New Thing #305: Crema on the Danforth

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It’s not much of a secret that I frequent the Crema Espresso Bar at Yonge and Bloor rather frequently. I love their coffee and it’s conveniently located about 3 minutes from my office. 

But, even though I’ve passed it many times on the Danforth, I’ve never frequented their newest location until tonight. After a rather enjoyable visit with an old friend and colleague I grabbed a cappuccino to see how it stacked up to its brother’s. Pretty well is my assessment.

Plus, out of the three Crema locations I’ve been to, this is by far the most inviting. It’s warm and has plenty of seating and, at least in the evening, it’s fairly vacated. Perfect for a little quiet espresso time.

 

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New Thing #262: Pay for Starbucks with a Phone

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I haven’t frequented a Starbucks in a very, very long time. Thankfully I have Crema, the wonderful independant coffee shop mere steps away from my office. So when I need my coffee fix, I’ve got it covered for most of the week.

But Starbucks introduced new functionality to their iPhone app. And I just couldn’t resist the allure of using my iPhone to pay for my drink. And as far as apps go, this one is top notch; packing in a ton of functionality into a minimalist design.

I have spent my entire adult life loathing my wallet, and since I want to be prepared for everything it’s always woefully fatter than it should be. This is the first step towards losing the plastic that bulks up my back pocket. 

I just wish I could use it anywhere but Starbucks. Ick.

New Thing #206: Cortado

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My coffee snobbery may come into question with this post, but I’ve never had a cortado before today. On the recommendation of Adrian, one of my work pals, I had Crema whip me up this espresso cut with warm milk concoction this afternoon.

Yummy.

It’s about half way between a straight espresso shot and a macchiato. Normally, if I’m not at work, a macchiato is my go to beverage, so it was nice to try something a little stronger than it, but meatier than just a shot of espresso.

I think I’ve just found my perfect breakfast drink.

 

New Thing #20: Roasting Coffee Beans

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A day doesn’t often go by that I don’t indulge in at least one latte. Although I’ve never found any interest in brewed coffee, there’s something about espresso that just does it for me. That’s why I’ve always wondered what sort of a difference roasting my own coffee beans would make in the flavour of the espresso I make at home.

I grabbed a bag of Taman Dadar Java from the Merchants of Green Coffee and went to work. I used the popcorn maker method since it seems to do the most even job on the beans according to my research online. It also seemed to be dead nuts simple, which is always a plus for me.

The roasting itself went off without a hitch, but how does it taste? Well, you’ll have to check back tomorrow because they’re supposed to rest for a day before grinding. Sorry. 

[UPDATE]

What a fantastic way to start the morning. The green beans I’d roasted ground up beautifully, giving off a nice mild aroma. That smell translated wonderfully into a very sweet shot that wasn’t too acidic and really opened up as I drank it.

It might just be that the Intelligentsia beans that I normally use are past their prime but this is the best shot I’ve pulled off my machine in a very long time. And yes, even the crema was more abundant. My machine doesn’t normally produce an aweful lot of the stuff so it’s hard to pick out in the photos attached, but believe me it was more.

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