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Humble Beginnings for the Latest Addition to Calgary Coffee


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As Calgary’s small business landscape struggles through the impacts of COVID-19 and the majority of the city remains at home, one young entrepreneur has used his quarantine downtime to launch his first business. Tyler Sobry, a 23-year old local Calgarian with a degree in business management from SAIT Polytechnic has stepped onto the Calgary coffee scene with his new brand, Humble Coffee Roasters

Sobry’s interest in a good cup of coffee began while he was still a student, when he bought his first small home roaster. “It roasted terrible coffee,” he says, “but I read all the books on roasting and I was determined to make this tiny roaster work.” However, as a working student and active participant in community athletics, the plans for Humble Coffee would not take shape until after graduation. 

After graduating from SAIT in December 2019, Tyler began 2020 like so many other new graduates – with plans to work, save, and travel the world. Unfortunately, in a now-familiar turn of events, these plans were derailed by the emergence of COVID-19, and he joined the growing ranks of unemployed Canadians uncertain of what the future would hold. Still, despite the unhappy circumstances, Tyler says he was grateful to be able to go through the quarantine with his family and still drink good coffee at home – two things he felt lucky for. “I thought about the people who haven’t been as lucky during this time,” he said, “and I figured the best thing I could do was give people some great coffee.” So Humble Coffee Roasters began. 

According to Tyler, the brand name is a nod to the farmers around the world who produce the coffee that makes it possible for roasters like himself to pursue their passion. The logo was designed by longtime friend and local Calgary artist, Tyler Hochhalter.

Humble Coffee Roasters Logo by Local Artist Tyler Hochhalter

Tyler began by networking with other roasters in the community for information, support and access to equipment, and placed his first order for Columbian coffee beans in March. “Right out of the gates I got sixty-three bags of coffee roasted” he says, “then I went to Instagram and gave it all away for free.” 

With Humble Coffee now available on the shelves at Société Coffee Lounge and National Cappuccino, and a number of collaborations currently in the works, the community response to the launch of Humble Coffee Roasters has been exceedingly positive. According to Tyler, support has come as much from other local businesses as the general public. “We all have a common goal to work together as a community and serve better coffee,” he says, “the dream is to have local roasters on every corner.” 

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Mangiapane nets 3-year deal, $17.4 million from Flames, avoids salary arbitrati

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CALGARY — Andrew Mangiapane of the Calgary Flames was rewarded on Monday for setting career highs in goals, assists and points this past season.

The Flames signed the 26-year-old forward to a three-year contract worth $17.4 million.

Mangiapane set career highs in goals (35), assists (20) and points (55) during the 2021-22 NHL season. The winger, who played all 82 regular-season games, finished the season with the fourth-most goals on the Flames and tied for the sixth most road goals in the NHL with 23.

He had three goals and three assists in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games.

Selected by Calgary in the sixth round (No. 166) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Mangiapane has 132 points (78 goals, 54 assists) in 260 regular-season games, and 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 27 playoff games.

Mangiapane was a restricted free agent and avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 2, 2022.

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Sentencing arguments for Calgary man who ran down and killed his wife with U-Haul van

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By Bill Graveland in Calgary

A Calgary judge reserved his decision Tuesday on a sentence for a man who deliberately drove over his wife with a U-Haul van during an argument and left her to die alone on a snow-covered street.

Ronald Candaele was convicted of second-degree murder a year ago in the February 2020 killing of Melissa Rae Blommaert.

Candaele already faces a life sentence but the Crown wants him kept in custody for 18 years before he’s eligible for parole due to his long history of domestic violence.

“He was violent. He was unpredictable. He dismissed court orders put in place to separate him and Ms. Blommaert for her safety. The murder of Ms. Blommaert on Feb. 10, 2020, was not an isolated incident,” said Crown prosecutor Robert Marquette.

“It was part of a long, terrible cycle of domestic violence which culminated in the offender committing the most heinous offence against Ms. Blommaert, taking her life.”

Candaele and his wife had been arguing when she got out of the vehicle in the Bowness neighbourhood of northwest Calgary and her husband got behind the wheel.

As she stormed away, Candaele drove the U-Haul into his wife. After running her over, he turned around and drove past her as she lay dying in the street.

The couple had been evicted from their subsidized housing apartment earlier in the day.

Marquette said Candaele also tried to hide his role in her death. When he was first questioned by police, he denied being with his wife and told officers she was missing, had maybe been kidnapped or committed suicide.

Candaele’s lawyer, Kim Ross, said his client should only have to serve the minimum of 10 years before being eligible for parole, saying the murder was not planned.

Ross said it happened at 4:10 a.m. and occurred in less than two minutes. He called the relationship a tumultuous one.

“This was a spontaneous, impulsive situation,” Ross said. “Two minutes changed the lives of a great many people.”

A victim impact statement from Monique Blommaert, the victim’s cousin, was presented in court.

In it, she said she has been suffering from anxiety and depression and worries the victim’s two children will eventually find out how she died.

“I still have a hard time believing that she’s dead and talk to her as if she’s still here,” said the cousin. “I still can’t believe that she was left to die alone in the street, run over and squished like nothing.”

Justice Blair Nixon has set the sentencing date for Aug. 31 and asked Candaele if he wanted to address the court.

“I’m sorry about the things that have happened. It was out of my control. I never seen her. She wasn’t in front of me at any moment in time,” Candaele sobbed.

“I’m a truthful person, sir, but I never seen her. I feel like this isn’t right. I maintain my innocence and I know God knows the truth. So does Melissa. So do I. I love her with all my heart and I always will.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2022.

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