Velvet Cafe

As we were driving along 4th Street NE we came across this little cafe that we decided to check out. You probably wouldn’t even know it is there unless you live nearby.

The Interior

There is limited seating inside which is alright since they have a patio along the one side of the building. They also have a couple fridges located on the right when you walk in that has a variety of different food options that you can buy. They have frozen Coco Brooks pizzas that you can also get. On the left there is a bar with the kitchen located behind.

The Drinks

After looking over their menu and asking a couple different questions about a couple of the drinks we decided on a two.

I ordered a latte for $5.00 and it was good. The flavour was good and you could tell that it had a good smooth texture.

My daughter and wife got a Local Lilac Fizzy Lemonade for $4.95 and it was refreshing and amazing. It was made with real lemon juice and lemon peel which was in big pieces. It is always a bonus when you are drinking a beverage with lemon peel and it doesn’t fit up the straw. The only thing we made a comment on was instead of using Club Soda, maybe try and make it with San Pelligreno, then there is less of a flavour and the other flavours can shine more. 

The Service

The staff were friendly and they had a bunch of different options on the menu. The best thing my daughter seen is that they give students 15% off every purchase, you just have to show your ID. We thought that was really cool thing for a business to do.

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 8:00am to 5:30pm

Saturday – 9:00am to 4:00pm

Sunday – Closed

Parking

There is a small lot in front of the building, but there is a bunch of street parking on either side.

Last Words

We would definitely head back to this little cafe and try some of their menu options since everything sounded really delicious. If you are a student, make sure you head over and get caffeinated, just check that you have your ID so you can get 15% off your purchase. 

Ill-Fated Kustoms

Recently we received a message from one of our followers to check out this really cool Motocycle shop and have a coffee. The location themselves have been there for a year, but they only recently started doing coffee in March 2020.

The Interior

When you first walk in you are in a motorcycle shop, there is helmets, clothing, hats, vests, everything you would need if you owned a motorcycle. There is a wide opening at the back where you can look into the shop and see a bunch of motorcycles that they are working on. On the far left of the main store there is a small bar with seating for six and their coffee machine. 

The Drinks

They have a limited menu right now, but they are working on more options.

I ordered a Latte for $3.50 which was very good. I could tell that they made it with a darker roast which is fine, but I prefer a little lighter of a roast when it comes to my espresso drinks.

My wife ordered a Hot Chocolate for $3.50 which was good. They used Monin Syrup which has a good chocolate flavour. Hopefully in the future they look at doing something a little more artisan.

My daughter ordered a Caramel Latte for $3.50 and it was stronger than she liked but she was happy that she could taste the caramel. Her fear is that she cannot taste the flavour in some of the flavoured lattes. But she said it was good.

My daughter ordered a Caramel Latte for $3.50 and it was stronger than she liked but she was happy that she could taste the caramel. Her fear is that she cannot taste the flavour in some of the flavoured lattes. But she said it was good.

The Service

The staff were very friendly and welcoming into the shop. She gave us a quick tour and showed us into the garage and if it wasn’t COVID you would be able to sit in the garage and enjoy your beverage and watch them work on all the motorcycles they had.

The Hours

Tuesday to Friday – 10:00am to 6:00pm

Saturday – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Parking

There is a small limited space lot in front of the shop and then there is parking along the street.

Last Words

We were pleased to see that all their proceeds were going to various anti-racism organizations. They will choose one cause and decide to donate all sales to that cause. You should definitely head over to Ill-Fated Kustoms and check them out. We hope that they decide to participate in YYC Hot Chocolate Fest this coming year. 

Black Mountain Roasters

On our way back to Calgary we stopped in Drumheller at Black Mountain Roasters. It is located on Main Street in Downtown Drumheller. It is where there is a bunch of dinosaurs just roaming around causing scenes everywhere they go.

