Tag Archive 'canada_coffee'

The Quest for the best Canadian coffee: on Web video

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jun 2011 | Filed under: Café Society, Foreign Brew

Back in 2003, two longtime Canadian friends, Nik Green and Edan Marshall, originally thought of visiting the best coffeehouses in British Columbia and making a book out of it. (Back in 2003, we had the exact same idea for San Francisco.) They’ve recently come back to the idea, but this time as a Web-based TV […]

Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up

Posted by TheShot on 18 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Today’s Toronto Star featured an article on the growth of Toronto area independent coffee shops (many of which call themselves “espresso bars”, per the article): TheStar.com – living – Toronto’s love affair with espresso bars heats up. Toronto now has a mixture of established independent espresso bars and a growing array of newer ones. (A […]

Vancouver, BC: The Elysian Room

Posted by TheShot on 28 Feb 2007 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

Yesterday Scott Beale, of SF’s Laughing Squid fame, posted on his visit to The Elysian Room in Vancouver: Laughing Squid » The Elysian Room. I too hear they make a mighty fine espresso (boy, am I overdue for a Vancouver espresso trek). They not only have a Clover, but they’re also a dealer. Tweet

Canada: Fair trade supporters seek federal regulation

Posted by TheShot on 02 Jan 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Fair Trade

According to an article today published by the CBC News, more than one million pounds of coffee sold in Canada with “Fair Trade” labels last year were fakes: Fair trade supporters seek federal regulation. Lacking certification from the Canadian organization that independently audits and certifies Fair Trade goods, many of these certification labels on the […]

Home Machines: Espresso yourself

Posted by TheShot on 12 Nov 2006 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

Yesterday’s Toronto Star featured a few interviews on what it takes to make a great espresso — including the opinions of Stuart Ross, an award-winning barista and co-owner of Bulldog Coffee in Toronto, and Coulter Jones, the 2006 Canadian barista champion from Vancouver’s Caffe Artigiano. However, only Mark Prince, of coffeegeek.com, was able to answer […]

Vancouver: Locals have much to learn about espresso

Posted by TheShot on 21 Sep 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Quality Issues

Knowing the difference between a good and bad espresso can be a curse to many a former barista. Or so says a former barista in today’s Georgia Straight, a popular Vancouver free weekly: Straight.com Vancouver | Best Eating | Locals have much to learn about espresso. The author writes that, “The espresso, as it is […]

A Eurocentric quest for espresso in Toronto

Posted by TheShot on 15 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Foreign Brew

A guest column in yesterday’s Toronto Star concerned a European friend of the writer who feared travelling to North America for the dreadful coffee. She even packed her own espresso machine out of desperation: TheStar.com – A Eurocentric quest for espresso. The writer was on a mission to convince her European friend that cosmopolitan Toronto […]

‘Barista’ rising to head of Canada’s coffee elite

Posted by TheShot on 05 Jun 2006 | Filed under: Barista

Today Waterloo, Canada’s The Record published a lengthy article on Phong Tran, an aspiring Canadian barista champ from Matter of Taste in Kitchener, ON: THERECORD.COM | INSIDER | ‘Barista’ rising to head of Canada’s coffee elite. Eastern Canada just started their own regional barista championships last year, and there’s one going on right now in […]

Toronto Espresso Hunt or: How I Learned To Hate Overextraction

Posted by TheShot on 14 Feb 2006 | Filed under: Barista, Foreign Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

Yesterday I came across a Toronto area blogger, StDan, who has picked up his own cause for finding some of the best espresso served in his fine city of Toronto: Espresso Hunt: Little Italy. Naturally, even at this early stage, he noted the following (familiar) problem: “most places put too much in it”. Yes, the […]