Friday, June 27, 2008

I'm no good with good byes. In fact, if I could ever get away with it, I just leave functions without saying a word to anyone. I figure I'll see them again soon. Yet I must at this point note the significance of the departure of our beloved Berg, Alice.

There's really no other way to put this so simply; Mercury will not be the same without you. Nevermind the endless smiles, the silly-willies, the brilliant anecdotes. Nevermind your beaming personality, loving attention, your cat-like reflexes. You are so much part of Mercury as the beans are. We will endure our amputee condition for a while, endure, but not forget, and then prevail. We must. Such is the way when it rains, we'll get wet knowing that eventually we'll dry off.

Feel free at this point to share your favorite Berg stories.

We'll be holding a Berg-off ceremony at Betty's on King at Sherborne on Tuesday around 5pm. Contact staff for more details.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Hello; my name is Alice DiBergi. I'm a filmmaker. I make a lot of commercials. That little dog that chases the covered wagon underneath the sink? That was mine. In 2005, I went down to Greenwich Village, New York City to an espresso bar called Electric Banana. Don't look for it; it's not there anymore. But that night, I was introduced to baristas that for me redefined the word "Pull and Pour". I remember being knocked out by their... their exuberance, their raw power - and their punctuality. That bunch was Toronto's now-legendary Mercury Staff. Two years and two shops later, The mercury staff is still going strong. And they've earned a distinguished place in Espresso Bar History as one of Toronto's loudest joints. So in the late fall of 2007, when I heard that Merc was opening a new shop called Mercury "Smell the Glove" on Main, and was planning their first of 2 new locations after 2 years, well needless to say I jumped at the chance to make the documentary - the, if you will, "rockumentary" - that you're about to see. I wanted to capture the... the sights, the sounds... the smells of a hard-working espresso bar. And I got that; I got more... a lot more. But hey, enough of my yakkin'; whaddaya say? Let's boogie!

Well kids. If it's a blog referencing Spinal Tap... it's got to be a berg original.
Its just gotta be!

Monday, June 23, 2008

Costa Rica, now closer than a flight over seas. If you missed our delectable press this morning don't you fret! Give us a few minutes and this stellar coffee will be awaiting your lips at the rim of your cup, with it's indulging flavors practically jumping out of your mug straight down your throat.
Not impressed? Well then, I think we have just the thing for you. As of today Mercury on Main has a splendid twist to our lattes. Featured Latte?! Now please, please tell me what this magnificent drink you speak of is?!
Well here it is folks, one of the most flavorful beverages your taste buds can anticipate. Presenting to you the infamous Bali! This tempting drink will bring you into a euphoric bliss conquering your mind so you believe you're swimming in a sea of nutty goodness.

Well, Kadence, that was a mouthful. I'll keep it brief on my end and say that I concur with all that the K-Fabe has said.


Come on in out of the rain and enjoy some warm warm beverages.

See ya round!

Over & out,

Kadence & Neil.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Yo, my name's Jamy and I was recently hired here at Merc.
Im pretty sure I'm the youngest here at 15 and have been here for two weeks.
So far, since I'm working at the new place at Main and Gerrard, it hasn't been too busy.
Alex has been my main trainer or whatever and its been pretty fun so far, except waking up early on Saturday but you gotta work hard for your money.
But yeah overall working in the mornings is pretty nice, not too stressful.
Ive gotta say I love my lattes, and I dont usually like my coffee black. But the press today is Bali 'paradise valley' and its pretty refreshing and clean, and I can hear alex saying it has low acidity. I've actually been to Bali just over a year ago, monkeys everwhere, climbing my mom to get her food. I wish a could go back mmmm so warm but now ill just enjoy their coffee right here in mercury.
Come by and say hello, hopefully soon I'll learn how to make some good coffee. Right now im just the lemonade lady and cashier.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Hey bros, does, foes, 'n' joes, y'all can't say we don't slang the good stuff. I got a lil extra for you today-- we're pumpin' out sweet juices from Origins, to the order of their gorgeous espresso blend. Flowery bouquet, drizzles of chocolate and red fruit, with a mocha finish that'll sing from your belly all day long. We're talking pure Handel, all triumpant ringing of angels in the heavens, none of that Wagnerian Götterdamerung in the pit of your gesamtkunstwerk.

Ch-check it out: Word to our homies in Chicago and LA, Intelli. I was laying my eyes over BoingBoing Dot Net today and I'd be frontin' if I didn't tell you Intelli makes a couple guest spots, showing my brothers at home how to brew honey nectar. Check yourself before you wreck yourself below.

If the videos don't show up on this page, check them out here and here.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Brazil, Brazil....

you can't drink cherry soda cause they got to fill their quota,
and the way things are they better never will!
Cause they got a lot of coffee in Brazil.

When your ham and eggs need savour,
Koffee ketchup gives them savour,
coffee pickles way outsell the dill,
Oh they put coffee in their coffee in Brazil.

