This Week’s Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Ethiopian Sahama Gr 1

We have a brand new coffee on offer for this week’s feature. It is an Ethiopian Sahama Micro-Lot. For those who have liked the flavours found in other Ethiopian coffees we have had here you will appreciate the Sahama. The flavour profile in this coffee is quite broad. Lots of fruit as well as caramel and light chocolate.

Like the Kaffa Wild Harvest coffee  the Sahama comes from the Kaffa region of Ethiopia. It also is sourced from wild coffee tree varieties grown at 1700m. The processing is sun-dried full-natural, which means that the fruit (cherry) is left to dry on the seed (bean) before separating the cherry from the bean. This way of processing adds dried fruit sweetness flavours to the fully processed bean.

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Words on Display / Les mots en exposition

The annual January Shutdown (for a break and shop maintenance) is over and it is back to the normal weekly schedule here at Art Brulant. But it is a bit quieter than during the holiday season. All the hype is over. The Stocking Stuffer exhibit has been taken down from the gallery. The walls are bare.

So it is time to air out some of my own work. To let them breath. To see the light of day!

All of the pieces that are on exhibit this time contain text that is integral to the composition. Books with poems. Poetry and quoted text. Editioned and one-of-a-kind pieces. Works on paper, wood and stone. Handmade papers – Asian and artist made. Raw pigment, ink and wax. Miniatures and not so. Lithography, dry point, collagraph, relief printing, collage, encaustic.

Here are images of some of the pieces on exhibit.

L’arrêt annuel Janvier (pour une pause et la maintenance en atelier) est terminée et il est de retour à l’horaire hebdomadaire normale ici à Art Brulant. Mais il est un peu plus calme que pendant la saison des fêtes. Tout la hype est terminée. L’exposition de Des bas de Noël a été descendu. Les murs sont nus.

Il est donc temps pour aérer un peu de mon propre travail. Pour les laisser respirer. Pour voir la lumière du jour!

Toutes les pièces qui sont exposées cette fois contiennent du texte qui fait partie intégrante de la composition. Livres avec poèmes. Poésie et le texte cité. Editioned et des pièces one-of-a-kind. Oeuvres sur papier, le bois et la pierre. Papiers fait à la main – Asiatic et l’artiste fait. Pigment brut, de l’encre et de la cire. Miniatures et pas. Lithographie, pointe sèche, collagraph, l’impression en relief, le collage, l’encaustique.

Voici des images de quelques-unes des pièces de l’exposition.



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2015 Seasonal Schedule and January 2016 Shutdown / Calendrier saisonnier et la fermeture de Janvier 2016

The schedule for Art Brûlant is as follows:

  • December 23, 2015 Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • December 24, 2015 Open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • December 25, 26, 27, 28 2015 Closed
  • December 29, 30 2015 Open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • December 31, 2015 Open 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
  • January 1 to 12, 2016 Closed
  • January 13, 2016 Regular hours recommence

Please note that during the period that Art Brûlant is closed you will still be able to find coffee at Value Mart and Café 349 also serves a nice cup.


Le calendrier de Art Brûlant est comme suit:

  • 23 décembre 2015 Ouvrir 10h00-17h00
  • 24 décembre 2015 Ouvrir 10h00-15h00
  • 25, 26, 27 ,28 décembre 2015 Fermé
  • 29, 30 décembre 2015 Ouvrir 10h00-17h00
  • 31 décembre 2015 Ouvrir 10h00-15h00
  • 1 à 12 janvier 2016 Fermé
  • 13 janvier 2016 heures régulières recommencent

Se il vous plaît noter que pendant la période Art Brûlant est fermé, vous serez toujours en mesure de trouver le café à Valu Mart et Café 349 sert également une bonne tasse.

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Stocking Stuffers/Cadeaux de bas de Noël 2015: Exhibition at – chez Art Brûlant & IMPRESSIONS

La saison commence! That time of year again!

Join us!

Vernissage Samedi/Saturday – 28 Novembre/November, 2015

13h – 16h

Stocking Stuffers 2013Web Image

Stocking Stuffers/Cadeaux de bas de Noël

Stocking Stuffers 2015 Text

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One Day Closure: Saturday November 21st

FYI : sorry for any inconvenience to the Art Brulant people, but we will be closed Saturday November 21st all day.
Thank you for your patience


Désolé pour tout inconvénient, mais nous serons fermés le samedi 21 Novembre toute la journée.
Merci pour votre patience

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Chasing Mailboxes Coffeeneuring Challenge 2015 – Seven Bridges, One River

Caveat: last year I did individual postings for each coffee stop. This year its all in one. Warning, this is a fairly long post.

