"Barista Luke : I am your father." [His dark side is revealed!]
Caffe Crema : we slay coffee and keep your galaxy safe. But we can no longer conceal Luke’s true familial ties.
we’re going bananas over you!!!
hoping to make your wildest dreams come true with our yummy dark choco banana bread… baked in house! keep your eyes on the pastry case as more yummy treats come jumping from our oven to your mouth in the future!
5 Reasons We Love Daniela (examples given from one single day with Dani— imagine how lucky, we get her EVERY day!) :
1) she wrote the Food Menu to include “Peanut Butter and Jelly Swirled Bagel” and followed through by swirling that bagel. (pictured above)
2) “Coffee makes you creative— espresso yourself!” (Dani)
3) “Hey Dani! I like your boots!” (me), “I like YOU!” (Dani)
4) “Dani you can stop working now, your shift is over!” (me) “My bus comes in three minutes so I will just work until then!” (Dani)
5) (customer speaks) *smiles*giggles*laughter* (Dani) *smiles* (EVERY customer)
CAUTION: the beverage you are about to consume is NOT insanely HOT!
Did you know that every milk (doesn’t matter the brand or %) has a special natural SWEET SPOT that is only evident to your taste buds when it is steamed up to the proper temperature (not too cool, not too hot: Goldilocks-style)?!
The lovely swan latte art (on the beverage pictured) was created by highly-trained-super-barista Luke using freshly roasted, freshly ground, freshly poured espresso (the creamy light brown crema on the freshly poured espresso is a necessity), combined with silky textured milk (the consistent micro-foam texture of the milk is also a necessity— which is at its peak of excellence around 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit).
So, why is your beverage NOT insanely HOT???
1) Steaming milk too hot (past about 150F) kills the flavour by taking it past its peak of sweetness and into the zone of being cooked or burnt.
2) Steaming milk too hot allows too much air to circulate through the milk, making the lovely silky micro-foam texture extremely difficult, if not impossible, to maintain.
3) Steaming milk “just right” brings out the most enjoyable flavours of all beverage ingredients, at a temperature that is immediately drinkable, thus creating for YOU, the drinker, a luxurious explosion of amazingness. :)
HEY! So, as some of you know, we have a fantastic newsletter that goes out every month. This month we are starting to highlight some other amazing businesses in our community! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info!
Also, if you are a business interested in having “The Brewed Awakening” dropped off for your clientelle to peruse, just let us know and we shall arrange it.
Happy Reading Folks!
the art of rug hooking
people have been hooking rugs since the early 19th century, much of it being done on the east coast. frugal housewives would cut pieces of old wool clothing or blankets into narrow strips for hooking. empty burlap feedbags were used as a foundation. a whale bone or special metal hook with a wood handle was used to pull the strips of fabric through the backing. these rugs made inexpensive, sturdy floor coverings. unfortunately, over the years rug hooking has become a lost tradition.
i began my rug hooking in january 2009 and have been hooked (pardon the pun) ever since. i learned that i could tell stories, and express myself through my rug hooking and this is what i really love about it. each time i make a rug i create something new and alive. in many of my pieces i tell stories or express how i see a certain scene. i work full time as a rug hooking artist because i really love making great rugs. each piece i create is different from the last.
the process of hooking a rug is very extensive. all the wool has to be washed and dried, this shrinks the fibres which tightens the wool and keeps it from ravelling when cut. i hand-pick, prepare and dye most of my wool. you begin by drawing your pattern and transferring it onto your backing. you then have to decide what colours you want to use and then dye the wool accordingly. some of my more detailed rugs have up to 40 different colours in them. the wool then has to be cut into strips, i usually use a strip of about 3/16” wide and 8” long. then you hook your strips into the backing one loop at a time, loop after loop until your rug is complete. it takes about 8 hours of concentrated effort to complete a square foot of design.
i have been very fortunate to have lived in alberta and nova scotia and this afforded me the best of both the maritime heritage of oceans and beaches, lighthouses, fishing shanties, and churches, and breathtaking and boundless rocky mountains. i incorporate these themes in many of my rugs.
i consider my rugs to be art! hang one of my rugs on your wall and you can appreciate my attention to detail. the longer you look, the more details you will see. the exquisite quality of these heirloom rugs will make a great addition to your home and can be passsed down and enjoyed from one generation to the next. i know you will love owning one as much as i love creating them. in rug hooking i have found my true artistic talent, my passion, my love of art.
owner and artist, ladybug rugs
Oh for the love of a good coffee.
There is something about the cold air, lack of sun, that makes me really look forward to a coffee! It can certainly be difficult to get out of the car on a cold day but I remind myself that it is so very worth it!
See you out there in the blustering cold, I’ll be the one with the goofy smile and the Crema cup.