Delicious and creamy :9
Delicious and creamy :9
During a routine conversation I had with my friend Luke Lockhart (one of the Founders of an awesome startup – Pophire) over which coffee shops made really good espresso, we touched upon the topic of tipping our baristas.
We made the comparison to their late night counterparts – bartenders in bars and clubs, concluding they aren’t appreciated enough. They work just as hard during morning rushes, but are not monetarily compensated for making your drink really good.
According to Wikipedia, “The word barista is of Italian origin, and in Italian, a barista is a male or female “bartender”, who typically works behind a counter, serving both hot drinks (such as espresso), and cold alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, not a coffee-maker specifically.”
Compare baristas to a bartender who makes a standard rail drink that takes less than 10 seconds to make, and they make what around 50 cents to a dollar on a drink.
What accounts for this disparity in the compensation and treatment of our hardworking and friendly neighbourhood barista? What gives? [Read more…]
After reading Toronto Life’s article about Toronto’s coffee mini-empires, it made me think. With the domination of any particular market (in this case, the independent coffee market), small players will pop up to fill an underserved market. In this case, it’s Torontonians who have been subjected to shitty coffee. Right now it feels like there’s a free for all when it comes to getting a good cup of coffee in a neighbourhood near you.
But over the last few years, there have been the usual suspects in Toronto that have carved out mindshare in terms of who makes the best coffee I feel the players in the market are: Crema Coffee Co, Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Lit Espresso Bar, Sam James Coffee Bar and Te Aro Roasted.
We’re already seeing fragmentation in the independent coffee scene, especially with the likes of Snakes & Lattes (a cleverly named board game café, doncha think??).
My prediction is that there will be cafes revolving around certain themes or catering to specific communities.
Good coffee on the go – Sam James Coffee Bar Knitting and Coffee – The Knit Cafe
What about :
Comics and coffee?
Video games and coffee?
You see books and coffee is already being demonstrated on the big box level with Indigo and Chapters with an adjoining Starbucks. We’ve got coding and coffee (freelancers downtown) over at Cloud Espresso Bar.
I wonder when a ballsy enough coffee entrepreneur would be willing to go so far as opening up a “Hooters of coffee” in Toronto such as these guys in the video embedded below
What do you get when there’s a burgeoning independent coffee scene in Toronto that’s craving for a better cup of coffee than the usual suspects and looking to explore the city? The Indie Coffee Passport, that’s what.
With a slogan like “24 coffee shops. $25 dollars. 7 months. 1 passport“, you immediately understand what the Indie Coffee Passport is all about. [Read more…]
Depending on which way you look at it, I found quite possibly the hottest or coolest new coffee toy through a link on one of my favourite website’s right now (HackerNews) to a new and innovative product the “Coffee Joulie” on Kickstarter.
It solves two different problems in one that we face as avid coffee drinkers. – helping take absorb the heat of hot coffee from scalding to a luke warm 140 degrees (60 degrees Celsius) and helps your coffee staying warm twice as long (I hate cold coffee) through the magic of thermodynamics. [Read more…]