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Caffe Vita Opens Small Roasting Operation, Cafe In Manhattan

Infamous Seattle independent coffee roaster Caffe Vita has opened a small cafe and roastery on the Lower East Side in Manhattan earlier this week.

The company is the latest in a series of notable artisan roasters from other parts of the country — including Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Blue Bottle Coffee, Intelligentsia and La Colombe Torrefaction and Counter Culture Coffee — to set up shop in New York, but according to New York Times coffee expert Oliver Strand, it’s the first to open a roastery in Manhattan, in addition to a retail cafe.

The space includes a small area for ordering and enjoying drinks, and a vintage Gothot roaster is in back, according to the report. A la Marzocco GS2 espresso machine from the late 1970s is in the front of the house.

Caffe Vita currently has eight locations in the Pacific Northwest, including six in the Seattle market, and Strand wrote that owner Mike McConnell plans on opening a new location in Los Angeles this spring.

The full story: New York Times