As everyone knows, I LOVE MY COFFEE. Take away my wine, my junk food, even my buttered toast, but let me have my morning cuppa or the day doesn't seem right. Now that I try and focus on writing for the first hour or two every morning, sipping coffee has become an ingrained part of the habit. While I am not fussy (other than I can't stand instant or extremely weak brew), I do know a good cup when I taste it and the one Katona brewed me at VFW was really exceptional. I met a friend at Milano Coffee at 156 W. 8th this week to relive the glory. As soon as I walked in the door, my Sex in a Cup was already being brewed (by Katona himself) and ready by the time I made it to the counter. I took that first sip. It was amazing, but not quite the same - not at the sex in a cup level. After a little arm twisting I discovered the secret. I did receive a cup of the La Futura blend, but there was a small hint of Baileys added.
|Milano Cafe's Espresso Tasting Bar|
As I think of all I learned on this recent visit, this clip from an article in the Vancouver Sun I found on their website brings it all home. It is an interview with Brian Turko who explains about the quality of their blends. "...Multi-bean blends to Italians are what single-malt whiskies are to Scots and Milano Coffee has at least nine espresso blends that use 11 different beans. 'All coffees have different characters...It's like a band -- it would be pretty boring if you had five bass players.'...Turko considers his niche to be the top one or two per cent of the coffee market -- with premium blends that sell for about $22 a pound."
That about sums it up. Quality coffee that has not been overroasted burning away the real flavours, well designed unique blends, notes of flavour you can actually taste and a real commitment to what they do. It's artistry in coffee.