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Posted Fri Jun 15, 2012, 5:16am
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I recently purchased my first legit machine - a Junior HX. I have looked all over for classes in the NB/NS/PEI and have found nothing closer than Montreal or Boston. So, I am wondering two things: if anyone knows of classes in this area that I have not come across, or if someone in the Fredericton area would like to spend a couple hours with me working on the machine, in exchange for homemade croissants or pie and all the coffee you want! Youtube and online tutorials are great, but nothing beats hands-on experience with an instructor. Cheers!
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Posted Fri Jun 15, 2012, 7:24am
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You can try Brulerie du Quai, they are in Campbelton, Caraquet, Carleton sur mer...

http://www.brulerieduquai.com/index.php
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 11:44am
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TheProfessor Said:

if anyone knows of classes in this area that I have not come across

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I know that DownEast Coffee in Moncton used to offer a one day class on all things coffee brewing and espresso. it involved going through the different types of drinks, then some of the more popular brewing methods.

As far as I know, they offered it only when they had time and enough interest from folks; it wasn't a regular, every week kind of thing. For all I know they're still doing it. Wouldn't hurt for you to contact them and express an interest.

Regardless, if you're going to get into coffee in the Maritimes, Terry Montague is a guy you want to know.

 
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Posted Fri Jun 22, 2012, 2:00pm
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Don't know if there is anything formal set up, but possibly you could work out something with Jim at Java Blend; North Street in Halifax if you were down for a day or two.  Less likely but equally excellent would be something with Zane at Two if By Sea in Halifax or Dartmouth.
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Posted Mon Jun 25, 2012, 7:14am
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Thanks for all the input.

I "know" the guys at DownEast but great suggestion (although I don't love their coffee).

Halifax is probably the best bet, I guess, but you're right that Zane is probably a less likely candidate. My understand is that TIBS is pretty private about how they do espresso, which is fair, and also Zane just got a little bit busier as of today:

https://www.bdcyoungentrepreneuraward.ca/index.php

Congrats to Zane and crew!
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Posted Tue Jun 26, 2012, 9:38am
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TheProfessor Said:

although I don't love their coffee

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Yeah, you're not the first I hear say that.  They don't push the envelope in terms of coffee offerings.  Their Lescarbot espresso is very good, mind you.  So far, I've always had to special request it; they don't usually stock it at Café Codiac or the market.  It is by far their best espresso.

Being in Moncton, I am envious of Halifax's progressive coffee culture.  I also love the idea of beans roasted in Atlantic Canada to rival 49th Parallel and other such "progressive" roasters outside of the region.

 
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