By Brittany Tiplady
In search of the perfect cuppa, coffee connoisseurs generally flock to the many Vancouver cafes pouring quality espresso. Outside the city though, you can find some hidden gems. Black Tiger Coffee Co. a new Cloverdale haunt, is offering the city cafe vibe in Surrey’s burgeoning subdivision. You may have heard of the place: Black Tiger has garnered some significant attention on Instagram, posting frequent photos of their mouth-watering-Voodoo-like donuts, frothy lattes, and decadent sandwiches.
“Black Tiger is a fun, relaxing, open atmosphere. This is a place for friends and young families in the neighbourhood to come, chat, and catch up,” says Black Tiger owner and operator Natasha Multani. “We have a lot of regulars coming in. We’ve been open only eight months and we’ve grown quite a bit since we [opened our doors] and I think we can still grow even more.”
Multani, a chiropractor by trade, fell in love with Vancouver’s prominent coffee and cafe scene after years of working in the city. “When I stopped working Vancouver, every time I would get together with friends or make plans with friends I would want to meet up at a coffee shop in Vancouver. Some of my favourites in the city are 49th Parallel, Revolver, Timbertrain, and Elysian, but I really felt like there was a void here.”
Black Tiger was one of the first businesses to open in the new and expanding Focal Point Complex located at 64th Ave and Fraser Highway. The space is bright, airy, and open; boasting high ceilings with wood harvest tables, a statement (faux) live wall, a comfortable lounge area, and bonus, a stunning view of Mount Baker. It’s the ideal spot for a studying student, a working professional, or a coffee date with friends.
“We pour 49th Parallel coffee because they’re local—they roast in Burnaby—and it’s fresh. If you order an espresso today, the latest that coffee was roasted would be last week,” says Multani. “We worked together with 49th and their coffee educators to show us how to get the perfect espresso shot.”
On the menu there’s truly something for everyone. Black Tiger’s signature donuts are baked fresh daily—the big mini donut is my personal favourite, but for the more adventurous Black Tiger’s fruit loop, cookie crumble peanut butter drizzle, and Smarties* crunch donuts could satisfy any sweet tooth. As for the savoury selection, Black Tiger offers an assortment of sandwiches (vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options are available!), and avocado toasts (of course), all served on the A Bread Affair’s scrumptious bread. Patrons can take advantage of Black Tiger’s five-dollar donut and Americano special, seasonal donut releases, house-made iced teas, and, of course, coffee in all its forms.