Month: February 2016

This looks like a must-visit coffee shop in Toronto

Is it too late to say sorry? I’m not even sure how this post got so delayed and thus forgotten… Sorry Coffee Co. was the first coffee shop I visited in 2016 because it was a high priority on my ‘to visit’ list. I’m so glad to say I wasn’t disappointed and it turned out to be better than I could imagine! Sorry Coffee Co. was a newly opened coffee shop inside of the store Kit and Ace on Bloor street, in the Yorkville area. I wasn’t exactly sure where the store was so I wandered around Bloor street till I came across Kit and Ace and went straight to the back. The coffee area is quite small in size, a nice cozy space in the back of the retail store. I was fortunate when I went inside there were still a few seats unoccupied so I snagged a window seat! I loved the décor around the café, it was modern, clean and minimalistic which was perfect for photos! I went up to the marble …

Humans of coffee: Pippa Rowney

Who is Pippa Rowney? Pippa Rowney is just a girl, standing at a coffee bar, asking for a good cuppa. I am also a part time freelancer/part time blogger/part time volunteer. I love people although I am introverted at times. Whenever I can be creative I jump on the opportunity. I have a deep faith in Christ and a holy discontent towards leadership in this world. Did I mention I love coffee! What is your best childhood memory? Best childhood memory is getting home from school, throwing my bag and shoes off and jumping on the back of my dad’s bakkie to go onto the farm with him. Yes I was a farm child #supportlocalfarmers. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m actually not sure. I often say I wish I’d studied OT, but to be honest I’ve learnt from life and all the mistakes and I believe that I am who I am because of what I’ve been through in life. What do you feel …

Humans of coffee: Kevin Clark

Who is Kevin Clark? I am a husband of a beautiful wife, father of an amazing son, lover of life, crazy about coffee and a man of God through life. What is your best childhood memory? This is a tough one! I’ll have to go soppy on this one. It might be the time we went to Disney world and I did this show/experience (they were teleporting aliens) with my dad, I landed up being terrified the whole way through while my dad laughed but it was in that moment I knew my dad was my protector and I could trust him or it could be one of the many road trips as a family going away for Christmas with a packed car and the empty Karoo. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m not sure I want to do anything over again, I mean there are many things I wish I hadn’t said or done but all of my mistakes or slip ups have made …

Humans of coffee: Brent Spilkin

Who is Brent Spilkin? I have affectionately been called Spillly (with 3Ls) for the last decade, a decade in which I have changed careers three times, discovered my endless supply of hope for a South African resurrection and through much pain and heartache found true love both at home and in my work life. What is your best childhood memory? I distinctly remember the joy of digging a fairly substantial hole in my mothers back garden where I was determined to have a swimming pool. I never succeeded in completing the excavation but did enjoy ramping my 50cc scooter over it like Evel Knievel for many years after. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I have had a very varied past that has lead me to where I am today, which is a very happy place, so I wouldn’t change much at all. The only thing I know I would do differently having the beauty of hindsight is applied more sunscreen to my ginger skin in …

The fundamentals of brewing coffee

The fundamentals of brewing coffee are straight forward. We complicate things a little too much sometimes. Keep the following things in mind and you’re on your way to a great brew. Water is a big factor… Water represents around 90 percent of your brew. In fact, you’re drinking delicious flavoured water. I don’t want to get too geeky and explain water chemistry, but to create the perfect cup, your water needs to be the best it can be. First, if the water doesn’t taste right, don’t use it. It’s pretty simple. As a rule, bottled spring water or a good filtration system are your best bets. I use filtered water from my Brita filter jug. Brita filters are an easy and cheap way to get great quality water both for brewing coffee and drinking. I did an experiment comparing Melbourne tap water to tap water filtered through my Brita filter jug. The results where based on taste. The Brita filter produced a sweeter and more acidic cup. Second, for most brewing methods, I recommend heating your water to …

Cappuccino, Latte, Mocha, Flat White: What’s The Difference?

The choice of coffee is no longer one of whether you’ll take it with sugar, milk or black. Nowadays every local and chain café offers a wide range of coffees of which most are espresso based. While many people probably know that an espresso is a small shot of black coffee and a cappuccino has milk, the difference between a cappuccino, flat white, latte or mocha might be harder to pin down. Whether you want to be savvier at the coffee shop or replicate the drink you like the most at home, here’s your guide to untangling the differences. So, how can we make differentiate between cappuccino vs latte vs mocha vs flat white? The Basics: Espresso and frothed or steamed milk First of all, it’s important to know that all these drinks begin with a strong shot of espresso and then use varying amounts of frothed or steamed milk. A cappuccino, for example, will use equal parts espresso, frothed and steamed milk, whereas a latte will be largely steamed milk with a small amount …

You’ve been using the French Press wrong all this time

The French Press has been a household staple for a very long time. Depending on where you come from, the French Press is also known as a plunger (Australia, New Zealand), caffettiera a stantuffo (Italy), cafetière à piston (France) and coffee press (USA). Its classic design hasn’t changed much since its invention in 1929 by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani. It remains one of the most popular brewing devices due to its simple brewing method and heavier cup profile. What you will need: French Press Freshly ground coffee Hot water Goose neck kettle (not crucial) Scale Timer Stir stick or spoon Cup Method: Warm up your French Press by filling it with hot water.  I do this to pre-heat the French Press. It will help maintain the temperature once you start brewing. Weigh out 18.5 grams and grind the beans to a coarse consistency. It should feel a little coarser than table salt. Discard the hot water from the French Press. Pour your ground coffee into the French Press and gently shake it to settle the …

Humans of coffee: Keet Veylupek

Who is Keet Veylupek? That’s something that I’m still trying to figure out. I think the answer probably changes pretty often. In any given week I can occupy a variety of different roles. Some days I’m a barista, some days I’m the owner of a start-up company, somedays I’m a graphic designer or a photographer, and yet other days I’m just a guy that wants to hangout in San Diego. I probably take on too many projects. I guess I just love having my foot in a lot of doors, collaborating in one way or another with people I admire. If I slowed down and focused on just one or two things, I might be less stressed, but thats no fun. I like being pushed to be creative in new ways, to finish projects I’m under-qualified for, and contribute something to the local San Diego culture. Where are you right now? Right now I’m sitting at a kitchen table at a friend’s house in North Park, San Diego. It’s raining pretty hard out side on …

This coffee shop in Antwerp sounds amazing

These days flavored syrups are the latest development in Antwerp’s bustling coffee scene. A hype I never understood. Why would people be eager to gulp down a cup of coffee loaded with Oreos and Monin? Add less to your drinks and appreciate your coffee just as it is. Ladies & Gents, that’s why today I’m gonna take u on a journey exploring one of Antwerp’s most versatile coffee shops. Vascobelo V-bar serves more than just a decent cup of coffee. Good coffee needs to be accompanied with distinguished dishes. A concept they call “Café Brasserie”. The menu offers a variety of modern delicacies like burrata and tempura Nobashi. The coffee menu includes classic espresso based coffee drinks. Just as a coffee shop should be! In addition to coffee, you will find an selected assortment of exquisite tea. The elegant interior and the timeless chic barista uniforms also make an undeniable impact. Both contributing to Vascobelo’s upscale, yet accessible vibe. Just a perfect spot for a modern-day meeting place! Find Vascobelo on Instagram, Facebook, at http://www.vascobelo.be/ and vbar.antwerp@vascobelo.be This post & photography …