Well... I just made it there, and while it was right during lunch hour (in the middle of Montreal) I was the only customer there.
Nice interior design (very high-class), a bit expensive ($1.90 single, $2.40 double shot), and friendly staff.
I got a single espresso, and the barista (girl) seemed to have been trained pretty well (ground to order, careful leveling, good straight tamp). Couldn't see the shot being pulled, as the business end of the machine is facing away from the counter.
It was definitely a nice blend they're using, as the taste was quite complex, but very smooth and pleasant. Unfortunately, it was also quite sour. Perhaps the machine was a bit too cool, since I was the only customer for the whole time I was there (about 10 minutes). Guess I'll have to try it again at some busier times.
They do have a nice big plasma TV though, that's running a loop of various latte art designs being poured. That alone should be worth the price of admission... ;)
When speaking with Spiro (one of the owners) yesterday night, he told me their single were actually double shot and double shot were actually triple shot. I admit it might be a bit confusing but, as far as I know, they don't serve single shot, only double (named single) and triple (named double).
Got a double and it was so good!!! What a difference! Real sweet and balanced. Leftist blend, I was told. Got myself a sandwich also and that was also really good. Took a capppa takeout but didn't get any art :( Maybe next time, if they do takeout art. Nice machine also!!! Maybe a bit too "upscale" interior design for my own personal taste, but hey, what do I know? Still, the plasma screen is great! Couldn't get my eyes off the "Extreme Pours" DVD....
I might be going in the next couple of weeks. I'm looking forward to it. A bit disappointed to hear that they can't do art on to go cups though! I guess you can't have everything in a brand new shop.
It seems they do espresso shots similar to how it's set up where I'm working. The single baskets actually hold about 10 grams, and the doubles about 18. It's very odd. A single is half way to a double and a double is half way to a triple. I'm not sure why they ended up with these large baskets, but there you go. You just have to work with what tools are given to you! It also means you have to mess with the grind when switching between single and double because the double isn't exactly double the single. Not exactly ideal. But I digress...
The price sounds reasonable. Can't wait to check it out.
We set them up to pull tripple ristrettos the same as we do on our bars21 grams of coffee, about 35-40 sec resulting in an ounce an a half total volume. Sheer beauty. And for you who think they cut the shot short...not a chance...they let it ride so they get all the goodness out of it...not just the first part of the shot...but the creamy and chocolaty end of the shot as well. A true ristretto. -Chris Deferio
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