CreComm is done…

So, if you weren’t aware, this blog is a product of the program I’ve been in for the past two years: Creative Communications at RRC.

I won’t keep blogging here, but I have started a personal website I will be blogging on: https://www.kristeneinarson.com/

Feel free to give me a follow there!

The past two years have been insane, to say the least. I’m fortunate enough to have a job lined up, but I’m not sure what I’m going to do with free evenings and weekends.

I’m very fortunate to have had the opportunity to go through crecomm. I’m very excited to take a little break.

Anyways, for the last time…

Happy Caffienation!

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Convenience or quality?

Here’s the thing – going to trendy coffee shops all the time is difficult when you work 30 hours a week in addition to your already packed school schedule.

For one of my jobs (because I’m currently holding three), I work in an office. In the lobby of my office building is a Tim Horton’s, and not too far away in the skywalk, there is a Starbucks. I hate to be one to cater to the mainstream, but more often then not, I get my caffeine fix there.

I don’t get Tim Horton’s coffee because I’m a snob, but I do get their tea. Paying for Starbucks is painful for me because less than a year ago I still worked for them and enjoyed the perks of unlimited coffee during shifts and a free pound a week.

I went to Starbucks because I had a really busy day and just needed a break. One latte and a piece of lemon loaf were about $7.00. Ouch.

When I’m on a break from work, I don’t have time to go try the coolest new places. A lot of newer coffee shops aren’t open evenings or weekends, and that’s when I’m free.

As much as I hate to admit it, I do choose convenience over quality sometimes. I don’t think it’s a bad thing, but it’s definitely something I’d like to change.

If you live or work in the downtown area, what are your go-to coffee shops?

Happy caffienation!

Blue Mountain Coffee

OH MY GOSH, YOU GUYS. Blue Mountain is pretty damn delicious.

My parents just went to Jamaica on holiday and brought us back a tiny bag to try at home.

It’s probably the most drinkable coffee I’ve ever had the pleasure of passing through my mouth. Also, how cute is the packaging?

This stuff is EXPENSIVE. I’d say it’s worth it, but then again, my parents bought the bag for us.

I love coffee from the Bahamas. It’s always fruity and juicy and easy to drink.

One thing I will say is I don’t usually like having ground beans because it means the freshness is gone faster, but I don’t think it’s affected this coffee. I will post with updates.

What’s your go-to coffee from somewhere else? Let me know in the comments because I’d love to try some new stuff.

Happy caffienation!

Garry Street Coffee

Garry Street Coffee lives at 33 Garry Street. Let me tell you, friends – this isn’t your run-of-the-mill coffee shop.

For one thing, it doesn’t have the Apple-store-meets-greenhouse aesthetic of most shops in Winnipeg. It’s completely different. The wallpaper is really fun, and the vibe is relaxed.

They serve an Italian Coffee, called Barzula. It was nice and strong. I found one Barzula coffee based out of Ontario, but I wasn’t sure if it was the exact one he used.

Nevertheless, Italian Coffee is strong and memorable. I really enjoy Garry Street Coffee, and I think you will too.

One note – check their Instagram page before heading there. I tried to go twice before finally getting in because they were closed, once for renovations and once for illness.

Also, just follow them on Instagram because they’re great.

Happy caffienation!

F&H Broadway

Hi friends!

The Broadway location of Fools and Horses is just as, if not more, delightful than the Forks location.

Personally, I prefer the quietness of the flagship location and the atmosphere. It’s somewhere more to go to have a coffee and relax than to grab a coffee and keep wandering around.

PSA: if you buy a bag of coffee beans from them, you get a free coffee or Americano!

They also have a wide variety of pastries.

Happy caffienation!

Little Sister Coffee Maker

Little Sister lives in the heart of Osborne Village at 470 River Avenue.

It’s nestled comfortably between a Starbucks and a Second Cup, yet you always have to fight for a seat because it’s so busy. That makes me SO happy.

I decided to go on the last nice day before Winterpeg dumps another feet or two of snow on us. The service is quick and friendly. They use Dogwood coffee, which is always decent if not always my favourite.

Sorry I haven’t been to a coffee shop in such a long time. This semester has been really busy and I keep visiting places I’ve written about already.

Anyways. I’ll try to be better. Happy caffienation!

Starbucks Casi Cielo

This has to be my all-time favourite blend of beans.

It tastes like heaven, and aptly so  – it means “almost heaven” in Spanish. It’s a rich, single-origin coffee from South America. I don’t usually go out of my way to buy Starbucks coffee as I had such an oversaturation of it during the two years I worked there, but this one I will stock up on every time. It’s only available in January-February so by the time this post is scheduled it might be too late, but if you know the right people or go to Starbucks without tons of foot traffic, you should be able to find some.

It’s a coffee that’s super forgiving if you forget that you’ve left the coffee steeping for 20 minutes while you’re getting ready in the morning. I give it 100/10 for flavour and deliciousness, and for the nostalgia I feel when I visit Starbucks.