The Interior

It is located upstairs in a building where they hav their roaster in the open so people can see it. There is a bunch of art shown on the walls and there is some seating that overlooks Main Street. I guess you want to see when the dinosaurs jump on your vehicle. They have some of their roasted coffee for sale and they all have dinosaur related names and the one they were using for their espresso is Albertosaurus, which we thought was clever. 

The Drinks

After looking over their Cretaceous menu we decided on a couple beverages.

I ordered an Iced Latte made with Albertosaurus for $5.35. It was good with a very bold and strong taste to it. We later found out that the Albertosaurus is their darkest roast they have and I prefer a lighter roast for my espresso based drinks. 

My wife ordered an Iced London Fog for $5.65 and it was good. Unfortunately she could taste that they used a Lavender sweetener, when we believed they would use a Vanilla. The Lavender is very overpowering and it was stronger than she liked.

My daughter ordered an Iced Mint Hot Chocolate for $5.65 and it was good. It had a good amount of mint, but she was said that it was just milk mixed with Monin Chocolate Syrup. She felt that it could have been done so much better.

The Food

In their display case they had a piece of Turtle Cheesecake for $6.25 and we decided to try it. It was really good and a perfect size for a snack. You could really taste the aspects of a turtle which is always a bonus.

The Service

The staff were friendly and very nice. They said we could enjoy our beverages inside if we wanted to, but we opted to be sit out on their patio so we could potentially scare the dinosaurs away if needed. 

The Hours

Tuesday to Friday – 8:00am to 5:00pm

Saturday – 9:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday – 10:00am to 3:00pm

Parking

There is parking located all along the street. As an added bonus it is all free parking.

Last Words

If you want to try a delicious Cretaceous beverage, head to Drumheller and check this place out. Plus you never know where the dinosaurs are lurking, you might just see one from their window.

Collective Coffee

As our last coffee shop in Saskatoon we decided to check out a little cafe called Collective Coffee. They were located on a main street with a bunch of artisan shops which was really cool.

The Interior

Their was a big garage door located in the front and on the inside there was some seating surrounding the bar. At the back of the cafe there was more seating which was nice to see. The bar had a great selection of coffee and tea options which is always a bonus when they carry a couple different options. The coffee selections were between Timbertrain and Elysian which are both located in Vancouver.

The Drinks

I was extremely excited to see that they were doing Pour Over’s so I ordered a Timbertrain Sawana Ethiopian for $4.95. It was really good and smooth. You could really get all the sweet flavours from this coffee.

My wife ordered an Iced Earl Grey tea which turned into an Iced London Fog for $5.25 and it was absolutely delicious. Both my wife and daughter were excited to see that they were using a tea called Genuine which is a division of Detour Coffee Roasters out of Toronto. She said it was one of the best Iced London Fog she had in a while.

My daughter ordered an Iced Hibiscus Tea for $5.25 and it was really good. The flavour of the hibiscus was not overpowering or anything. It had amazing flavour as well.

The Service

The staff working were very friendly and very chatty which is always really nice. It was also cool to see when the guy handed me the pour over he had a small sipping glass of the coffee to see how it tasted. I have only seen that done in two other places before. 

The staff working were very friendly and very chatty which is always really nice. It was also cool to see when the guy handed me the pour over he had a small sipping glass of the coffee to see how it tasted. I have only seen that done in two other places before. 

The Hours

They are open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:00am to 4:00pm temporarily. 

Parking

There is only street parking on this main road and you will have to pay.

Last Words

This place was very friendly and amazing to visit. The coffee and the iced teas were very delicious and the street was really nice to walk up and down visiting some of the other shops.

Sparrow Coffee

Our first stop of the day was Sparrow Coffee to see Daryl who had suggested Happy Hi. It is a really amazing location with a bunch of windows all along the two sides of the shop. The shop is located in more of an Industrial location so it was nice and quiet when we visited.

