Rave Coffee Sample Board (Drink of the Week)

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Rave Coffee's sample board provides a varied look into a particular roast.

Alberta’s Bow Valley is one of Canada’s most beautiful regions, a paradise for hikers, mountain bikers, skiers and snowboarders. People this active – and even laggards – need caffeine boosts, and Rave Coffee Roasters is Canmore’s best option. Dean Smolicz opened a plant-lined Rave Coffee cafe in a strip mall at the valley’s mouth in 2014. His staff brews house-roasted beans on a two-group Sanremo espresso machine, one-group Londinium espresso machine, and in pourover and cold brew. During my stay in Canmore, Rave Coffee served five different single-origin coffees.

To get a better sense for Kenya Kiandu AB beans, I ordered a Sample Board ($5) featuring the light roast with notes of “orange, tea, and spice” two different ways. A split ristretto shot fueled a bright concentrated espresso and artful piccolo latte that joined sparkling water and convinced me to revisit Rave Coffee two more times during the trip.


Joshua Lurie

Joshua Lurie founded FoodGPS in 2005. Read about him here.

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