An Upcycled Moja Bag

One of our customers, Gail Mackenzie, decided to upcycle some of her Moja purchases into a gorgeous bag! Check out how she sewed together her favourite Nicaragua bags:

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What a great idea!

Support Bella’s Ball

For a while now, we’ve been donating 50% of the tips we receive at Moja to the DEBRA Canada, an organization that aims to heighten the awareness of a group of rare genetic skin disorders called Epidermolysis Bullosa, known as EB. Our donations to this charity were inspired by a close friend of ours whose daughter Raquel lives with EB.

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This February 27th from 4-10pm, Bella’s Ball, The Second Annual Broomball Charity Open, is being held on Grouse Mountain. Bella’s Ball is held in support of DEBRA Canada and EB. We hope you’ll come out to support this charity open or help us spread the word about it. Thanks!

Full details on Bella’s Ball can be found here.

Moja Holiday Hours

First off, thank you to everyone who came out the 2013 Holiday Open House, we had a great time. We served many a cappuccino and ground up more bags of coffee than we can count. We loved every minute of it, right up until we crashed at the end of it all ;)

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We hope those bags of coffee bring some Christmas morning cheer to all those who are gifted it, or to you as you sip it while unwrapping your gifts!

Moja Holiday Hours

Moja Coffee will be closed on December 25, December 26 and January 1st.

We hope you have a happy holiday season!

Vote for Moja in the Readers Choice Awards 2014

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Moja Coffee has been nominated for the 18th Annual North Shore News Readers Choice Awards 2014 in the Services/Restaurants categories.

Voting for Services/Restaurants starts this Sunday, November 17 with a closing date of November 23 – so please vote for Moja before then!

You can vote online at www.nsnews.com/readerschoice or you can pick up a paper ballot in the November 10th edition of the North Shore News. The Favourite Coffee Bar category is currently on the second page of the online ballot, at item #22:

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Thanks for your support!!

Moja Holiday Open House 2013

photo-2It will be your last chance to stock up for Holiday festivities and gifts!! Fresh from our roaster to your gift wrap! The famous Moja Coffee Open House sale will be on Saturday December 21st 2013 this year, 7:30am-5pm.

Our big sale only happens twice a year and it’s a great time to stock up for the holidays. You can’t go wrong with a good deal at this time of year! Here’s what you can expect:

  • $10/bag 400g coffee
  • Purchase any $25 dollar gift card for just $20 – that’s a $5 gift from us!
  • Cappuccinos are $2
  • Drip coffee is $1
  • Great holiday baskets to be won.  Tons of samples and other cool things.

To avoid line-ups at the bar, we will be opening the back of the shop for cash only sales of coffee beans AND gift cards. Head to the warehouse door on the North side of the building.

Happy holidays from everyone at Moja!

Your Tips Help Raquel

For a long time now, we’ve been donating 50% of the tips we receive at Moja to the DEBRA Canada, an organization that aims to heighten the awareness of a group of rare genetic skin disorders called Epidermolysis Bullosa, known as EB. These skin disorders cause painful blistering and shearing of the skin from even the gentlest friction and sometimes spontaneously. Our donations to this charity were inspired by a close friend of ours whose daughter Raquel lives with EB.

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From now on, 50% of the tips you add to the bowl at Moja Coffee are going directly to Raquel to help pay for her to go to school. Raquel is a bright and sociable little girl who loves doing normal things like play with PlayDough or play with her big sister. Raquel is hoping to attend a Montessori school just like any other kid, but needs some assistant to get there. If you want to learn more about Raquel, you can read the family’s blog here.

Moja Community Gift Card Contest

We love our customers at Moja Coffee! The community support for our cafe has been amazing and we love to see our ‘regulars’ and also new faces popping in to the cafe every day. Our business has grown thanks to your wonderful support both in person and online. We are nearing 1,000 followers on Twitter @mojacoffee and wanted to celebrate that milestone with a little contest!

We’re giving you lots of ways to enter the contest. The prize? A $20 Moja Coffee gift card!

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The Moja Coffee gift card can only be spent in the cafe, so you’ll need to be able to come in to claim it and use it! 

Want more ways to celebrate? Our Open House is happening on June 15th, 2013 – great deals on beans & in-house specials, prizes and more!

