My pre-harvest trip to Honduras is one of my most anticipated trips of the year. It’s a time where I sit down with the producers with time to converse, look back on the past year, and look ahead and begin making plans for the coming harvest.Continue reading »
January 2017 marked my 7th year traveling to Africa to buy coffee, and although I’m now quite comfortable traveling in Ethiopia and Kenya, I feel like I’m still just scratching the surface of understanding coffee in these two dynamic countries. The potential in both countries is so enormous – it’s simply astounding. But really IContinue reading »
After many months of planning, building, and designing, we are so excited to finally announce the Grand Opening of our fifth brick-and-mortar cafe – this one is on Stephen Ave right in the heart of downtown Calgary on Thursday, December 8, 2016! It’s hard to believe that it was almost ten years ago that weContinue reading »
I first met Jose Martinez in November of 2014, you can read about my first encounter with Jose here. I feel fortunate to work with some passionate and hard working coffee producers. In the seven years I have spent buying green coffee and meeting farmers, I have probably met several hundred producers and have worked directlyContinue reading »
Our soon-to-open cafe on Stephen Avenue is getting closer by the day. It’s located on the corner of 8th Ave and Centre Street in the historical Hudson Block Building. The walls and ceilings are all done, the decorative lights and the “guts” of our bar have been installed. Next up is the floor, tile, floorContinue reading »
Beakerhead’s goal is to unite the arts and science communities, which sometimes stand divided. I think it’s an awesome initiative, and the result is creative and inspiring. We’ve participated in Beakerhead for the last two years, and as this year’s approached, I couldn’t wait to see what crazy and innovative ideas they would conceive!Continue reading »
Over the last few years, we have had the privilege of working closely with Pedro Villalon of O5 Tea. Based in Vancouver, BC, O5 is known for sourcing exceptional quality teas around the world to be served at their beautiful tea bar in Kitsilano. When we met many years ago, we bonded with Pedro immediatelyContinue reading »
As proud Calgarians, alumni of the University of Calgary, and with our first location inside the Calgary Farmer’s Market, it would be safe to say that both Phil and I are ecstatic to finally find our next Phil & Sebastian cafe location in the heart of downtown Calgary. We had long been asked by our customers (and eager commercial real estate brokers) about when we would open a permanent Phil & Sebastian downtown cafe. We dabbled downtown with a couple of pop-up locations: first inside Holt Renfrew, then outdoors on Stephen Ave and 3rd St. SW.
Over the years, we have looked at countless downtown locations but none truly offered what we were looking for: a balance of character, presence, and traffic. Finally, we feel we have honed in on a building that has all of those characteristics and more: Hudson Block.
Located on the corner of Stephen Avenue and Centre Street, we’ll be sharing the building with our new neighbours, ATB Financial.
Construction on this project begins later in September, and we are projecting a Winter 2016 opening. We look forward to sharing more progress as the time comes. As always, we thank you for being a fan and for supporting our local business.
We are proud to host a new series at Phil & Sebastian Mission, Sunday Night Standup. The aim is to showcase local comedians in the aptly-named “coffeehouse” style, which varies slightly from the type of comedy performances you’d find at a comedy club (sometimes referred to as “Las Vegas style”) — the coffee house format lends itself more to storytelling in a bright and inviting atmosphere. The first in this monthly series will take place on Sunday, September 11th at 7:00pm.
The lineup for the inaugural Sunday Night Standup will include:
Everything kicks off at 7:00pm on Sunday, September 11th — free cover. We’ll also have our full wine, beer, and coffee menu available alongside our evening food menu!
Next in our series of spotlighting outstanding cafes we’re proud to partner with, we are pleased to introduce Kahve, located in the welcoming neighbourhood of Kitsilano in Vancouver, BC. At just over 6 months old, Kahve is owned and run by Justine & John Rhee. John is an art critic and importer with an eyeContinue reading »