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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.

Image courtesy of Black Tiger Coffee

“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.”

One of the avocado toast options | Image courtesy of Black Tiger Coffee

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.

*Editor’s note to non-Canadians: In Canada, Smarties are a candy-coated chocolate candy. Those things our friends from the USA call “smarties” – we call them “Rockets.” Yes, really.

Black Tiger Coffee Co.
110-19255 Fraser Highway, Surrey
blacktigercoffee.com
Open Monday-Saturday 8am- 6pm, Sundays 9am – 5pm

By Brittany Tiplady

What comes to mind when you think of the North Shore’s Deep Cove? Hikes up Quarry Rock amongst a bustling crowd, paddleboarders gliding across the Burrard Inlet, kayaking, lush terrain, stunning mountainous views and a sweet small town-esque vibe.

Heading west from the quay to the picturesque Indian Arm is Deep Cove, and at the centre of this cozy waterfront community is the beloved and highly acclaimed Cafe Orso, a local staple with big Italian influence that serves European-inspired food sourced locally. This brainchild of owner Jonathan Hayward and his wife Lori Steeves was conceived when they were on a European vacation enjoying an apres-hike coffee and cheese board.

“We were [over] mediocracy in this affluent, high-end neighborhood of Deep Cove. And a lot of people in this area were expressing the need for a good coffee shop. So, we came up with the concept, and here we are,” said Hayward.

Photo by Jonathan Hayward

Hayward, an active Deep Cove resident and award-winning national news photographer with the Canadian Press, decided to open his own ideal spot and in May 2015, Cafe Orso was born.

Simple and warm, the cafe is adorned with subtle woodsy accents, featuring a sensational grizzly bear photo shot by Hayward himself. It’s the perfect nook for a latte on a rainy day, or a mid-summer lunch after hitting up Quarry Rock.

The menu, as promised, delivers European-inspired fare bound to please any palate, curated carefully from local vendors that do it just right. The dough for the Liege waffles is sourced from Damien’s Waffles in Steveston (after Hayward did his diligent research in Belgium), BC cheeses, bread fresh from Nelson the Seagull, coffee from 49th Parallel, curried apple coconut preserve from Vista D’Oro in Langley, beer from Deep Cove Craft, house baked croissants from Chez Christophe, and the list goes on.

Photo by Jonathan Hayward

During our interview, Hayward served me the two stars of the menu, starting with the tomato melt: Nelson the Seagull bread, melted aged cheddar, vine-ripened tomatoes, blueberry balsamic drizzle, and arugula. It was a divine marriage of simplicity and comfort.

“If you’re going to put three simple things together, put the best things on the plate that you can find,” he comments.  “It’s not rocket science. And that’s what our whole premise is, [modeling] our menu around the food you see in Europe, where food is simple but really, really good.”

Next up, is the Hayward’s personal favourite, the ploughman’s lunch: an open-faced grilled cheese sandwich served with a daily meat selection from Two Rivers, half of a perfectly sliced avocado, and a side of the aforementioned curried apple coconut preserve from Vista D’Oro (my new obsession that is also paired with the sliced avocado toast on the menu), served on a beautiful wood board, charcuterie style.

An added bonus is that Cafe Orso is fully licensed; if you opt for the more traditional charcuterie board, stop in-during happy hour and add a glass of wine for five dollars.

Quality and detail are everything to the folks behind Cafe Orso. Whether you are dining in, or stopping by for a quick coffee to go, visiting Cafe Orso is a Vancouver-must. Plus, the baristas might make a little bear in your latte art, and if that’s not reason enough to visit I don’t know what is.

Café Orso
4316 Gallant Ave
North Vancouver, BC
cafeorso.ca

By Jackie Dives 

Our first stop in New Westminster along the Central Valley Greenway on our bike ride from Vancouver was Old Crow Café for a much-needed caffeine dose, where I ordered a flat white and Dan got an americano.

Old Crow Coffee in New Westminster.
Pour-over coffee in the works.

Snacks and such also available at Old Crow Café.

You can enjoy coffee and breakfast here, watching the trains go by, or grab a croissant to-go and head to the water.

The River Market is a great place to visit, especially on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month during the summer when there are crafters and artisans selling their goods.

