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The official blog about eveything Triumph: coffee, community, events and more.
It’s pronounced tri·umph, or /ˈtrīəmf/, meaning a great victory or achievement. It’s also a noun. But what does this have to do with a coffee shop, anyway? Keep reading to find out why we chose this name, and why it’s still relevant five years later.
Let’s back-up a second. We recently celebrated our fifth birthday in June. That’s right, we made it a whole five years! We even had free birthday cake and a chance to draw a % off your order that day.
Now, back to our name. To us, ‘coffee’ is more than a delightful routine. Coffee is in our hearts, and it’s always been our dream to serve our community via this intricate delicacy. There’s a certain sense of euphoria when you wrap your hands around a hot cup of coffee that began as a seed high in the mountains of the Southern hemisphere. A memorable cup of coffee, whether enjoyed alone or in good company, will stick with you throughout the day. This lasting memory of what some might just brush off as a ‘hot drink’ or a ‘pick-me-up’, is to us a reminder of the intricacies of life itself – just like an honestly grown and carefully roasted coffee.
And to us, a ‘business’ is more than just a way to earn a living. It’s a culture that resides in us.
We’ve created a space that was both inviting and accessible, but contemporary and understated. Inside these walls, we hope people feel encouraged to achieve their daily and life desires. Whether it’s grandiose career moves, planning trips or simply reading a novel, we’ve curated a space that let’s event your wildest dreams run wild (even if they’re not that wild). We’re also strong believers growing together as a community. Together, we can accomplish great things, we just need to speak candidly and remind ourselves to slow down every now and then and enjoy the simple stuff (like coffee!).
So, in short, the name Triumph, although it may have sounded a little premature to some when we first opened our doors, was chosen with you in mind. It is a nod to your achievements of the past, the present and the future. Because together, we triumph.
There’s nothing like a glass of Okanagan Valley VQA wine to cool off during the hot summer months, but what does this have to do with coffee? Both can be a consumable art form, and for better or worse, have been compared as similar when it comes to cost.
Before we delve into the cost of coffee, let’s go over its similarities when being compared with wine. Both drinks stem from a terroir (environmental factors) which, often beyond human control, produce a grape or coffee with a unique flavour profile specific to that area. Coffee is affected by processing methods, as is wine. Like wine, coffee can make you feel sick if you drink too much. Lastly, both the wine and coffee industries fluctuate in cost.
We know we’re not your only source for coffee (and that’s ok). And we don’t sell wine, but we’re pretty sure you’ve tried it before, or have at least seen it for sale. Bottles in British Columbia range from $8 a pop to $500 and beyond. Coffee is similar on a smaller scale. For example, the average price of a 340g bag of coffee in our local grocery store is about $6. At the shop, our 340g coffee bags range from about $15 to $21.
So why the difference in prices? Are there real reasons as to how coffee companies price their product or is it all because of attractive branding and creative storytelling? Just like the wine industry, there are coffee companies whose goals are to minimize costs and maximize profits while appealing to mass markets (often covering up their poor-quality coffee by roasting it into the darkness!). Yeah, we don’t work with those guys. We work with companies who have an intense passion for sharing the best coffees with people who will appreciate it. The best coffees also deserve a fair price. All of the companies we work with pay a fair price to the farmers, and in some instances, have given back to the communities where these farms are located in. All of this, as well as environmental factors impacting crops, are the reasons good coffee tastes the way it does.
And what’s the difference between a wine drinker and a coffee drinker anyways? We’re impatient. Good wine has a long shelf life and coffee is best enjoyed sooner rather than later. How soon? That’s another topic for another time.
