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Comments From an Uber-Regular

Posted in Uncategorized by lvoisin on August 27, 2009

This morning I asked, “So, who’s posting to your blog now that Tim’s gone?” Well… this evening, I am giving you my first post. Things happen pretty fast around here. I guess that’s one of the reasons why I love this place so much.

Who am I? I’m a CafCA regular. My name’s Lisa, and I’ve been writing a novel at CafCA for the past four months. Something about the energy, the art, the spirit of the people makes CafCA one of my favorite hang outs. So, this morning, the idea of contributing to this blog came to me. After all, it joins my two pastimes: drinking coffee and writing.

I don’t want to write too long for my first post, but I wanted to leave you with this:

The Flat White. With Holly’s return to New Zealand, there was a misconception floating about that CafCA wouldn’t be serving them anymore. This is simply not true. The Flat White is in my thoughts because it made the news today in England’s Daily Mail.

If you haven’t tried one, well, CafCA still serves them and they’re still great. Holly taught them well! You can even raise a glass in her honour if you like.

Holly

Holly

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two quotes for today

Posted in About, art by tyler057 on August 27, 2009

1. from Marshall McLuhan’s War and Peace in the Global Village (1968)
It may be simplest to say at once that the real use of the computer is not to reduce staff or costs, or to speed up or smooth out anything that has been going on. Its true function is to program and orchestrate terrestrial and galactic environments and energies in a harmonious way. For centuries the lack of symmetry and proportion in all these areas has created a sort of universal spastic condition for lack of inter-relation among them. In merely terrestrial terms, programming the environment means, first of all, a kind of console for global thermostats to pattern all sensory life in a way conducive to comfort and happiness. Till now, only the artist has been permitted the opportunity to do this in the most puny fashion. The mass media, so-called, have offered new materials for the artist, but the understanding has been lacking. The computer abolishes the human past by making it entirely present. It makes natural and necessary dialogue among cultures which is as intimate as private speech, yet dispensing entirely with speech. While bemoaning the decline of literacy and the obsolescence of the book, the literati have typically ignored the imminence of the decline in speech itself. The individual word, as a store of information and feeling is already yielding to macroscopic gesticulation.

2. Canada Revenue Agency, Statement of Account For Current Source Deductions (2009)
This year, National Payroll Week is from September 14 to 18, 2009. The Canada Revenue Agency salutes payroll practitioners across the country, our partners in administering payroll deductions requirements.
http://www.nwp-snp.ca

As the sweat beads trickle

Posted in Coffee, Uncategorized by tyler057 on August 26, 2009

Vince and Lindsay

Oh the horror.  Sweat beads trickled as the grand masters of espresso took their sips.  Nervous barista texts flew as we were honoured with a visit from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters’ gang of incessant cuppers.  The man with the golden tongue took the photo.

Adieu, Adieu!

Posted in About, Coffee, posts by Tim, Recent Complicities, staff by Tim on August 15, 2009

“Adieu, adieu my good friends all,

And be kind to [the Synesso]”

-“Bonnie Barbara Allen”, Traditional Scottish Ballad

Unfortunately I must take my leave of you all! Sad, yes. Not really “adieu”, though, more of an “au revoir” – I’ll be back at Christmas, so look for me to be putting in some time then. My last shift was last night and you can read all about it here. Also to be found on that page is the story of the last of Sammy Piccolo’s WBC blend!

It’s been fun, cafca. See you soon.

LOL,

Tim

PS – For those of you who don’t know, I’ve started a blog to keep my friends and family up with life in Montreal. It can be found here.

PPS – If you got the joke in the edited version of “Bonnie Barbara Allen” above, you just earned yourself big points in my books!

Eastern Canada Barista Championships

Posted in Coffee, Uncategorized by tyler057 on August 11, 2009

Coffee Guru/Techno Geek, Les Kwan has forwarded the link to the video of the Eastern Canadian Barista Championships. Check it out.  If you are into that sort of thing…

“The Solo Sessions” – aka Acoustic Night Returns!

Posted in CCA North Vancouver, music, posts by Tim by Tim on August 7, 2009
The Solo Sessions

Big news, people! And I mean Big….after a long 3 weeks with no live music, Acoustic Night is mounting a fierce comeback, with a snappy new name: The Solo Sessions.

This Saturday, between 7 and 9pm, come down to cafca to catch some of Vancouver’s hottest up-and-coming artists! We have eight extremely talented musicians lined up to play, plus some surprise special guests! I don’t know about you but the special guests really make me curious….I’m working, so I’ll be there – will you?

The best part of the event: it’s completely FREE! No cover charge. Now there’s really no excuse not to come out! We’re right by the seabus, close to all kinds of transportation; we have delicious food; and our coffee has been known to change lives! Factor in live, ridiculously awesome, free music and great people….you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to do the math.

So to sum up:

  • FREE live music
  • some of Vancouver’s hottest artists
  • AWESOME coffee
  • AWESOME food
  • AWESOME people

Now the only question left is how many people will you bring along?

See you there!

LOL,

Tim

PS – this night is going to be the HUGE, so if you want good seats – come early!