The 2008 Western Regional Barista Championship will be held this week on August 14th at Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) in Vancouver. It’s a free event that’s open to the public, although I can’t find what the times are.
There will be at least 12 contenders competing in the western regional finals. Each competitor must prepare and serve 12 separate espresso beverages – 4 espresso, 4 cappuccinos, and 4 "signature" drinks of their own creation. More info here…
Early this morning, a Starbucks on West Broadway and Heather in Vancouver exploded.
At 2:30 am on the morning of February 13th, an explosion in the 600-block of West Broadway in Vancouver leveled several street-level stores, including a Starbucks and Taco Del Mar, and did some damage to the London Drugs across the street. The noise and shock wave awoke residents for many blocks around.
No injuries have been reported, and no structural integrity issues have arisen as a result of the explosion.
Police and fire crews are investigating what caused the explosion and whether or not it was deliberately set. Police Spokesman Constable Tim Fanning said that arson investigators are calling the explosion "suspicious." Eye witnesses are reporting a man running from the area after the explosion. That said, fire investigators are looking into a possible gas leak at Taco Del Mar as the source of the problem.
You can view more photos taken by a local resident here.
This weekend is the Canadian Coffee & Tea Expo in Vancouver. September 24-25 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, over 80 exhibitors will get together to display goods, classes will be held, cuppings, and the crown jewel – the Canadian National Barista Championship.
We will be attending on Monday, hopefully to witness the final round of the barista championship, which is being held between 1-4.
Update: Starbucks has decided giving free coffee to everyone is a bad idea. The coupon will no longer be honored. The press release is here.
Greg emailed us to let us know about a Starbucks coupon you can print to get a free iced coffee every day until September 30. We were skeptical at first so I did some research and it turns out that this is actually real. Apparently this was supposed to be a regional offer but the coupons leaked so much that they will now honour them in all of North America. Snopes.com has more details.
So if you like Starbucks coffee just print this coupon and enjoy!
It all started on January 1st, 2005 when Lloyd Asato decided to document every cup of coffee he would drink that year:
"The year is 2005 and it is time to reflect upon my life and there is no better accomplement than a freshly brewed cup of Peets. Thus begins The Year of Coffee, an honest look through the lense of Major Dickason. I secretly hope that I live something heroic or tragic though I suspect it may be a fluffy romantic comedy. Whatever is revealed will be shared here. It begins as an unflinching search for truth, but may end up as just a photo album of mugs of coffee."
And Lloyd did just that. Every day he would a picture (or two) of a cup of coffee, along with some quick comment, a glipse of the events in Lloyd’s day. On December 31, 2005 he posted the 1000th picture:
"I did not achieve enlightenment, but it did warm me up. My one-thousandth cup of 2005 was a latte from that place at the end of Mill Avenue. It was yummy, though the pastry sucked."
On Sunday he posted a video of the first 1000 cups, it takes less than 2 minutes to see them all.
How much caffeine is in your coffee? Does it depend on the coffee?
Nutrition Action Healthletter has a Caffeine Corner chart that gives the mg of caffeine in beverages. For example:
Caffe Americano, short (8 oz.) Starbucks 35mg
Coffee, tall (12 oz.) Starbucks 375mg
Coffee, non-gourmet (8 oz.) 135mg
Cola (16 oz.) 50mg
Tea, leaf or bag (8 oz.) 50mg
So, if you are looking for a caffeine jolt from Starbucks, avoid the espresso based drinks (latte, etc) and go for plain old coffee. And if you are going based on caffeine only, Starbucks packs more caffeinated punch than other coffee houses.