Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company

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Caffè Vita Coffee Roasting
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Key people
Michael McConnell
ProductsCoffee, tea

Caffè Vita Coffee Roasting Company, commonly known as Caffè Vita, is an American coffee roasting company based in Seattle, Washington. Part of the third wave of coffee movement, it has been named one of 10 places offering "the best coffee in America."[1][2][3]

Caffè Vita was founded in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood in 1995 by Mike McConnell. McConnell was an early proponent of developing direct relationships with coffee farmers and bypassing the fair trade of coffee,[3] thus pioneering the Farm Direct movement.


Caffè Vita's location at 1005 East Pike Street in Seattle houses their flagship cafe, roasteria, and company offices. The company operates eight other cafes around the city; there is another roasteria in Portland, Oregon.

In March 2012 Caffè Vita opened a cafe in the Lower East Side of Manhattan,[4] and in spring 2013 they opened a location on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles.[5] The company expanded its New York presence in 2015 with the opening of a roasteria and cafe in Bushwick, Brooklyn.[6] There are a total of 13 locations nationwide; Caffè Vita also supplies coffee to other cafes, restaurants, and hotels.[7]

Community service[edit]

In 2009, Caffè Vita partnered with Portland's p:ear, a homeless youth mentoring program, to create the p:ear Barista School. Caffè Vita provides equipment, coffee beans, milk, and training that allow the school to take homeless youth through an 8-week program that give them the necessary skills and experience to get a job as a barista.[8]

Also in 2009, Caffè Vita underwrote and organized "GIVE Seattle": a 36-track compilation record, featuring artists such as Ben Gibbard and Fleet Foxes to benefit four local food banks and Arts Corps.[9]

Caffè Vita currently supports FareStart's youth barista training program, which trains homeless youth and provides barista jobs at their coffee stands in T-Mobile Field. They also sponsor FareStart's annual Guest Chef Night and Volunteer Server Night, which annually bring together Seattle chefs and winemakers to raise money for FareStart.

Every year, Caffè Vita hosts a holiday fundraising drive for Jubilee Women's Center in all Caffe Vita cafes, with donations matched dollar for dollar.


Caffe Vita owner Mike McConnell is a pioneer of the Farm Direct movement, meticulously sourcing coffee while developing long-term relationships with growers in more than 11 countries.[10] The chain has served numerous Organic, Farm Direct, and Rainforest Alliance Certified coffees.[11]

In 2009, Caffè Vita began collaborating with Woodland Park Zoo's Tree Kangaroo Project to develop the first-ever coffee from Papua New Guinea's Yopno Uruwa Som region made commercially available in the U.S., purchased directly from growers.[12] The coffee was sold at all Seattle Caffe Vita locations and at Woodland Park Zoo ZooStores. A Zoo Special Reserve coffee was also offered, with a dollar from each purchased bag being donated to the Woodland Park Zoo.[13]


Caffè Vita partners with Easy Street Records, after whom it named its Easy Street Indo 30 coffee blend. The store's founder, Matt Vaughan, was Caffè Vita's first wholesale customer in 1995.[14]

In 2017, all Washington State Ferries began serving Caffè Vita coffee,[15] and in 2019 the company began barrel-aging its coffee in partnership with Batch 206 Distillery.[16] Three barrel-aged coffees have been released to date - with bourbon, rum, and gin.

Caffe Vita sponsors several local events, including Timber Music Fest,[17] Timbrrr![18] by Artist Home,[19][20] Doe Bay Fest[21] on Orcas Island, CHOMP![22] and Capitol Hill Block Party.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Thelin, Mike (May 2010). "Coffee Confidential". Portland Monthly. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  2. ^ Strand, Oliver (November 2009). "The Most Important Drink of Your Day". GQ. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. ^ a b Allison, Melissa (July 11, 2008). "Seattle's Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting is expanding". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  4. ^ Strand, Oliver (7 March 2012). "Caffé Vita, a Seattle Staple, Squeezes Into Manhattan". Retrieved 7 March 2012.
  5. ^ Betty Hallock (July 8, 2013), "The great L.A. coffee scene: Your dream caffeine fix may be just around the corner", Los Angeles Times
  6. ^ Brown, Nick (22 December 2014). "Seattle's Caffe Vita Planning New Roastery and Cafe in Bushwick, Brooklyn". Retrieved 30 March 2017.
  7. ^ Fitzpatrick, Tamra (March 26, 1999). "Finding Niche Brews Big-Time Success For Small Coffee Roaster". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-09-23.
  8. ^ Bingham, Larry (November 28, 2009). "In coffee-swilling Oregon, barista training helps at-risk young people find jobs, hope". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  9. ^ Grandy, Eric (November 6, 2009). "Caffe Vita Announce GIVE Charity Compilation". The Stranger. Retrieved 2010-10-01.
  10. ^ "Learn". Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  11. ^ August 3, Last Updated;, 2015. "Caffé Vita". Rainforest Alliance. Retrieved 2019-11-13.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ link, Get; Facebook; Twitter; Pinterest; Email; Apps, Other. "Drink up! Conservation coffee is here". Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  13. ^ "Organic Zoo Special Reserve". Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  14. ^ "Easy Street Indo 30". Caffe Vita Coffee Roasting Co. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  15. ^ "Washington's Ferry Fleet Got an Impressive Food and Drink Overhaul". Seattle Met. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  16. ^ Batch 206 Distillery
  17. ^ Timber Music Fest
  18. ^ Timbrrr!
  19. ^ Artist Home
  20. ^ "Food & Beverage". Timber! Music Festival. Retrieved 2019-11-13.
  21. ^ Doe Bay Fest
  22. ^ CHOMP!

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Coordinates: 47°36′50″N 122°19′08″W / 47.614004°N 122.31902°W / 47.614004; -122.31902