For 2015 I decided to do the ‘theme-within-a-theme’ as mentioned on the Chasing Mailboxes website for the Challenge. “Seven Bridges, One River.” Some points to note:

  • These bridges are a few of my jumping off points for bikefishing, fly fishing, wading and kayak fishing.
  • Being relatively close together and not far from home these spots have featured in other postings, wether for Coffeeneuring, bike commuting or otherwise.
  • Obviously these are all ‘outdoor’ cafes.
  • There are no picnic tables or bike stands at these spots.
  • Getting to one bridge may mean that I have to cross others. In a round trip I may cross the river a number if times. (Next is to do them all in one day with the bike, waders and a fly rod.)
  • The timing of the Challenge means that Trout season is over for the year, so unfortunately there is no fishing here. Just wishful thinking. I Didn’t even wet a fly this year :(  .
  • Although the timing of the Challenge means that I can’t be doing any Trout fishing as part of the event, the period covered coincides with the changes of the season from late Summer/early Fall to late Fall/early winter. The change is dramatic. From Summer green to full Autumn splendour to a leafless landscape ready for Winter’s white.
  • I work Tuesday to Saturday so my ‘weekend’ is Sunday and Monday.
  • I live in a rural part of western Québec. In my summary of last year’s Coffeeneuring Challenge I gave a bit of a description of the region and its challenges re finding coffee.

Over the course of this Challenge the cloud ate my original document. Some of the data was easy to recover because of the bike computer – though the weather as recorded from the weather feeds isn’t always accurate, but observations and the exact coffees consumed were more difficult. I remembered some of my observations, but I do know that I also saw more deer, raccoons and a good number more Ruffed Grouse. But when? And some things I have just forgotten!

So here goes!

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 1

  • Date: Monday 5, October, 2015
  • Place: Bridge on the Southern part of Thornelake Rd.
  • Distance: 10.97km
  • Weather: 14c, wind 6km/h N, mostly sunny
  • Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar—I think?
  • Observations: I watched a Mink dart in under the rocks under the bridge while sipping my coffee. Lucky bugger, he was probably fishing!

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 2

  • Date: Sunday 11, October, 2015
  • Place: Bridge at the North end of Thornelake Rd.
  • Distance: 23.78km
  • Weather: 15c, wind 13km/h WSW, mostly sunny
  • Coffee: Burundi Muyinga Murago
  • Observations: Thanksgiving Sunday. I ended the trip at friends for a Thanksgiving meal where we drank more coffee (Cuban Crystal Mountain) with the pumpkin pie.

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 3

  • Date: Monday 12, October, 2015
  • Place: 9th Line Bridge
  • Distance: 12.62km,
  • Weather: 20c, wind 17km/h S, mostly sunny
  • Coffee: Cuban Crystal Mountain
  • Observations: Thanksgiving day. I watched a large flock of Grackles ( approximately 100) bathing in the shallows. This was the first time I have seen so many Grackles bathing together all at once. Fish were rising to insects. The sun was setting.

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 4

  • Date: Sunday 18, October, 2015
  • Place: Bridge on the Townline
  • Distance: 15.8km,
  • Weather: -3c, wind 13km/h NW, mostly sunny
  • Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar
  • Observations: I flushed 3 Ruffed Grouse. 2 were beside the road and 1 was budding (browsing leaf buds) from a small Birch tree.

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 5

  • Date: Sunday 25, October, 2015
  • Place: Bridge on Darch Rd.
  • Distance: 12km,
  • Weather: 4c, wind W at 26km/h, mostly sunny, with some ‘sprinkles’ in the sun
  • Coffee: Cuban Crystal Mountain
  • Observations: A male Hooded Merganser Duck (striking white and black colouring) dove, and a Common Merganser swam away downriver as I rode up.

Coffeeneuring Coffee # 6

  • Date: Sunday 1, November 2015
  • Place: Bridge on Emmerson Rd.
  • Distance: 20.23 km
  • Weather: 8c, wind 22km + WSW, mostly sunny, with some ‘sprinkles’
  • Coffee: Blend of Cuban Crystal Mountain, Indian Monsooned Malabar and Monsooned Robusta – makes a nice espresso/Americano
  • Observations: Flushed a Ruffed grouse. It is the first weekend of the deer hunting season with loads of deer hunters pretending to hunt for bird – Ruffed Grouse. With the time change and daylight savings I was able to watch the sunset en route. I actually saw one other cyclist pulling a trailer with a child. They had stopped at another bridge – the Townline bridge. I don’t see many cyclists on these back roads!

Coffeeneuring Coffee #7

  • Date: Monday 9, November 2015
  • Place: Bridge on Schreiner Rd. This is a loosely applied description for the large culvert through which the river passes.
  • Distance: 27.88 km ending in Shawville
  • Weather: 5c, wind 15km WSW, mostly sunny
  • Coffee: Indian Monsooned Malabar and Burundi Muyinga Murano blend.
  • Observations: Watched the sun set over a flock of Snow Birds in flight. They seem early! Second weekend of deer hunt, only one week to go!  Amazing how many more bird hunters there are during deer season. One positive about so much ‘hunter’ traffic, the gravel roads are well packed and fast on the bike. I ended this ride in Shawville thankful for the lighting on the bike.

Again I enjoyed participating in this for 2015. Thanks to “Chasing Mailboxes” for all the work and time put into it. Maybe this is something I would continue to do on a Sunday or Monday, with my bike and a cup of coffee somewhere on one of our back roads.

Thanks for reading.

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This Week’s Featured Roast/Torréfaction de la semaine: Ethiopian Kaffa Wild Forest Coffee

Well we have kind of  overdosed on Cuban Crystal Mountain for awhile. It is time for a change.

As I have said before, this weeks coffee has a history that goes to the very roots of coffee culture itself. A cup of the Ethiopian Kaffa region wild harvest connects you to centuries of the oldest traditions in the world of coffee!

I have more on this coffee here.

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