Brewed coffee is cool again thanks to various new (and old) brewing methods that produce a clean, sweet and delicate brew that brings out the coffee’s complexities. And no, we’re not talking about the Black and Decker coffee maker in your last hotel room. Brewed coffee is coffee in its simplest brewed form, but sometimes the methods used to produce our lifeblood seems complicated. No sweat, Triumph is here to help. We’ve rounded up five brewing methods you can do at home or on the road:
For: people looking to experiment with their coffee
Brewer cost: $50-$100
Time: ~ 4 minutes
Easy to use and easy on the eyes. Place the Chemex Filter in the brewer with the single fold away from the spout and multiple folds lined up against the spout. Rinse the filter with hot water to get an even seal to get rid of paper flavour and preheat the Chemex. Discard of this water and fold the filter toward the spout. Add about 6 tbsp of coffee and zero the brewer on the scale. Pour the boiling water over all the grounds until you reach 150g, then stir with a spoon to get rid of any dry coffee clumps. Start the second pouring phase, integrating the coffee and water together. Pour in a circular motion until about 450g. Finally, fill the brewer to 700g. Remove the filter, swirl the Chemex around and you’re good to go!
For: people looking for a flavourful coffee
Brewer cost: $30-$50
Time: 3.5 minutes
The pour-over method is relatively easy to do and you’ll look like a coffee boss while doing it Place a filter in the dripper on top of the cup. Saturate the filter with boiling water to get rid of the paper flavour, then discard the water that drips into the cup. Now, place 2 tbsp of coffee in the filter. Place the entire set-up (cone and cup) on a scale to zero it and once done, begin pouring a steady stream of 1 ½ cups of hot water into the center for about 15 seconds (stop at 100g). Pause for 30 seconds. Then, continue pouring in a circular motion, wetting all the grounds and keeping the coffee line (indicated by grounds) at the high-water mark.
For: people who travel a lot
Brewer cost: $30-$40
Time: ~1 minute
An Aeropress should be your #1 adventure buddy. Weigh 17g of coffee, then place a filter in the bottom of the Aeropress and rinse with hot water. Put the Aeropress and cup on the scale and zero it. Pour in 220g of water and give it a gentle stir to ensure all the coffee is saturated. Then, place the plunger in the Aeropress and slowly apply pressure until you hear air coming through the grounds (hissing sound). That’s it – enjoy!
For: people looking for a cheap and simple brewing method
Brewer cost: $20-$100
Time: 4-5 minutes
Low-tech and timeless, the French Press is an easy way to brew a complex cup of coffee at home or at the office. Put 2 tbsp of coffee for every cup of water you plan to boil. Once boiling, let the water sit for 30 seconds then pour evenly saturating the grounds. Stir the grounds lightly and put the press lid on. Wait 4-5 minutes and slowly plunge and serve.
Together with Locality, we bring you a non-Valentine’s Day party full of beer, coffee, baked spudz, DJ Remeddie, tarot card readings, straight shaves, table games and event just-for-fun speed dating. Whether your single, in a relationship, into guys, girls or both, this lounge-y Thursday night event is a must! Our partners: Okanagan Springs Brewery, Predator Ridge, Jolly Good Spudz & The Gentlemen’s Shp & Shave Parlour.
100% of proceeds will be donated to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation (VJHF) in Vernon, BC.
Tickets are just $25 and can be purchased here.
Feel good about your holiday shopping and explore 7 made-in-the-Okanagan brands curated by Locality on December 1st! This is an opportunity to shop local and meet the people who make the products we’ve come to love. All with a coffee in-hand!
Discover goodies from:
Britt Bidlake Studio
Hemptation Skin Care
Lavender and Grace Studio
Oak Handmade Jewelry
Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
The Market Bags
There will also be live music from Jeff Johnson Bailey Way Entertainment.
See you on December 1st between 11 am and 3 pm for The Market - Holiday Edition @ Triumph. You can skip plugging the parking meter, too, because it is also Free Parking Day in Downtown Vernon.
Check out Okanagan-based subscription box service, Locality.
Coffee snobs, powder hounds and art aficionados alike won't want to miss the debut of the 2017-18 Skevik Skis line-up on Saturday, September 30th from 10-12 am.
