Vivace Espresso Vita Coffee - 12 oz.Espresso Vivace Roasteria
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Vivace Espresso Vita has been roasted and blended to brew an ideal latte. When combined with milk, this blend is specifically engineered to produce bold notes of caramel. Featuring a gorgeous body, this roaste is also perfect for drip and plunger coffee-making methods.
As other have mention, this is the blend you want to get if you are a cappuccino or latte drinker! It is intense enough to cut through a lot of milk and still deliver nice coffee flavor. However, you might want to shy away from drinking this straight as it can be a bit overwhelming! Plus, it pull beautiful shot ladden with thick crema!
Been using these beans for a long time in my milk drinks, definitely one of the best coffees for cutting through and giving a nice balance. Can be a little frustrating to dial in and keep up with as it ages, but for the most part as long as your temp is good (203 ish) and you pull it short (IE: 1.25 oz in ~20s) it will be extremely tasty. Not my favorite for straight shots.
Ordered this along with the Dolce. Both roasts are great for different reasons. I preferred the Dolce myself because it has a bold and deep flavor, but the Vita takes it one step further to almost too bold for my tastes. It's all about the deep chocolate flavor in this blend. If you're going for big milk drinks, this roast will hold up very well and won't drown out the coffee flavors. I did enjoy those big milk drinks I prepared with this roast.
I bought these beans based on the popularity of the product and it's reviews. I figured I better check it out and see what all the hype was about.
It was a very good brew, I really couldn't complain about the coffee itself. I did have room to complain about it's price. I think the price reflects its popularity and maybe availability more than the actual quality and taste. Where as it was good, it is not in the top ten of my personal favorites, maybe top 20. I feel the same way about most Kona coffees.
That being said, I liked the caramel undertones and mild acidity of this brew. I wouldn't complain at all and put it my weekly rotation if it was priced a little more humbly at like 10-12 per lb. escpecially after you factor in the shipping here at Roaste.
Overall, good coffee/not the best, little overpriced.
While the Dolce is my favorite from Vivace, the Vita is a close close second. More caramel and less chocolate in this roast (I prefer chocolaty coffees), but if you're going to splurge on coffee this one is also worth every penny. I'm also a fan of how Vivace packages the beans. Sounds petty but with two 8 oz bags rather than one 16 oz bag I can pour one bag into the bean holder of my Jura Capresso and I can freeze the other sealed bag until I'm ready for more!
A great rich smooth carmel coffee. What I really like is that it works great as drip, and press in addition to espresso. This is a big deal because in my house my wife loves drip over everything else, so it's nice not to have to have two different types of beans on hand.
This is the best!
I have tried it all, Intelligentsia Black Cat & Badger, California Coffee Roasters,
Illy, Alsaco2000, local roasters...
This has incredible crema and a taste that many of my guests consider
"the best coffee I've ever had!".
After trying many different brands of beans I have settled on Vivace Vita for our daily cappuccinos and lattes. The richness, crema and chocolatey flavor has caused us to dial back on the amount of milk we use. I also like the packaging -- a premium, clear sealed bag with a one-way air valve, a zip-lock and packaged 2 - 8 oz. bags per pound.
Not my favorite espresso blend. This roast was a little darker than I expected. The beans were clearly taken past second crack in the roasting process, which meant a much oilier blend than the Dolce. I'm not a fan of the Southern Italian dark roasts that Starbucks popularized, although the Vita isn't the worst offender out there. I'd avoid using high temperatures when extracting this blend as it will likely result in overly bitter espresso. If you like darker ("bolder") roasts, then this might be for you.
Sorry, couldn't resist the pun. After alternating between this and Vivace's Dolce for two weeks, I can confirm they both make excellent espresso (even in the hands of a true novice). If you have to pick just one of these two blends, maybe go for the Dolce. I prefer its flavor profile overall, and it's no slouch with milk-based drinks either.
Note: A pound of this coffee still ships in two half-pound bags (see here: http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/jbviau/photo-20.jpg). I put one straight into the freezer and tore into the other. Very handy.
Vita is little bolder than Dolce but it is made that way so it stands out in milk drinks better. Properly pulling though requires little more skill or it will be overly bitter. I used 18 while fresh and up to 19 as it ages to make about 30 grams of espresso at 203.5F.
Best coffee I have purchased for home use!
I have been buying Vita Coffee for over 6 years. I went to Seattle after finding out about Vivace Coffee on the coffee geek forum. It was the best coffee outside of Europe i have had. So glad i found Roaste as free shipping. It makes it a little bit less expensive because per pound it costs more....but i can order more often and enjoy fresher coffee beans. Enjoy!
