This post originally appeared on 204 Coffee on September 21, 2017.
Café Postal's home is at 202 Provencher Blvd. in St. Boniface, and it might just be my favourite coffee shop in Winnipeg. It's both an excellent way to start a coffee blog and it's also a horrible way to start a coffee blog because now the bar is very high.
I went around 4 p.m. on a Tuesday, so I assumed it would be pretty dead. I was wrong. There was no available seating to speak of, and I can see why. The atmosphere is warm and modern but not overwhelmingly, obnoxiously "hipster" (read: greenhouse + Apple store = every atmosphere from now on of anywhere "trendy"). It's quiet enough that you can work on your laptop but not so quiet that you feel like you're in a library. There is pastry, cold drinks and sandwiches if you're in need of a snack or something hydrating.
I ordered the Gibraltar, which is a café cortado. Interesting fact: I thought it was only Postal who called it a Gibraltar, but a quick Google proved me wrong. For you coffee newbies out there, a cortado is somewhere between a macchiato - espresso with a touch of milk foam on top - and a latte - usually a double shot of espresso with more steamed milk on top.
The Gibraltar was MIND BLOWING. The coffee was incredibly smooth and creamy with a hint of sweetness. The barista behind the counter was incredibly talented. I've found some baristas add too much milk to a Gibraltar, but this was the perfect combination. When I asked him about the coffee and about the bean it was obvious he really knew what he was talking about and cared immensely for the craft. He also greeted us as soon as we walked through the door, which is important to me.
The espresso they use is Pilot Coffee Roaster's Heritage blend, which is smooth and balanced but not boring (which is very difficult to achieve). If you look on their website, Pilot Coffee is really careful about where they source their coffee from and everything they do, which is immensely important in my books. I'm not going to say too much because their website is amazing and you should check it out yourself, but I think I'm in love with Pilot Coffee. I can confirm I have a brand crush on them.
I'm going to check to see if their beans are in any other Winnipeg coffee shops, but I am doubtful. If you know of a place that carries or sells though, PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong. PLEASE.
We liked the coffee so much that we picked up the Monument blend of beans from Pilot Coffee. I'll be making (and telling you about it obv) next week as we still have some of my Starbucks stash and I have a weird issue with having too many coffees open at the same time because bean freshness is important. Seriously - it's my biggest pet peeve.
Now, I need your opinion, followers (whoever you may be). Pilot Coffee Roasters offers a coffee subscription, in which they will send you coffee "as and when you need it". Would you be interested in me getting one and reviewing this coffee as some bonus content? Do you know of any other coffee bean subscriptions? Please let me know in the comments.
I give Café Postal 6/5 perfectly roasted coffee beans.