Fools and Horses

This post originally appeared on 204 Coffee on October 20, 2017.

Fools and Horses lives at 379 Broadway and also in The Common at The Forks. I've been to both locations, and I have to say, it's one of my favourite coffee shops in Winnipeg. They're an avid supporter of the arts (in another life I was an actor, so that's really important to me) and have hosted many a Sing Out, Louise! and Fringe play. They carry BOTH Dogwood and Pilot coffees.

Oh yeah, I found another place in Winnipeg that carries Pilot Coffee.

Matt and I decided to go to the location at The Forks because we needed to pick up bread and wine. Priorities, right? Anyways, we got cinnamon buns from Tall Grass Prairie as well and it was the most perfect snack.

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I'm telling you, if you go to a bakery that doesn't make sure you get the sugary goodness from the bottom of the cinnamon bun pan, you need to switch bakeries.

We both ordered cappuccinos. For my coffee noobs who don't understand the difference between a cappuccino and a latte, a cappuccino is made more of milk foam than steamed milk, and a latte has a little bit of foam with mostly steamed milk as the base of the drink. Cappuccinos are stronger because they have less milk.

This cappuccino had a little too much foam for me, but that's my fault because I didn't ask for a bone-dry cappuccino. They used Pilot Coffee's Heritage blend for the espresso, which is always delicious. I'm so happy there's another shop that carries Pilot here. Also, they're both a stone's throw away from my apartment.

Just a note: espresso shots die - or expire -  after about 10 seconds of being pulled, and this barista did not let the shots die. That means you have about 10 seconds to combine the espresso with hot milk or water before it starts to go bad. Once you've gotten to know coffee well, you will appreciate a barista who cares about the life of the shot. If you have a latte or cappuccino or americano or WHATEVER that tastes bitter in the way that doesn't just match your personality, that barista let the shot die.

Fools and Horses offers both light- and dark-roast coffees, which is unique from most of the indie coffee shops in the city. It's good because not everyone wants something super bright and acidic (me, for example).

The location at the Forks is really nice. It's also pretty busy, and you have to fight to find a seat at The Common. I prefer the location on Broadway, but that's just me. Put it on your list of cool local places to check out.

Happy caffienation!

Kristen Einarson