I discovered this coffee on a trip to Washington. I absolutely love it!! The flavors are smooth, creamy with a delightful carmel-ness that I just adore. I drink it with cream and it is PERFECT!! I'm so excited to find it available here! just wish I didn't drink it so fast...I'm going to have to increase the frequency of my subscription!!
Talk about fast service, I ordered one pound of Espresso Vita and a pound of Espresso Dolce on Thursday of last week and received it on Monday the following week. Couldn't wait to try the Dolce so I grounded up enough for two double shots and it tasted just great. Right now I've got a Gaggia Baby machine but hope to upgrade within the next year to either a Quick Mill, Fiorenzato Bricoletta, or a Vibiemme Domobar Junior. My other favorite is from Counter Culture I get their Espresso Rustico.
Good coffee. Excellent service.
A good coffee, but somewhat less character than the Dolce to my palate.
Update: Received another pound of Vita. Let these beens rest for a week, (was out of town), and pulled double and triple shots for lattes this morning. This batch was completely different, nice chocolate, nice caramel, amazing crema, and none of the dark roast taste I had in the first batch. I like these beans a lot. I'll be back for more. Thanks to Scott at ROASTe and everyone at Vivace.
I've previously purchased Vivace Dolce and had a great experience with those beans. I'd read so many reviews that claimed they were finicky or hard to dial in, Phewey. I got excellent and consistent results, great chocolate hits and sweet finishes and all with milk based drinks.
Now Vita on the other hand... I have been drinking lattes with Vita for two weeks, the first half pound was used up trying to dial in these beans. I've dropped the temp by 3 degrees and dialed the grinder 2 notches finer than I had the machines set for Black Cat. I'm finally getting drinkable shots, but question if my 2 pound order really meets their standard. These beans are very shiny and oily, have a pronounced dark roasted flavor, and nothing like the Dolce beans I enjoyed a few months back.
Anyway, not my favorite beans to date, or something I will jump to order again. Dolce on the other hand, I will gladly order again. I'm just confused that Vita was developed as a roast for milk based drinks.
This was my first try of Vita as I've ordered Dolce several times in the past. I was not quite sure what to expect reading other reviews with most saying it's best with milk. Although I do mostly drink milk based drinks I tend to enjoy an espresso blend that can handle both options.
The Vita was bold and crisp once dialed in and delivered with amazing crema. I did enjoy it as a shot but agree with most that it tames down to a nice flavor as a cappuccino or a latte. I especially liked making some iced lattes with the Vita.
I also want to note that I love how Vivace packages in 2 - 8oz. bags that really keep the beans fresh. The Dolce bag is a foil Mylar type and the Vita is a clear heavy duty plastic bag. Both with pressure relief valves. Not sure whey they went clear on the Vita as it offers no protection from light.
I am trying Vivace Espresso Vita after trying out Dolce, and must echo the sentiments of other reviewers. This blend is excellent for making milk-based drinks, but if you are looking for something to make straight shots with, I'd take a look at Vivace Espresso Dolce...
I drink cappuccinos almost exclusively, and I don't know what else to say about Vita other than I could drink it all day. It's not something that shocks me with anything unexpected, it's just so smooth I want to keep sipping after the cup is empty and I'll definitely order it again.
Had it not such a bad stigma,like Vivace's Dolce, you could call Vita a 'one trick pony', well, maybe specialist is a better word. It does one thing, the thing it is designed for, but does it extremely well. Both are Northern Italian Dolces - not the place to look for complexity and surprises. This is your everyday, 'know what you gonna get', sweet, smooth, caramel and chocolate fix. The comfort food of espresso. The Dolce does it straight up, the Vita does it in milk drinks. They are the long lost North American twins of a really, really fresh Illy, or Lavazza. And just like true Italians, they can have some attitude - you better have all the parameters (especially your brewing temp) right, or you will not like what ends up in the cup
The Vita blend is the first espresso I began playing with when I purchased a espresso machine two months ago and is the one blend I keep coming back to.
Very little if any oils present on coffee bean surface. Coffee produces a lot of crema - strong caramel flavor does not get lost in milk.
Espresso Vivace packages the beans in convenient ½ pound vacuum sealed bags.
Other espressos tried:
Intelli – Black Cat
Klatch – Belle & House
Espresso Vivace – Dolce
Machine: Vivaldi Mini II
As others have noted, Vita is sensitive to temperature variations, so it's probably best if you have a machine with PID installed. I found at 203.5 and slightly updosed I was getting tons of crema and a rich vibrant flavor. Best with milk, and made both an amazing cappucino and iced drinks.