• Espresso Vivace

    Espresso Vivace Roasteria

    Espresso Vita

    4.5

    Tasting Notes

    Heavy body, bold notes of caramel
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    coffee type Espresso, Blend
    $17.50

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    Description

    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. 

     

    Blended to feature a very heavy body, especially suited for Caffe Latte and Cappuccino. The blend is dominated by a rich note of caramel. It is our “house blend” we serve at Espresso Vivace.

     

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    Espresso Vita Espresso Vivace Roasteria
    Rated 4.3880597014925/5 based on 67 customer reviews
    $17.50 In stock
    Heavy body, bold notes of caramel
    5/ 5stars
    5

    good for latte or cappuccino!

    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!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    A little finicky but good when you get it right!

    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.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Big bold coffee

    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.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Delicious

    This coffee reminds me of being in Europe. It's delicious.....strong and smooth....the perfect way to start the day
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Good but ran a little short of the hype

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Great espresso! Smooth and

    Great espresso! Smooth and rich! Love Vivace! So glad we can get it now that we live in Arizona! We used to make special trips to Seattle and spend the day drinking coffee at Vivace when we livesd in Washington!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Vivace Rating

    Definetly one of the best tasting espresso Cup one can taste!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Super d-lish

    Awesome, awesome, awesome. Not as creamy as the Dolce (which i highly recommend), but really delicious. Solid A, 4.5 Stars
    5/ 5stars
    5

    All around coffee

    This is a great blend for all around use. I pull espresso shots with it and use it for drip/pour over. A good coffee to keep around.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace strikes again!

    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!
    0/ 5stars
    0

    Excellent!

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    excellent coffee

    definitely a favorite
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Best cappucions and lattes!

    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!".
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace Espresso Vita

    Bold, strong, deep, pungent yet smooth on the palate without bitter aftertaste. Flavor dose not extinquish as the cup level drops as occurs with many other premiums.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace Vita

    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.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    A nice espresso, but I

    A nice espresso, but I prefer the Dolce
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Great Coffee...

    I tried both the dolce and the vita versions of Vivace. I have to say I liked both, but for different preparations. The vita was more brusk, and therefore held up nicely for latte and other mild based preparations. I highly recommend this coffee.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace Espresso Vita

    Superb coffee for my morning latte! My husband who is very low key about coffee raved about this coffee. Expensive, but a treat.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Vita

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Perfect for Lattes!

    This espresso is a great value! The flavor is bold and smooth and made the perfect latte! The beans are perfectly roasted. I would highly recommend this expresso!
    5/ 5stars
    5

    One of the best!

    I just love Vivace. Every coffee is a perfect cup for me. Well balanced, has its own aroma and just make my day a perfect coffee day!
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Livin' the Vita Loca

    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.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Made for milk drinks

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    vivace beans

    one of the best in the entire world we have had latte's on 4 continents this is our favorite bean 2nd place was on Maui Worth the price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Nice chocolate notes and body

    Not as sweet as the DOLCE... maybe a little darker, but for all the oil on the bean there is no roast flavor -- instead lots of crema and a taste of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of body. Excellent for espresso.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Best coffee I have purchased

    Best coffee I have purchased for home use!
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Good, but not great

    I don't add milk to my espresso drinks (only hot water), so given that requirement, I don't find anything particularly exciting about Vita as I do with Dolce. If you make caps/lattes, I'm sure this one will fare better.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace Espresso Vita

    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!
    5/ 5stars
    5

    My go-to espresso bean!

    I've been drinking this espresso for several months now and really like it. I almost always use it for lattes - not so much strait espresso shots and it's perfect with milk.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Still prefer Dolce

    While the Vita is great in milk drinks, still prefer Dolce since its great all around bean for both espresso and cappuccino.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Great with milk!

    I prefer the Dolce for straight espresso but the Vita is delicious in a latte.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Love these beans

    Tried this and Vivace's Dolce beans. Much smoother than others I've bought at the big coffee chains.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Just Plain Yummy

    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!!
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Great for milk drinks

    I'm am not an espresso aficionado or barista by any means, but I really enjoy Vita for making mochas and lattes. In a latte it leaves a lingering flavor in my mouth that I really enjoy. I will definitely buy this again.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    This coffee is great.

