Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Photo: two is better than one

Spotted: Crema
Epic espresso Current blend:
El Salvador El Retiro (1400)
brazil Santa Barbara (1250)

Tasting: burst of caramel and sweetness upon hitting the tongue, bold chocolate and delicious lingering mouthfeel; the feeling of after eating many blackberries.

Go now! This epic is spot on

Friday, July 27, 2012

CCBC 2012 results

The 2012 Central Canadian barista competition was held earlier this week (Tuesday and Wednesday July 24-25) over at the historic hart house in the iconic Great Hall -- on university of toronto campus.

How fitting was the 2 day coffee expo and competition? It was a feverish excitement as CCBC has a new venue and the buzz within the crowd was infectious.

Only 2 of the last years top 6 performed but that it meant the new blood brought the revived energy to CCBC.

Here we're the top 6:
Place//Name//Association//Score//Coffee Used
1. Geoff Woodley Detour 621 Detour Coffee
2. Georgia Henry Dark Horse 597.5 Detour Coffee
3. Sameer Mohamed Fahrenheit 582  Te Aro
4. Brad Bauer Fahrenheit coffee 564.5  Te Aro
5. Brett Johnston Crafted coffee 556   Te Aro
6. Jesse Van dyke Grondin Rooster Coffeehouse 548.5  Te Aro

Congrats to all competitors.
Looks like only the top 4 proceed to Nationals in September.

Note: Geoff is now a 2-time CCBC winne
The top 2 competitors used Detour Coffee; the next 4 used Te Aro coffee

All of the Top 6 performed on Day 2 of the competition in a one-performance ONLY competition.

Thanks to the organizer for putting on a great event and raising more funds for charities/organization that impact the coffee community.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Ccbc now LiVE

“@ccbctoronto: Okay live stream - https://t.co/Fq9Xcq1D
Pass it on”

Friday, July 20, 2012

First Offical Espresso Adventure

Hi Readers,
I've mentioned to you about my Espresso Adventures, and realized that I've been quite selfish, never really inviting you guys.
Here is your chance to join me on my first offical Espresso Adventure (Coffee Crawl)
In conjunction with the Central Canadian Barista Comp/ Coffee Expo, I've partnered with good friend (Beanlink) to organize this impromtu "unofficial event."

The Basics:
Date: Wednesday July 25th
Time: 9AM
Start: Queen/Spadina
End: Hart House (UofT)

other details: Bring a Bike or $5/ CC to rent a Bixi. We are going to be mobile! (please be road safe)

click on the event page for more...
message me on twitter, or leave a comment below

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Photo: Elevens

Elevens at Te Aro.
Syrupy, caramel citrus candies greeted my tongue this morning.

Monday, July 16, 2012


Central Canadian (regional) Barista Competition & Coffee Expo
Otherwise known as CCBC is happening July 24-25 (Tues - Wed)
Location: Hart House (University of Toronto)
Address: 7 Hart House Circle
Time: 12-5PM; 11-5PM
Admission: FREE

(Donations will be collected for Coffee Kids)

What's going to happen here?
* Regional Barista Competition  (15 minutes to pull: 4 espresso, 4 Cappuccino, 4 Signature drinks)
* Coffee Cupping Demo
* Cup Tasters' challenge
* Latte Art Throw-Down
* Coffee and Tea Samples
* Equipment demonstrations
* Free samples

More information/ if you want to volunteer:
FILL this out

*I'll  be live tweeting so follow me on twitter if you aren't already doing that. @esproadventures*
Come say hi to me, or wave - photos, photos, photos!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Praire Coffee Project

July 13-16 at Calgary's Fratello Coffee is hosting the Praire Coffee Project.

3 1/2 Day Coffee Forum, Workshop, and competition show.

Also looks like Stephen Leighton from Hasbean (UK) is in town and will be leading the industry forum. I love this....

What does this mean?

I'll be catching the LIVESTREAM here ; don't mind the Title (it's the actual link)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Great read; extraction, water weight, temp brewed


Read this article. It's worth it.
Seems like the science nerd in me is super happy I start experiments

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Photo: Manic

Opened til late; 930pm.

Start of a growing trend or lucky that Manic Coffee can afford to stay open late....

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Regional Comps coming up// Prizes // Coffee Kids

This weekend is the Prairie Regional Barsita competition at Fratello. July 14-15 in Calgary.

The Central Canadian Regional Barista competition is July 24-25 at Hart House in Toronto.
(CCBC is holding a contest to post up a photo and get the most "like" to win the SWAG contest).

Please help me to help Coffeekids.com by clicking on the link and "like" my photo.

The Prize is amazing, and if I WIN with your help, of "like" and SHARING the link I will be holding a contest to win the items within the swag package. (Shipping included)

AS an added bonus here is your chance to help drive donations for Coffeekids.com as the value of the swag package will be donated this deserving donation.

ACT now - Contest for :"like" the photo ends this Friday.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Photo: a cup to go

More text to come in a few days, for now enjoy the coffee on the go

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Photo: Sunday morning breakfast

Just a nice sunny sunday up North enjoying the deck and some papaya and coffee.

Monday, July 2, 2012

VIDEO: In my Mug

PSA: It's going LIVE on Sat. July 21st in the Manchester area....