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Tasting @ Crema

Posted in Coffee, posts by Tim by Tim on July 4, 2009

Although I’ve been an aspiring coffee geek for about a year and a half now, I’ve never had the opportunity to attend a tasting. I’ve had plenty of straight espressi and a handful of french press/Clover coffees, but I’ve never been able to taste a group of fine coffees consecutively. Last night, at Café Crema in West Vancouver, I had that opportunity.

It was a blind tasting of 12 different single-origin coffees, all roasted by roasters in or around Portland, Oregon. Brent Fortune, owner of a café also called Crema in Portland, brought with him a dufflebag PACKED with coffees to sample. We tasted the coffees in two blind rounds; 5 brewed and one as espresso each round. At the end of each round we compared notes on what we tasted, then listened raptly as the origin, variety, and roaster were revealed.

One of the great things about tasting is that there is no “wrong” answer. Taste descriptors ranged from “blueberry” to “fruit by the foot” to “stumpy”, and even “mud puddle with peppa’ “. I think last night really helped me develop my palate further – that and I gained so much respect for the roasters who have the strength of tastebud to cup 50 or even 100 coffees in a single day.

However, the best part of the night for me was meeting other coffee geeks and getting to chat with them. Brent, besides owning a café, also trains judges for the WBC. Other faces included Troy (Elysian and a premier café in Edmonton), the owner of the new Momento Coffeehouse (website here) in Downtown Vancouver, the man behind the scenes at Elysian, and many more. Sorry to all the others and the last two – I’m horrible with names. There was so much knowledge concentrated in that space and being able to access it was very special.


Acoustic Night – Pe+Adam+Marek, Jess Perkins

Posted in music, posts by Tim by Tim on June 30, 2009

On Saturday, cafca had its first-ever Acoustic Night! The show went very well…we sold so much earl grey tea that we ran out of teacup sets. We started selling it in to-go cups – that worked until we ran out of the teabag-things. After that it was free upgrades to a pot for all!

The show itself was full of talent. Performing were Pe + Adam + Marek, a very talented acoustic rock trio, and Jessica Perkins, who wowed us with her voice and her smile. Up first was Jess – she and her band (I’d tell you their name but it changes constantly) performed at CityFest and brought the house down…the show was outside, but the metaphor stands regardles. I’ve never seen such stage presence and energy from a group as young as theirs. Jess brought similar energy and presence to cafca. Included in her setlist were Sixpence None the Richer’s “Kiss Me”, and three great originals, two of which are here: “The Backroad”, and “Make Me Believe”.

(videos and more after the jump)



Posted in posts by Tim by Tim on June 30, 2009

Hello, big bad intraweb. Nice to meet you.

I’m Tim and I’m a relatively new addition to the cafca squad of awesomeness. Look forward to an introduction to the rest of us very soon.

Some background on me:

I’ve been working at cafca for just over a month now and have experienced, among other things, what happens without the air conditioning, the disastrous results of a power surge that blew a fuse in our main grinder, and more than a few jittery spells (read: every time I’ve worked).

I just graduated from Handsworth Secondary and I’ll be off to McGill (Montreal) in the fall. With any luck I’ll be able to get a job working bar at one of the many world-class cafés there. I’ll be starting a blog of my own in a little while to keep the fam, friends, and everyone else up with life in Québec, but until then you can find me here 🙂 Hopefully we’ll get some cross-country dialogue going.

I’m a half-Aussie, quarter-Brit that loves coffee, politics, music, laughter, people, and life in general. This is why working at cafca really isn’t like work; I get to play with the Synesso and the Clover, chat about art and politics, and deal with people all day long. To do with the third, I came in with the idea of having live music played – Tyler had been thinking the same and he gave me the job of making it happen. The first cafca Acoustic Night happened last Saturday (the 27th), and they will be going all summer. Every Saturday, 6-9ish. You know where to find us….right? If not, it’s over in the sidebar somewhere —–>

(sidetrack) Speaking of that, if you’re a musician and would like to play, comment or leave an email and we’ll try and work something out.

There’s lot of other stuff I’m into – sports (ice hockey, specifically), the outdoors, reading, and the arts – I can’t dance to save my life but I love to act and do improv. I am/was a huge drama student (still figuring out the tense I should use for that) at Handsworth and I am proud to call myself a dramie.

I’m working two jobs right now, one at cafca – I’m working construction nearly full-time, and due to that I can only put in two shifts a week at the café. I’m there 2-10, Friday and Saturday. Stop by and say hi, I won’t bite! Promise!



LOL – vintage acronym – Lots of Love. Not to be confused with “lol”, which is teenspeak and means “laugh out loud”.