First foodie blog post ever – I look forward to sharing my culinary adventures with you all. As a brief intro, my job brings me to various parts of North America, allowing me to experience new tastes, and share those experiences with you, canuck foodie.
Being new to the Calgary area, I did what any coffee addict would do – I searched across all sorts of blogs to find the city’s best coffee place. This led to find all sorts of glowing reviews about new found favorite coffee shop in Calgary, Caffe Artigiano. As soon as you walk into the place located along 6th Ave, you’re greeted by the beautiful aroma of fresh ground coffee beans – definitely a great way to start the day. Being my first time I decided to play it safe and go for staples items such as their regular latte, walnut muffin and veggie breakfast wrap. After ordering I joined the queue of suit clad drones waiting for their fix and after a few minutes I got my fix. Their lattes were quite good, with a good mix of espresso and foam, blending together for some beautiful latte art – the barista did it with such ease!
The breakfast wrap was also quite good, however about 10 minutes to prepare – and if you visit the other location on 4th St. and 6th Ave., you may be greeted by a wait time of over 20 mins – enough time to finish your latte and probably walk to work and back. They do serve the wraps with sour cream and salsa, which added a bit of flavor to an otherwise average breakfast.
Upon a second trip, I tried their Spanish latte which was a pleasant surprise – it’s basically a latte made with condensed milk providing for a more creamy and slightly sweeter taste although not overbearing. Just stopped by a couple days ago wanting some good tasting coffee – not lattes, not espressos, just coffee. I tried out their clover coffee maker where I got to choose whatever beans I wanted (I chose Guatemalan), which were freshly ground and brewed into a great cup of coffee (for a premium of course). The beans provided for a very fruity and flavorful coffee, much better than the typical drip coffee which is usually out there for hours on end.
All in all, great coffee place, and I’ve yet to find a better one in Calgary – although I look forward to finding a worthy competitor! Now if I could just find a coffee shop that does pour-overs…