No tea, or tomato juice-- you'll see, no potato juice. (Vodka, I guess?)
Cause the planners down in Santos all say "No, no, no!"
The politician's daughter was accused of drinking water,
and was fined a great big fifty-dollar bill!
Yeah, they got a lot of coffee in Brazil.
Doo doo do doo doo do do do doo.....


What a fine coffee you've produced
Thanks Intelli for introduce-
Ing me to the beans of


Doo doo do doo doo do do do doo...

Fazenda Do Sertao.
Fresh from Brazil.
Like a big stick of butter. Melted into a perfect cup of coffee. The temptational aroma will send tingling vibrations throughout your tongue, leaving you satisfied and craving another sip, if not another mug.
Brewed up in your very own french press, availible today at Mercury on Main.

Come on down! Or Up! Or over....Wherever you come from it's worth the trek to 126 Main Street. Kadence would be pleased to meet you. As would I.

Your humble and loyal barista's here at Mercury :]

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

See, that's just not cool. Much like PDA (public displays of affection), stomach cleavage, and swastika tattoos, there are many things you shouldn't do in public. Getting caught on camera with your manager's filthy sausages in your nose ranks high amongst the aforementioned faux pas. I know you think you're trying to be edgy but facial orifice exploration is just plain annoying. If you really wanted to shock us, try out a new self-satisfying technique while doing your best Amy Winehouse impression and document that for us.

Speaking of satisfying, we're serving French Press coffee up here at Main and Gerrard from 7-10am. This week is an exceptionally well roasted Kenya 'AA' from the Karundu Estate. It's subtle floral notes, with a clean finish, is so addicting that Amy herself would ween herself off that good stuff just to get seconds of this fine cup of joe. Well, maybe not but it is THAT good. Test me. I dare you.

Sunday, June 15, 2008



If you can solve this puzzle, you can take your pick from a mountain of toys!

in love,
Doug and Matt

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Well good morning Mercury in Leslieville, it is I, Mercury on Main writing to you. While you are busy fighting off the morning hordes I am left here quietly yearning for your company yet again. I miss your intense gaze in the morning, the scent you leave in my bed, and most of all, your the way you touch my face everyday before we part ways expelling any need to further use anymore words. As I enjoy my morning press of Kenya 'AA' from the Karundu Estate I am reminded of our moment in the raspberry field where you said we would never be apart. We enjoyed a milkshake later that night and I remembered feeling so scared because I didn't know how to tell you that I would be moving. I suppose our finish was smooth but I can't wonder why we both didn't fight it. I guess we were both retaining the fantasy that we'd be back together again one day but as the hours pass I see that happening less and less. I will no doubt eventually grow into my own, and obtain my very own army to appease, leaving no time for departures from my new home. We still have Los Immortales Micro-Lot Finca Matalapa from El Salvador and Fazenda Do Sertao from Brazil in common but I'm not sure if that'll be enough. I guess what I'm trying to say is that I have always loved you and probably always will, but we must go on with our lives. It's for the best.

Yours Truly,

Mercury on Main
Mercury v2.0

Thursday, June 12, 2008

oi! where is everyone? put down your styrofoam robusto coffees, visit the new mercury and have some real joy juice!

all the best,


Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The terrorists formed a circle at the intersection of Main and Gerrard, shuffling their feet at the thought of the impending battle. But there would be no battle, only a massacre. They were tired, malnourished, unfocused, and unorganized. Most of all, they were scared. Without the benefit of experience, motivation and clean underwear, they stood no chance against Mercury's best agents. They were only two men but with the calibers they possessed (literally and figuratively speaking) they could obliterate armies of thousands.
The taller of the two started to grin as he sized up his opponents. Thunder crackled in the distant and the air started to move as droplets started to appear on the terrorists faces.
One finally let out a whimper, dropped his weapon and started to run. In a flash the deserter fell on his face with a blade exposed from his neck.
And that was it. That was all the terrorists needed to see to confirm their suspicions as they abandoned their posts one by one.
The Upper Beach/Lower East York region was safe again from desolation. The heroes had arrived.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Mercury Two in effect, y'all!!!!

It sure is time to say 'crazy!' because How Now Brown Cow: the second Mercury store is open!!! I know- totally OMG, right? Well you said it, because if you go to Main and Gerrard and walk South a bit on the West side, you'll run into some super alright dudes named Neil and Alex who are just dyin' to make you a creamy wet mouth drink. Humminah humminah! They'll be steady rippin' it from 7 am to 7 pm everyday everyday everyday.

Saturday Morning Funboys Time, ok???!!!!!!!!!

I'm Damien Zielinski reporting from Mercury One. (Speaking of which, the vibe is so real here right now that you could cut it with a knife.)

One Love.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Hello Mercurians,

My name is Tofu, and I'm going to start at the new Mercury at Main and Gerrard. I'm not sure when I start, but I hope to see you there soon.

All the best,