The History Of Coffee In Canada

According to a handful of historians, coffee was introduced to Canada in the late 1500s, and ever since its introduction, a meaningful percentage of the Canadian population is not able to live without it.

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Yes, coffee is quite an addictive drink not just in Canada but everywhere else in the world as well. It is the go to drink every morning, before going to work, for millions of Canadians. Since it contains caffeine, this drink can wake-up any sleepy individual and set him/her in a good mood for the rest of the day.

One of the first coffee shops in Canada was built in Toronto in December of 1801. It was designed by William Cooper. He simply named it ‘Toronto’s Coffee House.’ Numerous of Canadian business men began to notice the popularity that this coffee house was having in the city and the big profits that it was making every day; therefore, more and more coffee houses began to be established in Toronto, Vancouver, and many other cities and towns as well.

Since the establishment of the first coffee shop, the number of coffee shops in this country has grown a lot, and for this reason, the cafe owners of Canada are very business savy. Everywhere you go in Canada you can rest assured that you will be able to find a coffee shop within just a few miles of your stay. It is one of the most well-known and visited type of shops in Canada.

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Starting a café?: Here are 5 things you should consider first!

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Many independent minded individuals would like to strike out on their own and start up a small business by themselves (or in partnership with friends or family members). Starting up a Café is a great idea because:

  • It usually doesn’t take much capital to start one
  • There’s no “rocket science” behind how they operate
  • And you can start one with as few as one or two employees (to begin with!)

But if you are planning to start a Café, know up front that turning it into a success will undoubtedly require hard work – especially at the start.

Here are 5 tips to help you make your venture into a success:


Know WHAT you want

Before you sink the first dime into your dream Café, know exactly WHAT the business will be about. This point alone has helped cafe entrepreneurs start successful for years (in fact, since the 1500’s when cafes begun emerging in Canada)

Will you just be serving a variety of teas, coffees and other brews? Will you have snacks and other treats? What will be the primary, secondary and tertiary menus? Are you planning to start a franchise, or do you want to go with a private label? These are questions that require answers long before you start planning the decor and opening ceremonies! Most of the other decisions that you take will revolve around this basic decision.

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Coffee connoisseurs: The top 10 rated wicked coffee spots in the world!

You wake up at the sound of the alarm each morning, wondering whether you should just turn off the alarm and crawl back into bed instead. You drag Coffee travel photoyourself to the kitchen, and brew yourself your favorite brew, and instantly your mood is transformed!

The very smell of the brew sends your senses into instant overdrive. And after you’ve had your first sip or four, you are ready to do battle with the world. But through it all, have you wondered where else in the world coffee is similarly adored and idolized?

Well if you do, then read on!

At Wicked Cafe, we know our coffee, no matter what part of the world! We have done extensive coffee travel, and here are our recommendations for a great cup. Even though Canada didn’t make it into the top 10 list (we have been making great coffee since the 1500’s) this list is based on certain coffee shops in the respective cities/regions:

The top 10 coffee drinking destinations in the world

(1) Melbourne, Australia: This bustling Australian city has often shared top honors with the rival city of Sydney on the south-east coast of Australia. But Melbourne almost always comes out on top with java lovers the world over. Whether you take your poison Black, Skinny or Soy, Melbourne’s Fitzroy area is the place to get the perfect fix. This preferred hipster hangout is famous for its skilful Baristas that can work caffeine magic with their espresso machines.

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Coffee and your Dental Health: The Myths

Just as opinion has varied over the years on whether or not coffee is good for your health, scientists have also found conflicting evidence about how coffee affects dental health.

It’s sometimes hard to know what to do for the best – we love our coffee, but we love our health also. What do you choose, and can you choose both?

Let’s go through some of the main questions regarding your favourite morning drink and your teeth:

One of the issues regarding coffee and dental health is the acidic nature of coffee; just like many fruit juices, coffee is acidic and can cause dental erosion. Some coffees are more acidic than others, with a pH sometimes as low as 5.1. This can be bad news, because enamel can be eroded by a pH of 5.5 or less.