Handmade right here in Vernon out of maple wood, Skevik Skis are not only made to tame big mountain terrain, but look the part, too. Partnering with different artists from around British Columbia, Skevik Skis are covered in unique top sheets depicting outdoor scenes, animals and other things you might stumble upon while out for a for a ski.
Join us as we celebrate the release of the new line-up, meet the makers and get caffeinated during a Triumph happy hour. Oh, and one more thing. There will be giveaways in-store as well as a chance to win a pair of skis!
Skevik Skis and Geoff Holman are the exhibiting artists at the shop for October and November.
Hello! Triumph believes not only in outstanding coffee and food, but community mindedness, which is why we will be continuing our #TriumphTuesday fundraising and awareness initiative on the second Tuesday of every month through the fall and winter. If you know of a non-profit organization that could use some help, send an email to email@example.com.
#TriumphTuesday fall/winter schedule as follows:
September 12 - United Way North Okanagan Columbia Shuswap
October 10 - Venture Training
November 14 - SilverStar Freestyle Club
December 12 - Sovereign Lake Nordic Club Race Team
January 9 - TBA
Show us your favourite places drink coffee, and be entered to win a sweet custom ceramic mug by Kim Dow Pottery!
That's right, all you have to do is take a photo in your favourite place (or places if you drink a lot of coffee). Anything goes! This place might be your backyard, the best lookout in town or in a country far, far away. Wherever you caffeinate, we want to see it.
How can you enter this incredibly easy contest? Upload your photo to Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and either tag us in the photo, include the hashtag #TriumphCoffee, or both. A winner will be announced on April 15th.
Here's a few photos from some caffeinated customers to kick things off:
What about you?
These hand built, wheel thrown mugs by Kim Dow aren't your typical, everyday ceramic. The mug features mountain bike tire tracks on one side, and our logo on the other. For us, these are some of our favourite things: coffee and bikes.
"I generally work with Navajo Clay," says Kim. "It makes a huge mess, but is fun to work with." Kim throws all of her pieces in her home studio, then takes them to fire and glaze at the Vernon Community Arts Centre. "The Centre is an amazing community resource that everyone should check out," says Kim.
Beginning Tuesday March 7th, and every subsequent Tuesday, we will be donating 15% of all sales to a different non-profit organization.
We believe it takes a community to make Greater Vernon a great place to live, work and play. As part of that community, it is our shared responsibility to give back to organizations that significantly enhance our beautiful city through culture, sport, recreation, training, education and more.
By supporting these local non-profit organizations, we are together in achieving a great victory.
Triumph stands for more than just an outstanding cup of coffee. We provide a contemporary space that cultivates creativity; a space where family and friends alike can spend quality time together; a space that students and professionals can both be productive in and; ultimately a community meeting place.
If you or someone you know is involved with a local non-profit organization, and you think they would benefit from a #TriumphTuesday, please email Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The schedule for this Spring as follows:
March 7 - Sovereign Lake Nordic Club Race Team
March 14 - North Okanagan Cycling Society
March 21 - Allan Brooks Nature Centre
March 28 - BCSPCA-Vernon
April 4 - Society for the Protection of Kalamalka Lake
April 11 - North Okanagan Neurological Association
April 18 - Special Olympics Vernon
April 25 - Heroes Shave It Off
May 2 - Tri Monsters
May 9 - Okanagan Rail Trail
May 16 - Vernon Public Art Gallery
May 23 - Vernon Rowing & Dragon Boat Club
May 30 - Okanagan Science Centre
June 6 - Vernon Pickleball Association
June 13 - Family Resource Centre for the North Okanagan
June 20 - Philanthropic Educational Organization
June 27 - North Okanagan Cycling Society
July 4 - Upper Room Mission Vernon
July 11 - Kindale Developmental Association
July 18 - SilverStar Freestyle Club
July 25 - Starfish Pack Vernon
August 1st - Allan Brooks Nature Centre
August 8th - Tri Monsters
August 15th - BCSPCA-Vernon
August 22nd - Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative
August 29th - Vernon Public Art Gallery