    This coffee is great. Excellent crema with flavour that is robust without ever being bitter. I think it is far superior to any of the Lavazza line for example.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    New Favorite

    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.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Vita

    Made delicious, smooth cappuccinos...when the shots were "on". Maybe a bit sensitive to high temps? I occasionally got very bitter shots on my Gaggia Pure. Lots of crema and a very nice caramel taste in milk.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    better than ILLY

    I enjoyed vita coffee.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Vita

    I liked this a lot for latte's and it was a co-workers (straight) espresso so far and she is familiar with dolce, ecco and black cat
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Good

    Good coffee. Excellent service.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Hmmmm...

    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.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Vivace Vita

    A good coffee, but somewhat less character than the Dolce to my palate.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Liked this

    Didn't have any trouble getting good results. I love the 2 small sealed bags instead of one big one. Great idea.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Great for cappas!

    A little bit finicky, when compared to Vivace Dolce. Great for cappuccino, not so great as espresso.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Crema Madness! Bold is beautiful.

    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.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    A keeper for milk-based drinks

    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...
    5/ 5stars
    5

    I could drink this all day

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Does what 'it says'

    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
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Espresso Vivace - Vita

    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. Drinks made: Cappuccino: 7oz Latte: 12oz Other espressos tried: Intelli – Black Cat Klatch – Belle & House Espresso Vivace – Dolce 16.5-17 grams 203 degrees 25-30 sec 1.5 oz Machine: Vivaldi Mini II Grinder: Vario
    4/ 5stars
    4

    As others have noted, Vita

    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.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vita is nice too

    I have tried Dolce and Vita and both are great. My personal preference is Dolce but only because I have the option. If I had only had Vita I would love it as well. Maybe better suited to milk drinks than Dolce which seems milder to me. It did well for me at 18-19g in Synesso double basket, 203f, 1.75 oz in 30 seconds. Try both of Vivace's best and decide for yourself.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    You can't go wrong with Vivace...

    I continue to be impressed by Vivace. I am a big fan of the Dolce blend for espresso and the Vita will also not dissapoint. Not as bold as the Dolce, but perfect for a french press or an americano. Highly recommended. Received the roasted beans from Seattle to Boston within a day of being roasted. The beans arrive in a great zip lock vacuum pack that is reusable. Try it....you'll love it.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    great latte

    Bought 1 lb of the Vita and 1 pound of the dolce. Enjoyed the Vita very much for my cappas and the wife liked it in her large lattes. Still perfecting teh dose but using 18gms, 203 degrees in triple basket. So far so good
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Smooth with a great crema. I

    Smooth with a great crema. I still prefer the dolce over vita but vita is still very good.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Vivace Vita

    This is really nice for capps, which is what I drink. As espresso, it has a very slight bitter edge, but when combined with milk, you end up with a wonderful dark chocolate which is very smooth. The best coffee I've had for a long time. I'm on my second order. Also, seems to be fairly forgiving temp wise and tastes good over a wide variety of temps.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Makes amazing lattes! Very

    Makes amazing lattes! Very smooth as well for straight drinking. Will buy again!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Vivace Vita

    Another solid blend from Espresso Vivace, this one is designed for the milk drinks. Shot parameters are the same as dolce, 203.5F temp, high dose(17-19gram) and ristretto pulls(1.5-1.6oz in 30-35seconds). In milk drinks up to ~7oz, this makes a wonderfully sweet and creamy cappuccino, that tastes like liquid caramel. Tons of lush sweetness, and full of body. It also preforms well as a straight shot, with a heavy caramel/roasty presence. NOT to be confused with overroasted, burnt, stale bitterness, but bittersweet roast tones. If you're looking for straight espresso, this isn't the #1 pick, although it IS good. From Vivace, the Dolce is what you want. BUT, if you want a blend which will transform any properly sized milk drink (ie: 5-7oz) into a caramel dream, this is what you want. Highly Recommended.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Very forgiving

    I have a Vivaldi II and a Vario. We loved Vita so much that I ordered three more pounds! We love RoastE.com!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Great with milk

    Vivace is officially my new favorite roaster. I loved Dolce, and I now love Vita as well. It's a little spicy and chocolaty straight, but that same profile goes great when rounded out in a macchiato or cappuccino. I prefer Dolce for my straight shots, but Vita holds up well in milk drinks and is definitely worth checking out. I also enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to make many adjustments when dialing in Vita, after Dolce ran out. I lowered the temp from 203 to 201, upped my dose a little, and really enjoyed the results.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Perfect