The Interior

Since it is COVID times we couldn’t enjoy the drinks inside, but when we went in to order we got a chance to take a look. After you enter, to the right there is shelves with books and the coffee that Sparrow is selling. They include Transcend, Luna, Rogue Wave, Rooftop, Quietly, and Phil and Sebastian. It is a really great selection of Canadian Roasters. Beside that they have their bar which is normally filled with baked goods that they make in the kitchen behind the bar. There is a bunch of seating inside and near the back of the shop we noticed that there is accordion doors that would be really nice to have open on warm days like today.

The Drinks

They had a pretty good selection of different drinks that we could order, which was nice to see that there was a variety to choose from.

I ordered a Latte made with Quietly Coffee for $4.75 and it was smooth with great flavour. It was vibrant and delicious. My daughter ordered a small Latte for $4.25 and she concurred with all the comments I was saying about my Latte.

My wife ordered a London Fog for $4.50 and it was absolutely amazing. When she opened the cup she even had latte art. She is always excited when she gets some latte art. It didn’t taste like a London Fog made from a tea bag. It was delicious!

The Service

It was nice to have a chance to talk to Daryl about Sparrow as well as City Perk where we plan on visiting today as well. The staff was friendly and knowledgable about their products and everything that they had in store. 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Saturday – 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday – Closed

Parking

There was parking along the street and to our surprise it was free. Always a bonus.

Last Words

We would for sure visit Sparrow again if we come back to Saskatoon again in the future. 

City Perks Coffee

This is another one of those shops that if you don’t know where to look, you won’t be able to find it. It is located just off a residential street and it was really busy while we were there. It seemed like a bunch of regulars were coming because everyone knew everyone.

The Interior

You enter at the one side and immediately there is the bar with all their machines and to the right there is a shelf with t-shirts for sale. There is paintings up on all the walls as well as mirrors. There is one wall made of scrap mouldings which was really cool and creative. Near the other side of the shop there is a bunch of seating with comfy couches and tables. When you exit the far door you come to a really big patio that was full of a bunch of people.

The Drinks

After reading through all the different items on their menu, there is quite a few, we decided to try a couple different things.  

I ordered a Latte for $4.75 and it was made with Rooftop Espresso. It was really delightful and super smooth. 

My wife ordered a London Fog for $4.50 thinking it would be like the London Fog she just had at Sparrow. This one was made from a tea bag and it wasn’t as good as she thought it would be.

My daughter ordered a Watermelon Lemonade for $4.50 and it was really good. It had a nice subtle watermelon flavour which was really nice. It also had a really great colour from the watermelon and lemonade mixing together.

The Service

The staff were friendly and knowledgable of their products. We did find it weird that they were already sold out of some products and drinks and they had only been open for an hour. Maybe it was really busy for their first hour, who knows. 

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 7:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday – 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Sunday and Holidays – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Parking

There was parking on the residential streets as well as beside the cafe. Since it was located in residential it was all free parking.

Last Words

We would check this place out again because it was nice feeling like we were a part of the Friends cast, oh wait that was Central Perk.

Venn Coffee Roasters

As soon as we arrived in Saskatoon we decided to find a coffee shop that was actually open on August 3 and there was one location. We went on the hunt to find Venn Coffee Roasters. They are located behind a building in an alley so if you were just driving by, you wouldn’t even know it was there unless you were looking. 

The Interior

It is a really small location with a little seating on the inside and a couple benches outside for seating. They have some coffee for sale as well, so I decided to purchase a bag of their Grasslands Blend and I am excited to try it.

The Drinks

After looking over their limited menu, we decided on a couple beverages.

I ordered an Iced Latte for $5.00 and it was using their Guatemalan blend that I ended up buying. It was really good with good flavour and smoothness. 

My daughter ordered an Iced Berry Blue Tea for $5.00 and it had good flavour. It wasn’t watered down like other iced teas that you sometimes get.

