Caffé Vita

Overall Rating: 8.150


Address: 1005 E Pike St.
Cross Street(s): Btwn 10th & 11th Aves.
City, State ZIP: Seattle, WA 98122
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Phone: 206.709.4440
Hours: M-F 6am-11pm; Sa-Su 7am-11pm
Type of Establishment: Espresso Bar (Chain)
Cafe Rating: 8.00
Barista: 8
Savvy: 8
Ambiance: 8
Presentation: 8
Consistency: N/A
Espresso Machine: Synesso
Coffee Rating: 8.30
Aroma: 8
Body: 8
Brightness: 8
Crema: 8
Flavor: 8
Taster's Correction: 1.5
Size: M
Primary Taste: Pungent
Coffee Beans: Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Co.
Cup Manufacturer: ACF
Price: $2.00
Last Update: 05/17/2010
First Reviewed: 05/17/2010
Notes: Coffee Sales; Coffee Accessory Sales; Outdoor Seating

Review
This combination café and roaster is one of the bigger entities in this coffee-obsessed neighborhood. It has the bold Caffé Vita neon signage out front - with a row of metal chairs along the E Pike St. sidewalk. The interior is generally dark downstairs, with old wood floors and more examples of their Harlequin theme. The downstairs also sports several quiet tables, burlap sacks of coffee, and a worldwide collection of logo espresso cups in a lighted glass and wood case. Upstairs is brighter but more library-like, and in back are the roasting operations. Although the staff can be a bit too particular, they use an elaborate glass Japanese slow-drip coffee maker and a (surprise) three-group Synesso. With it, they pull a short shot with a darker brown, even crema and a robust aroma. It has a flavor of muted pungency compared to Victrola or Vivace, but it still caries some potency - just with more balanced flavors of wood, cinnamon, and cloves. Served in brown logo ACF cups.