    This is the Vivace I remember from Seattle. Nothing against the Dolce, I'm just not a straight espresso drinker. With milk, just as Vivace describes in their website: rich, full flavor, with sweet, caramel finish. The perfect latte. Highly recommended.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Perfect for cappuccinos

    Has a nice earthy/chocolate flavor. After trying it for he first time my wife who favors milk drinks concluded that we don't have to look for another coffee. I wouldn't go that far but I have to admit that so far I haven't found anything better for cappuccinos. If you get grind and temperature right you'll be rewarded with incredible amount of crema. I'm not sure if it is the batch or age but it may require some fine tuning.
    3/ 5stars
    3

    Vivace Espresso Vita

    Had to work with this a bit to get a good shot. It is more subtle than I prefer in milk drinks. Was better in a double shot small...10 ounce drink. I would try it again.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    La Bella Vita

    This is Vivace Espresso's offering for the cappa / latte lover. I prefer this to the Dolce in my cappa's / latte's. Dolce works better as the standalone espresso blend. 198-200 works well when mixing w/milk. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? Thanks Vivace and Roaste!
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Very very nice - use high temps

    Very nice. It is tempermental though. Higher temps are better.
    4/ 5stars
    4

    Prefer Vivace Dolce

    I'll begin the review with a caveat. I've been making lattes and cappuccinos for more than 5 years and can froth microfoam with my eyes closed -- but I've never developed a palate that can enjoy an espresso, or even a macchiato. Just keep that in mind when I tell you I much prefer Vivace's Dolce over their Vita roast. Those of you who prefer a smooth flavor may find Vita's flavors a bit overpowering in our milk drinks. But Dolce deserves applause for this very nice blend. Definitely try them both - I did, and I'm going back to Dolce.
    5/ 5stars
    5

    a truly grand espresso--cafe' vivace vita

    I've recently tried a number of espresso coffees for my new Rancilio Silvia espresso machine...It brings me great joy to know I'm having a glorious coffee drink that is as good if not better than a Starbucks or Caribu Cofeehouse... ...so here we go...I'm reading all this praise about this David Schomer guy from Cafe Vivace who is totally obsessed with coffee and has a number of books and DVD's about the great art of espresso... ...so I dive into his VITA blend roasted made daily at his Roateria in Seattle. It is truly decadent to see a gusher of crema dispensed from his special espresso...and I'm very, very impressed with the drinks I was able to make....Great tasty lattes and even a bold Americano had a zesty Northern Italian roast flavor. No need to look further....this stuff is top-notch...
    5/ 5stars
    5

    Fantastic with milk

    The Vita blend is a deliciously rich low-acid espresso, has a heavy body, some chocolate and caramel notes with an excellent crema. It is very good for shots (even though not my favorite, try Klatch) but absolutely fantastic with milk. And there is no excuse if you have not tried it ;] - 4 beans In the small cup, 5 beans for the mastering of milk.

    Roaster Info

    Founded in 1988 by husband-and-wife team David Schomer and Geneva Sullivan, Espresso Vivace has a long history of developing and promoting espresso as a culinary art. Since 1992, Vivace has been roasting coffee in the Northern Italian style, a fully developed roast that delivers all the caramelized sweetness of the coffee bean without the charred edge that mars many dark roasts.

     

    In pursuit of quality, Espresso Vivace sources all of its coffees from farms that practice the “old” coffee growing method that’s now known as “shade-grown” coffee. The plantations from which Vivace buys feature complete eco-systems and practice meticulous harvesting, drying and processing techniques. Espresso Vivace pays a premium price to ensure that the farms provide good working conditions, and pay a living wage, as top-quality coffee only comes from farms that operate in socially and environmentally responsible and sustainable ways.

     

    Espresso Vivace offers two espresso blends, Espresso Vita and Espresso Dolce, which have long been proclaimed to be among the finest espresso blends in the country.  

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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. 

     

    Blended to feature a very heavy body, especially suited for Caffe Latte and Cappuccino. The blend is dominated by a rich note of caramel. It is our “house blend” we serve at Espresso Vivace.

