We first met Justin, Jeremy and Ben, the founders of Monogram Coffee at their Pop-Up in DaDe Art and Design Lab about a year and a half ago. We had been following the start of their business on Instagram and couldn't wait to try out their coffee and meet the people behind the magic. Not only did we quickly become smitten with their espresso, but an instant friendship formed. We couldn't help but love their good humour, commitment to craft and vision for connecting to their customers.
A few months later, we were just weeks away from opening our newly renovated Kensington Bakery when we asked the Monogram team if they would be interested in collaborating in the space. We couldn't have been more thrilled when they agreed to a Pop-Up coffee bar, a perfect pairing with our baking. A few hurried phone calls to Sarah Ward, our interior designer and to Marcelle, our favourite carpenter and there was an espresso machine installed just in time for opening day.
The Monogram team has been serving top quality coffee at Crave Kensington for almost a year. Not only did we have the opportunity to get to know their talented team of baristas in this time, but we also had the chance to collaborate on some unique projects. We hosted an afternoon workshop where Monogram gave away the secrets to a perfect cup of pour over coffee and we shared handy hints to working with pastry. Monogram also made us a bespoke caffeinated cocktail for our opening party and the Dote Magazine Valentine Event. We baked for their 1st birthday at Altadore, and maybe the best of all, we combined red velvet cupcakes and hot chocolate for the ultimate Hot Chocolate YYC special.
However, with all pop-ups, there is the inevitable end date. The final day of our Monogram Pop-Up will be Sunday, May 1st. On Saturday and Sunday we will be sharing another collaboration with Monogram and Crave with chocolate and vanilla espresso cupcakes.
We couldn't be more thankful for the experience we had working with Monogram, over and over again we have been inspired by their passion and commitment to quality in everything they do. Although they are leaving Kensington, we have truly gained a lasting friendship and you will find us as often as possible at their beautiful new Fifth Avenue Place Coffee Shop just across the river.
With Monogram leaving, Crave Kensington will be resuming original bakery hours and opening daily at 10am, beginning May 2nd.