Remembering R. Michael Ratcliffe

Michael Ratcliffe


Memorial for Michael Ratcliffe.

The afternoon will be casual and guests are free to come and share their respects and memories with his family and friends over light refreshments. 
Sunday June 9th. 
Noon to 2pm

Rocanini Coffee Roaster. 127 West 5th Avenue,Vancouver, BC V5Y 1H9. 

It is with an extremely heavy heart that I am informing you of the shocking passing of our friend Michael Ratcliffe. 
Those of you who were fortunate enough to call Michael a friend,  can empathize with how tragic this news is. 
Michael was a force of nature. 
He did things with an impact that far exceeded his stature.  He attacked life with a dedication, passion and  ferocity that few could keep up with.

When life dealt him the cruel blow of a degenerated hip joint,  Michael simply moved on. ” I will just tough it out for a few years and have hip surgery later”, he said nonchalantly. 
And that’s what he did. 
Unfortunately despite having  the courage of a lion, and conviction well beyond his young age, life is unpredictable. 
That precious heart stopped beating last week. 
We are all devastated and emptied with this unexpected and sudden loss.

We ask that we allow his family time and space to process all of this. 
We will relay information  as we receive it. 
Please take some time to reach out to each other and help everyone heal. Michael’s family is putting together a memory book of thoughts, stories, photos and other media (poems, music, art etc.) and would like to request that you share your good thoughts, memories, photos, videos or other media of Michael. Please send to #rememberingrmratcliffe

Unique Coffee Tasting & Discussion

Thursday, September 20th at 6pmUnique Coffee Tasting and Discussion

Propaganda Coffee, 209 E Pender St, Vancouver

Whatever your experience with coffee, complete newbie to expert, we’d like to invite you to this truly unique coffee cupping-tasting event at Propaganda Coffee!

Our 2018 Canadian Barista Champion Cole Torode from Rosso Coffee Roasters Calgary, will brew for you 4 different processed coffees: washed, natural, honey and anaerobic coffee.

This is a free community educational event, bring a friend !

For more info: 

Barista Skills, Competition & Coffee Tastings Course

Canadian Barista Academy Special Guest TeacherWith Cole Torode,

2018 Canadian Barista Champ

Sept 21, 9am to 1pm, includes lunch

Canadian Barista Institute | Vancouver Calgary and Toronto

We openly and actively share knowledge and skills through our barista, roaster and Opening a Coffee Shop classes. Our motivation in teaching is simple and transparent – we do not want to sell you anything (kickbacks) nor will we one day compete against your specialty coffee business. Our sole objective is to educate!

3711 1st Ave, Burnaby

You will have a rare opportunity to learn from the current Canadian Barista Champion, how to improve your coffee skills and cafe culture. This course is for baristas and coffee shop owners to illustrate the importance and benefits of training for competition, the detailed use of the barista technical score sheet and proper coffee cupping.

You don’t need to compete to benefit from Cole’s extensive expertise. Learning these skills will improve your consistency and tasting abilities that have positive effects on business and cafe culture. This course is an opportunity to learn the essential key points gleaned from years of competing while running a business, and how to apply this to your coffee job and business. As a bonus, you will have a deliciously-rare opportunity to taste some of the espresso, cappuccino and signature drinks that Cole served at both the Canadian & World Barista Championship.

Space is limited, reserve now!

Cost: $279 Early Bird $179 CBI Alumnus rate is $99

Live Finals for Top Latte Artist Coming Soon

ECM presents Cheque for $1500 to Sua Hong

Congratulations Sua for finishing 1st and winning $1,500 in the online qualifier for the Top Latte Artist in Vancouver! WOW

The Top 16 qualifiers will compete for another $2,500 at the Live Finals,  September 21st, 630pm at The NEW Kafka’s Coffee Shop by Emily Carr University

Each competitor will be filmed live by Starbeat. You can watch and vote here or see it live at Kafka’s!

Different from the online qualifier, there will be 4 expert judges. These expert judges and your votes will determine who will be champion. You can follow along and vote here.  

Top 16 Qualifiers

  1. Sua Hong from Nemesis Coffee  who wins $1,500 !
  2. Arisa Fukuhara from Hey Happy Coffee wins a $800 Voucher from Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy for their “Opening a Coffee Business” course.
  3. Lauren de Silva from Propaganda Coffee  wins a beautifully hand-crafted Reg Barber Coffee Tamper !
  4. Misaki Yoshihara from Cafe Mira
  5. Cole Trepanier from Nemesis Coffee
  6. Luka Kawabata
  7. Yasmien Khan from Nemesis Coffee
  8. Stephaine Ng from Fresh Cup Roastery
  9. Kazuma Go from Great Dane Coffee.
    1. Replacement for Kazuma is Clement Ip from Propaganda Coffee  
  10. Gavin Tong from Rocanini
  11. Kunie Ibana from Platform 7 
  12. Kyoung Jun Min
  13. Yoyo Li from Rocanini
  14. Daniel Chang from his own home 
  15. Hitomi Fukuda from Propaganda Coffee
  16. Remi Ho from Origo Club

Tickets and more info coming soon.

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