Busy busy

I’ve had a fairly busy week here, hence the lack of updates.

From flying out to Calgary for a day for an interview with a gas company to writing midterms (though it is the end of term) to partying at concerts, I’ve barely had time for coffee.

I did however have a positive experience with a couple of customers who came in over the weekend. It was their first time into our shop and they were curious to know what our specialties were. I jumped at this opportunity and said that I believed our espresso to be some of the best around. Both of them were intrigued and without any hesitation ordered a couple of doubles. Imagine that? That’s never really happened to me before. The best thing was that they really enjoyed the shots saying, “This is like perfection in a cup!” They were some nice shots too…

So we’ll see where I’ll head this summer (seeing as how the last day of classes is tomorrow). I’m flirting with the possibility of becoming a competition barista, but if I’m not working in the industry over the summer, that could be difficult. There’s also the possibility of me not working in the petroleum industry and I will try to take a job as a barista. The only problem is that that would bring me back to Calgary and their (mediocre at best) scene. I went to Cafe Koi when I was in Calgary Monday, and the place is stunning. It was great to see a Reg Barber tamper, freshly ground shots and attention paid to the espresso. The shots were good, with Big Mountain organic espresso, but alas, the milk wasn’t so great. I spoke with the co-owner, and she seemed really nice and friendly. Maybe I can fit in there. Nights involve DJs spinning live, so regardless of whether I work, it will become a new haunt for me.

Cheers for now! To anyone going to Charlotte to the SCAA, drink espresso for me (and a pint… but be easy on the folks at the Blake hotel!)

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