In the middle of Ramsay, bordering the Industrial core of Calgary there’s this oddly placed building with a gravel parking lot. I can’t believe this has been here for over two years. Maybe it’s because I have been gone living in Edmonton and Vancouver so long, but I had no idea this little gem was here!
I tried to do some research on the building because of its interesting surroundings. It was apparently a development project by Torode… the same people that have brought you Hotel arts, Arriva, and more.
Ok, Back to coffee. I have been here now a couple times and it’s great. I even spotted the mayor over here once. Upon talking to the barista/cook/manager? I was told that they rotate a different bean/coffee roaster every couple months, which appeals to me because then you get the chance to explore a variety. I’ve been told they used to use only Illy, but that’s not what they serve now.
They offer a range of breakfast foods, homemade soups, loaves, and panini. I was most surprised by the combi oven. *ka-ching* Makes me wonder what they make! I think they use a synesso machine… the coffee is good, actually quite good. They have been consistently tasty, I’ll have to go back for a refresher.
Caffe Rosso is like a mesh between homey and urban. They have cushy couches contrasting the red walls; but my fave brick wall adds a wicked feel, I like! When rushes hit, seems it can be pretty whirwind-ish. The constant chatter and business is nice to read in or chat for a little while. Weekends are pretty busy and the atmosphere really quite different. Overall, good coffee!
Service: comes in rushes = when it’s crazy, make sure you pick up after yourself.
Likelihood to return: definitely
Food/Coffee: tbd. consistent.
Chillness: 4 chill chairs/ 5
Oh, and just in that same area they have public art too! … something about Dennis Oppenheim’s ‘Device to Root out Evil’. Sounds like this piece was too controversial for Stanford, too much of an eye-sore for Vancouver, and just perfect in its home in Calgary. This is one cool place!