One Year In…

We have reached a significant but fairly arbitrary milestone – the cafe has been open for a whole year now.

 

What a helluva year it’s been! Six baristas have been and gone already and number 7 still appears enthusiastic despite the 6.30am starts. BabyCoffee joined us and brings a whole new element of chaos to the place. We’ve had reviews in the paper, random interviews on the radio, a spot on early morning TV, paid advertising with Coffee Party competitions, a very strange podcast session in which I was pronounced an ‘Improvement Vector’ and even a TV crew appearing on our doorstep unannounced and getting our customers to recite poems. Novels have been written in here, books and other businesses launched, crafts have been sold, art has been auctioned and charity funds have been raised.  And recently we even hosted a wedding reception!

Coffee has been bought, sold, won, given out for free, exchanged, spilled, burnt, roasted, ground, brewed, poured over, filtered, tamped, pressed, decaffeinated, bagged, instagrammed, stepped on, sworn at, written about, accidentally consumed by BabyCoffee, studied academically, posted, supped, slurped, swigged, enjoyed, cupped, sampled, iced, flavoured, baked into cake, composted, scrubbed into bath salts, and cycled around the city.

I’m sure Year 2 will bring even more surprises! Onwards and Upwards, my friends!

Media Darlings

Once again, it has been a busy month at Dr. Coffee’s Cafe! The best news for everyone who orders coffee deliveries from us is that the bike (or trike) deliveries are back! Annabel will be negotiating the potholes loaded up with coffee canisters, with baby Theia on board too! We have got to get the practice in to do the Wheelie Good Coffee cart again on the plaza markets – the cart will be back on the Farmer’s Market in early May.

Specials:

We hope you had a lovely Easter! If you somehow didn’t get enough eggs this weekend, (the real kind, not the chocolate ones), our Sandwich Special is an egg and ham salad. It may not be the most obvious thing to toast in a panini press, but we promise it is really tasty!  For those of you who haven’t had their fill of chocolate, we also have a very decadent Chocolate Pizza from Ogema’s Solo Italia. Think oven-fired crispy Italian pizza dough, topped with hazelnuts and Nutella… so, so good!

Coffee:
Coffees this week are a light roasted Indian Monsooned Malabar (great on drip, even better as a pour over), and the dark smokey Ethiopian Yirgacheffe.

Media:
Rather randomly, Annabel was invited for interview on CJTR’s Queen City Improvement Bureau show, where she got to talk coffee, the cafe, why Regina needs more bike paths, and about Procaffeinated Press books in what has to be the most surreal interview ever. Many thanks to the hosts for our official Queen City Improvement Vector certificate!

On 21st March we played host to a wonderful bunch of writers and poets on World Poetry Day. For one day only, we allowed customers to “pay with a poem”, and if they recited their work at the till, they were rewarded with coffee. The results were extremely impressive, we had far more poets than expected and we even made it on to CBC news! A small film crew arrived on our doorstep that morning, which was more than a little intimidating!

If that brush with fame wasn’t enough, later on in the week local blogger Justin Reves paid us a visit for his #AroundYQR project. He wrote us a lovely review with some beautiful photographs, available here: http://www.justinreves.com/aroundyqr-dr-coffees-cafe/

Finally, we are very honoured to have been nominated for no less than four Best of Food and Drink awards in Prairie Dog magazine; Best Barista (Annabel) Best Latte, Best plain old cup of coffee, and Best Coffee Shop to Read a Book In. Many, many thanks to everyone who nominated us; now we just have to get the votes in!! If you love our coffee shop as much as we do, please take 5 minutes and vote for us at http://prairedogmag.secondstreetapp.com/l/Best-of-Food-Regina-2016/Home We offer eternal gratitude, good karma and that warm fuzzy feeling in return!

Events:

As the kids are off school this week, we are beginning our new ‘Read a Latte’ series, featuring book readings from local authors. Join us this Wednesday 30th to hear Saskatchewan writer Tara Gereaux read from her latest book, Size of a Fist. Published in October 2015 and already nominated for two awards at the 2016 Saskatchewan book awards, this dark, gritty young adult novel is about growing up in difficult circumstances, where the suggestion of violence hovers beneath the surface of every relationship.

That’s all for now (we promise!). Have a great, coffee-fueled week!