There are lots of places to stroll and sit along the river.

Make sure to stop by the Nuevo coffee stand and try these locally roasted, small batch beans.

The Nuevo coffee stand.

When you’re ready for lunch you can check out the variety of eats inside the market, or hit up Wild Rice. Alternatively, if you’re up for a good work out, slightly off the bike path, and up a bit of a hill, there’s a tiny spot, Wild Thyme, which has delicious Lebanese food. The aromas will lure you there. We could literally smell the food from two blocks away.

Cozy outdoor dining at Wild Thyme.
The Lebanese feast arrives…
…complete with fresh-made pita.

The food is cooked in a huge stone oven at Wild Thyme.
Back on the bicycles!

If you’re not up for the ride up the hill, and are planning on taking the easy way back to Vancouver via the New Westminster SkyTrain station, Spud Shack is the way to go for a variety of burgers and a ton of poutine options, both for omnivores and vegetarians.

A Spud Shack stop.

A New West must for refreshment is Steel & Oak. The beers are delicious, and the staff are super friendly. It’s a bright, clean, and welcoming atmosphere.

Steel & Oak is a great spot for a post-ride beer.

I encourage you to sit at the bar and ask the employees about their stories of shot-gunning Guinness. We ordered two flights, which covered all the beers they had on tap. I highly recommend trying their radler option. They mix homemade lemonade with any beer of your choice!

Flights of Steel & Oaks many beers on tap.
And they even have snacks.

The relatively flat path of the Greeway makes it a great two-way tasting tour on your bicycle, or you can take your bike back on the SkyTrain – for information on when bicycles are allowed on the Skytrain, visit the Translink website.

This is the final installment of a 3-part series. 

Part 1: Vancouver Olympic Village
Part 2: Vancouver to Burnaby

By Winnie Tam

Attention coffee and dessert lovers! There’s a unique game in town that promises to change your perceptions of what a coffee shop is like.

Faebrew opened in Richmond in August 2016. The first thing you’ll notice about Faebrew that’s different from other coffee shops is that there’s no menu. That’s because owner Vincent Wong says Faebrew exists to make customers happy, so he’s ready to make whatever they are in the mood for drinking, however weird or outlandish it may be.

To illustrate, he’s made coffees that are fruity, coffees that are highly acidic, ones that represent depression…even one with a raw egg in it. And if you don’t like what’s presented to you, you don’t get charged for it, even though Vincent says he’s yet to encounter an unhappy customer.

The name Faebrew comes from faeries, and the idea that each coffee served is magical and is a faerie’s brew. To further play off this theme, the handles of the cups used at Faebrew resemble fairy wings. Each cup is unique and locally made.

Other than having no menu, Faebrew is “drink-in” only. To Vincent, it’s important that the shop cultivates a sense of community and provides a comfortable gathering place for people to connect. Simply put, Faebrew is a bar without alcohol.

That’s also why closing time is more a suggestion only. Although the hours posted are 10 am to 11 pm daily, if a customer feels like staying, Vincent says he wouldn’t ask him or her to leave. (By the way, the latest he’s stayed is 4 am.)

The beans at Faebrew are custom roasted and come from all over the world, including Colombia, Brazil, Jamaica, Panama, Kenya, USA and Guatemala. And if coffee isn’t your thing, Faebrew also offers teas.

Desserts at Faebrew are as delightful as the beverages. You can choose from lemon tarts, tiramisu, macaroons and more. (Vincent loves getting new flavour ideas from customers and is currently considering adding black sesame and matcha macaroons to the line-up.) He sources the desserts from local renowned pastry chefs and works closely with them to come up with new creations.

The starting price for a cup of coffee is $12.50, and desserts are in the range of $10 to $15. You can also place special orders. For example, with advanced reservation, Vincent can bring in and make you the infamous kopi luwak, termed the world’s rarest coffee and made with coffee beans that have been digested by an Indonesian cat-like animal called the civet, for $40 a cup. Some people know it as the “civet cat poop” coffee.

So, if you’ve always had a unique coffee craving that can’t be met anywhere, or, if you’re simply a coffee or dessert aficionado, go and check out Faebrew. Just make sure you clear off your schedule for the day – chances are you’ll probably want to stay for a while.