     

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    Submitted by sternkeks on
    The Vita blend is a deliciously rich low-acid espresso, has a heavy body, some chocolate and caramel notes with an excellent crema. It is very good for shots (even though not my favorite, try Klatch) but absolutely fantastic with milk. And there is no excuse if you have not tried it ;] - 4 beans In the small cup, 5 beans for the mastering of milk.
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    I've recently tried a number of espresso coffees for my new Rancilio Silvia espresso machine...It brings me great joy to know I'm having a glorious coffee drink that is as good if not better than a Starbucks or Caribu Cofeehouse... ...so here we go...I'm reading all this praise about this David Schomer guy from Cafe Vivace who is totally obsessed with coffee and has a number of books and DVD's about the great art of espresso... ...so I dive into his VITA blend roasted made daily at his Roateria in Seattle. It is truly decadent to see a gusher of crema dispensed from his special espresso...and I'm very, very impressed with the drinks I was able to make....Great tasty lattes and even a bold Americano had a zesty Northern Italian roast flavor. No need to look further....this stuff is top-notch...
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    I'll begin the review with a caveat. I've been making lattes and cappuccinos for more than 5 years and can froth microfoam with my eyes closed -- but I've never developed a palate that can enjoy an espresso, or even a macchiato. Just keep that in mind when I tell you I much prefer Vivace's Dolce over their Vita roast. Those of you who prefer a smooth flavor may find Vita's flavors a bit overpowering in our milk drinks. But Dolce deserves applause for this very nice blend. Definitely try them both - I did, and I'm going back to Dolce.
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    This is Vivace Espresso's offering for the cappa / latte lover. I prefer this to the Dolce in my cappa's / latte's. Dolce works better as the standalone espresso blend. 198-200 works well when mixing w/milk. Give it a try, what do you have to lose? Thanks Vivace and Roaste!
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    Had to work with this a bit to get a good shot. It is more subtle than I prefer in milk drinks. Was better in a double shot small...10 ounce drink. I would try it again.
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    Submitted by mmadecki on
    Has a nice earthy/chocolate flavor. After trying it for he first time my wife who favors milk drinks concluded that we don't have to look for another coffee. I wouldn't go that far but I have to admit that so far I haven't found anything better for cappuccinos. If you get grind and temperature right you'll be rewarded with incredible amount of crema. I'm not sure if it is the batch or age but it may require some fine tuning.
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    This is the Vivace I remember from Seattle. Nothing against the Dolce, I'm just not a straight espresso drinker. With milk, just as Vivace describes in their website: rich, full flavor, with sweet, caramel finish. The perfect latte. Highly recommended.
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    Vivace is officially my new favorite roaster. I loved Dolce, and I now love Vita as well. It's a little spicy and chocolaty straight, but that same profile goes great when rounded out in a macchiato or cappuccino. I prefer Dolce for my straight shots, but Vita holds up well in milk drinks and is definitely worth checking out. I also enjoyed the fact that I didn't have to make many adjustments when dialing in Vita, after Dolce ran out. I lowered the temp from 203 to 201, upped my dose a little, and really enjoyed the results.
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    Submitted by rich on
    I have a Vivaldi II and a Vario. We loved Vita so much that I ordered three more pounds! We love RoastE.com!
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    Another solid blend from Espresso Vivace, this one is designed for the milk drinks. Shot parameters are the same as dolce, 203.5F temp, high dose(17-19gram) and ristretto pulls(1.5-1.6oz in 30-35seconds). In milk drinks up to ~7oz, this makes a wonderfully sweet and creamy cappuccino, that tastes like liquid caramel. Tons of lush sweetness, and full of body. It also preforms well as a straight shot, with a heavy caramel/roasty presence. NOT to be confused with overroasted, burnt, stale bitterness, but bittersweet roast tones. If you're looking for straight espresso, this isn't the #1 pick, although it IS good. From Vivace, the Dolce is what you want. BUT, if you want a blend which will transform any properly sized milk drink (ie: 5-7oz) into a caramel dream, this is what you want. Highly Recommended.
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    Submitted by mgwolf1315 on
    This is really nice for capps, which is what I drink. As espresso, it has a very slight bitter edge, but when combined with milk, you end up with a wonderful dark chocolate which is very smooth. The best coffee I've had for a long time. I'm on my second order. Also, seems to be fairly forgiving temp wise and tastes good over a wide variety of temps.
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    Submitted by swsimmons on
    Bought 1 lb of the Vita and 1 pound of the dolce. Enjoyed the Vita very much for my cappas and the wife liked it in her large lattes. Still perfecting teh dose but using 18gms, 203 degrees in triple basket. So far so good
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    I continue to be impressed by Vivace. I am a big fan of the Dolce blend for espresso and the Vita will also not dissapoint. Not as bold as the Dolce, but perfect for a french press or an americano. Highly recommended. Received the roasted beans from Seattle to Boston within a day of being roasted. The beans arrive in a great zip lock vacuum pack that is reusable. Try it....you'll love it.
