Drinking coffee, like yelling at the cat, thinking about motorcycles, and setting fire to the neighbour's wicker man, is vital to starting each day. Inaugurate the a.m. with today's Groupon: for $16, you get the Ultimate organic-coffee combo at Fresh Cup Roastery Café in Saanichton (a $33.25 value).
Fresh Cup's team of crackerjack coffee experts utilizes a patented roasting process to craft an array of organic, worldly blends daily. The coffee combo includes a pound of coffee that has been certified organic by third-party agencies and can read at a fourth-grade level. Fresh Cup's panoply of international coffees includes a medium blend hailing from El Salvador and a very dark French roast from Ethiopia. Farmers hand pick each strictly hard bean from arabica crops, which grow slowly under the shade of lush trees, where they receive careful tending and daily juice boxes. While waiting for their bags of beans, customers can get a taste of Fresh Cup's wares with an included large americano or drip coffee and ponder the caffeinated uses they'll put the combo's $10 gift card to. Patrons can also peruse the comestibles on Fresh Cup's food menu or watch the on-site roast master demonstrate the environmentally friendly Roastaire system, which prepares small batches of coffee beans without producing smoke, toxins, or shrill commercial jingles.
Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe
Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe owner Jim Townley professes the gospel of single-origin coffees whose flavours can "stand on their own." He imports organic beans from farmer-run co-ops in countries as far-flung as Indonesia, Peru, and Ethiopia. The beans release bold, nuanced flavours as they roast in the café's proprietary Roastaire. Fresh Cup also conducts tours of its roasting facilities to prove that the environmentally friendly roaster doesn't resort to dark, medium, or light magic. A team of engineers designed the roaster to conserve heat energy with a closed-loop system while precise controls produce consistent quality, eliminating the worry of burnt beans or hyper-caffeination.
Baristas stir the hearts of coffee lovers with artisanal touches such as house-mulled cider and the house-made caramel sauce that sweetens macchiatos. Wholesome ingredients such as organic flour and local free-range eggs make their way into soups, quiches, and panini sandwiches.