Faebrew
140-4328 No. 3 Road
Richmond BC
faebrew.com
@faebrew

By Ashley Lockyer

How fresh do you like your coffee? Each morning the scent of roasting beans spills out from Creekside Coffee Factory in Coquitlam. Here, you can sip a handcrafted beverage beside the bright red roaster where your drink started its journey, from beans to a piece of latte art.

Modern hipster style meets classic cafe elegance at Creekside Coffee. Warmth radiates from the cafe’s incandescent filaments and European lamp posts.
Modern hipster style meets classic cafe elegance at Creekside Coffee. Warmth radiates from the cafe’s incandescent filaments and European lamp posts.

Owner and roaster Jay Lee had his own unique journey. It all began while he was a stockbroker in South Korea. He found himself daydreaming of owning a business while the numbers poured down the screens. When he moved with his family to Canada, Jay set off to master another market, something that interested him: coffee.

“Coffee roasting is harder than stock broking, but less stressful,” Jay says. “I was throwing away 90% of the beans I roasted at first.”
“Coffee roasting is harder than stock broking, but less stressful,” Jay says. “I was throwing away 90% of the beans I roasted at first.”

Jay was mentored by a master roaster in South Korea. He then worked in a cafe to learn the hands-on craft of drink making. Finally, he heard famous coffee roasters spill the beans on their techniques while working at a coffee company and learning how to run a roastery.

“There are endless ways you can make the beans taste better. This machine has an air damper that I can adjust by hand. It lets me play with the flavour.”
“There are endless ways you can make the beans taste better. This machine has an air damper that I can adjust by hand. It lets me play with the flavour.”

Yet, teachers don’t share all their secrets and Jay has worked ever since to master his own process. He has focused on perfecting a select few roasts since Creekside Coffee Factory opened six years ago. “It’s hard for me to be satisfied because I learned from the best,” he says.

Jay roasts beans from around the world, including organic varieties.
Jay roasts beans from around the world, including organic varieties.

This cozy cafe has become a local legend, and not just for its impressive latte art on Facebook. Their signature giant teddy stuffed bear, who often is found gazing out the windows, was abducted last summer. The video of the bear heist went viral, and was even featured on national news.

Thankfully, the bear is back to relaxing in the cafe. It was returned thanks to the story’s social media reach.
Thankfully, the bear is back to relaxing in the cafe. It was returned thanks to the story’s social media reach.

The cafe’s decor pairs coffee with comfort. Burlap coffee bags hang on the walls, exposed brick walls surround guests, and scooped chairs await for reading, writing, and caffeinated conversation.

Creekside Coffee Roastery’s ambiance nestles you into the complete coffee making experience, from bean bag to latte.
Creekside Coffee Roastery’s ambiance nestles you into the complete coffee making experience, from bean bag to latte.

“Jay’s always around, it’s nice,” said Sam, a customer. “Sometimes he plays guitar while you sit and drink coffee.”

“We have really nice staff,” Jay says. “Right now around half of the people here are regulars. In a full day, it’s about 80%.”
“We have really nice staff,” Jay says. “Right now around half of the people here are regulars. In a full day, it’s about 80%.”

Jay’s excited, and it’s not just the caffeine. Creekside Coffee Factory will open a second location in Langley next month.

For coffee connoisseurs, the cafe is open and roasting seven days a week. Stop by to taste the art of coffee roasting, brought from masters in Asia to Coquitlam.

creekside-coffee-factory_vancouver-roaster_enjoyjpg

Creekside Coffee Factory
2773 Barnet Hwy # 19
Coquitlam, British Columbia
604.554.0100

By Joyce Chua

Vancouver Foodie Tours

A stroll around Vancouver’s oldest neighbourhood will tell you just how much locals love their coffee. Artisan cafes mark every street corner ready to re-fuel shoppers, wanderers and to tide over diners before their reservations are ready. You won’t find coffee like this in every city, let alone the passionate purveyors in Gastown who live and breathe quality beans.

Here’s some places to start:

Consider Purebread. The Whistler-born bakery entices patrons with piles (literally) of fresh pastries, cakes, brownies, breads and oversized meringues. Heaven would be envious of how the little bakeshop smells. It’s one of the only places in Vancouver that you’ll find Stumptown coffee – the sweetheart success from Oregon.