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    Submitted by speedstar on
    I have tried Dolce and Vita and both are great. My personal preference is Dolce but only because I have the option. If I had only had Vita I would love it as well. Maybe better suited to milk drinks than Dolce which seems milder to me. It did well for me at 18-19g in Synesso double basket, 203f, 1.75 oz in 30 seconds. Try both of Vivace's best and decide for yourself.
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    Submitted by valifrank on
    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.
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    Submitted by ttanouye on
    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. Drinks made: Cappuccino: 7oz Latte: 12oz Other espressos tried: Intelli – Black Cat Klatch – Belle & House Espresso Vivace – Dolce 16.5-17 grams 203 degrees 25-30 sec 1.5 oz Machine: Vivaldi Mini II Grinder: Vario
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    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
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    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.
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    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...
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    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.
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    A little bit finicky, when compared to Vivace Dolce. Great for cappuccino, not so great as espresso.
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    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.
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    Submitted by jdbruce on
    Didn't have any trouble getting good results. I love the 2 small sealed bags instead of one big one. Great idea.
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    Submitted by edly12 on
    A good coffee, but somewhat less character than the Dolce to my palate.
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    I liked this a lot for latte's and it was a co-workers (straight) espresso so far and she is familiar with dolce, ecco and black cat
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    Submitted by rotwang on
    Made delicious, smooth cappuccinos...when the shots were "on". Maybe a bit sensitive to high temps? I occasionally got very bitter shots on my Gaggia Pure. Lots of crema and a very nice caramel taste in milk.
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    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.
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    This coffee is great. Excellent crema with flavour that is robust without ever being bitter. I think it is far superior to any of the Lavazza line for example.
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    I'm am not an espresso aficionado or barista by any means, but I really enjoy Vita for making mochas and lattes. In a latte it leaves a lingering flavor in my mouth that I really enjoy. I will definitely buy this again.
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    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!!
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    Submitted by jleegaudes on
    Tried this and Vivace's Dolce beans. Much smoother than others I've bought at the big coffee chains.
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    I prefer the Dolce for straight espresso but the Vita is delicious in a latte.
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    Submitted by aseowyc on
    While the Vita is great in milk drinks, still prefer Dolce since its great all around bean for both espresso and cappuccino.
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    Submitted by cb_colo on
    I've been drinking this espresso for several months now and really like it. I almost always use it for lattes - not so much strait espresso shots and it's perfect with milk.
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    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!
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    Submitted by doug1021 on
    I don't add milk to my espresso drinks (only hot water), so given that requirement, I don't find anything particularly exciting about Vita as I do with Dolce. If you make caps/lattes, I'm sure this one will fare better.
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    Submitted by QUESTER on
    Not as sweet as the DOLCE... maybe a little darker, but for all the oil on the bean there is no roast flavor -- instead lots of crema and a taste of bittersweet chocolate. Lots of body. Excellent for espresso.
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    one of the best in the entire world we have had latte's on 4 continents this is our favorite bean 2nd place was on Maui Worth the price!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Submitted by denis on
    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.
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    Submitted by jbviau on
    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.
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    Submitted by dgeeks on
    I just love Vivace. Every coffee is a perfect cup for me. Well balanced, has its own aroma and just make my day a perfect coffee day!
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    This espresso is a great value! The flavor is bold and smooth and made the perfect latte! The beans are perfectly roasted. I would highly recommend this expresso!
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    Submitted by dpablo19 on
    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.
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    Superb coffee for my morning latte! My husband who is very low key about coffee raved about this coffee. Expensive, but a treat.
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