In my Bronuts post, I commented on the trend towards gourmet toast. Yesterday, I walked into Fools & Horses Coffee, on Broadway, and what’s on the menu? Gourmet Toast. Apparently Winnipeg’s food scene is even trendier than I thought.
There’s lots of sunshine coming through the Fools & Horses windows.
Of all the new restaurants and food trucks I’ve visited in the last few weeks, Fools & Horses is the one I’m most excited about. There are few reasons for this. It’s on the way to work. Fools & Horses is operating as a social enterprise. The shop is committed to using local produce as much as is possible. Most of all however, James & Kendra Magnus-Johnston, two of the five owners, are good friends of mine. They have been a constant source of support and encouragement in my life for several years. I’m really hoping they will succeed.
The heart of Fools & Horses is it’s Mod Bar. The Mod Bar is a state of the art espresso machine that allows the baristas (baristae?) greater control over the coffee making process. In addition, being built into the counter it brings the barista closer to the customer while the coffee is being prepared.
Pilot Coffee, a direct trade coffee roaster out of Toronto will be the flagship roaster for the shop. The principal reason for this, is that Pilot is the only company in Canada that has adequate experience in dealing with a Mod Bar set up.
Working at the counter. The Mod Bar units are in the front middle of the picture.
If you look at the picture above, you’ll notice taps along the wall at the back. These are the taps for the beer and the wine. Fools & Horses is a licensed cafe, which will allow patrons to enjoy a wide variety of beverages.
Although they only opened yesterday, I got my first chance to try their coffee a week or so earlier when they were testing out their equipment. The first drink I got from the cafe was an Americano. The Americano is my go to beverage. I was very impressed. It was clean with no aftertaste, and went down nice and smoothly.
Fools & Horses offers a clean, smooth Americano.
When I went in yesterday, I was looking for something with a little more sweetness to it, so I decided to go for their Mocha. Hands down, this was the best Mocha I’ve ever had. Fools and Horses makes their Mocha using shaved organic dark Chocolate that they melt with just a touch of hot water before adding the espresso and milk. The end result is a Mocha that is rich, and gives a good mixture of coffee and chocolate flavour.
- The Fools & Horses Mocha is the richest I’ve ever had.
Fools & Horses Food:
Much like Folio Cafe at CMU, Fools & Horses will use a mixture of in-house made and locally produced food for their menu. Their is a little something for everyone in their sandwich and pastry menu. Among their offerings are a couple of gluten-free items from my St. Philip’s neighbours, Cocoabeans. They are also offering Croissants from Frenchway Cafe. Cookies from High Tea Bakery, and Cinnamon Buns from Jonnies (go for the Monkey Brains if they have them).
Fools & Horses will also have baked goods from their in-house baker Michael Harms. He will also be providing the bread for their sandwiches and toast. The fillings for the sandwiches are coming from Miss Browns and Shawarma Khan. This is a great example of businesses collaborating with each for their mutual benefit. I’m especially pleased to see Shawarma Khan involved, as the response to my review of the restaurant was one of the early sources of encouragement in my blogging.
As Fools & Horses is just getting opened, Things will be added as time goes on. The charcuterie is now available. The beer and wine should also be available in the next day or two. Another one is chocoturie, provided by Chocolatier Constance Popp. If the quality of the goods already available is any indication, it will be well worth the wait.
There are some jams and mustard available for take home.
In keeping with their practice of supporting local producers, Fool & Horses will be selling a select number of products for take home consumption. These will be the same products used in the making of the toast offerings. Two companies involved are Flora & Farmer, and Smak Dab Mustard.
Frenchway Croissant at Fools & Horses
Having enjoyed my Mocha, I decided to pick up something to go as I left the cafe. I went for a Masala Chai tea, and one of the croissants. While I don’t generally add milk and sugar to my tea, I think that’s the only way to drink Chai. My recent experience of Chai has been in fast food type establishments, and this made for a bracing exception. Back at the church, I enjoyed the flaky croissant as I finished the Chai.
Over time my coffee shop preferences have changed. There has always been at least one place that has been a sort of home away from home for me. Fools and Horses is going to be that place from now on.