[Homeroast] Canada travels

Brian Kamnetz bkamnetz at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 11:41:45 CDT 2010

Thanks for the travelog, John. I look forward to updates.


On Sun, Jul 4, 2010 at 10:54 PM, John A C Despres <johndespres at gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm traveling with my family through Canada for the next couple weeks. To
> survive the first two days in hotels, I roasted some IMV, packed a pourover
> and my new Hario ceramic burr grinder and hit the road. We spent the last
> two days in Edmonton and today drove south to Calgary. About 60 miles north
> of Calgary is Red Deer. My wife found a directory telling about the town and
> some features. There's a coffee shop/roastery called "City Roast" on Ross
> street and it instantly became a destination as my personal stash of IMV
> will run out tomorrow. We found the shop with little trouble and
> disappointingly  found it closed. There was a young lady working in the
> darkened store, so we went to lunch.
> During lunch, Lea suggested I try knocking if the girl was still there. So I
> did. I love small towns; the girl heard me and immediately threw open the
> door and I told her of my quest for fresh roasted coffee. She told me I was
> in luck as her dad had just roasted the current inventory yesterday. I
> bought a half pound each of Yirg, Kenya AA and Terrazu. They all have that
> sort of low note just roasted fragrance and they all smell good.
> Tomorrow I'll clean out my IMV reserve with our hosts here in Calgary and
> beginning Tuesday, I'll brew the City Roast coffees. Bean munch tests are
> all positive and the beans are what I would call a City + or Full City
> roast.
> I also understand Calgary offers a few roastery/coffee shops which I plan to
> seek out.
> Our trip will end in Toronto where we will meet Susan and visit Java Mama. I
> am pumped!
> John
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