If you've recently strolled around the city's busiest neighbourhoods, you've probably noticed it: Winnipeg's riding a new wave of coffee culture. In the past two years, the city has seen nearly a half dozen hip new coffee shops open their doors.
With that in mind, CBC Manitoba's Information Radio has been on a mission to find the city's best cup of coffee. They asked listeners to vote for their favourite cafes and restaurants - and the results are in!
In no particular order:
Parlour Coffee, in the Exchange District, Thom Bargen Coffee & Tea on Sherbrook, Osborne Village's newly-opened Little Sister Coffee Maker, St. Boniface's Café Postal, and Café D'Amour, located in South Osborne.
The winner will be decided live on-air on Information Radio this Friday, October 11th. A panel of three coffee connoisseurs will take a blind test test and reveal their favourite cuppa joe.
Judging the competition will be:
Sarah Zaharia, a local writer, passionate traveller, and Sommelier-in-training. She eats with gusto and will try anything once. After an unfortunate incident in 2007, has vowed never to have more than 2 cups a coffee a day. Or maybe 3.
Harry Samphir, Managing Editor of The Uniter newspaper. Harry has have been drinking coffee since his early teenage years, and has developed a fondness for a deeply flavourful yet refined cup. A coffee explorer, Harry enjoys finding new roasters, espressos, and forms of preparation too.
Andy Wiebe, Co-owner of Jonny's Java in Winkler, MB. Andy takes coffee seriously, down to the last drop. He's been a certified judge for the Prairie Regional Barista Championship (PRBC) and for the Canadian National Barista Championship (CNBC), and recently started his own roasting company.