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    Quote Originally Posted by jet sanchEz
    ^^^
    I dunno the name of the bean, but Alternative Grounds on Roncesvalles has some great coffee and espresso beans. It is fair trade coffee, meaning that the growers get a fair price and are not raped a la Starbucks. Check it out, also, if you are near Roncesvalles, there is another coffee shop called Cherry Bomb and the owner is a bike nerd and has a bike hung on the wall. He changes it every month or so; right now it is one of those inverted-fork racer things, but he had a gorgeous Cinelli raod bike up there a few months ago.
    Roncesvalles is my hood, man (boustead ave). i often hang out at Alternative Grounds, and their coffee is decent but i can't remember if their espresso roast is any good. maybe i'll stop in there today and give it a try. i'll have to check out cherry bomb, for the bikes if nothing else. we need a jet fuel-type coffee shop in the west end...

    what part of roncey do you live in? shout if you want to ride sometime....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixedude
    locally... http://www.alternativegrounds.com/show.php

    coffee online (& eastside)... http://www.merchantsofgreencoffee.com/catalog/

    as well... faema (on dupont), jet fuel (on parliament), balzacs (distillery district), roastery (liberty village), rectory (toronto island)...
    actually i stopped in to the Faema place on my way home from work last week. pretty cool stuff there; i don't have an espresso machine but being in there made me want one! especially one of the old italian chrome jobs with the hand pump. a work of art that makes coffee; what more could you ask for? didn't try their coffee though, it look like mostly that vaccum-packed stuff you can buy at the grocery store.

    two thumbs up also for jet fuel and balzacs...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywhitehorn
    Kick Ass is my current favourite! a darkish roast with some medium mixed in. very flavourful. best made in a french press coarsely ground. you won't be dissapointed.
    Thanks man....we are a simple drip family the wife and I....lol....
    A nice press wouldn't be so hard in the morning.

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    maybe i should mention that i don't have a proper espresso machine but one of those stove-top pots... a moka pot i think is the right term...

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    I have no machine whatsoever..... I pour water into the paper filter into the cup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywhitehorn
    Kick Ass is my current favourite! a darkish roast with some medium mixed in. very flavourful. best made in a french press coarsely ground. you won't be dissapointed.
    Exactly how I prepare it.. That's the stuff by Kicking Horse Coffee, right? It's also fair-trade / organic / Canadian.

    If there's any other tea-drinkers in the house, they also make really great fair-trade / organic tea under the name "coup de thé" (such a good name). The Earl Grey is fantastic!
    -Milpool

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    Exactly how I prepare it.. That's the stuff by Kicking Horse Coffee, right? It's also fair-trade / organic / Canadian.

    If there's any other tea-drinkers in the house, they also make really great fair-trade / organic tea under the name "coup de thé" (such a good name). The Earl Grey is fantastic!
    yup, that's kicking horse stuff. i tried their "grizzly claw", another dark roast. i also tried their espresso blend but i wasn't as impressed as with their others.

    i stick with twinings for all my tea needs. i'm not as much of a tea snob as i am a coffee snob though...

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    The stovetops still make a decent enough coffee.. that's what I use as well. All those Italian grandmothers can't be wrong, can they?

    I'd like to pick up a proper machine some day, but at this point I'd have to look into a financing plan. Plus being a 9 to 5'er right now it doesn't seem to make sense to spend all that money on a machine I'll only use once a day. I'm still stuck with spending money or drinking office coffee otherwise.
    -Milpool

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    Coffee has just GOTTA have that POW ZING BLAMO kinda quality to it.

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    hence the paper filter into the cup?
    -Milpool

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    Gimme a Melita #4 and I'm good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    The stovetops still make a decent enough coffee.. that's what I use as well. All those Italian grandmothers can't be wrong, can they?

