Written By Cynthia Annett-Hynes Edibles / Food Events Apr 19, 2011 Small Business Gets Big Honour At Canada’s Most Elite Coffee Competition SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterestimage: Rob Kettner artfully pouring steamed milk credit: Keri Coles Photographyfrom the press releaseVICTORIA – Fernwood Coffee Company is enjoying national success after co-owner Rob Kettner placed first at the Canadian National Barista Championships (CNBC), held in Toronto on October 25 and 26, 2010.The Victoria-based small business was founded just three years ago on a shoestring budget by Kettner and his business partners Ben Cram and Terra Ogawa.“This is a huge honour,” said Kettner. “We’re still just a little company, but we work hard and coffee is our passion so to be recognized for that is amazing.”With the help of his partners and staff members, Kettner put together a 15 minute presentation showcasing a Costa Rican coffee and beat out 14 other baristas from cafes around the country. An assembly of North American coffee professionals made up the judging panel. Kettner’s first-place win marks the first for a barista outside of the Vancouver-based Café Artigiano since the competition’s inception in 2002. It also buys him a trip to Bogota, Columbia for the World Barista Championships (WBC) in June 2011.The self-described “coffee geeks” began hobby-roasting in 2007 before incorporating Fernwood Coffee Company in 2008. Kettner, Cram and Ogawa also own the Parsonage Café on North Park St., which at the time contained a 1936 antique Barth coffee roaster.Now, the old roaster is gone, replaced with a sleek Diedrich roaster five times its size that sits in Fernwood Coffee Company’s roasting and tasting headquarters in the same building as the Parsonage.Though the company sells its beans to over 60 establishments on Vancouver Island, including Thrifty Foods, their mandate is still the same as it was three years ago.“We want to seek out new and exciting ways to roast and serve the best cup,” said head roaster Cram. “The CNBC and now the WBC will expose us to best coffees and the best industry minds in the world, but we’re bringing all that knowledge right back to our hometown.” Fernwood Coffee CompanyPhone: 250.590.3320Fax: 250.590.3326Email: email@example.comCoffeeCoffee CompetitionLibations SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 Sopa Paella Try the iconic Valencian dish as a hearty fall soup brimming with seafood and chorizo. We were going through a heat wave in Victoria when I ... Read More Food / Recipes October 25, 2021 It’s a Pancake Day! That crisp edge in the fall air stirs up a craving for comfort that sometimes only a stack of hot pancakes can deliver. So get your cast-iron pan ... Read More Breads / Food / How to Cook / Recipes July 13, 2021 Rosemary and Feta Potato Loaf A delicious homemade bread is always a welcome treat that can really set the mood for a good day. This is an approachable recipe to bring to holiday ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News January 28, 2021 CITY EATS February | March 2021 If you haven’t yet taken advantage of Victoria’s free local delivery program, Downtown Delivers, you have until February 15 to try it ... Read More Food News / Pantry / Review January 28, 2021 Some Like It Hot — A Hot Sauce Tasting Party A Hot Sauce Tasting Party Gillie Easdon gathered 15 local, house-made hot sauces and four brave souls to taste-test them. It was a mid-October, late ... Read More EAT Magazine News / Food News December 7, 2020 EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide EAT’s 2020 Gift Guide. Not just for the holidays! Bolen Books Flavor by Yotam Ottolenghi ($45.00) Cat’s Meow Trivet ($6.95) Book Seat ... Read More Comments are closed.