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The Vita Escort – On the World’s Top Coffee Cities

| September 15, 2014

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It’s no secret that the city of Seattle is one of the top hubs in the entire country when it comes to coffee culture.

Known for its burgeoning empire on the business, Americans might respect what Caffe Vita has going on here, slowly transforming their own cities into the life of small shops and roasteries, but when it comes to other places around the world, Seattle is just one of many that has developed a deep passion for coffee.

So which international cities are just as immersed as we are here in Seattle? Keep reading to find out—as this is the Vita Escort on the world’s top coffee cities.

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5. London, England

Our friends across the pond might best be known for their tea and crumpets, but thanks to a coffee revolution by transplants from Australia and New Zealand in the past decade or so, London has been introduced to a variety of different coffee types.

The most popular is either the flat white or a cappuccino, and although they are most popular in other European cities, have begun to be loved by the Brits, too.

The city might still be an adolescent in the culture, but it’s beginning to spread.

4. Taipei, Taiwan

With an abundance of unique cafes around the city, Taipei may not be as obvious with the placement of each coffee shop—making coffee drinkers walk through nooks and crannies to get there—but make no mistake, they know how to pull great shots.

Giving guests a great atmosphere with terrific coffee, this city has surprisingly thrust itself into the coffee society quite swiftly.

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3. Melbourne, Australia

In addition to bringing their coffee knowledge to the United Kingdom and London in particular, the Aussies have also focused on building a coffee empire down under.

While people may first associate Melbourne as a beer-drinking city, the coffee culture is very much as prominent, with the city even hosting an annual coffee expo.

Piccolo lattes are generally the drink du jour—made with less milk—with residents enjoying the stronger espresso taste.

2. Rome, Italy

Of all the cities on this list, Rome fits perfectly as espresso and cappuccinos are most associated with Italian culture.

While the Italians remain focused on sticking to traditional brewing techniques, the drinks still standout.

The city is so populated with the nation’s best baristas, that it’s hard not to get a great cup of coffee no matter where you go.

Espressso is still the crème de la crème, as most residents and tourists enjoy the the strong shots each morning—as is custom in Italy.

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1. The Netherlands and Scandinavia

The love for coffee in countries like the Netherlands, South Africa, Finland, Sweden, Norway and Iceland is some of the most prominent in the world.

Over the past 25 years or so, each culture has gone from a focus on mainly food to a newfound love for coffee, and with that, a dedication to refine it.

With coffee shops on nearly every street corner, natives tend to drink a lot of lattes or cappuccinos each and every day, supporting the local business at the same time. In Sweden particularly, black coffee refills come free with each meal in most restaurants, acting as the perfect pick-me-up during the dark winter months.

The Vita Escort: On Coffee and Alcohol Recipes

| August 29, 2014

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As the warm, summer weather begins to turn to crisp, fall days, it’s no secret that one of the best things to enjoy throughout the day is a nice cup of coffee.

Whether it’s on a Saturday morning during a kid’s soccer game, tailgating before a football game or just sipping on while walking around the neighborhood, we’re always happy when we see others drinking from a Caffe Vita cup.

But one way of staying just a little bit warmer as the cooler days roll in is adding some of Grandpa’s cough syrup to a cup of coffee—otherwise known as some booze.

With a variety of liquors to choose from, the Vita Escort reminds you of a few recipes that are worth trying out—using Caffe Vita coffee, of course.

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1. Vita Flatliner

Looking for something that will really give you a kick in the behind to start your morning? Why not go with a Vita Flatliner that, as one can tell by its name, is a drink that isn’t for the feint of heart.

One-half ounce of Frangelico

One-half ounce of Bailey’s Irish Cream

One-half ounce of 151

Two shots of Caffe Vita espresso

2. The Firlock

For those nursing a killer hangover from the night before, The Firlock might just be the hair of the dog you need to help get you through the next day.

Recommended to make as a cold beverage as opposed to a hot one, it’s still warm enough out to sip one of these without being judged for having ice in your cup.

One-in-a-half ounces Fernet Branca

One-half ounce simple syrup

Five ounces, Vita cold-brew coffee

Ice

Lemon twist as a garnish

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3. Bushmill’s and Vita Irish Coffee

If there’s one thing that should always be at a fall party, it’s Irish coffees.

Providing the perfect balance of coffee to cover up the whiskey, there are a variety of versions out there to try, but this might be our favorite.

