What did you brew up over coffee?

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Oct. 19/29

Whether it's a foamy cappuccino or the dregs of your morning joe, coffee has a way of inspiring us.

But what is it we're brewing up over those cups of coffee? Grab a mug and join the conversation! And while you're sipping away on your latte - tweet us a picture for our virtual coffee shop.


On this week's show:

Coffee and true love - what a perfect duo! At least Winnipeg's Curtis and Karla Fazackerley think so. Their romance started brewing over a double-double at Tim Horton's... and progressed from there. 

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You know the type - usually young, hip, and buried in their laptops, while sipping a string of lattes and "working"... But is the coffee shop actually the the best place to focus? DNTO intern Acey Rowe thinks so. She's enlisted the expertise of experts to pinpoint exactly why coffee shops are such beacons of creativity. 

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A few years back, Sam Mullins was hopping on a plane to fly home after a raucous New Year's Eve in Calgary. So to wake himself up before the flight, he consumed what he calls a "problematic" amount of coffee. On an empty stomach. While hungover. And sleep deprived. Yikes.

Many of us have places we like to pick up our morning cup of joe - but have you ever wondered what your barista thinks of you? James Lourenco explains what happened when he was faced with too many picky coffee-deprived customers.

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The first time Kicking Horse Coffee co-founder Elana Rosenfeld tasted coffee, she was hooked. So how did a latte-sipping student in Montreal end up as the CEO of one of Canada's most popular fair trade coffee companies

Sook-Yin swings by her favourite coffee shop in the world - Cafe Pamenar - and finds out what your choice of java joint says about you. 

Not long ago, Michael Breach was a struggling artist in New York, trying to make ends meet. That's when he found inspiration... in the foam of a latte. He shares his story of how he went from starving artist to latte Leonardo. 

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If you were travelling through western Canada this summer, you might have seen him: a young man trying to hand out free coffee from his jury-rigged mobile coffee trailer. Chris Tellez is a man on a mission - to bring people together, one cup at a time.

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Frank Johnston can still remember a particular cup of coffee he had ten years ago. Hurricane Juan had just blown through the Maritimes, causing tens of millions in damage and killing eight people. Frank was up most of the night, when he had to get ready for his day as a paramedic supervisor with the Nova Scotia Ambulance Service.

Annamarie Ausnes had been visiting her local Starbucks for years, and had been making small talk with barista Sandie Andersen almost every visit. But on one fateful day, after Annamarie told Sandie she needed a new kidney, their relationship went far beyond cashier and coffee drinker. (Photo Courtesy: Scott Eklund) 

As we head in to fall and the temperature begins to dip, imagine spending a night out in the cold and having to find a place for hot food and drink in the morning. We'll speak to patrons at Agape Table, a non-profit community nutrition centre in downtown Winnipeg that serves hundreds of cups of coffee to people in need. 

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When Holly Moore was in university, she would return for the summer months and move back in with her Mom. And, as often happens with kids moving back into the empty nest - Holly and her mother started to seriously bicker. So what happens when the two warring parties sat down over a cup of coffee? 

This week's playlist: 
Nat King Cole - Your The Cream in my Coffee
The Strumbellas - In This Life
Tom Tom Club - Genius of Love
Shred Kelly - The Bear
The Arkells - Coffee
Kathleen Edwards - Sidecar
Stephanie Fagan - Two Strangers
Dust Poets - Border Town
Little Miss Higgins - Keep a Song in Your Soul

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