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I’ll admit… I haven’t actually drank that much Java Blend coffee since  I have lived in Halifax. It mostly had to do with the fact that when we first moved here we lived in the South End and it was pretty much just a convenience thing, I hate to admit it. Now I live in the North End (Awesome!) and Java Blend is almost my next door neighbour. I still haven’t physically got there a lot more but they are defiantly way more on my radar and I have been indulging in Java Blend a bit more frequently than before. Tonight while perusing their website I can across something AWESOME (forgive me if I am, like, the last person in Halifax to know about this)!
Java Blend is now offering seasonal bike delivery of their  coffees (to certain parts of Halifax).  I love this. Not only do I think it is adorable, but I think it is SMART too! I love smart stuff. It’s sustainable, it’s good for the employees and it’s just…. Awesome!

If you want to know all about it you can find out here.
This just gives me one more reason to love Halifax!!!




Recently my bff Anna moved to Toronto. This was a pretty sad affair for me, as you can imagine.
But, now she works in a pretty rad cafe called Te Aro and sends me awesome things in the mail like delicious coffees.
Recently she sent me a 1/4 lb of a Colombian (roasted by Te-Aro) that is the Cup Of Excellence 2011 winner. It cost me $20.oo (I actually haven’t paid her back yet…. Hey! That’s what friends are for!) when all the shipping and handling from there to here was said and done. It’s kinda a lot of money for ANYONE to spend on coffee….But it’s good, really good! I tried it as a pour over and am planning to share the rest with Dan tomorrow morning in the French Press… the rest of it has been shared with my coffee loving co-workers!
I am including a little chart from Te Aro on the tasting notes, as they can say it all way more eloquently then I ever could…

"The coffee" (I felt like you needed to see how small the bag is!!!)

Here’s the thing though. For me there are tonnes of coffees that are at a normal price point that I can get right here in Halifax, and they  are great! I love drinking the single origins from Just Us! I LOVE all of the Phil & Sebastian from Two If By Sea,  I love grabbing a bag of  49th Parallel from Steve-O-Reno’s (also, Have you checked out there website recently?!), And that I can get Intelligentsia at the Smiling Goat. PLUS we have amazing coffee being roasted right here in our own back yards (pretty much) at places like Java Blend. So as nice as it is to have a little experiment with coffee so expensive that actually drinking it is kinda scary, it will definitely stay that way for me, an experiment (….’Cause it could get pretty addictive and expensive if I don’t give myself these rules right now)!
Thanks to Anna (and Te Aro) for making to possible for me to taste this amazing coffee!!



I decided to stop in at The Smiling Goat Espresso Bar today while my laundry was going through the wash at the Laundromat.
It was a beautiful sunny day today and sitting in the window at the Smiling Goat seemed like an awesome thing to do while I waited the 25 minutes for my laundry.

I love the menu at Smiling goat, today I grabbed a photo of it so you can see it in all of its glory.

The Menu.

It’s so comprehensive and I love the featured drink section.
I was going to order a single Macchiato but upon seeing that the featured espresso I wanted to try was only pulled in double shots I decided to get a single Macchiato and a single espresso (this may be my new favourite thing to order). I tried the Ethiopia Ardi Natural which is a single origin that is provided to the Smiling Goat by Java Blend. It was great, a nice looking shot and an even nicer looking macchiato. I found the espresso to be a little to citrusy for my taste ( I find that a citrus flavour can really overwhelm the rest of the taste for me, I have never liked very citrusy coffee- from my first cup of Yirgacheffe, which I tried in my very first cupping, onward!). I really loved the Macc though, Smiling Goat always uses organic milk in there drinks and I personally think you can really taste a difference, I wish more shops around here had this option, it just tastes more whole and delicious to me!

Yummy Macchiato and Espresso in the sun.

I also grabbed a bag of the classic Intelligentsia Black Cat in an 8Oz bag- which I have decided is the cutest bag of coffee ever. So small and adorable.I am excited to try it at home! And to top it all off I had a really nice chat with the Barista at the Smiling Goat this afternoon, Hi Justin!

The little bag of Black Cat.

Last night I helped out with some training at Just Us! with my co-worker (and Barista extraordinaire) Liz. We got to sample some of the new single origin coffees that will be available at Just Us! in the upcoming weeks on both the siphon and the AeroPress. Then we watched this amazing video.


-Ceilidh, one of my favourite blogs, Sandra is often going for Fika, a Swedish word that roughly means 'coffee break'.


I started working with coffee almost a year ago. Really, not very long ago. But, my love for coffee developed quite a while before I actually started making it for other people and getting paid to do so.

I am from rural Nova Scotia- a small town with a Robins Donuts being the hot spot for picking up your morning cup of coffee. My family -from the beginning- was an exception to this small town mindset. My parents have always loved coffee- I can remember , from a very young age, waking up to the sound of coffee being freshly ground or the smell of coffee brewing either in a press pot, stove top espresso or your good old electric coffee maker. My parents have also always drank ‘good coffee’ – one story my parents have told me is that my dad had actually driven for an hour in a snow storm to purchase their blend of choice. They still to this day always make a special stop to get there 5 LB bag of french roast from Java Blend here in halifax when they are in the city ( a 2 hour drive from my home town).

The first thing I assoicate with coffee is my family- and my family is my number one love in my life – coffee comes in at a close second place and this association is part of the reason why.

I remember the first time I went into a coffee shop to grab a coffee- It was a soy latte (something don’t drink now) in the little mountain town of Nelson, BC, at my (still) favourite cafe of Oso Negro, a memory ingrained into me. A little more than 3 years later and I was hired at Bridgehead in Ottawa, ON, the Bank st. and Gilmour st. location as a Braista- a job that I had always admired and didn’t think I could do.

My training was incredible- intensive, one on one with 1 amazing coffee expert and one amazing Barista. I quickly fell in love with coffee and all the processes involved in creating the ‘perfect cup’. Unfortunatly I only worked at Bridgehead for a few months before moving to Nova Scotia- upon arriving in my home province I knew I would work at a cafe in my new city of Halifax. I was quickly hired at Just Us! cafe, on Spring Garden road and quickly fell in love (again) with my job.

I am not claiming to be an amazing Barista or to know everything about coffee, the industry or even my own place of employment. Honestly- I feel like I am just busting into an incredible world of coffee. Learning more all the time and, I simply have a huge love for coffee and would love to bring about a better sense of coffee culture here on the east coast.

All the Baristi I know are total babes (hence the name of this blog) and I hope that is blog becomes a community for not only the babely baristi I know but also any person who loves coffee and wants to know more!!!