One-in-a-half ounces Bushmill’s Irish Whiskey

Four ounces, Vita brewed coffee, hot

Heavy cream, lightly whipped

4. Grand Coffee

Not quite light enough to be called a beer, but not heavy enough to be completely filling, a Grand Coffee is the perfect substitute for anyone who fancies a little bit of sweetness in their coffee each morning.

One ounce of warmed, Grand Marnier

Three ounces, Vita brewed coffee, hot

.75 ounces, brown sugar syrup or whipped cream (if desired)

5. Haute & Steamy

For those who like mochas each morning, the Haute & Steamy might become your new favorite drink this winter.

Much in the same mold as a standard mocha, see why adding a bit of booze can warm you up much quicker than the one you typically sip each morning.

One-in-a-half ounces Godiva Chocolate Infused Vodka

Four ounces, Vita brewed coffee, hot

The Vita Escort – Cold Brew Tips From Chad Freilino

| August 22, 2014

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As the Director of Coffee for An OTG Experience—an award-winning travel restaurant company with more than 200 restaurant and retail locations in ten airports across North America—Chad Freilino knows a thing or two about what trends in the food industry.

With that wealth of knowledge comes the duty to share his craft with others, which is what Freilino is doing today, giving some tips on the wildly popular cold brew that coffee lovers are drinking all over the nation.

As a great alternative to the normal, hot cup that people drink each day, Chad talks about the differences in brew methods and the process it takes to make cold brew, and considering each Caffe Vita café has cold brew on tap, we appreciate his insight.

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Walk into any café this summer and, chances are, you will see cold brewed coffee on the menu. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of cold brew yet, it is a delectable and extremely efficient way to get your caffeine buzz on during the hot hot summer months. Cold brew isn’t a new concept, in fact Toddy (the OG company) has been around for over 50 years, so why hasn’t it caught on until now and why is it better than iced coffee?

Time. Time is the key (along with some other essentials you’ll find below) to making cold brew special. In a classic extraction, we steep our coffee in hot water (around 200 degrees F) for about 4 minutes. Heat is the catalyst that speeds up the melting of solubles, a.k.a the good stuff like caffeine that lives inside coffee beans. The longer we steep in hot water, the more we are going to get out of the coffee and at a certain point we reach the perfect steep time where flavor is optimal. The bad news is, we haven’t fully extracted the caffeine from the beans and if we go any further we will start to develop undesirable flavors (bitter, burnt, acidic). This is were cold brew coffee is unique.

With cold brew, we steep coffee in cold water. Take away the heat and we lose our catalyst in the reaction so the timeline gets much longer for brewing. About 16 hours to be precise. At the end of our overnight steep we get a sweet, syrupy coffee concentrate that has about 70% less acidity than any other brewing method out there. And the bonus, ALL of the caffeine is extracted from the beans. Yep, all of it. So, how is that sweet, delicious, super caffeinated, ready to go coffee better than traditional iced coffee? Because iced coffee is brewed hot then poured over ice. What that means is we have less caffeine (because of our short steep time), more acidity and less sweetness (because of heat) and once the ice melts we have watered down coffee to boot. If you don’t believe me, try it at one of our World Bean cafes. You won’t go back.

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Here are my recommendations for home cold brewers for all types of budgets:

For the Hipster: The Cold Bruer - $75.

Originally a kick starter project, this mod design is all about minimalism. Made of mostly glass and a little plastic (its blue!) your friends will certainly notice your passion for both design and coffee while you are hosting your next farm to table dinner at your apartment.

View the Hario Woodneck Dripper in our Online Shop.

For the caffeine-a-holic: The Toddy System – $39.50.

While this system may not be the prettiest, It sure is a workhorse. Made of durable BPA free plastic, you can count on this little 3-legged bucket to deliver over and over.

View the Filtron Cold Brewing System in our Online Shop.

For those who like countertop bling: The Yama Glass Cold Tower – $235.

Yama glass is a one of a kind hand blown glass company based in Thailand. They have recently created an entire line of analog coffee brewing devices sold exclusively through Espresso Parts. This cold brewer is made of hand blown glass and hand carved wood. Make sure to measure your cabinet height though, this beauty stands 30 inches tall. Everyone will be jealous.

A little note if you get into home brewing: follow the directions that come with your brewer and remember, you are making a concentrate so make sure you dilute with at least 40% water unless you are drinking the cold brew as a 2oz shot. Otherwise you may end up like Chef Billy in DC who lost the ability to speak for couple hours after drinking a glass of cold brew concentrate. Ask him about it if you see him.

View the Bonmac Syphon Brew System in our Online Store.

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

| August 16, 2014

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.