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foodiesnorth Mar 13, 2008 08:36 PM

I promised my staff in Sherwood Park I would find real coffee for our Bunns. Please help me come through for them! We are looking for the best coffee (probably preground, but I might convince them to grind it themselves) in the Edmonton area...preferably in the east end or in Sherwood Park itself. Ideas?

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    cleopatra999 Mar 13, 2008 08:54 PM

    Java Jive is a coffee roaster off of 99st. Have not tried the coffee there, but it is fresh roasted.
    Kopia at College plaza I have tried when I worked in the building and it was fabulous!!

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    1. re: cleopatra999
      Bryn Mar 14, 2008 02:05 PM

      Java jive is pretty decent. I really like all of their Dark roasts and some of their flavoured coffees aren't bad either. I had Chocolate raspberry the other day and it was a nice change.

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        egon61 Mar 15, 2008 11:41 AM

        Do you know if Java Jive

        1) is open Saturdays?
        2) sells an espresso roast?
        3) is able to grind the coffee for you upon purchase? I still don't have a grinder at home but would like to get the fresh roasted stuff, not the typical pre-ground stuff which is usually pre-packaged and vacuum sealed and roasted weeks/months ago.


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          Bryn Mar 15, 2008 11:53 AM

          I'm pretty sure they sell an espresso roast, but I'm not sure about the other two as the java jive I frequent is at the university and I don't think they have a grinder there. I think you should invest the 20 or so dollars for a grinder. I got my cuisinart grinder at linens and things for $25 and fresh ground coffee every morning is a "Good Thing" as Martha would say.

    2. John Manzo Mar 13, 2008 10:20 PM

      Transcend has a very good reputation.

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        pengcast Mar 14, 2008 08:23 AM

        Transcend does really good coffee and they package it for commerical makers. It is good coffee and I think good value for the money. They are located just off 99th street near Argyll.


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        1. re: pengcast
          foodiesnorth Mar 14, 2008 05:16 PM

          Damn you guys are good...I knew about and cokmpletely forgot about Transcend. I have just emailed them. Thanks!

        2. John Manzo Mar 15, 2008 01:29 PM

          foodies, I just re-read your post- if you are going to get coffee pre-ground, it doesn't matter how "freshly roasted" it is- it will be stale by the time you bring it home. Coffee should NEVER be pre-ground, under ANY circumstances, no matter HOW it's packaged.

          Looking at suggestions on chowhound and visiting websites, I'm going to more urgently suggest that you consider Transcend. They do everything according to third-wave coffee principles would appear to be the best roaster in Edmonton. If you're looking for an espresso, please also consider the outstanding Intelligentsia Black Cat beans sold at Three Bananas Cafe.

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          1. re: John Manzo
            foodiesnorth Mar 15, 2008 03:24 PM

            Hi John,

            Yes, very true. I have to ask my staff to commit to grinding in advance of brewing. I think pregound of local origin is most likely still better than the supermarket, but maybe not.

            1. re: John Manzo
              egon61 Mar 15, 2008 05:35 PM

              John Manzo, while I fully agree that freshly ground (i.e. immediately before use) is the best, reality often involves compromises.

              For my situation, I've concluded that buying a 1/2 lb. of quality, "recently" roasted coffee, having it ground, storing it in an airtight container and using it within 5 days is the best I can do at the moment.

              I hesitate to grind at home due to i) the very high costs of good quality burr grinders, especially espresso-specific grinders, ii) potential noise issues in my condo building early in the morning, iii) lack of counter space for a good quality grinder.

              The fact is that the vast majority of coffee consumed in N. America is still of the mass-market variety, roasted and ground long before use and shipped long distances from the factory. Any improvement from that, such as switching to a local roaster using high quality beans, is worthwhile in my opinion.

              1. re: egon61
                John Manzo Mar 15, 2008 06:20 PM

                egon- if I get a new grinder I'll sell you my Rocky for peanuts- you will not believe how much better an espresso ground fresh can taste! Grinding for a double shot takes maybe 20 seconds, and that's not too much noise,

                1. re: John Manzo
                  can_i_try_some Apr 28, 2008 03:55 PM

                  John - if Egon doesn't take it, I'll buy it off of you! - broken hopper and all! Come on, you know you want a new Baratza! ;)

                  I'm at the university everyday, so let me know!

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                    John Manzo Apr 28, 2008 04:48 PM

                    can it try- I'll definitely let you know- the hopper just has a crack, more important might be that I removed the fork and the thumbguard but both of those got in the way (especially the fork since it was the wrong size for my machine)- also the spring on the doser is broken so you have to go chuckachucka manually instead of it snapping back.

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                      can_i_try_some Apr 28, 2008 08:09 PM

                      Fantastic! I'm using a manual grinder currently. Fairly consistent grinds, but it takes forever on finer settings.

                      I'll shoot off an email to your university account and you can reply back whenever you decide to trade it in. I've been liesurely shopping around for a grinder for months now, so I'm really in no rush.

                2. re: egon61
                  Bryn Mar 16, 2008 10:10 AM

                  I don't find my mom's burr grinder to be much louder than my blade grinder.

                3. re: John Manzo
                  Dr. J Mar 15, 2008 06:50 PM

                  where is three bananas cafe? And is the INtelligentsia coffee the same as in Chicago?

                  1. re: Dr. J
                    John Manzo Mar 15, 2008 09:29 PM

                    It's near downtown somewhere, google it.. and yes, the intelly is from chicago!

