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With some free time at hand, I decided to pull out my novice coffee gear to brew a nice up of espresso. With limited investment in my gears (Bialetti Moka Express 3 Cup stove-top brewer) and beans -purchased a few months ago- my cup of espresso with cream tasted very bitter and flat. Reminiscing to when I had the perfect cup of Cortado -or close to perfect- in Hong Kong, I ventured out to nearby indie coffee shops to try and find that taste again. My venture stopped in Ottawa, Ontario with nothing but disappointment, and bitterness. Then I started research online on how to make the perfect cup of Cortado at home. There were varied ranges of instructions, but nothing appears to give the taste I was looking for. Mind me, I know close to nothing about coffee, all I have is very fine taste buds and supreme pallet memory. Once i taste something really delicious, I can not go back to the lesser. So my coffee adventure begins here, with lots of googling, reading, and exploring individual coffee shops.

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  1. alslaff says:

    [WIFI crash for me here earlier. This may/may not be my 2nd comment] Anyway, thanks for your your recent visit to Shift Key. Your world of colorful coffee will add sweet balance to my tea life (and its occasional coffee). Thanks.

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  2. You are on a truly worthy crusade! I hope to stay abreast!

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  3. Thank you for stopping by Turtle Burger Crochet and liking my Cup Cosies post. By no means do I know anything about coffee but I do enjoy a good, sweet cup. I’ve been enjoying reading your coffee adventures and look forward to reading more.

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Thank you for your support Turtle!

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  4. thenavyleopard says:

    Dear Crema, thanks for stopping by my blog. I love the name of your blog and the detailed reviews.

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  5. Life's Thoughts by Lindsay says:

    Hi Dear Crema, thank you for liking my blog post and I am happy you did because I get to visit your blog. I am a coffee lover as well and I am so excited reading your blogs because (1) you are also base in Canada, so that means I can get to try those cafe’s you have visited (2) I can actually read blogs about coffee.
    Have you tried Cafe Alamid or also known as Kopi Luwak?

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Hello Lindsay, thank you very much for leaving a message and taking interest in my little corner. I am glad you can actually try the shops I wrote about, my pallet alone won’t be a fair rating for these coffee shops so please let me know your thoughts when you do visit them. I have not yet tried the coffee shops you listed but will add to my list and write about it. What drink do you usually get.

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  6. Tony says:

    HI, Dear Crema! Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post 7 steps to smarter coffee drinking. Since you are clearly an afficionado, I wondered what your opinion of cold-brewed coffee was. I just discovered it and posted on it about a week ago. I am enjoying my visit to your little corner of the blogosphere.

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Ive actually never tried cold brew, im more of an espresso person though, i do have drip at home. Where is your favourite cup?

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      1. Tony says:

        Not sure I understand you. Do you mean where do I most like to buy it? I ask because I create it myself. In cold brewing, you substitute time for heat. You soak the grounds from 12 to 24 hours and then save the coffee liquor and mix it with hot water. Very smooth. I wrote about it on my blog.

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      2. Dear Crema says:

        Ohh very interesting! Thanks for recommending, i will check it out ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. aliada2 says:

    Have you tried african coffee??

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Hi aliada no i cant say that i have. Where do you get your favorite coffee from?

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      1. aliada2 says:

        Well Im from Kenya and we export coffee worldwide. Ask your local stores if they stock any Kenyan Coffee

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    2. Tony says:

      Have you checked out the cold brewed coffee yet? I am on my fourth batch. I find myself drinking about twice as much coffee as before and enjoying it even more. You ought to check it out.

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      1. aliada2 says:

        I have to say I haven’t tried cold brew coffee. Will need to enquire with the local coffee cafes here if they have started this process in Kenya. Thanks for the recomendation. If I’m lucky I’ll get back to you with feedback, till then enjoy a couple on my behalf

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  8. Mel and Suan says:

    I cannot call myself a coffee connoisseur either, but the one cafe I had visited in Chiang Mai grows their own in the highlands and are operated by the minority tribes people. We try to support local produce where we can as opposed to large corporations.
    Hope you find that perfect cuppa. I wasn’t aware that Japan could have such good coffee despite all our travels there, but good luck and share with us what you find!

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  9. J LeClair says:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a big fan of coffee, although I am not always the most discerning consumer. I did have some fantastic siphon coffee in a tiny mountain town in Japan, served by an elfish woman whose eyes actually twinkled. Do you have any standout coffee experiences? Jessy

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Hey Jessie, thanks for leaving a comment. My best coffee was in Hong Kong believe it or not. I will be visiting Japan this year though, so very excited! If you have any recommendations for coffee/ patisserie in Japan please let me know, I will make sure to visit ๐Ÿ˜€

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  10. Mark K says:

    I know what you mean, re: Ottawa and coffee. It’s the reason I roast at home. Did you have ANY luck finding a half-way decent cup in Ottawa?

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      No actually, but i was told theres supposed to be good latte at byward market somewhere… i should go try it out again in spring ๐Ÿ™‚ you guys have a very nice bakery artisin delicious ๐Ÿ™‚

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  11. My cup of coffee was at Paul’s Patisserie in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey. It was not the best I have tasted but it was good. The macaroon however was scrumptious!

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    1. Dear Crema says:

      Thanks for the recommendation! Kingston-on-Thames is in England? I should definitely go there to try it out when i visit ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Hyperion says:

    A worthy quest, my friend. I’ve pursued the perfect cup across the globe and found it in the most unlikely places. The most popular places are the least successful. The quest becomes a sojourn, becomes, a journey, becomes a lifestyle and there I found ultimate coffee Nirvana. I agree with you. Once you’ve had the best, a lesser experience is just a disappointment. Good luck with your gustatory appetence assay.

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