October 20, 2014 by Beans Ahoy
A report brought to you by coffee bear.
Having visited 3 of the better coffee shops in Calgary the time has come to decide who has the best coffee. I must start by saying that all of the coffee was well above the local giants found on every corner. Calgary seems to have pushed ahead with good coffee shops certainly leaving Vancouver in its trail.
Now to the coffee:
Phil and Sabastian in the Chinook Centre
Flat White 8/10
Analog at 17th Ave., S.W.
Flat White 8/10
Cafe Rosso at 140, 8th Ave., S.E.
Flat White 7/10
A few notes on scores. In order to make sure Analog was deserving of top spot I went back and had another round of coffee. The Flat White was very good second time around however even taking the first attempt into account Analogs flat white came in with a 6 placing it ahead over all. On the whole the Americano style coffee was poor, too much water not enough coffee. Just a big mug of hot weak nameless coffee. I still wonder why people would drink this when they could drink some outstanding espressos, flat whites or cappuccinos. Americano’s seem to be the focus of more is better, but to me it ruins the otherwise good coffee. However, a friend drank her’s with half the water normally put in a cup and it was slightly improved but I still see little purpose to an Americano. I can only hope the likes of Analog, Cafe Rosso and Phil and Sebastian can teach the people of Calgary what great coffee tastes like. All three certainly have the skills and knowledge to do a great job and I enjoyed my visit to each one. Of note was the single shot of Nicaraguan espresso at Analog, quite outstanding and a worthy winner of my Calgary Coffee experience. Take a bow Analog and new barista Riley, good job.