Tip: This effect can be lessened by swirling your mouth out with a cup of water shortly after drinking coffee.

Should You? or Shouldn't You?

Should You? or Shouldn’t You?

On a positive note, studies have shown that roasted coffee beans are effective against the main bacteria associated with plaque formation and tooth decay; bacteria called S. mutans. It has been found that the coffee beans have an antibacterial effect against this particular bacteria, interfering with how well it can stick to the surface of the teeth.

Although coffee beans don’t prevent the growth of the bacteria, the amount of S. mutans which sticks to the teeth is reduced. This means plaque formation is slowed, resulting in fewer cavities. Different types of coffee were tested in the studies, including both roasted and unroasted. Although the different types all had an antibacterial effect, the roasted samples were the most effective.

Even though coffee has proved to be beneficial to dental health, it does have a downside. If you value your white smile, it’s bad news to learn that coffee can stain the enamel of your teeth. Enamel is not perfectly smooth, but in fact has tiny ridges and pits on its surface, which can trap particles of food and drink, for instance, coffee. Coffee has dark pigments and these can become embedded in the tiny spaces in the surface of the enamel. Unfortunately, this can lead to staining of the teeth, as most dedicated coffee drinkers will already know.

Luckily, there are ways to prevent staining of the enamel. In order to benefit from the positive effects of coffee on dental health, while at the same time keeping your pearly whites bright, just be sure to:

  • Shortly after drinking coffee, swish your mouth out with water or brush your teeth to remove any residue which could cause staining.
  • Try not to swirl your coffee around your mouth. Drink it quickly or through a straw so it isn’t in direct contact with your teeth for too long.
  • Add milk to your coffee, particularly full fat, because it helps to combat the staining potential of coffee.
  • Make sure your coffee beans are Arabica, which are less staining than Robusta.
  • Make sure you see a dental hygienist regularly to have your teeth professionally cleaned.

So, the good news is you can continue to enjoy your morning cup of Joe, and it will even be good for your dental health. You just need to be wise and follow a few simple steps to minimise any staining or erosion, and you can reap the benefits of coffee to your dental health.



Cold Drip Coffee: All The Rave, Explained.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks around the world and many individuals drink it on a regular basis, so as to wake them up in the morning and keep them energised throughout the day.

It’s the perfect drink to have for breakfast and after meals and has a way of focusing the mind and energising an individual.

New trends in coffee have been developing recently and one of the latest trends is that of the cold drip coffee.


This is a method which is becoming more and more popular and allows individuals the ability to try coffee that is chilled, but will this new form of chilled coffee catch on and will it be a popular item in a cafe?

It has not caught on in our Cafe just yet, but we have had plenty of requests. It’s certainly a new way to get your coffee hit: many coffee drinkers are still unaware that it exists!

As a cafe owner I need to make sure that my product will sell and I therefore will be taking a risk unless this coffee is as popular as people make out. Yes – it’s served in some of the best cafes around the world, but we need to make our own decision here at wicked cafe.

Below I have outlined several tips about this coffee that I wish to share with you.

1.The great thing about cool drip coffee is that it can highlight new flavours within coffee that you would not be able to experience from coffee that was otherwise heated up. This includes interesting nutty flavours and other flavours which are similar to chocolate. This is also a great selling point for the coffee and introduces individuals into a new world of flavours and tastes.

2.Many developers of cold drip coffee coffee are now combining it with other flavours such as coconut milk and Almond flavouring in order to make it more interesting. This opens up the possibilities of how you can enjoy this drink and therefore makes it a dynamic drink which can be used in many different ways.

3.Some companies are considering developing cold drip coffee into frozen treats such as ice lollies and ice creams which will be perfect for the hot summer months. Offering customers interesting things to eat and drink on a cafe menu is always a good idea so if an ingredient is more dynamic then this makes it more useful. The ability to freeze it and sell it as an ice lolly means that it has more use and can be sold in different ways.

Maybe we could use it in conjunction with a juicer?