In Gastown’s iconic Woodward’s Building, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters is simultaneously perfecting French-pressed single-origin coffee and freshly baked goods. With 18 locations in Vancouver, this family business knows the city inside and out. A hot coffee and a warm cookie makes for a happy traveller.

In Prado Café, Vancouver’s tech-types tend to stop in for a cup of 49th Parallel and a chewy Belgian waffle. Owner, Sammy Piccolo, is the World Latte Art Champion, four-time Canadian Barista Champion, and a partner in his family’s business – 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.

Prado Café
Prado Café

In the long glass windows of East Van Roasters, coffee beans are roasted before your eyes. Hints of chocolate linger in the air – as they’re also processing cocao to create organic fair trade truffles and chocolate bars. The 16-seater café is a social enterprise that provides training and meaningful employment to recovering women from the Downtown Eastside.

East Van Roasters
East Van Roasters

The variety of contraptions that coax the flavours out of the beans could fill a small library. In the dark and dramatic Revolver Coffee, gadgets and gizmos line the counter. The baristas are precise in their movements, happy to educate curious guests who await their order.

And these aren’t the only places in Gastown to choose from – stroll around and you’re sure to find your perfect cup at your perfect table.

Vancouver Foodie Tours runs food tasting and cultural walking tours to explore to one-of-a-kind dishes that define Vancouver’s culinary scene. Find out more at foodietours.ca.

By Alexis Baran

Coastal and multicultural are the flavours of Vancouver’s most recognized specialties. To get to know the unique bites (and sips) Vancouverites love to munch, start with these eleven favorites:

JapaDog

Vancouver’s original most-talked-about food cart serves Japanese-inspired hotdogs. Bask in the salty, sweet, and spicy tastes of seaweed flakes, teriyaki sauce, miso, wasabi and kimchi. There are multiple locations in downtown Vancouver, including an indoor location at 530 Robson.

Japadog | Photo: are you gonna eat that | Flickr
Japadog | Photo: are you gonna eat that | Flickr

B.C. Rolls

British Columbia’s signature sushi roll is done in many ways, but the one consistent ingredient is grilled savoury and chewy salmon skin. Get them at just about any sushi joint in Vancouver.

B.C. Rolls | Photo: Leila Kwok
B.C. Rolls | Photo: Leila Kwok

Coffee

Busy Vancouverites are often particular about their favorite liquid pick-me-up, and love their pour-overs and flavoured espresso drinks. Some local chains to try are Milano Coffee, 49th Parallel, and JJ Bean. But don’t forget the many cozy independent shops to be found who take their coffee very seriously. Try soy or almond milk to replace traditional milk and cream at almost any place you find – dairy-free options are standard here!

Coffee | Photo: protographer23 | Flickr
Coffee | Photo: protographer23 | Flickr

Salmon Candy

B.C. smoked salmon glazed with maple syrup or local honey is smokey, salty, sweet, and impossible to stop eating once you’ve started. If you want to save some as a gift for family back home, make sure you get a little extra for yourself – more than you thought you needed even, It is seriously addictive! You can find it at Granville Island Public Market and Fish Counter on Main Street.

Salmon Candy | Photo: Carol M Chan
Salmon Candy | Photo: Carol M Chan

Spot Prawns

These beautiful pink creatures are large, sweet shrimp fished in the waters surrounding Vancouver in the month of May. Most fine restaurants in Vancouver serve fresh prawns when available, such as Yew at the Four Seasons Hotel, and the annual Spot Prawn Festival is held every year on Granville Island.

Spot Prawns | Photo: West Restauraunt
Spot Prawns | Photo: West Restauraunt

West Coast Oysters

West coast oysters are a taste of the freshness of the ocean itself. Kumamoto, Kusshi, and Fanny Bay are some of our local varieties, and oyster houses will have a variety to try, along with knowledgeable servers who can recommend a type for every taste. Joe Fortes Seafood & Chop House, Boulevard Kitchen and Oyster Bar, and Merchants Oyster Bar are excellent places to start.

