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REVIEW: Collective Coffee

2 Mar

Collective Coffee
220 20th street West
http://collectivecoffee.weebly.com/index.html

Hours
Weekdays – 8am – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday – Closed currently

Friends who live in Riversdale told me that a new coffee shop would be opening in the new Two Twenty building on 20th Street. Not aware that this shop would be an artisan coffee spot, I was not excited, nor was I expecting anything other than the status quo. On Saturday, I found their Facebook page and ‘liked’ them. Their status was promoting a free shot of single origin espresso. I got the feeling that this place might be different than the norm. Since I can’t pass up free high quality coffee, I dragged my Fiancee down with me.

Coffee Collective is a beautiful little spot. The emphasis is on little! Seating is very limited, but don’t let that deter you from trying it out. There is ample room by a very large garage style glass door. I can’t wait until summer when that door will be open spilling the aroma of coffee yum all over 20th! Rich browns dominate the space at Collective Coffee. The bottom third of the walls are covered with an interesting lacquered wood. Looking closer it’s revealed that the wood is plywood.

We both ordered the sample espresso and a cappuccino. I’ll start with the free espresso. First, the smell was really nice! It smelled toasty, rich, and almost chocolaty. Second, it tasted very acidic. The bitterness was surprisingly low, and the texture and mouth feel was good. The tanginess was just too off-putting for me. Generally, excessive acidity is a sign of poor quality beans. I’m sure that low quality isn’t the case here since they use a very reputable product and a tremendous amount of care and experience goes into pulling each shot. I would guess that it was caused by something not quite perfected with the extraction process. I’m very certain that these kinks will be worked out.

This cappuccino was yummy. Made from medium roasted beans, It had a pronounced acidity from the espresso (discussed earlier). In the drink, the milk softened the acidity. The crema was densely rich and the milk foam was airy and creamy. One other issue I would have was the temperature of the drink. It was a little cool. Well, lukewarm is a good descriptor. I know that proper steamed milk isn’t overly hot, but this was a little too cool.

“Our vision is to join the ongoing effort to bring the city of Saskatoon to the next level of Coffee awareness…”

After trying Museo earlier that week, and experiencing Collective Coffee, I am very excited that Saskatoon is becoming more interested in and passionate about coffee! For many years I have longed for a spot where ‘real’ coffee is the focus. Sure, Saskatoon has the Broadway Roastery, Starbucks, and other small coffee shops, but they are all alike. Their espresso is over-roasted and their drinks are pumped out with out any care or cognition. Collective Coffee, Museo, and Cafe Sola seem passionately determined on informing us Prairie folk on the idiosyncrasies of Coffea Arabica. I will definitely be back!

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REVIEW: Museo

27 Feb

Museo
950 Spadina Cres E (inside the Mendel Art Gallery)
Saskatoon, SK S7K
(306) 651-3933

http://www.museocoffee.com/

This last week has been great in terms of coffee. I’ve had two of the best cups ever, and I feel like writing about it. First of all, I’m writing this completely jacked on caffeine. My eyes and fingers are uncontrollably dancing all over the place. I’m hitting the backspace button more than letters due to spelling mistakes. I LOVE CAFFEINE!

I’ve wanted to try Museo for quite some time. I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about them and their passion for the bean. Located in the Mendel Art Gallery, Museo offers a fine selection of premium coffees, french pressed coffee, and craft made beverages. And to top it off, they roast their own beans! They also offer a variety of tea. My Fiancee ordered a latte and I ordered a cappuccino.

The smell of the drinks were incredible… two cups full of rich and toasty yum! It was unlike any cappuccino I’ve had in Saskatoon. Most espresso drinks here are one dimensional in flavour and made with over-roasted beans. This creates an espresso that is very bitter. By the smells alone of our two fresh cups, I could tell that the beans were roasted medium before grinding. A medium roast is how a bean should be roasted for espresso. It tasted very similar to espresso made from imported Italian coffees. This cappuccino was so toasty, balanced, and sweet. The sweetness was not from sugar but from the natural sugars in the milk and from a properly pulled shot of espresso. The temperature of the beverage was a little cool but it sufficed. The crema and foam was thick and rich and the design from the pour was an added touch.

“Today, a new zeitgeist in coffee is emerging, where craftsmanship and quality is used to promote ethically sourced, high quality coffee selling above fair-trade price… fostering consumer appreciation for quality completes and makes the entire project sustainable”

I’m stoked that there is a place in Saskatoon where I can find an authentic espresso based coffee drink. In true prairie fashion we are behind the rest of the world by about 20 years…we finally have a cafe that rivals ones found in Vancouver and Toronto! We’ll be back many times!

P.S. On a side note, my Fiancee may have become a coffee person thanks to the Museo Latte!

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