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Old 02-13-06, 12:19 PM   #1851
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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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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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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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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!
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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.
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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?
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Gimme a Melita #4 and I'm good to go.
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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.
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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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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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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speaking of which.. what's everyone drinkin' in beer these days? I'm totally loving the St. Abroise Oatmeal Stout.. great Winter beer!
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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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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.
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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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