The Service

When we arrived it seemed like the barista took a few minutes to realize that we were even in the shop. We also realized that people in Saskatoon were not as friendly as they were in Regina. It was really hot outside, so as soon as we got our drinks, we decided to leave. 

The Hours

They are open Monday to Saturday from 9:00am to 3:00pm.

Parking

There is a bunch of parking located all around the shop on the road and in the alley as well.

Last Words

This coffee shop was located in an interesting location which we thought was cool, also a little hard to find. I wish the barista would have noticed us a little sooner and we were not just standing there, but if you are in Saskatoon, make sure you check this location out. 

Jane Doughs

On our way to Saskatoon we decided to stop in a little town called Lumsden to check out a Mom and Pop shop that we seen a sign for on the road. 

The Interior

When you walk in there is a small counter that has a bunch of food items that you could order, then you to the right there is a door to the other side of the cafe where there is a bunch of seating. To the left there is access to the kitchen where you could watch the chef bake some of their goods. We decided to sit outside on their patio where they had three tables surrounded by cement boulevards protecting its guests.

The Drinks

They didn’t have a menu up, so we had to ask the girl what they had. To our unexpected surprise the barista was the same barista that helped us the day before at 13 Ave Coffee House.

I ordered a Vanilla Latte for $4.99 which was good. I had originally ordered a latte but got a Vanilla Latte which was alright, but it did have really good flavour. They too also used Calibre Coffee. 

My daughter ordered a Caramel Macchiato for $4.99 which was alright. She said she didn’t get much caramel and the flavour was a little off. 

The Food

We decided to try a couple of their food items as well since they looked really good.

I ordered a Butter Tart for $2.75 and it was excellent with really great flavour.

My wife had a Ginger Cookie for $2.95 and it was a soft cookie with really great flavour. The amazing part was there was a chunk of dried ginger in the middle of the cookie which was great.

My daughter had a Cranberry Oat Cookie which we don’t think we were charged for. She said it had great flavour and big chunks of cranberry and small chunks of walnuts throughout the cookie as well. 

We also got a Cherry Scone for $3.95 which is a Lumsden favourite, we can see why this is Lunsden favorite, the scone was delicious and had some terrific flavours. 

The Service

The barista was very friendly and everyone that we came in contact with were very friendly and great personalities.

The Hours

Monday to Friday – 6:00 AM – 6:30 PM

Saturday to Sunday – 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Parking

There is a bunch of parking on the street as well on the side of the building.

Last Words

Since this small hamlet of Lumsden is a little far away from Calgary, if we were back through again in the future, we would stop by since it had an amazing small town feel with really great tasting coffee and treats.  

Utopia

For our last stop in Regina we decided to check out a brand new cafe that just opened back in June called Utopia. It is located in a building with a couple other businesses and it was busy when we first arrived. 

The Interior

It has very clean lines and is very bright inside even though it is lacking windows. When you enter there is a bunch of seating with the counter at the back to the right and in the very back there is a giant window that allows you to see what is happening in the kitchen. It is very well designed, light, and very welcoming.

The Drinks

After looking over their menu we decided on a couple drinks.

I ordered an Iced Caramel Macchiato for $6.49 and it was really good. A little messy since the whip was falling over the side of the cup and the whip tasted really good as well.

My wife ordered a Japanese Green Tea for $2.95 and she said it was good just really really hot so it was difficult to enjoy right away.

My daughter ordered the Marshmallow Hot Chocolate for $6.25 and it was good. She was a little disappointed to hear that they make it with the Monin Dark Chocolate syrup. The marshmallow was really good though. 

The Service

The staff were friendly but didn’t seem very knowledgable about the coffee when we asked a couple questions about it. Other than that they seemed very nice.

The Hours

Monday, Wednesday to Friday – 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM

Tuesday – Closed

Saturday to Sunday – 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM

Parking

There is a bunch of parking located out front of the cafe.

Last Words

We would possibly visit this cafe again in the future to try some of their food items that looked really amazing.