The Boulevard Coffee Roasting: Review

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On Saturday we were at UBC for a conference and noticed a local roaster: The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co. IMG_6806

The Boulevard Coffee Roasting Co.
5970 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC
V6T 1Z3

Ianiv and I both ordered an Americano. The beans used were from Brazil, although the barista didn’t know much about them. Boulevard Coffee uses only organic beans, roasted on-site. The owners are students, making this the first student-owned company on campus. Both owners have science backgrounds.

Our review of the cafe itself is quite positive. We enjoyed the atmosphere and design, the use of modern materials, and the display of community art. The service was okay, although the lack of barista education was obvious.


The coffee itself was not the best feature of the cafe. To me, it tasted acrid and over-roasted. Very little flavour of the actual coffee came through, and it was quite watery as well as bitter. I would be interested to know the taste of the drip coffee in comparison to the espresso, but UBC is a little out of the way so I probably won’t be back any time soon to try.

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Perfect mug for those bad mornings

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The Mugnum is a coffee cup with a handle shaped like a handgun grip:

Via BoingBoing

Portaflon Portafilter

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The portaflon - a coated portafilter for better tasting espresso.

What is a portafilter?

A portafilter attaches to an espresso machine, and carries a tamped puck of coffee with its coffee basket. It is usually made of brass, and also includes a plastic or wooden handle. The portafilter forms a seal with the espresso machine’s gasket, and directs high-pressure hot water through the coffee puck. - Wikipedia

Portaflon is a non-stick coating. This portafilter, coated in portaflon, there will be no metallic taste to coffee nor will you accumulate as much sediment. The cleaner, non-oxidized portafilter will ensure a better coffee experience.

I look forward to seeing one of these babies in action! Prototype or not, I am hoping someone grabs one to test out :)

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Starbucks reduces trans fats

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Starbucks baked goods are just as bad as any fast food burger. After many years, they’ve decided to clean it up. Well, not so much decided, as rather caved into pressure to do so. But, who’s mincing words…

However, getting all Starbucks trans-fat free will take time. Each region has its own local bakery and food supply chain, and all must be adjusted.

To review the nutritional content of your local Starbucks, you must enter your ZIP on the website. Nutritional values vary for the same reason as above - different suppliers. From those I’ve tested, none appear to have trans fat left on the menu.

However, the fat content itself is still astronomically high. Also interesting to note that the no sugar products have pretty much the most fat. 27g of fat for the no sugar banana nut coffee cake. That’s 8 extra grams of fat over a blueberry scone, if you can believe it.

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Valentine’s for Coffee & Tea Lovers

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I’ve stumbled across some great gifts for Coffee Lovers that are Valentine’s inspired - not just fun coffee gifts, but fun and lovable coffee gifts.

  1. Heart Shaped Mug (Hallmark)
  2. Heart Shaped Cup & Saucer Set (Target)
  3. Heart Coffee Scoop (Uncommon Goods)
  4. Heart Tea Strainer (Uncommon Goods)
  5. Heart Tea Infuser (Amazon)

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