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: firstname.lastname@example.orgCoffeeCoffee CompetitionLibations SHARE VIA: Facebook Twitter Pinterest Written By: Cynthia Annett-Hynes ... Read More You may also like Dessert / Recipes July 13, 2020 Panna Cotta with Balsamic Roasted Strawberries and Basil Sugar Story and recipe and photography by: Isabelle Bulota Strawberry season has arrived! There is so much we can do with this delicious, beautiful ... Read More Bar / Recipes February 27, 2020 Kuma Bitters For those who can’t be bothered to finesse and monitor the blending process of the three-jar method written about in March| April’s Bar 101, here ... Read More Food News October 1, 2019 Rancho Vignola – Vancouver Island Harvest Sale Rancho Vignola – New Crop Nuts & Dried Fruit is hosting its annual Vancouver Island Harvest Sale on November 29th and 30th at ... Read More Food Events / Food News September 18, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-Island & Tofino September|October 2019 The Buzz Up-Island It’s high time for festival season! I anticipate this time of the year all year long when fresh produce is in abundance, ... Read More Causes / Chefs / Events / Food Heroes / Sustainability August 30, 2019 An Evening with Chef Ned Bell and Ocean Wise On August 20, 2019, Ocean Wise and Eagle Wing Whale and Wildlife Watching Tours teamed up to present the first in a series of speaker events in ... Read More Food Events / Food News July 3, 2019 EAT Buzz Up-island & Tofino July|August 2019 The Buzz Up-island July 2019 “First we EAT, then we do everything else”(M.K.Fisher) – at least I do anyway. Never short of ... Read More Comments are closed.