Photo Essay by Jenn Walker 

Red River College Roblin Centre students were treated last week to a selection of specialty hot beverages being served at various cafes, pubs, and restaurants in the historical Exchange District.

Hot Beverage Week in the Exchange ran fro Dec. 8 – Dec. 15, 2017 at various participating venues.

Miss Browns, Forth Cafe, Across the Board Game Cafe and Bronuts are just a few of the 13 participating venues. Each venue has curated a specialty hot beverage for the week, in competition with the other participants.

Across the Board Game Cafe’s entry for Hot Beverage Week consists of Jameson Irish Whiskey, lemon juice, and steamed sweetened apple cider. Aptly named “Apples to Apples,” the beverage is a mixture of sweet and sour./WALKER


Cassandra Foster opens up Forth Cafe at 7 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, 2017 for the last day of Hot Beverage Week. The week-long friendly competition has brought in dozens of patrons to try their entry, The Golden Girl. “We’ve been busy. We sold four gallons of it [drink special] yesterday before 11 a.m.,” said Foster./WALKER

Red River College student Cam Eason enjoys a hot drink at Choasbi after finishing classes for the semester. “It’s an awesome idea,” said Eason of Hot Beverage Week. “I didn’t know which participating venue to go to, there are so many.”/WALKER



Bronuts owner, Brett Zahari, prepares their entry for Hot Beverage Week – a gingerbread latte. The latte is rimmed with maple syrup and crushed candy canes for a festive look./WALKER



Miss Browns’ entry is inspired by owner, Steve Tyrell’s homeland Australia. The Chocolate Tim Murphy is made with creamy bourbon liqueur, espresso, steamed milk and cocoa powder. It is garnished with an Australian chocolate biscuit called Tim Tam’s. The drink is available alcohol-free as well./WALKER


Barista Chantal Schromeda prepares The Chocolate Tim Murphy at Miss Browns on Dec. 15, 2017. “The Tim Tam biscuits have been popular. Our owner, Steve, is from Australia and wanted to create a drink inspired by that. People are asking where they can get the biscuits,” said Schromeda./WALKER