I started posting rumors of Seattle roaster Caffé Vita coming to Portland way back in 2007. For those who aren’t familiar with the brand, Caffé Vita could be compared to our own Stumptown coffee. With five locations in Seattle and one in Olympia, they are a force to be reckoned with. For whatever reason, they never opened a Portland retail location, though rumors are that more than a few feathers were ruffled when Stumptown expanded into Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
Last week, the coffee company quietly started moving into the old Concordia Coffeehouse Space at 2909 NE Alberta. Vita merchandise has been added to the shelves, and the coffee has been switched over. Rumor has it they will be roasting at this location, and it will be used as their Portland flagship.
It’s going to be interesting to see if they make any ripple in the local coffee scene, especially since they are the first out-of-town chain to come to Alberta street.