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mcmuffin Mar 24, 2008 08:25 PM

Where are some good places to grab a good cup of Joe in Cowtown? While I don't really have any big issues with Starbucks and the like, maybe it's time to try some new places!

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    crispychewy Apr 1, 2008 08:14 PM

    The new Caffe Rosso in Ramsay - just off Spiller Road - turn at KamHan.

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      fliedlice Apr 1, 2008 07:59 PM

      Cafe Rosso just on the edge of Inglewood (technically in Ramsay, I believe). I am not an expert on coffees, but they make the best latte I've ever had! It's a bit out of the way, in the middle of what looks like a construction zone, but it's worth checking out!

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        John Manzo Apr 1, 2008 08:47 PM

        I wish to hell they didn't use Illy. So many great roasters here that can get beans to shops a mere couple of days off the roast and they're paying premium for beans that are probably months old. Very unfortunate, when there is nothing close to a proper third-wave coffeehouse on that side of town.

        This is not Italy and there is no excuse for using stale Italian beans.

      2. maplesugar Mar 29, 2008 08:15 PM

        I finally made it down to Cafe Artigiano yesterday and OMG it's a good thing I don't work downtown or I'd be broke ;)

        I had an Americano and it was like being at P&S without the crazy lineups. I know there's probably differences in their roast but my palate is just not refined enough to tell the difference sorry... although I can now detect a distinct difference between P&S/Artigiano quality and your average Starbux. I also indulged in their roasted veggie panino and wow was it good! So many times you order a veggie panini or sandwich and the bread is soaked and mushy - not this one. The bread was perfectly crisp and chewy and the veggies were nice and tender, not roasted to oblivion. Perfect fortification for my trip to Cookbook Co., and Lina's. Now I just need to get ahold of a grinder and a sandwich press and maybe a bigger kitchen for all the gadgets I've accumulated over the last while and I'm set :)

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          John Manzo Mar 29, 2008 08:51 PM

          I braved the blustery weather today to walk downtown and check out Artigiano now that the hype has worn off to see how business is on a Saturday- and it was packed! Almost every seat was taken. I got what's become my favourite drink there: an Artigiano macchiato, single shot in an espresso cup. This is usually a double shot in a cappuccino cup; what you end up with this special order is the sort of "macchiato" they make at P&S and Bumpy's. Incidentally at Java Jamboree/Kawa, you can get a macchiato made with half-and-half and it is amazing.

          I also bought a half pound of Artigiano's "organic" espresso (not the "private reserve"), and maplesugar I'm actually finding it has a flavour profile that's close to P&S new espresso- but it's a blend, not the single origin that they're now using at P&S (it's Ethiopian Golocha, roasted by Novo Coffee in Denver).

          On Kawa/JJ: I noted that the floors are done at Kawa, and I heard that they were hoping for a soft opening on April 7.

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            higgika Apr 1, 2008 08:13 AM

            I have to agree - I am loving Caffe Artigiano. I stopped in yesterday for a quick lunch and yikes was it good! I had a macchiato as recommended by JM – lovely and very pretty too, and a grilled turkey Panini which was excellent. It was a nice crusty blend of flavours with lots of sliced turkey on a cranberry & walnut bread. It had some big slabs of lettuce which I don’t care for but it was a delicious lunch. When I was there at about 1:00 they were already sold out of the lamb sandwiches and by the time I left they were sold out of the turkey ones so I recommend you go early!

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          mcmuffin Mar 24, 2008 08:40 PM

          Awesome -- thanks for the quick replies. I think I'm glad I found this place already!

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            cleopatra999 Mar 24, 2008 09:05 PM

            Heartland cafe in Kensington is great, good grub too.

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              John Manzo Mar 24, 2008 09:07 PM

              heartland has good food but terrible coffee- at least espresso, one of the worst I've had in recent memory.

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                a voce Mar 25, 2008 07:15 PM

                I think their food and coffee are awful and believe me I have pined for this place to improve because I live in that 'hood...but sadly it gets worse, with a dose of attitude!

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                  Jigga Mar 26, 2008 11:32 AM

                  I was really disappointed by the food at the Heartland in Bridgeland. It almost seems like they forgot that "flavour" is a key ingredient in food. I've had their chili and their breakfast sandwich. The chili was bland and unmemorable. The breakfast sandwich was equally bland, but was memorable in a bad way because of the copious amounts of warm mayo and the white processed cheese (which combined with the white egg into a slimy slippery mess). I asked for some ketchup to give the sandwich some color and flavor, but was told that they don't have ketchup in the store. On a positive note, my mochaccino wasn't that bad.

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                    maplesugar Mar 26, 2008 06:09 PM

                    Heh 'wasn't that bad" is better than god awful but it's not high praise. ;)
                    That sandwich sounds just shy of inedible to me. When I first saw Heartland opened up in Bridgeland I was excited because it's down the street from DD's school. We used to live in Sunnyside (1999-2000)and I loved going to Heartland back then. Thanks for the heads up :)

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                      aktivistin Mar 27, 2008 03:18 PM

                      I had the veggie chili at the Heartland Café in Sunnyside about a month ago... and it was delicious! Hearty, with large chunks of everything, and far from bland. It is more similar to a spiced-up stew than a chili, though--that's what I like about it. There must be consistency issues between the two locations. However, I agree that the coffee is horrid.

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                  bigboy1975 Mar 24, 2008 08:32 PM

                  Cafe Koi is always great, but in Bridgeland there is the Main Dish you cannot take a cup to go but the cappucino's extra frothy. I really enjoy just a plain cup of joe at either the Galaxie or Belmont diner the Costa rican blend they have there is great.

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                    John Manzo Mar 24, 2008 09:07 PM

                    Main Dish has a La Marzocco Linea- they should be able to crank out a PERFECT cappo with it!

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                      Jigga Mar 25, 2008 07:19 AM

                      BTW - I've had caps and lattes to go from Main Dish, although it's just as nice to stick around there and have a dessert with the coffee.

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                      Strider Mar 24, 2008 08:30 PM

                      If you do a search, this has been covered quite a few times.

                      Here's a quick (and short) list, I'll leave it to someone like JM to elaborate.
                      -Cafe Artigiano (centrium place)
                      -Bumpy's (8th st SW between 10th & 11th ave)
                      -Phil & Sebastian (calgary farmers market)
                      -Java Jamboree (cochrane)
                      -Cafe Beano (17th ave SW - not one of my favorites, but others seem to like it)

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                        John Manzo Mar 24, 2008 09:10 PM

                        Note also that Kawa Espresso Bar, which is the new venture for Java Jamboree, should be open in 3 weeks or so (this from the owners) at 1333 8 St SW. It will give both Bumpy's and Beano (5 blocks north and a block west respectively) a run for their money- but hopefully will put the Starbucks at 8th and 12th out of business!

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