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                      cleopatra999 Mar 15, 2008 09:44 PM

                      three bananas cafe is on the south side of churchill square.

                      1. re: cleopatra999
                        Dr. J Mar 16, 2008 08:33 AM


                        When I need more espresso beans, that's where I'll head. I was in Chicago this past fall for a conference and walked the extra couple of blocks every morning for a Intelligentsia coffee. Well worth it.

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                    odee Mar 15, 2008 05:05 PM

                    I used to get Windjammers coffee at Buns and Roses. Quite good and they are in Sherwood Park

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                      foodiesnorth Mar 17, 2008 10:37 AM

                      I can't find them and assume they are no loinger in business or have moved out of Sherwood Park. I went to their location a few years back and tried their coffee. It was quite good, but then I entirely forgot about them! Anyone know where they went?

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                      graemejw Mar 16, 2008 08:32 AM


                      in St Albert, I have heard good things about them

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                        Chinook Bear Mar 19, 2008 02:52 PM

                        Not sure where they sell their coffee, but it's GREAT!!! (Plus 100% organic!)
                        Give the team over at St.City Roasters a call at 780-458-0496.
                        Or try their web site: www.stcityroasters.com
                        We love their "Alberta Crude Blend" and their "Burundi N' gami"
                        I know they are based/roast in St.Alberta but I pick it up mine at the 2 Italian Centre Shops in Edmonton depending which one I'm close too.
                        For these guys to have their coffee in these stores, you know it must be good!

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                          foodiesnorth Mar 29, 2008 09:34 PM

                          Wandered by the market today and saw a new local roaster...Catfish Roasters. Smelled great in the car, but have yet to try it. The owner tells me they have been around for a while, but they just got a spot at the Strathcona Market.

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                            Dan G Mar 29, 2008 09:47 PM

                            Yeah, I bought a 1/2 lb from them. Roasted yesterday. Can't wait until tomorrow morning to try it!

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                              Dan G Apr 28, 2008 11:37 AM

                              I thought it worth bringing up Catfish Roasters again - their coffee is great. They've expanded their selection over the past few weeks. This week I bought their "Husker Du Peru", which is a darker roast than I've been buying from them previously (which was the Cafe A Go Go blend). Nice bold flavourm, and even with the beans in the bag in my pantry, my whole house smells of coffee. They also had a sumatran they were giving out tester shots of, and it was quite nice too.

                              And it is a good price too, at $12/lb (or 6/half). Cheaper than quality coffee in the grocery store (I've switched from Kicking Horse, which is about $14/lb), and fresher: the batch I bought had been roasted 8 hours before I made my first pot. I hope they stick around.

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                                egon61 Apr 28, 2008 05:25 PM

                                Last time I was in the market I was dying to give Catfish a try. First time I passed by, the sign said: "Coffee brewing" or something. So I took another lap aound the market and came back 5 minutes later. Sign still there. Asked, thinking they may have forgotten to remove the sign, and was told it would just be a few more minutes (they didn't know I had already been by once). Waited a few more minutes, coffee was apparently still brewing. Got impatient and left.

                                My question is: are they so popular that the coffee actually did brew and get all sold out in the brief time I was away from the stall? (twice) Do they use some kind of special brewing technique that takes much longer? Or, at around 2pm, did they "just not feel like" brewing more coffee?

                                Anyways, no way am I gonna buy a pound before I at least taste a cup.

                            2. re: foodiesnorth
                              Ecobaker Oct 22, 2012 08:29 AM

                              Catfish! I couldn't remember the name - their espresso is fantastic! And they'll grind it for u which will stay fresh*ish* for a week or two, perfect in a stove top espresso percolator.

                            3. Hoj Apr 28, 2008 02:59 PM

                              Gotta give another nomination for Transcend Coffee, I've only heard good things about them, and it will definitely be 'fresh roasted' as they do in house roasting.

                              If I remember correctly, 3 Bananas Cafe carries Intelligentsia coffee, and I can't imagine that they would have their coffee out for too long past roast date. I could be wrong though.

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                                can_i_try_some Apr 28, 2008 04:02 PM

                                HIGHLY recommend Transcend. Owner/Roaster Poul Mark is truely passionate about his coffee, from plant to portafilter. He actually just got back from Panama helping them out with the tasting/judging for this year's Cup of Excellence (the best of the best for the country).

                                I recently purchased some green coffee beans from them and with his pointers, roasted my own. NOW THAT'S FRESH. Not to mention cheaper too! Green beans have a longer shelf life than roasted beans and are a fraction of the cost. I have to say, even with my first few batches, it's just pure goodness.

                                That's not to say that you should forego their roasted coffees altogether - he is a master roaster after all and can coax the most flavour out of the bean.

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                                  Ecobaker Oct 22, 2012 08:31 AM

                                  Nice, you sold me! Will add this to my "have to try" list - thanks!

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                                pengcast May 26, 2009 01:08 PM

                                Catfish now has a retail space in the Highlands, next door to Culina Highlands. But the hours are really wonky -- not open on the weekend or very late during the week. I only live a few blocks away but have only managed to get there once.

                                Really great coffee though, so I will keep trying.

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                                  HipnHungry Sep 27, 2012 01:54 PM

                                  Nxt Roasters (Edm) does a really good job. The sweetest I've sipped -- with lovely, lingering after taste.

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