4.This form of cold coffee has been popular in Japan since the 1600s and they have been drinking it on a regular basis for many hundreds of years. Only now is the rest of the world starting to realize the potential.

5.Cold drip coffee is refreshing is the perfect way for individuals who are traveling to festivals in the summertime and want something that will be refreshing and enjoyable, whilst being stimulating at the same time.

The trend of cold drip coffee is only beginning to develop in many parts of the world but it is now set to become more and more popular as individuals become used to it’s interesting and refreshing flavor. Maybe this drink is the next step in cafes that are looking for something new and interesting to sell.

Using a Top Rated Juicer In Your Cafe: Points To Consider

If you’re running any type of successful or popular cafe, there is a good chance that you have a great juicer machine working hard day-in and day-out in juicer photoyour cafe. Fresh fruit juice is becoming more and more popular on the cafe scene, but what is the right machine for you?

It’s evident that many individuals are living a healthier lifestyle nowadays and thanks to this, fresh juice’s are gaining popularity. In this, the inclusion of a good juicer machine is advisable for every cafe, so you have to be very specific about what you are looking at purchasing. Before settling for a juicer machine, all cafe owners need to put into consideration a few points to ensure that the juicer machine they pick serves to meet their cafe objectives.


Factors to put into consideration:

Unlike home juicers, the machine that serves a cafe is totally different, not just in their specification but also in design. As a cafe owner, you must keep the following points in mind when considering a juicer machine:

  • The cafe is producing juices in large quantities to meet demand. This has therefore everything to do with quality.
  • You will be producing different types of juices which require differing specifications in a juicer. This calls for a number of features to work with a majority of the fruits and vegetables. (some juicers are best suited to either soft, or hard vegetables, not both)
  • Consistency matters a whole lot for customers. It is not just about your preference but that of the customers so you cannot leave room for mistakes.
  • Warranty is everything. Your juicer will be in use for hours each day, so you need to cover yourself with a warranty. Some brands offer warranties up to 10 years.

Choosing a fruit and vegetable juicer

The market is offering hundreds of different brands of juicers all promising to deliver the best in quality, however, It’s important to look at what these promises are as they are built uniquely to perform given functions. For example, not all juicers can juice wheatgrass. The market offers majorly two categories of juicers. The masticating juicers and the centrifugal juicers. These categories are derived from the manner in which the juicers function to generate juice from your fruits and veggies.

For use in a cafe, a masticating juicer machine is the best choice.

Masticating juicers over the Centrifugal juicers

Masticating juicers process juice at a much slower speed which is an advantage as it I reduces oxidation as the fruits or vegetables are not interfered with. In this, all nutrients and enzymes are preserved ensuring that you are serving a healthy drink. Masticating juicers perform like a mouth; chewing slowly, which is the most natural way to consume produce!

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Due to the preservation of nutrients, your juice will also retain its natural taste preventing the use of sweeteners. The juice consistency will also be unaffected by a masticating juicer machine unlike the centrifugal juicer which will leave a more watery juice consistency. Other than an unnatural taste, juice from a centrifugal juicer minimizes on nutritional value.

Other benefits include:

  • More juice volume for the same amount of produce
  • works well with any fruit or vegetable.
  • Produces less heat emission and the juice therefore is foam free.
  • Durable (normally with extended warranties).
  • Versatile allowing for more than just juicing. You can also grind spices and coffee beans making it worth every penny.

The only disadvantages are the price (masticating juicers cost more on average) and speed – they tend to perform much slower than centrifugal juicers, which may be a problem depending on how busy your cafe gets.

Our Opinion: spend the money and invest in a high quality masticating AND centrifugal juicer. The masticating juicer should be used on the slower days, and when you have an influx of juice seekers, the centrifugal juicer will get you out of trouble. Quality is everything with juicer machines so make sure you visit and choose the top rated juicers for you cafe.


Consider the juicer’s key features

A cafe receives lots of juice orders, In this, you must ensure that your juicer machine can withstand heavy duty production. While warranty is an important feature, do not get tied to choosing the one with the longest thinking that is is more durable. This also refers to the ease of both using and cleaning after it. A cafe is busy but hygiene must be upheld. Safety is another important feature you cannot ignore.

