chants

I believe that we will win.” If this means nothing to you, we wonder if you’re a real American.

This is the current cheer that Sam’s Army—better known as the U.S.A. supporters—have been chanting for the past couple months in anticipation of the World Cup.

And with the U.S. in the Group of Death—pinned against international powers like Portgual and Germany in their next two matches—one would be wise to inform yourself on what everyone at the bar is yelling—so, at the very least, you can join in and know what the heck it all means.

2. Drink—Heavy Beer

Here in Seattle, there are very few people who don’t know beer. But for those who are still watching their figure by sipping light beers, when there’s a soccer match on, it’s time to change your routine.

Get yourself some Vita coffee to get your stay started—obviously—and then sip on a Guinness, an imported ale out of a stein or simply choose your favorite IPA, because soccer fans know that good beer is essential to watching a good match.

1. Never Record It

We know that this can be difficult if you avoid some of the other tips we’ve given you—like streaming the game from your work computer because you’re too much of a brownnoser—but watching a World Cup game hours after it happened is both silly and nearly impossible.

Why?

On top of social media blowing up during every match—potentially spoiling the result for you—soccer isn’t like other sports where it’s back-and-forth and high-scoring, meaning you could watch an entire game after it happened, and realize the thing ended in a 0-0 tie.

As much as we love the sport, wasting two hours of your life to be let down isn’t worth it.