Olympia Express Cremina Espresso Machine

Been doing a bit of research, trying to find a great espresso machine to put my studies into practice. What better way to learn than to try it yourself, hands on! I was debating between three machines, all a bit pricey, but are all supposed to create great espresso with beautiful crema! Olympia Espress Cremina…

A NEW ESPRESSO MACHINE

Hello everyone, I am thinking of getting my very own espresso machine, curious to see what you home baristas think of the Rocket r60v? Any recommendations on grinders as well?

MARKETING TACTICS YOU NEED NOT TO FALL FOR -COFFEE

A few things you may want to be aware of when buying coffee bean, beware of their labels! GRADE The word grade is very important in the commercial world, but in the specialty world it is  rare to use for flavour or quality. Most regions use grading terms to indicate size of the beans. The grade does…

MEETING THE BEANS

Coffee is like an art form, mechanically and physically. Like food, it comes in hundreds of varieties, their names would be one the first step to help you differentiate dark from light roast, good from bad beans. Like wine, the flavour of coffee depends a lot on it’s source, the bean. Understanding this aspect of…

PILOT COFFEE ROASTERS

My last cup for the day before I get wired. This may sound like pure bs, but the shops really just gets better and better. Cortado ($3.25) again but this time it’s even better. Very strong espresso, flavourful and fresh with a sudden hit of creamy notes right in the middle leaving a sweet-ish creamy-ness…

FARENHEIT

Third shot of the day, VERY VERY CLOSE to what I was looking for. The taste is definitely there -cortado, except tasted a bit watered down with milk. Very interesting, when I ordered the cortado ($3.10) the barista asked me to choose my bean. I had three choices, with brief introduction of each one, finally…

CREMA

Very interesting end note, cortado with a twist!

LIT ESPRESSO BAR

A quaint indie coffee shop hidden in Roncesville Village, Toronto. Good coffee, great vibe!

KERR STREET CAFE

Kerr Street Cafe – a expansion from a smaller cafe which functions more like a brunch spot.

THE NOVICE CUP

My novice cup of coffee with beginner gear! Lets take this one step at a time to find the taste I once had in Hong Kong.