Rockies Senior Member Joined: 8 Sep 2004 Posts: 38 Location: Calgary, AB Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Sun Oct 30, 2005, 5:23pm Subject: Another Calgary coffee find
Well, not really Calgary. But close.
A friend of mine who knows about my love for good espresso mentioned that a fellow he worked with owned a cafe. A few tantalizing hints indicated that it was a place I should probably check out.
So off I go to Cochrane, to a nice little place in the mini-mall near the Safeway. Java Jamboree.
As I walked up to the counter, what did I spy? Does that logo say Synesso??? Yep, three group Synesso. Second one in Canada apparently. First one I'd ever seen in person. This bodes well.
Ask for a shot, pretty good. Better than say, Good Earth, not quite Big Mountain on a good day. Meet the owner Les, really good guy. He pulls me a latte. From a different grinder. Turns out he has Malabar Gold on for straight shots and Vivace Vita for milk drinks. Yum. Nicely textured milk and beautiful art. Then I had another shot, you could tell the barista was really dialed in for this one. Freaking amazing. Good mouth feel, nice sweetness spreading to the back of the mouth. Really characteristic of a well pulled shot of Malabar Gold. I know it isn't everyone's bag, but MG is one of my favourite blends.
Decor was really well done, nice tables and chairs and a couple of comfy couches. It was also a pretty big place, you feel like you have a nice amount of elbow room.
All in all, worth my drive to the country. I'll be back for sure.
Posted Mon Oct 31, 2005, 12:53am Subject: Re: Another Calgary coffee find
Yeah, Java Jamboree is a good place. Apparently Les is really into coffee. My girlfriend and I went there a couple of weeks ago. Nice place, pretty good coffee... definitely quite a bit better than most places here in the city.
onemoreshot Senior Member Joined: 16 Jun 2005 Posts: 86 Location: next to my bikes Expertise: I like coffee
Espresso: Expobar Brewtus II Grinder: Macap Drip: Aeropress Roaster: Hottop
Posted Sun Nov 27, 2005, 9:11pm Subject: Re: Another Calgary coffee find
I think its great to see a cafe' trying as hard as they are. This was my first visit since they got the Cyncra, I had a Malabar espresso and a Vivace latte. The first shot off the Synesso was dumped, way too quick, nice to see it go into the drip tray. The second shot looked better and was quite good. I had higher expectations of the MG but, as they say, its not a shot for everyone and this was my first taste of the Malabar Gold. Not sure if I saw the full potential of the MG, I will have to make it back for another round. The latte on the other hand was fantastic! Lovely microfoam, velvety mouthfeel, beautiful smooth espresso, clean finish and absolutely in the top 10 lattes I have ever drank.
latte_snobb Senior Member Joined: 31 Dec 2005 Posts: 1 Location: Calgary Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sat Dec 31, 2005, 4:32pm Subject: Re: Another Calgary coffee find
The coffee at Java Jamboree is second to none! After having one of their latte's, nothing else even compares. We were in Seattle this past summer and visited Vivace. I believe these two cafes have drinks of similar quality. I love the Malabar Gold coffee, and have purchased some to brew at home. The espressos are smooth and wicked good. Love the latte art, and the overall feel of the cafe. Way to go Java Jamboree!!!
Posted Tue Aug 1, 2006, 11:17am Subject: Re: Another Calgary coffee find
Just wanted to give "two thumbs up" for Les and Java Jamboree. Make it a point to stop in there!
Stopped in on the way to Kimberly (Les was in), and I mentioned my love of good espresso and the challenges in finding it anywhere but at home. He just gave me a big grin and pulled me a couple shots of espresso ON THE HOUSE so I could try them out. You could tell he wanted them to be perfect for me - showing off his crema shots etc.
Afterwards, my wife and I sat outside and had a couple cappa's. Les came out and chatted coffee/beans/machines for some time (I loved it, bored my wife a bit who gets too much of the same at home). He brought out some fresh water for the dog too! Talk about customer service.
Love the Malabar gold espresso...sweet - and the smoothest espresso I have ever had. Bought some to take home. Stopped in again on the way home and Les immediately poured me another Malabar espresso before I even ordered while I was in line (I insisted on paying for this one). He responded by giving me some free drink coupons for the next time I was in town.
John_Manzo Senior Member Joined: 5 Aug 2005 Posts: 318 Location: Calgary Expertise: I love coffee
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Posted Wed Aug 2, 2006, 5:56pm Subject: Re: Another Calgary coffee find
I concur about the jamboree- Mrs Les (can't recall her name) did all the same for me, plied me with free shots (to try the malabar and the vivace side by side- I prefer the vivace actually). Her macchiatos are killer, she puts a little cream in the milk- stunning. I would say that Java Jamboree and Bumpy's are the two Cgy-area shops that could stand toe to toe with any in any other city. Too bad it's all the way in Cochrane, but it's a nice drive.
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