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I’m a terrible journalist.

Because no where in my 45-minute chat with Eric – the owner of 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters – did I ask him what the name meant or where it came from.

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It was probably because I was a little too enthralled with a stunning cortado.

33_Third-11Now, if you don’t know what it a cortado is, it’s either the best coffee beverage you can get or the absolute worst.

That’s because it’s a lot of espresso cut with a small amount of warm milk so the espresso can’t be the least bit bitter and the small amount of milk needs to be  sweet.

When placed in the hands of someone who knows what they’re doing, it’s an incredibly smooth, potent, satisfying coffee beverage.

When placed in the hands of a inexperienced barista, it’s a bitter, disgusting mess.

I’ll be honest, I’ve had more of the latter than the former.

But not here.

It was so good, I ordered a second to make sure the first wasn’t a fluke.

It wasn’t.

But enough about nerdy, fantastic coffee – onto Eric’s classically Saskatchewan story.

33_Third-10By day (and many times night), Eric unloads cargo for Air Canada.

But when he’s not working, he’s spent the last number of years working on his coffee-roasting skills.’

He’s got the classic Saskatchewan resourceful gene where he figured it was just something he could do himself.

So he started roasting beans in his hot air popcorn machine.

Then he graduated to a roaster you used on a BBQ. It yielded better results but as more people started asking him to roast, it was tough to keep up.

So he made a deal on the old roasting machine from Roca Jack’s and he hasn’t looked back.

If you’ve been around to a few coffee shops in Regina like Cafe Drip or the Artful Dodger, you’ve probably seen his beans on display.

But a few months ago, some friends were looking at this building to start a brewery and wanted him to join with his coffee shop.

After seeing the place, he decided to go for it.

And I’m really glad he did.

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The space has a really “home-made” feel because pretty much everything you see is home-made – from the shelves, to the counters, to the wooden arch.

Some may be looking for something a little more put-together, but I think it really sums Eric up well.

He’s a prairie boy whose looking to turn something he loves – great coffee – into a full-time gig and using his resourcefulness to do it.

I can totally respect that.

Judging by the two drinks I had today, I think he will.

Check out 33 1/3 Coffee Roasters at 1130 15th Ave, Mondays-Fridays 7-4 or Saturdays 9-5 or find them online:

Twitter: @thirty3coffee
Instagram: @thirty3coffee
Facebook: 3313CoffeeRoasters
Website: www.3313coffeeroasters.com

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