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11 years 8 months ago #3708 by PittCoffeeCrew
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Champagne - Re: Wpg, have you tried \"Bar Italia\" or one of the other Italian sports bars/restaurants/gelato bars on Corydon and a bit into Osborne Village? They've got the equipment and great people; only thing I am unsure of is the quality and freshness of beans.

Good luck!
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11 years 8 months ago #3709 by champagne
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I live right at confusion corner (right in between corydon and osborne). So I'll be getting to all of them. I have been to \"Bar Italia\" and didn't mind it, and the gelato place by organza was also alright. I find most places in Winnipeg (that aren't franchised outside of Winnipeg) use De Luca's which are a roasting company (among other things) in Winnipeg, so freshness should be alright in most places.

PittCoffeeCrew: Are you from Winnipeg?
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11 years 8 months ago #3711 by colin
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Toronto has come a long way - coffee wise.

Still. For a city of 5 million plus, it utterly pales in comparison to Victoria or Vancouver.
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11 years 8 months ago #3712 by PittCoffeeCrew
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Guilty as charged, Champagne! I live in Metro Vancouver, but grew up in Winnipeg (K-12 + U of M).

I'd say the key to a good non-franchise coffee bar in Wpg, as anywhere, is fresh beans. Get friendly with your baristas and ask from where and when they get deliveries.

I've not been in the city on a perm basis since 1991, so my crude suggestions are just that. Explore Osborne Village, Corydon and ask around. Might also be something in the Market Square area (a couple blocks in from Portage & Main, if you are new to the city - look for cobblestone streets, warehouses and streetwalkers).

Though not as trendy as the 'hoods cited above, don't overlook the North End and St. Boniface - plenty of ethnic neighbourhoods (Greek, Italian, French and others) that often have fantastic hole-in-the-wall restaurants. A fave of mine, though not for coffee, is Deen's Caribbean on Marion (not far from St. Boniface Hospital). Red Stripe & roti!

I am confident you'll find 2 or 3 places that should highlight the 'peg on Colin's list.

Happy hunting!
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11 years 7 months ago #3715 by champagne
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Well...I spent yesterday morning before work going to different coffee shops. Ok...I meant to just go to one but the espresso tasted like nail polish remover smells...so I went to another one; and that other one was pretty good, even though the girl making my coffee left it for about 5 minutes before adding the water to the espresso (I'm a double long-pour americano drinker in an 8oz cup) but that just left me hankering for another good cup. So I went next door to that shop to a vegan coffee house/restaurant for a cup of mud. Well it was alright...but not a good way to start my shift at work. As I was driving to work I decided to risk being a little late to stop at a coffee shop I always wanted to go to. Cornelia bean, awesome coffee shop as far as accessories for tea and coffee go. Friendly staff, and a pretty good americano, it's a very clean cup of coffee.

So basically what this all means is that it is hard to find a good cup of coffee in Winnipeg, so far the best is Cornelia bean, The Fyxx and Daily Grind. Once I have a list of the better ones, I'll compare those and find the best cup of coffee in Winnipeg. This being said...my favorite cup is a home made brew in my Bodum Kona coffee maker.
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11 years 6 months ago - 11 years 6 months ago #3786 by nikotine
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In Montreal there are 4 coffee shops which are considered "third wave" and I have tried all of them.

- Cafe Art Java: the first of the "3rd wave" coffee shops. La Marzocco machine; salads and sandwiches; 2 locations (downtown and plateau).

- Cafe Sante Veritas: Synesso machine; Anfim grinders; 49th Parallel Epic blend; located in Old Montreal. Winner of Krups national awards. There is a good selection of healthy food here (soups, salads, sandiwches). Here the Synesso machine is perpendicular to the bar so you can see what's going on. Fascinating to watch pulls from the naked portafilters.

- Cafe Myriade: Mirage Veloce machine; Anfim grinders; 49th Parallel Epic blend; located in downtown next to Concordia University. It is operated by barista champions Scott Rao and Anthony Benda. Unusual coffee serving methods as Eva Solo, glass vacuum, French press.

- Cafe In Gamba: Faema E61 machine; Anfim and Mazzer grinders; 49th Parallel Epic Blend; Intelligentsia Black Cat Blend; Espresso Vivace coffee; 2 locations (downtown and mile end). What's interesting here is the wide variety of coffees, some of which is sourced from the US.


My own preference goes to Myriade for the friendly and young staff, cheap coffee by the bag, and alternate brewing methods. Veritas is also great for the food and high-end art deco atmosphere. At both these coffee shops, an order for espresso or a capuccino will actually be a double. Therefore, if you order a double espresso, you will be in fact getting a quad!
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