Coffee Addicts Anonymous

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Do you ever have those days, where your standard cup of morning brew isn’t cutting it?

Or it is 3pm on a Monday afternoon and you find yourself at the coffee machine for the 4th time that day?

Let us provide you with a short education on how to get the most out of your cup of coffee. There are three distinct ways to affect your coffee’s caffeine content: bean type, roast & brewing technique. Time to super charge that morning routine!

Bean Type: Most coffee you purchase is either Arabica or Robusta. You may be surprised to hear that Robusta contains double the caffeine.

Roast: Darker roasts have a stronger flavour due to an elongated roasting period. However, this does not translate to caffeine content. The longer the bean is roasted, the more caffeine is burnt off. Stick to a light roast if you are looking for a strong caffeine hit.

Brewing Technique: The brewing technique functions opposite to the roast. The longer the process, the stronger the coffee. Therefore, a traditional drip coffee, which takes upwards of five minutes to brew is your strongest choice. Versus an espresso shot only takes 20 seconds to make and the caffeine content is reflective of that.

To get the strongest possible kick-in-the-butt brew, pull that drip coffee machine out of the back of your cupboard and make yourself a light Robusta roast coffee. Bearable Monday mornings, here you come!

Maple Syrup – A Photo Diary

In true Canucker fashion we celebrated maple month, by visiting our local sugarbush. From a tractor ride to sampling sap straight from the tree tap, our experience at Horton Tree Farms was the epitome of spring fun!

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Upon arrival, we jumped on the tractor while soaking in the fresh air and beautiful surroundings. Ready for an adventure!

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As its name suggests, Horton Tree Farm doubles as a Christmas tree farm.

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So much to do, where to start?

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“Sugar maple sap is 3% sugar, 96% water. Sap flows in the trunk only when it thaws by day and freezes at night. This occurs for 4-5 weeks in the springs. Tapholes are bored 5-6 cm, into the sapwood. Each hole may yield 20-40 litres of sap in a season.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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Remember these?

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Did you know, it takes 40 litres of sap to make one litre of maple syrup?

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The sap must be boiled, to evaporate the water content. As the water evaporates, the sap thickens and caramelizes.

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A Canadian spring – too cold to swim but too warm to skate. We will settle for sunshine.

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“North American natives discovered maple syrup thousands of years ago. This was one of the few natural sources of sugar available to them. To natives, syrup making is a spiritual event, representing balance between men and women. The sap represents woman and the fire represents man. When the two are brought together in perfect balance, sweet syrup is made representing the children.”
– Horton Tree Farms

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After our adventure, we could not wait to dig into a plate full of maple syrup drenched pancakes. Good news: It was better than we could have dreamed. Bad news: We were so excited, we forgot cameras existed.

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While working off the pancakes, we made a lovely new friend.

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Is it too early to be thinking about Christmas?

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Shaded haystacks and vintage skates: The end to a perfect day.

Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Chinos: J.Crew Cap: Bass Pro Shops Sunglasses: Spy Optic
Watch: G-Shock (similar) Running Boots: Pajar CANADIAN BRAND (similar)

5 Unique Places to Stay Across Canada

Spring is in the air and we are heading into the 14th week of 2017. Perfect time to start using up those vacation days, n’est-ce pas?

Below are five Instagram worthy accommodations across Canada, from tree pods in BC to a railway caboose in PEI.

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Ultra modern cabin in Columbia-Shuswap A, BC for $449 per night – Airbnb

mongolian yurt

Mongolian yurt in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory for $111 per night – Airbnb

pumpkin house

A museum guesthouse in Twillingate, NL for $248 per night – Airbnb

blue caboose

A train caboose in Flat River, PEI for $155 per night – Airbnb

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Forest spheres in Qualicum Beach, BC for $175 per night – Free Spirit Spheres

Balancing Act: Comfort & Fashion

Has the sweatsuit made a comeback? You would be forgiven for thinking so. Designer runways and celebrity trend setters have pushed the boundaries of fashion to a new comfort realm. The dizzying popularity of Vêtements has inspired men and women alike to trade in their buttoned up business attire, for a trendy sweatpant or a tongue-and-cheek tee.

This has left many wondering…

Is it appropriate for work? Unless you are in a creative field, probably not.

Can I pull it off at parties? Depends on the scenario and your friends of course, but I wouldn’t aim to woo too many lovers.

How about a trip to the mall? Full sweats may be too blasé, but pair sweatpants with a cool tee and a blazer and you are solid.

For me, the sweatsuit will always hold a dearly nostalgic place in my heart. However it will remain relegated to outdoor adventures, weekend morning jaunts and late night cravings.

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Hoodie: Roots Sweatpants: Roots Hat: Goorin Bros (similar) Sunglasses: Spy Optic
Watch: G-Shock (similar) Running Shoes: Nike (similar)
Coffee: Tim Hortons Newspaper: Globe & Mail 

Roll Up the Rim to Win

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Roll Up the Rim is back and Tim Hortons is prepared to give away 40 Honda Civics, 100 $5,000 CIBC prepaid cards and 150 televisions among millions of coffee and food prizes. On until April 14th, run into your local Timmie’s to grab the best (we may be biased) morning brew and take a chance on Canada’s favourite gamble.

To help entice you to grab your toque and brave the winter storm, we have a list of our top 5 secret Tim Hortons menu items that only a true Canadian knows to order.

  1. Dirty Ice Cappuccino: Order your ice cap with chocolate milk, instead of cream.
  2. Iced French Vanilla: Substitute your iced coffee, for an iced French vanilla.
  3. Cheap Mocha: Order ½ coffee, ½ hot chocolate.
  4. French Vanilla Light: Order ½ coffee, ½ French vanilla.
  5. Finally, to accompany your delicious drink ask your server to heat up your doughnut, cookie or muffin. It is life changing!

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Jacket: Pajar Toque: J.Crew (similar) Plaid: J.Crew (similar) Coffee: Tim Hortons

 

2017 Discovery Pass

In celebration of Canada’s 150th, Parks Canada is offering free coast to coast access to all of its national parks, marine conservation areas and historical sites. All it takes is a quick online registration and a touch of patience; while your pass is delivered straight to your doorstep (did we mention free shipping?).

To get your pass today, please visit: http://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=22953&urlLangId=-1&productId=524528&urlRequestType=Base&langId=-1&catalogId=53407

Our top three picks:

  1. Jasper National Parkparkscanada_ryan-bray-e1469804492184Photo courtesy of Parks Canada/Ryan Bray 
  2. Thousand Islandsboldtcastle_aerial Photo courtesy of http://www.canuckabroad.com 
  3. Riel House72592Photo courtesy of http://www.historicplaces.ca

Amazing, eh?