Choosing your juicer machine from the outset will ensure you maintain a happy and prosperous relationship with your juicing customers.

You Should Be Using The BEST Water Softener In Your Cafe, Here’s Why….

Are you using a water softener system in your cafe operations? If not, you’re missing out, you could be seeing benefits in cost savings and better tasking coffee! Before reading this article you should start with learning these tips for starting a successful cafe…

If your unaware of what a water softener is, I am shocked, so find out here.

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Photo by William Herron

Cafes really do need to use water softeners, before ours came we wouldn’t be able to tell you the difference between hard or soft water, never mind the benefits.

Maintaining pipes and pumps is VERY expensive, as you know, and the work can sometime take hours as they trace the problem to its root. Usually it’s because the pipes and the appliances are clogged with limescale.

As a cafe owner, you need to stay on top of general building maintenance, especially the plumbing system; its fair to say that your pipes get a workout form sun-up, until sun-down!

When we started using water softening systems in our cafe, we quickly saw the benefits, mainly:

  • Savings in out energy bills
  • We where using less cleaning chemicals, coffee and other concentrates.
  • Great tasting water and coffee!

Now our customers are enjoying drinking coffees, teas, juices and water that tastes amazing- its hard to believe but there is a noticeable difference!

Im sure if you visited the 10 most popular cafes in the world, they would all have some time of water softener/filter installed.

That’s not all; the water softening system installed in the cafe has given us a better quality glass and silverware when we wash – no need to wipe down and polish out glassware anymore, this alone has saved us hours! Our mugs, plates and tea saucers look as though they’ve just come off the shelf after they’ve just been cleaned.

That’s not all. Thanks to the water softening system we use in the cafe, we now spend less on water plumbing maintenance bills for the system that treats our water. We can even sell our water over the counter in our own brand to make a bit more profit (although we have not done this yet, but its in the works!)

The people who installed the softening system were kind enough to give us what we needed; bottles for branding, they gave us the means to get it up and running.  Ordinary bottled water can often be prone to bacterial build-up, but our new water is purer, cleaner, and tastes much better. It also adds to the profits our cafe makes.

If you use regular tap water for coffee and espresso machines, dishwashers and any other water heating appliance, the lime-scale in the machines will build-up and the appliances will start performing worse, meaning higher maintenance costs eventually. That’s why you need to call out plumbers, and that’s why your businesses suffers! Replacement of coffee machines or your industrial dishwashers, I’m sure I don’t have to tell you, is very expensive.

For the above reasons alone, installing a water softener system is a great investment for any cafe – yes you have to outlay the initial costs, but the savings over the next 5, 1o and even 20 years will far outweigh this! Treat this decision like you did when you bought your coffee machine, don’t skimp, invest in a quality machine and it will surely pay dividends. You can find water softeners at most large home depot stores, But be sure to read water softener reviews on this water-softener website to ensure you get the best water softeners (you may need more than one depending on how big you are) for your business.

Wicked cafe was the same – we had disruptions to our business, and had to replace several different machines, but now we use a softener system and its paid off big-time!

Let me tell you, letting our customers know we’ve been cooking using purified water was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. After a bit of research into purified water, we learnt that many health conscious people drink and cook using purified water. This is because it limits our bodies’ exposure to harsh cleaning chemicals and their by-products, heavy metals which accumulate in our bodies. The water softeners remove these problems, and the opinion of our customers saying this is a good thing is another benefit.

The water softening system we’ve got is installed in our cafe is in the coffee machine and we’ve even got a drinking fountain, and we’ve got a filter built into our taps in our kitchen.

So next time you have to call out a plumber for some reason, or next time you realise that your coffee machine lacks the grunt that it had when you first bought it, ask yourself:

“Is it time I invest in a water softener system?”

The Answer is YES!

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Photo by ☺ Lee J Haywood “limescale destruction”