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Rocanini Roasters and Canadian Western Regional Barista Championships

I have a confession to make. I drink coffee. Despite my social media profile and what the internet tells you, this avid tea drinker also enjoys a good cup of joe. I know…not everything on the interwebs is true. Shocking. As much as I love having Starbuck baristas attempt to spell my name correctly, I love frequenting small local coffee stores even more. There is something about discovering a nice cup of steaming deliciousness from a local business owner. They are normally making the coffee or in the back baking snacks and is just so pumped you love their coffee.

One of the places I frequent is Rocanini Roasters, a small roaster in Mount Pleasant area that serves up a beautiful cup of coffee. I love their Americanos, which are super smooth and easy to drink. Most importantly, I find their coffee to pack a nice punch of flavour and not too acidic (some coffee just eats my stomach). Rocanini also roasts their coffee at their Mount Pleasant location, so it’s a neat space to visit! If you go in and see nobody at the till, ring the bell! They’re likely in the back roasting coffee/washing beans/doing whatever magic vodoo is needed to turn beans into delicious nectar of the gods.

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They also have a location in Richmond in Steveston, which has art shows, so if you are in the area, check it out.

Anyways, while I was in for coffee the other day I noticed a poster. Apparently, this Saturday the  2014 Canadian Western Regional Barista Championships will be held at Rocanini! So cool.

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If you are interested in learning more about coffee or watching some of the best Baristas in Western Canada compete in latte art, this is a must see! There are even free samples and prize draws.

Oh and it ends with a BBQ. AWESSSSOME. Also…I am wondering, what do they do with all those wonderful cups of lattes after judging? I am happy to volunteer and help them ‘dispose’ of waste? Hehe..joking..not really.

If you want to check out the event here are the details:

Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Rocanini Roasters, 127 West 5th Ave, Vancouver, BC

  • 10:00 – 4:00 Exhibitors and Seminars
  • 12:00 – 4:00 Competitor Performances
  • 4:30 – 5:30 Interactive latte art competition Demo
  • 5:35 – 5:45 Announcement of Final Results
  • 6:00-9:00 After party and BBQ

Next time you are in Mount Pleasant give Rocanini Roasters a try and let me know your thoughts, and maybe see you Saturday?

You can follow Rocanini on Twitter: @rocanini.

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