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13 years 5 months ago #1248 by colin
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We have readers all over Canada - please enter your favorite community espresso - coffee place here please.

For Victoria: Discovery Coffee, Buon Amicis, Cafe Fantastico etc
For Vancouver: Elysian room, Artigiano, etc etc etc

Always looking for hot tips for Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, etc etc... all the way out to St. Johns please.

Thanks!

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13 years 5 months ago #1254 by dave
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We're talking a whole different world in coffee culture over here, but in Ottawa the best straight shot I have seen came from i deal Coffee in the market. Next bet would probably be Caffe Mio on Wellington, though I haven't been back in a while, nor since their renovation.

For an active community, Mio has a good following I understand. i deal is a relative newcomer, but they've got the roaster out in prominence and a waiting Ms. Pacman table machine. I daresay you will find open room to sit, meet, read, or think in this establishment, not to mention the presence of a roastmistress that takes her coffee seriously.

Someone else had good things to say about Jazzoo in New Edinburgh, but I cannot agree from my one(!) visit.

Very few places in Ottawa have a clue about espresso. We must cherish what we have; the beacons of the Ottawa coffee scene are so in part for their appreciation of coffee and their genuine desire to improve and step above in a market where coffee is bucks and seconds. You have to include Francescos in this list as a roaster, along with Equator Coffee in Almonte/Arnprior and Greg Stevenson roasting his heart out down in Winchester at Something's Brewing.

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13 years 5 months ago #1261 by kai
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Birds and Beans in Etobicoke was really neat. I stopped by to pick up a tamper and an americano. Got to talking with the owner, Madeline if I recall correctly, and she gave me a tour of their backroom roasting facility. It was very cool considering that was my very first time in the shop. I make a living in the control industry (PID is my friend) and it made my day seeing the control software used for roasting batches.

The americano was most excellent by the way.

I don't get out much but it seems to me that the coffee scene in the GTA is slowly but surely starting to pick up.

Kai.

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13 years 4 months ago #1262 by colin (editor dude)
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Thank you Kai - I appreciate that.

So far, I have resources on this site for
the best espresso places in:
Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, Toronto
and parts of Southern Ontario and, oh yes, Halifax.

Still looking for hot tips for Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Regina, Montreal, Quebec City and St. Johns Newfoundland.

Come on Frederick! Where are Montreal`s classic cafes?

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13 years 4 months ago #1316 by colin (editor dude)
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Wow -- 600 views of this posting and no opinions!

Is coffee that bad in Canada?

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13 years 3 months ago #1407 by deaflegacy
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Nah, the coffee is as good in Canada as it is in America.

I would recommend an excellent cafe but it's in Langley, British Columbia, I'm not sure if you'd welcome the tip.

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