Moja Coffee a “Hidden Gem”

urlMoja Coffee was recently named a “hidden gem” by a customer who wrote up his experience on TripAdvisor. The contributor, who calls himself a “full-time foodie” on his profile, had some wonderful words to share:

“Most cities have hidden gems and Moja is certainly a North Shore gem. There aren’t many examples of businesses that pull it all together…. great concept, design, human capital and products. From the coffee, roasted only a few metres away to the syrups, plating, packaging, staff, decor, and Thomas Haas (another North Shore hidden gem) baked goods, Moja has it all. I get a sense the staff is proud of where they work and what they do….. a result that only comes from doing things very well.

Keep up the great work!”

Thank you for the review! This was our first review on TripAdvisor, adding to other review-sites such as Yelp, Urbanspoon and DineHere. We love hearing from our customers, so if you have something to say, we’d love to hear from you too!

Holiday Open House for 2012

Big news! The famous Moja Coffee Open House sale is Saturday December 22th 2012 this year. The big sale only happens twice a year and is a great time to stock up for the holidays. We’ve arranged the sale nice and close to Christmas so all those bags of coffee stay fresh as gifts under your tree!

  • $10/bag 400g coffee
  • Purchase any $20 dollar gift card, and we will add $5 bucks to the total
  • Cappuccinos are $2
  • Drip coffee is $1
  • Many prizes to be won!

Doors open at 7:30am sharp. To avoid line-ups at the bar, we will be opening the back of the shop for cash only sales of coffee beans. Head to the warehouse door on the North side of the building.

Happy holidays from everyone at Moja!

UPDATE: THANKS FOR COMING TO THE 2012 OPEN HOUSE!!

Life at the Moj’

So I guess I should post here on occassion.

I love the idea of having this blog, I just have to tear myself away from the cafe to post on it more often. Maybe it’s just that I psyche myself out, and figure nothing I publish online is worth reading, stuff like “Today I rocked out a cappuccino and it was killer” isn’t really the inspiring internet literature one desires to send forth into the world. But I’ve got a few things to say that I think are half-decently interesting, and I’ve made several coffees this morning and sitting down at the staff computer doesn’t seem all bad.

First of all, thank you to all the Moja crowd that came out and supported the last theatre show I performed in. As some of you may or may not know, when I’m not slinging lattes I’m pursuing a carreer in the performing arts in so many different disciplines I figure one of them’s got to work out. The last show ended on the 24th, was called ‘Forty-Deuce” and went really really well. I’ve got another show coming up in a few short week, I’ll make sure to post it here.

Tristan as a crackhead.

That’s me on the far right, there. A change from jeans, a bar towel and collared shirt, no? Fun fact: Those are my girlfriend’s pants.

But seriously: Working in a place that cares about its employees is an amazing thing. I get nothing but support from Doug and Andrew who will let me tear out of the cafe at a moments notice for auditions, classes, shows, you name it. It’s a stellar thing. The icing on the cake (the crema on the ‘spro?) is that the customers, some of whom I see 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year, show up and support. To those of you who came out: Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. It moves me to see a community like Moja support their own. I could be just a coffee maker to you all, but you chose to make it more than that. It moves me beyond words, and I am proud to come to work every day to simply make coffee and hang out with my friends, whether I’ve known you for years or you just walked through the door.

That being said I’m glad the show’s over because playing a crackhead every night and coming to work every morning was wearing me out.

In other news? Other sad news: The wonderful and incomparable Eva Simcikova is headed back to the Czech Republic early next month, and her last day in the cafe is… tomorrow. Out turnover is really low, and it’s always sad to see someone as passionate, uplifting and simply good at her job leave us, but homesickness and work permit expiration is somewhat understandable, and we all wish her the best.

In other, better news: We have a brand new hire! Shelby joined the team as of a few shifts ago, and is getting used tolife at the moj’. So be nice, she’s new. Or don’t, and tip big. I’m gonna leave that one open.

The best news of all? El Salvador has finally made it’s long awaited appearence on the Back Shelf. We ran it as an espresso, but it was so finicky and acidic that it made no sense. But in the French Press, this coffee sings: Beautiful spicy orange fragrance off the dry grounds, while in the cup the aroma leans towards the floral but not wihout depth. Caramels, a medium body, and a good (almost berry?) sweetness are supported by a firm orangey acidity. A complex coffee, but some of the coolest El Salvador I’ve tried this year. We’ve also still got some Tanzania AA as well, with all it’s blackberry-y goodness, sitting there. I think it’ peaking out pretty quick though… we pressed it today and got a lot of blackberry juice with a nice upfront acidity and a cocoa tail, but I can feel it fading away. Get while the getting’s good.