Walking into Thom Bargen one is instantly inducted into a coffee loving family. The first thing you notice is the friendly staff , the smell of the fresh wood that covers the most natural looking café to hit Winnipeg and smiles on the faces of all of the patrons. It’s a place where you feel instantly at home. Thom Bargen works like a well oiled machine, but looks as though it belongs with nature. The rustic feel is only complimented by the décor. An apron hangs on the back shelf, a symbol of the hard work and months of effort that went into this beautiful café. Pipes hold up not only the shelving, but the home made menu and pour over stand as well. The menu is simple, and what you would expect. Machiato is served in two cups, one is a shot of espresso, the other espresso and milk. This a refreshing change and an interesting way to enjoy both the baristas ability to make mixed drinks and their ability to make a shot of espresso as well. Having not had any coffee that day I opted for the more caffeinated version of the suggested macchiato, and received a double shot of espresso and a cappuccino. The coffee was served in beautiful cups that seemed to be the same shade of white as the walls, which provided a stark contrast with the light roasted Phil and Sebastian espresso blend. This coffee was ground in a Mazzer and pulled from a La Marzocco which seemed as though they’d be plucked out of the future and placed in the hands of some very skilled barista. One can expect skilled baristas and well sourced coffees from any café in Winnipeg that has a similar passion. So what sets Thom Bargen apart and why should I drive there in -40? It’s the group of friends behind the counter. You’ll feel the thrill of meeting someone knew while as comfortable as someone who has known them forever.
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