Limited Release – SL-28 Natural from Nicaragua

I’m pleased to announce a limited release of a very unique coffee.

From Finca Un Regalo, in Nicaragua, Luis Alberto Balladarez is pushing coffee experimentation further every year.

He took the risk of planting SL-28 at his farm, and now that it has come to the age at which it can be harvested, he’s chosen to process it naturally.

SL-28 in generally unique to Kenya. Scott Labs,  hired by the Kenyan government in the 1930s to survey and catalog types of coffee which were best suited to commercial development there. Scott Labs collected data, assigned varieties specific numbers, and reported back that two strains, now called SL-28 and SL-34, were best bets.

SL-34 is often used for lower altitudes, but SL-28 is reserved for the high grounds. Un Regalo is over a mile above sea level, in the Mozone region.

I’ve never had a natural process SL-28. Everything out of Kenya is washed. The three words Natural, SL-28, Nicaragua, just haven’t made an appearance on the coffee scene. Truly unique. – Graham.

Jesse Parent – Oct 6th CD Release

Jesse Parent is releasing his new album “Live at The Schoolhouse Theatre”. Recorded with his band, The Pines, this is Jesse’s first live album.

He is coming solo to Cambridge to share the songs with an intimate evening. Joined by Cambridge’s own Mike Meacher to open the show!

Don’t miss this great night of acoustic music.

$15 at the door includes a copy of the CD

Only $10 for those who were at the live recording in April. And you can pick up your copy!

More info on Facebook – and here’s a sample:

Coming soon – Comedy & a Coffee Workshop

Saturday October 1st will see the return of comedy. Tickets are $20, and all the details can be seen on our events page here:

And then on Wednesday October 5th we’ll be conducting a workshop to discuss coffee flavour profiles.

Mailing list – Stay up to date

workshopWe’re slowly getting our online presence a little more organized. Among the new things, we’ll keep events listed on a new page here. You can see things a month at a time here.

Among the things you’ll see:

The Big Easy Comedy Night – Oct. 1

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New Website

It’s been some time since my last post (and that’s quite an understatement). Thanks to the hard working creative folks at Lucid Digital Media (LDM) we have a new look, and a promise from me to keep content more fresh (I guess I’ve been preoccupied with keeping the coffee fresh instead of the website, but don’t worry, that commitment won’t slip as we get into the site updates).

As we return to activity here we’ll have a calendar of events up, and before long an ecommerce section.

I hope we can get you to check back in from time to time. In the meantime we’ve been more active on our social media, and you can always see us at one of these:

·  See us on Facebook

·  Follow @MonigramCoffee on twitter

·  See us on Instagram

I look forward to any feedback, or to seeing you in real life at the shop.



Iced Tea – Don Quixote Style

Caffeine free, refreshing. Brewed Strong, served cold. Great thanks to Grand River Brewing for supplying us with some tools to make a very solid iced tea.

Don Quixote is an herbal tea with great strawberry and lemon tones. Rounded out with apples and oranges, rosehip and hibiscus, this is a winner without adding sugar. By the glass or bottle, in our place or yours.

New El Salvador – Apple Butter

Excitement here. Cupping a final roast profile on a new coffee, and this one is special.

It’s from El Salvador, but… it’s a Natural Process, so more interest is present than the origin alone would suggest.

Developed as part of the HiU Coffee Program this coffee comes from the farm (Finca) La Concordia.

It a Bourbon, and it’s a Natural Process, so the complexity is understandable. Here’s what we’re getting:

Starting: Floral aromas, with savoury notes of nutmeg over honey

First Sip: Sweet Red Apple, Hickory, smooth mouth feel

The Finish: Clean citrus, with hints of cranberry and and spiced cherry

As it cools: The sweetness develops, predominantly as honey, but with a broad spectrum of fruit tones

As this is a very limited release we’re packaging in 12 oz bags. This is roasted today, and will be available into the weekend.

Holiday hours – and last minute gifts

We should have posted these sooner:

Christmas Eve: 7:30 – 2:00

But if we’re busy we’ll keep serving until 4:00. Call 519-620-8008 if you need to know if we’re open…

Closed Christmas day.

Coffee Kindergarten on Boxing Day – 10:00 – 3:00

Regular hours from there until:

New Year’s Eve: 9:00 – 2:00

New Year’s Day – Coffee Kindergarten – 10-3. And our cold brew is low acid, high caffeine. Perfect for the rumbly tumblies of the morning after…

Last minute?

Baskets – coffee gear, fresh beans, All Jam Packed, and combinations thereof for any price point. Oh – and gift cards.