Sunday, July 29, 2007

Alice: OH! Well hello there, I didn't see you come in. Let me just put on something a little bit more....

Matthew, Sasha, and I are just hanging out here - I guess we are "working" not "hanging" but "whatever". If you'd like to join in on the fun you know where to find us.

We now have biodegradable lids! So once you have had your fix you can toss the WHOLE CUP into the green bin. AWESOME! Oh and a little reminder, if you bring in your own cup we take 25 cents off. We don't have to use a cup, you get a deal, it's win win!
well anyway, Green Shift says the cups take about 50days to break down. I say you test them. Not that I think they are liars or anything (because I don't), just that it might be sort of cool to see if its true.

Sasha: Hi! We at Mercury are also excited to announce that we are implementing a new method: The PK Dosing & Tamping Method. Pioneered (sort of) by Matthew Taylor, this should cut down on coffee waste, increase shot consistency, and elicit fascination, confusion, and crypto-mockery. It's all we talk about. That and our lids. We blogged about them the other day, and then again today. We're really excited. We might blog about them tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Oh, and we've got some delicious Ethiopia Harrar in as our feature; it has earned the coveted and rare thumbs-up from Alice Berg. Not just any coffee gets the Alice Berg thumbs-up.

-S and A

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Hi, internet!

Woah, it's hot today. I know that it's been hot before, and that I've frequently written about it being hot, but woah is it ever hot. Woah. I expected my morning cappucino to spontaneously combust, and when I ran out for ice today, I felt as if I was going to melt into the pavement. However, at Mercury, we are not dissuaded by the heat - we consider it a test of our dedication and our incredible tanned physiques.

For clarity's sake: Our retail beans are now being stored and ground behind the counter. This will result in less delightful Three Stooges-style blundering, and it's really a better setup in all respects.

Also, we now have biodegradable lids! How exciting is that? SO EXCITING! Everything that your coffee comes in can be tossed in the green bin now. Well done, GreenShift!

Come sweat it out and biodegrade with us. We would like that.


Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Behind the counter stand Alice and Sasha; friendly, helpful, prompt, occasionally sarcastic. Filters in hand, fingers at the register, ducking in and out of the dishwasher, they are prepared to serve you a variety of delicious beverages.

But beware: When the night comes, or when the store empties, they become scurrilous rogues. They give each other makeshift tattoos behind the lemons, air guitar with unprecedented ferocity, and sashay about like a pair of trapeze artists.

Come and order our coffee, and marvel at the quality of our work and the seamless nature of our public personae. But all the while, remember that underneath lurks something primal, something savage, something else.

-Sasha, who read Where The Wild Things Are like three times last night.

Sunday, July 15, 2007


Round One: Ben

The Scene: Mercury Espresso Bar, Saturday afternoon. A bustling day; the scent of fresh espresso is in the air, the buzz of anticipation of caffe latte, cappuccino, and americano presides.

Ben: Hark, on the horizon! It is Matthew, carrying divers delectables! Prithee, who is it who rides with him?

Alice: It is not who, Sirrah, but what! Could it be? A Mazzer Major! The Grinding Grail!

Matthew: Yea, it be true, one to join the other we have already collected upon our travails. With two, we shall be nigh unstoppable.

Yes, friends, two Mazzers; Speed, Power, and Flavour are with our heroes. Come and see them rejoicing and frolicking, grinding fine coffees and pulling impeccable shots.

Round Two: Sasha

I am here in the warm, comforting environs of Mercury, with a song in my heart, a twinkle in my eye, and espresso on my lips. (This doesn't look as good as it sounds.) We also have a new sign above the door; for maximum enjoyment, order your cappucino, stand in the doorway, sidle a couple of feet to the right, look up, and bask, then come in to enjoy your coffee. (This looks just as good as it sounds.)

As for coffee, you're in luck, as we're featuring the ever-popular Yemen as our feature bean, which unfailingly offers a smooth, rich cup of coffee. Also, for espresso, we're featuring the perhaps-even-more-popular Kid O, which is powerful and rich enough to knock a man down at fifty paces, yet just as smooth as Alex Tran. Alex Tran on a good night. Alex Tran on a good night, with the moon above him, shining just so, stretching his arms to yawn and seamlessly loop an arm around your shoulder.

It's pretty good, I guess.



Saturday, July 14, 2007

Hello. If you aren't doing anything Monday night and you're feeling a little high strung, come out for a bike ride with us. We're going to meet here at around 9pm and bomb around the city for about an hour. Where we're going has yet to be determined but the more the merrier! And maybe we can turn this to be a weekly thing!


Thursday, July 05, 2007

Well kids... the day has come... WE HAVE LEMONS!!! Big deal, I know. I will go to the store to by ice, and then we will be open for business (lemonade business I mean).

Adrian slept in today so I called our dear friend Ben over to help me out. Here is what he has to say:

He says nothing because he disappeared into thin air after consuming 10 espressos in a row. I thought I saw a brown blur whiz by and catch a cup falling off the counter but I can't be sure if that was him. I guess I'll find out what happened to him when I see him on Saturday. Peas out

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

What the heck is this? Is this rain? It doesn't feel like it? If you stand really still it feels like the rain is rising up from the ground and floating sideways, creeping towards you like dirty old man. This kind of weather really gets me down. I love a good rain fall but this is something else. Is it mist? Fog? It's cheating us out of our summer sun is what it is. Kitties hate this weather too! It's impossible for them to avoid something they can't see.
Mercury, however, is dry. Dry and inviting. Come in we can talk about bikes. I LOVE talking about bikes. Maybe it's because there's so much I don't know. Biking around in Toronto gives one lots to chat about. So if you're sick of getting soaked by mystery rain today, stop by for a coffee.

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

We still have no Lemons. Because of this we have no lemonade. Pro Organics is inspecting them right now, and once they pass the perfection test, they will be carried over on the backs of giant owls. Because of this, fact, they will arrive in the night time and be here in the morning. Sorry. I miss our lemonade too.

I'm not trying to get your hopes up... we will not at any point be serving hot dogs, hot doug's, or beef patties.. but I thought I would share this image with you. If ever you find yourself in Chicago I say go to Hot Doug's The Sausage Superstore and
Encased Meat Emporium
and pick up a real one.

Matthew and I are working today, and then in comes eve for the night shift... so if you feel like chillin' out... just saying.

A bunch of us went out to see the Final Fantasy/ Do Make Say Think show Sunday night. It was really Rad! It was quite windy, but I think the wind made the show sound even better. I also have to point out that our little buddy Sasha might know everyone in the world! ok, maybe not the world... but he sure does know a lot of people. If you want to make the long list of people who know Sasha come on into Mercury.

That's how I roll
- Ali bear and M dog

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Hey Kids,
If you haven't packed up and left town you can always come hang out at Mercury.
we have got lots of treats to eat like

-Banana, Apple cinnamon, and sunflower zucchini Bran muffins
-Spiced Brownies
-ginger or chocolate chip cookies

We have a new artist hanging this month. Her name is Renee Nault. She is cool. They are cool too. We like her. There are goats. Lots of goats and goat like things. I like them. They are cool.

The Feature Latte of the week is the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe. If you have tried it before you know that it is awesome...
and if you haven't I really think you need too.
I like it... just saying.

It reminds me of this one time...
I was walking with Adrian on Queen west, and he was all like "you are the best!" and I was all like "No, You are the best!" and then we went on for like 10 min talking about who really was better....
So it's like that in a latte. Your latte will keep telling you "YOU are the best!" and you will say to your latte "No, YOU are".

That's how I roll
- A "Wall" Berg