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Cremini
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Posted Wed Sep 28, 2005, 1:23pm
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Jessica, I'd recommend giving Francesco's a try. Depending on the Barista you can get a really good shot there, and if your espresso is not up to par let Pietro know and I'm sure he'll help you out.
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Posted Wed Sep 28, 2005, 4:44pm
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clark.....it may just have been the day i was there.... although i can imagine how that  feels to watch a place fall apart when you care so much about what is going on there, and in the business and the performance of everybody, all around...

i hope you will continue posting here.....if i am in ottawa next summer i would love to try your espresso!....

the unicentre renovations are still underway....some of it is quite messy....olivers is open, however!....cant say i have checked it out yet, other than a brief movie night there, but i hear its a fun place....
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Posted Thu Sep 29, 2005, 8:52am
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Hi all,

Has anyone tried any of the espresso bars on Preston Street? I was strolling along there this past weekend and must have counted 7 or 8 within about 7 blocks. I would have tried one but had already had too much coffee that day. :)

Andrew
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Posted Mon Nov 14, 2005, 7:34pm
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On Saturday I visited a place called Jazzoo on Beechwood  and Mckay (I  think) and I had a good shot  with all kinds of crema.  Good well rounded flavour from a  good'ol semi-auto.  Felt good.. felt real good and ... as a bonus funky atmosphere, nice art on the wall  and ....(wait for it)  good service from a friendly polite staff. What a concept!

I've been slowly learning to stay away from super autos because I don't often enjoy what comes out.
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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2005, 7:44pm
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I've been to Jazzoo and it's one of the few places that seems to "get it". I've spoken to the owner there and the espresso they serve is Francesco's Il Cremoso blend.
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Posted Wed Nov 16, 2005, 11:05pm
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SulawesiSherry Said:

On Saturday I visited a place called Jazzoo on Beechwood  and Mckay

Posted November 14, 2005 link

Thanks for the recommendation! Will have to remember to drop in, not being too far away.

Dave
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Posted Sat Jan 28, 2006, 8:22am
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Hello Ottawa. I am flying in to town from Turkey for a whirlwind couple of days of meetings, and I am keen to find decent shot of espresso.  Last post about the Ottawa scene was November I see, so I am wondering if there is anything that the CoffeeGeek forum wants to say.
My list right now seems to be Francesco's (asking for Pietro, the Ottawa Bagel Shop and Deli (with luck there is a decent barista) and perhaps Cafe Mio and Planet Coffee...

In addition, I am on my way down to Haiti for a week after that.  Anybody have a recommendation on a coffee bean varietal from Haiti?  I saw some coffee cherries there last summer, but neglected to bring any home.  As a new home roaster, I am wondering what to look for (the stuff in the few stores in Haiti was dreadful...)
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Posted Sat Jan 28, 2006, 9:57am
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Coffees from Haiti don't often receive very good reviews.  I can't speak for this personally as I don't carry a Haitian and can't ever recall even trying it by the cup anywhere.

It's likely that Haiti exports all the best crop which would explain why the stuff served to you when you were there was dreadful.

I've checked my usual sources and none of them even import/offer Haitian coffees for roasters (not a good sign).

I found one review online of a Haitian Blue that only scored in the mid 70's (not great) and that was back in 1998.  You may have better luck finding a nice Cuban or Dominican since they're close by.
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Posted Fri Feb 3, 2006, 11:39pm
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Has anyone tried 'i Deal Coffee' on Dalhousie yet? I'm thinking of checking them out and was wondering if anyone could tell me how they stack up against Francesco's.  I notice they're significantly cheaper but still Fair Trade and Organic.

Cheers!

KJ
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Posted Sun Feb 5, 2006, 1:39pm
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Alright, since apparently none of you turkeys have been there yet I'll write a review myself! :-P i Deal Coffee is at Dalhousie and Bruyere in the Market and thankfully has parking.  They roast their own beans and 'only roast what they need' so there is some assurance of freshness.  The price is very reasonable.  My half pound of their espresso blend was only $6 and they were all to pleased to give me a free shot to try it out.  

Now, I'm a horrible noob at coffee but it would seem to me that their machine could use a good cleaning and that my shot of espresso probably shouldn't have grinds in it, but at least it was freshly ground and tampered.  There seemed to be an absence of crema on the shot, but upon getting the beans home and making my own the blend seemed to cream up just fine.

Their signature coffee is the Prince of Darkness, which I haven't tried yet as I still have some Francesco's at home that I have to use up but it's next on my list.

All in all, I'd have to say the place has potential.
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