Fresh Cup to Attend Coffee & Tea Show Oct 20-21

Fresh Cup is pleased to annouce that we will be onsite at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show Oct 20th and 21st at the Vancouver Convention Center.

We’re presenting 2 educational sessions, one each day on ‘The Sustainability of the Independent Coffee House’. The session will cover, Coffee, Baked Goods, and using sales data to ensure ongoing success !

See you at the show.

Roasting in-doors at the show !

Yellow Bourbon – Customer Feedback !

Customer Feedback: 

Just wanted to give you some feed back on your Micro-lot Yellow Bourbon coffee. Ron enjoyed it this week and his comments were: ” It’s a very clean and fresh cup of coffee with no bitter after taste.  It’s refreshing, an excellent brew !”  I know he said more but this was the important part.
Thanks for sharing this with us Jim.

Theresa H.

The Yellow Bourbon will be arriving soon !  In the mean time, we’ve introduced another micro-lot, which is called ‘Puerto Verde’ and is another wonderful Guatemalan treasure. Stop into to taste this one….

It Can’t Always Be About Coffee !

Adrenaline is contagious !

Deep Sea fishing with Dave, Billy, Ricardo and Erin was a blast…no other way to say it !  Despite Erin feeling a little sea sick, he never lost his very dry sense of humour. We had a ton of fun, and sun on this amazing Guatemala journey. We took a break from coffee and focused on catching some dinner. This was not it, because Sailfish are a catch and release thing. I will tell you that time stood still while I reeled this one in. It took between 25-30 minutes, which felt like seconds when it was all over. That day we brought in ‘2’ Sailfish that weighed about 85-90 lbs. and 6 Durrado that ranged from 5-8 lbs…which was an excellent eating fish, see below a photo of Dave and Ricardo, and Billy with these beautiful fish.
 

Dinner is Served !

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Now we can feed the Tribe !

 

Santa Clara Coffee – A True Treat

A couple of days ago I had the pleasure of meeting the plantation owners who ensure our Guatemalan coffee is grown with care, harvested with focus, and processed with attention to detail. The all day tour of the 250 acre plantation was amazing and Ricardo and Cynthia are wonderful caring people. The coffee produced on their farm is excellent and consistent…just what we look for as roasters. These cherries are have now reached their peak of ripeness and have all the wonderful ingredients, which we unlock with the roasting process.

Ricardo and Cynthia have operated their farm at Santa Clara for almost 25 years !   They care deeply for their workers, which we had the pleasure of meeting. The farm was a very happy place to spend a day learning.

What a fabulous couple !

Guatemala Here We Come !

Beautiful Roasting....

The joiurney begins with a brief stop in LAX, long enough to have a great ‘Wheat Beer’ !

All aboard….Katherine and I will be on a coffee tour in 48 hours…meeting the farmer who was respsonsible for growing this fabulous coffee….Can’t wait !

Coffee and Muffin…A Canadian Tradition

A Canadian Tradition

If I think about the daily coffee ritual in a broader sense, I have to say that no other item goes better with a freshly roasted, freshly ground, and freshly brewed cup of coffee than a ‘made-from-scratch’ muffin. We see dozens go across the counter every day and sometimes forget the support role they play in the enjoyment of a cup of coffee. The three Gluten-free muffins above are: Buckwheat-Espresso-Flax, Carrot-Zucchini, and Blueberry-Lemon. I sat this morning enjoying one with my Americano and it was a truly good start to the day !

Gluten-Free Brownies….and Not so Gluten Free Pretzels

This past Friday I had the chance to taste another one of Sarah’s Gluten-Free creations. Yes, there is such a thing as ‘Gluten-Free’ brownies…and these ones had sour cherries in them for a little bit of a contrasting kick !

What I forgot to mention was the staring point….a delicious ‘Beer’ pretzel. How does this all tie into coffee you ask ? Well, the whole concept of food and coffee is an ongoing journey and being able to sample unique world style foods with coffee is the journey. No destination in mind per say, but a flavour journey for sure. Many coffee houses here on Vancouver Island don’t often offer customers cool and unusual food because…..I’m not actually sure why. Anyhow, the beer pretzel with sesame seeds, and course salt was an amazing start and the brownie was a fun finish, and the espresso….well, that just tied all things together.

OMG Preztel

Happy New Year 2013

Time to get back at it !

 Well, the world continued past the 21st of December which many predicted. My guess on that calendar things was…the person responsible for making the calendar either got called for dinner, or realized that making a calendar in perpetuity was a dead-end job and went on to something more rewarding, like roasting coffee !  With the New Year well on its way for 6 days, it seems like the country will start to return to normal. Which begs the question: What is normal?  The last few years have been tough for sure (more for some for sure), however, we each live in a small section of the world and we ‘choose’ the story. Our story can vary somewhat with the influence of various environmental pieces around us…however, as the protagonist in your own life the pen is in your hands, so what you write is mainly up to you.

 
In terms of life…it continues with or without our approval…so, stay focused and make things happen in your life, don’t watch them happen…because if you do, you will be one of the lambs who ‘wonder what happened’.

Limited Edition – Christmas Blend

Christmas Blend Coffee !
Give the gift of coffee

Christmas is that time of year where people slow down a bit and savour a cup of coffee with a friend or family member. Each year we put out our special edition Christmas Blend, a magical mixing of Guatemalan for body, Sumatra for the sensual smokiness it’s famour for, and El Salvador for some sweetness to bring it all together. For thos of you who want that ‘Special Gift’ for the coffee lover in your life, try one of our limited edition ‘Canadian Birchwood’ gift boxes complete with a pound of Christmas Blend and four tasty chocolate truffles to compliment the experience. There are only a few of these, so if you would like one…hurry in.

Wheat-Free Creations Continue…

The past few weeks have been nothing but a pleasure for me as I get to sample some of the new ‘wheat-free’ options we are considering to bring into the cafe. This one, without question, is a keeper….I can’t believe that this one’s WF…come on in and try one of our many ‘new’ wheat-free cookies.

Melt in your mouth cookie