2.16.2009

phil & sebastian coffee company

Bad coffee. Be afraid. Be very afraid. Phil & Sebastian. Coffee Company. You've never ... had a shop in L.A. Giggling? Go ahead and google "Phil & Sebastian coffee", and that's what you'll get. If you're not yet in hysterics, go back and look for the phrase: "Nobody makes coffee like we do... But we're a bit odd." And I suppose that it is a bit peculiar, because well Phil & Sebastian is located in a city known for another kind of black gold, the oil business, not usually the coffee business. Calgary is a pretty new city, as things go, and it's not a historic centre on the silk road, or a cultural mecca with thousands of generations of coffee-goers who sit around composing cantatas in honour of coffee's goodness. But now is a good time to start, and this is just part of why Phil & Sebastian coffee is so fantastic to have in town. This coffee is really darn good stuff. Shockingly, the coffee actually has flavour, and not something you want to mask by excess milk, cream, sugar, or syrupy gunk; it reveals layers of flavour which tastes just as good as it smells. [ok strange... now I look at Starbuck's clover site - and that's they use the word layers too!! I swear that is what I was thinking when I had the coffee! The word dimensions is nice though, wish I'd thought of that.] Phil & Sebastian is a cool and quirky coffee company that luckily got their hands on a clover coffee press, and while I heard it was pricey, it was $4 for the best cup of coffee I've ever had. I have to say that, the best part is that it... well almost doesn't taste like coffee! It creates a very honest flavour, and I could use all kinds of descriptors, but then it would be a bit more like reading a wine-connoisseur's wordy description, and it might not even make sense, unless every yummy adjective is used. I will say that there really was something a bit grassy, but really just very natural and lovely. If you haven't been to the shop yet, do check it out. The shop at the Calgary Farmer's Market: coffee shop Barista and the Clover on the right: making clover coffee The Clover coffee on the left, and some fantastic latte art on the right: latte art Want to know more about the clover? An informative video by wired.com Phil & Sebastian Coffee Company at the Calgary Farmer's Market Quesnay Wood Drive Southwest Calgary, AB T3E

11 comments:

About Me said...

interesting! and I've often heard it said that coffee in earnest can be as complexly flavored as wine so please, pile on the descriptors!!

VeggieGirl said...

Nice!!

The Hungry Mouse said...

Oh neat! You know, coffee lover that I am, I've not had this stuff yet. Can't wait to try it after your description! :D

+Jessie

HoneyB said...

Sounds so awesome - I am a big coffee drinker!

The Benny's said...

I wish Calgary was closer. can you FedEx me a coffee? lol

orangepop said...

I love your blog- it's beautiful! "Word Layers"- so accurate! I've added you to my BlogRoll, Pink-Peppercorn!

gail said...

The Benny's - hahaha FedEx... that would be awesome! Maybe in ice cubes or something? ;)

nutritiontokitchen said...

That farmer's market looks so fun to go to...and the coffee looks like art!

Karmen said...

Gail - it may not quite compare to phil & sebastian, but have you checked out deVille, downtown in Art Central yet?

gail said...

Karmen - I have not! But I guess I better get over there :)

Karmen said...

I love it there, since I work right next door! As far as I know, they're the only people in town who use Intelligentsia beans . . . I love their Black Cat espresso. They've partnered with the Saint Germain for their baked goods, and they also do some lovely sandwiches at lunch. The owners are a couple of guys our age and they're just fantastic!

I'll stop promo-ing now, and let you experience it. I only know one person (out of many!) who went on my recommendation and didn't have a great coffee.

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