[Translate] Montreal is sort of like New York City in regards to having very good to excellent third wave coffee shops. A few notable differences – they are truly indie shops and from a personal perspective as a New Yorker, it pains me to wait for good coffee at 9:00 AM on a weekend. Here’s a couple of coffee shops I’ve managed to visit during my stay in Montreal. Dispatch Coffee is arguably one of my favorite shops I’ve visited in a long time. Dispatch is founded by Chrissy Durcak delivering cold brew in mason jars before acquiring the truck..
[Translate] I’m keeping this year’s Father’s Day gift ideas on the short side this year since I’m working on several things that keeps me from going to the distance I usually do with gift guides. But sticking with the norm of what fathers do like, here’s my favorite three things I would give to my dad. The heritage French mustard brand, Maille had created a handsome gift set containing a trio of delicious flavored mustards ($40) — Cognac, black olive and blue cheese. These robust mustards are fantastic with anything from sandwiches to grilled fish and meats. (more…)
[Translate] Mother’s Day is nearing — 2 weekends away (Sunday, May 10th)! For those who are trying to decide what to give to your mom on her special day, ranging from chocolates (filled and in vogue bean-to-bars), wines, artisan beers and spirits (she might not be your typical mother and like the hard stuff), other sweets (like French macarons) and savory snacks (like cheeses and crackers): These items are not listed in any particular order, except by category. For ease of navigation, here’s the links to jump: Chocolates, Confections & Desserts Wines, Beer & Spirits Coffee Other Food Items Cookbooks..
[Translate] Interiors of Ocean Grounds; Jim Lee the owner of Ocean Grounds Coffee When you travel to China, it’s generally hard to find a very good cup of coffee. I’m talking about the Third Wave kind of places we have in the U.S. like Stumptown or Blue Bottle, not that international chain that has a bright grass green logo with a white mermaid printed over it or similar ones that are born from Asian countries. I’ve “discovered” Ocean Grounds Coffee owned and run by Jim Lee. Lee is an American-born Chinese expat trying to educate the local Chinese what is..
[Translate] Nespresso recently released a new machine and espresso pod line, VertuoLine ($299). It is a sturdy coffee and espresso maker with a delightfully intuitive layout. Unlike its bland single cup counterparts, Nespresso spiced up its design with some retro style elements. Nespresso is known for making espresso-centric machines. The Vertuo is Nespresso’s very first single cup espresso and coffee maker. It pummps out regular serving of espresso or an eight-ounce cup of coffee. Nespresso pods have are redesigned for the new machine. They currently look more like tiny space ships with barcodes on the printed on the edges than..
[Translate] What to get for your old man? That’s the question that tends to brew in my mind when every year arrives to Father’s Day. It’s hard to pick a gift for my dad personally because he pretty much has everything he wants and needs in life but there’s always something that could surprise him, especially when it comes down to the quaffable and edible. The Booze… Greenore 8 Year Old Single Grain Irish Whiskey won Gold three years in a row at the International Wine and Spirits Competition between 2008 and 2010. This whiskey is an interesting expression made..
[Translate] A new coffee bean find for me is Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, a micro-roaster based out in La Jolla, California. What I like a lot about this coffee roaster, beyond the fact they purchase the best possible green coffee beans from various regions around the world and directly from the farmers, is the fact they give back to the local community within the coffee growing region as most regions are under corrupt or oppressive governments that overlooks the underserved. For example, Bird Rock Coffee supports the Change the Truth organization. This organization supports the needs of the children at..
[Translate] Interior of El Rey Coffee & Making my Cappuccino El Rey is a very new coffee shop that just opened in the Lower East Side by Nicholas Morgenstern of a very good East Village restaurant, Goat Town. If you have not realized this, the Lower East Side doesn’t have many options for very good coffee compared to other parts of Manhattan. El Rey is a caffeine life saver for the area. They exclusively use Counter Culture coffee beans and make espresso shots off a gleaming Strada machine (makes a wonderful cappuccino and every coffee geek’s dream if he/she has..
[Translate] Hario Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) Hario‘s recent coffee and teaware releases for the spring/summer season are the Sommelier Coffee Siphon (Model # SCA-05) and the Largo Tea Dripper. The Sommelier siphon is very similar to the siphons you’re familiar with but this is so much sleeker, elegant, and less parts to build this unit, to brew your beloved coffee in this technique. For those who are picky about which filter to have in your siphon, it does include both a cloth and fine mesh metal filter. (The cloth would arguably be cleaner tasting and less potential of..