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Tony's 'Coffee Day' with the BC Stars

Tony's 'Coffee Day' with the BC Stars

British Columbia
Saturday, November 17, 2018 -
9:00am to 1:00pm
British Columbia

Tony’s ‘Coffee Day’ with the BC Stars

These days, we hear a lot about Cars & Coffee. As Mercedes enthusiasts, we can debate chassis numbers, fuel injection, turbos, and Nav. Systems from Noon ‘til night. How much do we know about coffee? BC Stars VP, Tony Millikin, is on a first-name basis with the baristas at his local Starbucks in the lobby of the building where he works. Tony kindly arranged for them to demonstrate for us some of their finest offerings.

Early on a Saturday morning, we headed to the Shaw Tower in downtown Vancouver, by the Convention Centre. Atmosphere and relaxing surroundings are part of enjoying a good coffee. As it was mid-November and a little cool out, we looked even more forward to warming up over a hot drink.

The Starbucks staff had already artfully arranged their display and were proud to show us their new Reserve coffees. We had a number of choices, each very distinct in flavour.

According to Starbucks:

“We spend a lot of time in origin markets searching for the finest coffees – ones with distinct flavors that enchant, amaze and captivate. But of the thousands we encounter, only a precious few are deemed exceptional enough to become Starbucks Reserve™ coffees. These intriguing offerings are only available for limited times at select stores.”

We were invited to experience these select coffees at their best, using the premium Clover Brewing System to extract every bit of flavour.

“The Clover® brewing system uses innovative Vacuum-Press™ technology to create your cup right in front of you. You watch as a stainless steel filter lowers into the brew chamber. Hot water is added at a precise temperature to brew your coffee for an ideal length of time. The Clover® brewing system controls brew time and temperature digitally, as even small changes here can dramatically affect the outcome you taste in the cup. A thermal blanket surrounds the brew chamber to keep water within 1 degree Fahrenheit of the ideal temperature. After the coffee brews, it is pulled through a 70-micron filter. The resulting grounds are pushed out of the top of the machine. The coffee itself flows into your cup – hot, aromatic and amazingly flavourful. We’re pretty sure it will be the best cup of coffee you’ve ever tasted.”

It was very impressive demonstration and the result was very convincing. The process is a bit time-consuming, as one can imagine it must be to work effectively. The combination of a premium roasted bean, and the vacuum press and filtering, may just spoil us for anything else at a coffee chain store.

It was a nice outing downtown for many of us, and we decided to make the most of the day by gathering for a communal lunch at Anton’s, Burnaby’s famous pasta restaurant.

Many thanks to Tony for showing us a wonderful day at his favourite hangouts.