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Press release from Krups, Date: November 10, 2005
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Krups, the leading manufacturer of high-end culinary appliances, world renowned for its superior coffee and espresso machines, has crisscrossed Canada in search of espresso excellence.  From Vancouver to Montreal to Toronto hundreds of coffee houses have been tried, tasted and visited by a panel of coffee connoisseurs in an effort to name each city’s top spot.

The results are in.  Krups proudly presents the Krups Kup of Excellence Awards to Canada’s finest independent cafés.  As part of Krups’ ongoing commitment to superior tasting espresso and skilled brewing, this prestigious new award recognizes independent cafés and the contribution they make to urban culture.  Not your typical assembly line brews, Krups Kup of Excellence celebrates unique environments, aromatic experiences and above all, a real passion for the grind.  

Every urban dwelling coffee aficionado has one, where the brew is always eye-opening, the scene always soothing and the experience truly appreciated.  A favourite local café is a must for the espresso lover.  And as Krups quickly discovered, the Canadian landscape is rich with top-notch coffee destinations.

Truly awakening discoveries
With the help of fellow connoisseurs, including local chefs, wine tasters, restaurant critics and food writers, Krups Kup of Excellence recently kicked off with a search for each participating city’s best brew.  An elite judging panel in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto filtered through a short list of the city’s finest independent cafés in pursuit of the best espresso experience.  

And the Krups Kup of Excellence Awards go to:

Caffé Artigiano, 763 Hornby Street (plus four other locations).  Based on the authentic Italian-style coffee house, this groundbreaking café was the first in the city to introduce Latte Art to the masses that pass through its doors daily.  Owned by Vince Piccolo, his baristas regularly vie for the title of Canada’s best.   In fact, three-time Canadian National Barista Champion Sammy Piccolo regularly practices his stunning skill here.

Wicked Café, 1399 W. 7th Avenue.  Seemingly straight off of the set of the famed hit Friends, the vibe at this coffee house is decidedly laid back.  However, owners Brad Ford and Mihwa Lee have certainly infused some unique elements into the mix including outstanding blends of beans described as coffee you'd sell your soul for.  Wicked indeed.

Prado Café, 1938 Commercial Drive.  Stylish but spare, this café exudes a modern euro-flair.  Housed in a refurbished retail space along this bustling high-street style shopping strip, every attention to detail is apparent.  Certainly nothing is overlooked in the expert presentation of espresso.  Just as owner Amy Renee York intended.

Toi et Moi Café, 244 Laurier West.  Roasting their own blend of savoury coffee beans right on the premises, Toi et Moi Café sells more than just great food it is also an ideal spot to grab an espresso or latte to enjoy with friends. Owner Asbed Istanboulian has created a bistro-style décor with laid-back ambiance, friendly service and lively atmosphere making this bistro-café a definite Montreal hotspot.

Café International, 6714 St-Laurent West.  This authentic Italian-style café owned by Mike Arcaro has been a landmark in the city’s Little Italy district since 1968 and continues to delight customer day after day. The family run operation is the ideal spot for enjoying a world class espresso or indulging in one of the café’s mouth watering dishes.

Caffé Art Java, 8347 avenue Mont-Royal East.  This swank new coffeehouse in Montreal’s trendy Plateau neighborhood has quickly developed a reputation for pouring picture-perfect potables thanks to the barista’s extensive training in the emerging latte art scene.  Although the owners, Spiro Karagianopoulos and Mauro Maltoni, are newish to the specialty coffee game, they're proving their serious enough to compete with Canada’s best cafes.

b Espresso Bar,111 Queen Street East. This Italian concept café easily perked the judging panel’s eye.  b Espresso Bar won top marks for its beautiful presentation, inviting European environment and smooth tasting espresso.  Owner Bruno Colozza Bar skillfully blended traditional structural elements of the heritage building with a sleek, modern, Italian interior and, of course, outstanding espresso.

Balzac’s Coffee, 55 Mill Street.  Nestled in the wings of the Distillery District, Balzac’s dark-wood-and-raw-stone interior lends a Paris café ambiance to this hidden gem.  Owned by Diana Olsen, this cozy coffee spot micro-roasts on-site the finest selection of Arabica Organic and Fair Trade coffee beans from all points of the globe.

Bull Dog Coffee, 80 Granby Street.  Owned by Stuart Ross, this quaint coffee bar is a neighborhood favourite. When in need of a sweet fix try one of the café’s signature drinks, The Bulldog Bite – a pleasing shot of chocolate in the midst of a well extracted espresso.

Honourable Mentions
With so many outstanding options out there, Krups would be remiss not to mention the following cafes who also received the Krups Kup of Excellence seal of approval.

Caffé Sette, 818 Burrard Street is a high-concept café that skillfully mixes espresso in the morning with cocktails in the evening in super-sleek and stylish surroundings and JJ Bean, 3010 Main Street (plus three other locations) embodies a cozy chalet feel down to the double-sided fireplace.  The café features an impressive espresso-based beverage list that would warm the heart of any aficionado.

Café Olympico, 124, rue St-Viateur West, in the Mile-End and Aux Deux Maries at 4329, rue St-Denis Street on Le Plateau Mont-royal brewed accolades for enveloping visitors in the delicious aroma of coffee beans and the comforting sound of coffee percolating.

Jet Fuel located 519 Parliament Street and Moonbean Coffee at 80 St.Andrew Street in Kensington Market respectively.  Both neighborhood institutions are extremely well suited to the communities in which they operate and deliver outstanding espresso and personalized, knowledgeable service.  

Be your own barista
Krups is proud to salute the independent owners who have carefully carved out rich espresso environments that have quickly become a part of Canada’s urban culture.  

The company, with its long-standing reputation for quality coffee and espresso machines, also reaches out to consumers to allow them to recreate the complete café experience with ease and simplicity, from the comfort of home.

Making and enjoying the perfect cup is important to Canadians, with up to 70 percent of all coffee being consumed at home.  That’s why Krups is committed to delivering the best tasting espresso and coffee where consumers demand it the most – turning everyday kitchens into café’s.

Featuring a full-line of coffee and espresso machines for every taste and budget from the fully automatic Orchestro Dialog ($2,100) to the Krups Home Café one touch pod-brewing system ($200), Krups is the worldwide leader in coffee and espresso machines designed for home use.

About Krups

Through precision, perfection, and passion, Krups continues a tradition started over a century ago: consistently delivering unparalled home appliances.

A benchmark of excellence in over 100 countries and millions of kitchens around the world, Krups is the leading choice for those with discriminating taste and a connoisseur's understanding. Every appliance is designed to engage the style and tastes of the most discerning individual.

In Canada, Krups products are available at fine kitchen stores nationwide in addition to The Bay, Home Outfitters and Linens N Things.  Krups in Canada is a proud supporter of CANFAR – Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research.  To learn more visit www.Krups.ca .

For more information, product samples and café photography or to arrange an interview, please contact Tim Gallant or Laura Simpson at Empire PR:
Tel: 416-203-8060;  E-mail: tim@empirepr.ca or laura@empirepr.ca

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