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Vintage Vibes While Very Caffeinated

So many people braved the great Ontario Ice Storm of 2018 to cause a raucous at the Hamilton Conventions centre with us. Two events brought people into the same building, The Vintage Marketplace and the Hamilton Specialty Coffee Show. RELAY had a booth at both. The Vintage Marketplace Every year The Vintage Marketplace creates stylish shopping experience, gathering unique, lo-fi lifestyle vendors. They had everything you could want to enhance anything from your wardrobe, jewelry box, and living room vibe, to vinyl records, kitchenware, and antiques. It was a thrill to sit with different people of eclectic flavours. We enjoyed “roaring 20’s music” from The Vaudevillian and a good ol’ fashioned drag show. (Take from our Instagram account.) Sierra worked...

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RELAY and SACHA - Like Coffee and Chocolate.

Chocolate and coffee were made for each other. So being a part of Chocolate Fest just makes sense for RELAY, on many levels.  The Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) organizes and invites RELAY to their annual Chocolate Fest each year. All the proceeds from the event help SACHA support survivors of sexual violence and helps end violence in Hamilton. We were originally introduced to what they do by two of our baristas who volunteered with SACHA. It's a cause we wholly stand behind. Here are some highlights from this year's event from Rachel: The event was lovely! Balloons and purple pennant banners decorated the third floor main room of the Cotton Factory.Loads of wonderful people donated their time...

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An Introduction to How RELAY Roasts Coffee

Unlock the world of coffee. Dive into a new roast. There are over 100 species of coffee plants and thousands of varieties. Each varietal of coffee has its own personality. It’s a little like apples. Think of the differences between a Macintosh apple, a Gala, and a Golden Delicious. Each apple has different tartness, sweetness, skin textures and colours. Coffee is similar. A coffee’s personality, its flavour and body, are locked away in the bean. You couldn’t brew green beans and hope for good cup of coffee. To unlock all the wonderful aromas and flavours, you have to roast the bean. Roasting changes the coffee bean chemically, activating acids, sugars and oils. So it all starts with choosing the right...

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Experimental RELAY Coffee Blends that are Positively Electric

Stop by Concession St., the Hamilton Farmer’s Market, or the Roasterie to try our brand new RELAY Coffee Experimental Blend Series For the past couple years, we’ve tried countless combinations of coffees, but nothing has felt quite good enough to serve to you. Until now...Introducing two new blends in what we’re calling our Experimental Blend Series. These coffee blends are a product of our dissatisfaction with the status-quo and raw creativity from the RELAY team. Because our team is curious and clever, we found two awesome blends that we are proud to serve as RELAY Coffees.   RELAY Switchboard Our Mexican coffee is a light roast and the Nicaraguan is a dark roast. One of our managers, Mike, tinkered with...

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A Quick Guide to RELAY's Coffee Drinks

Latte, flat white, cappuccino, coffee, cafe au lait, London Fog… What’s the difference? Do you get overwhelmed by the drink selection when you walk into a coffee shop? I'm sure RELAY is no exception. We offer a diverse range of coffee and tea drinks that can leave some folks a little confused. This is our attempt to provide clarity. First here’s a sweet graphic that a friend of ours designed to show you what goes into our drinks: Click the image for a better view. Espresso Drink Recipes Traditionally, espresso drinks didn’t have size options (small, medium, large). If you wanted espresso with more milk than a cappuccino, then you ordered a latte. Espresso beverages are basically variations on the ratio...

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