    I'd like to pick up a proper machine some day, but at this point I'd have to look into a financing plan. Plus being a 9 to 5'er right now it doesn't seem to make sense to spend all that money on a machine I'll only use once a day. I'm still stuck with spending money or drinking office coffee otherwise.
    yeah, that's kind of the way i feel. cheapest pump-driven machines appear to be $300+. plus you would want a decent grinder. my $10 stove top pot from chinatown does well enough that i can spend the extra cash on beans.
    someday though, maybe if i ever buy a house i'll have one hooked up to the plumbing. for now though, must save for school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRaffic Jammer
    Coffee has just GOTTA have that POW ZING BLAMO kinda quality to it.
    i think the only coffee i've had that i can describe that way is the espresso from jet fuel. after sipping on a few shots of those last summer while watching the tour i actually started to get the shakes...

    the only thing that i could think of that would be stronger is this:

    http://www.coffeegeek.com/guides/shotindark

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    i'm sure all of you yahoos have tried the vietnamese filtered coffee? try drinking that straight.. yikes. the little filter pots are cheap in chinatown, and all of the saigon-sub shops sell brands of vietnamese beans. or you could use your own. the condensed milk can get pricey though. nothing like one of those on ice on a summer's day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gokiburi
    i'm sure all of you yahoos have tried the vietnamese filtered coffee? try drinking that straight.. yikes. the little filter pots are cheap in chinatown, and all of the saigon-sub shops sell brands of vietnamese beans. or you could use your own. the condensed milk can get pricey though. nothing like one of those on ice on a summer's day.
    when you ask for a coffee at pho hung that's what they bring you. i just bought a new espresso pot last week and the store i bought it from had those filters beside them. i dunno, i like firing up the stove and listening for the gurlge. maybe it's the italian / cyling heritage thing but i loves me some stovetop moka!

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    I think it might be that I'm quite incapable of operating machinery until I get some caffeine into my system. Toaster and a frying pan that's about it, the the water must be on the boil while I do make the kids breaky.

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    Random callback to the Spectrum discussion. Dropped the frames off today, and it turns out I was under-quoted (is that even a word?). It'll be 75 bucks per frame. Ready in a week. Still not bad though. Boink! (for the lack of a better way to end this post...).

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    Salt spring island coffee is a good packaged option too. We frequented the roasting house this past summer on the island while on a bike tour.
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    PC The Great Canadian Coffee. It’s great! Coffee’s coffee couldn’t care less. Beer on the other hand well...
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    speaking of which.. what's everyone drinkin' in beer these days? I'm totally loving the St. Abroise Oatmeal Stout.. great Winter beer!
    -Milpool

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeremywhitehorn
    actually i stopped in to the Faema place on my way home from work last week. pretty cool stuff there; i don't have an espresso machine but being in there made me want one! especially one of the old italian chrome jobs with the hand pump. a work of art that makes coffee; what more could you ask for? didn't try their coffee though, it look like mostly that vaccum-packed stuff you can buy at the grocery store.
    they use ILLY COFFEE! some of the finest italian joe around...definitely not the vacuum-packed stuff from the grocery store. http://www.illy.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnambulant
    speaking of which.. what's everyone drinkin' in beer these days? I'm totally loving the St. Abroise Oatmeal Stout.. great Winter beer!
    kirin `golden hop` http://www.kirin.co.jp/brands/chille...goldenhop.html


    yebisu `malt beer` http://www.sapporobeer.jp/product/beer/yebisu.html

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    Yeah St. Amboise Oatmeal Stout!!!! It was akward cause I ran into guiness the other day and he was all like "why don't you drink me anymore?" I had to tell him it's me not him... but really it's cause he doesn't have that sweet coffee aftertaste. I'm sorry Guiness, I never meant to hurt you.
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    i mix my Guiness with strong bow cider. Other wise nothing to exotic.
    ale, lager sleemans, brick brewing co. didn’t mean to hijack the coffee talk.
    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixedude
    they use ILLY COFFEE! some of the finest italian joe around...definitely not the vacuum-packed stuff from the grocery store. http://www.illy.com/
    shoot, i had no idea they used illy. i just poked my head into the cafe and didn't see much happening. man, that stuff is old school european good. expensive, but good.

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