Where Is Here – The Broken Spoke Featured in Cultural Mapping Project

Where Is Here – The Broken Spoke Featured in Cultural Mapping Project

Many thanks to Sharon Karsten, one of our friends at the Comox Valley Art Gallery, and her Where Is Here Cultural Mapping team for producing these two videos featuring our business. Make sure to subscribe to their YouTube channel. Also, of course, thanks to Caila Holbrook and Pieter Vorster from Pod Creative and Nancy Gothard from the City of Courtenay for their kind words and selecting us as their Connect...
Comox Valley Car Free Sunday

Comox Valley Car Free Sunday

We want to engage the Comox Valley community in one Sunday afternoon where we get to use our roads for more than just cars. Let’s close some carefully selected streets in the Comox Valley and have bikes, scooters, walkers, and PEOPLE instead of cars on them! Don’t get too worried - its one Sunday afternoon and we will only do it from 1 pm to 5 pm. Emergency services routes will be maintained and the public will get a chance to comment. There will be a closed loop of streets in Courtenay and Cumberland - view the maps at: http://imaginecomoxvalley.ca/ WE WILL NEED VOLUNTEERS!! As many as 200 total - 100 per 2 hour shift. To sign-up go to: www.imaginecomoxvalley.ca. WE WANT BANDS - having live music along the routes would be...
Brooks Saddles

Brooks Saddles

The Broken Spoke is pleased to announce we are now a gold level supplier of Brooks Saddles. The benefits? Outrageously good prices on Brooks saddles, in 9 varieties staring at $120 for the B17. We’ve even got the matching bar tape. The last saddle you’ll ever...
What we think of Synesso

What we think of Synesso

We proudly use a Synesso espresso machine, because… “The machine undoubtedly puts out the best espresso I have ever tasted. I am finally tasting the subtle notes that other writers describe in their reviews…tastes of liquor, cinnamon, caramel, chocolate and other flavors jump out”. Fred Mushkat Roaster Charlotte, VT Mark Barnett, the owner of Synesso, left La Marzocco after a decade of work at the cutting edge of coffee. He wanted to make a stake of his own and try to do something that had so far eluded and infuriated espresso machine makers across the globe. We’ll let David Schomer, owner of Espresso Vivace explain the problem. “To prepare consistent espresso, stable brewing water temperature is the one factor that has been lacking until this moment in time. For me, the creation of this machine marks the beginning of caffe espresso as a culinary art”. Ok you may not think of coffee as culinary art but it’s nice to know the guys making the machines are taking it this serious. What Synesso did was to isolate each group head and allow consistent temperature throughout the shot to an accuracy of half a degree. This may not sound so important but before then, temperature readouts were a series of spikes and dips, akin to a seismological survey. It would be like cooking with an oven that changes its temperature - sure it gets the job done, but when you’re in the business of making great coffee, customers deserve better. From there new developments were brought on board, not so much in leaps and bounds but in slow painstaking detail. Consistent...
Discovery Coffee House

Discovery Coffee House

Discovery Coffee hit the Victoria coffee scene with a bang in 2006 as a family run business that knew a whole heap about coffee. From humble beginnings they expanded their coffee shop to the vacant building next door and then added a bigger roastery to keep up with demand. They are in the midst of opening their second location in Oak Bay and everyone at the Broken Spoke wishes them the best of success. Discovery Coffee are responsible for our coffee and our training and we feel there are no safer hands in which to put such an important aspect of our...