Oysters | Photo: Joe Fortes
Oysters | Photo: Joe Fortes

Dungeness Crab

Large meaty crabs are harvested along the west coast, and trapping them yourself for dinner is a local pastime, but you don’t need to get in the water to enjoy them in many local restaurants. Some great places to try Dungeness Crab are Blue Water Café & Raw Bar or Hawksworth.

Indigenous Cuisine

Salmon, fiddleheads, elk, and other native west coast foods make for a warm and hearty meal. Indigenous foods are proof that the land was rich with delicious ingredients and diverse flavours long before we called it “Vancouver.” One place to try it is Salmon n’Bannock Bistro.

First Nations Cuisine | Photo: Degan Walters
First Nations Cuisine | Photo: Degan Walters

Chinese Cuisine and Dim Sum

Richmond, where the native Chinese languages-speaking population is over 40%, is considered to have some of the best Chinese food outside of China. In Vancouver, you can get a taste in Chinatown. Places such as Floata Seafood Restaurant serve excellent dim sum as well as a variety of traditional and modern dishes.

Chinese Cuisine and Dim Sum | Photo: Tourism Richmond
Chinese Cuisine and Dim Sum | Photo: Tourism Richmond

Japanese Ramen and Izakaya

There are few things cozier than tucking into a steaming bowl of ramen, or gathering with friends and sharing hot sake and a table full of various izakaya dishes. Izakaya is a tradition originating from sake shops in the Edo period (1603-1867) where customers could sit down for drinks and bites. Today in Vancouver, izakaya is a range of diverse Japanese bites with a flourish of Japanese spirit -infused beverages. You can find it all over Vancouver, but particularly in the West End neighbourhood, at places such as Kingyo on Denman.

Izakaya | Photo: Kingyo on Denman
Izakaya | Photo: Kingyo on Denman

Famous Cuisine: Vij’s Curry and Tojo’s Sushi

Vikram Vij and Hidekazu Tojo are two of Vancouver’s most iconic chefs, lauded by everyone from Anthony Bourdain to Martha Stewart. Vikram Vij has restaurants in Vancouver and Surrey. Tojo’s is located in West Broadway in Vancouver.

Tojo’s | Photo: Leila Kwok
Tojo’s | Photo: Leila Kwok

By Kathy Mak

Coffee, served hot or cold, is arguably the world’s most popular beverage. In the ranking of best coffee cities in the world, Vancouver has become one of the undisputed top ten leaders. The obsession with coffee, particularly independent coffee shops/roasters, is a big part of what defines the city’s foodie culture, as much as craft breweries, food trucks, farmers markets, boutique eateries, etc. And, the love affair with java extends throughout the Fraser Valley. To truly appreciate the local coffee scene, grab your travel mug and follow this itinerary to sip on some of the best coffee, and special accompaniments, at a batch of unique micro-roasters in Greater Vancouver.

As the saying goes, “life is too short to drink bad coffee.”  If you crave unique coffee flavours that are ethically sourced, then you may be part of a growing trend of coffee connoisseurs that support indie-owned coffee shops focused on craft brewing the finest organic, single origin and fair trade beans. But, not all shops roast their own coffee nor do all coffee roasters have a shop. From an abundance of excellent coffee shops in Vancouver and the Valley, here’s a small round-up of out-of-the-ordinary artisan coffee roasting houses/cafes steeped in local appeal that you can visit in North Vancouver, Fort Langley, White Rock, Richmond and Vancouver.

The road trip for your coffee tasting day begins early in North Vancouver at Moja Coffee (1412 Rupert Street). Doug and Andrew started Moja Coffee in 2003 and have stayed true to supporting single origin coffee from around the world, with the majority being organic. Their roasting operation sits behind their café. Be sure to indulge in a Thomas Haas chocolate croissant with your first caffeine pick-me-up of the day.

Point your coffee mug east, driving on the Trans-Canada highway #1 to Fort Langley, a charming village and home to the popular Fort Langley National Historic Site. Just off the main street in Gasoline Alley, you’ll discover Republica Coffee Roasters (9203 Glover Road). The owners’ (Hiro and Ricardo) mantra is to provide the freshest roast and any unsold coffee 72 hours after roasting is donated to the community. Although they focus on organic single estate coffees, their unique blends are only served at the coffee shop. And, while you’re there, perk up your coffee with a healthier shot of organic blue agave syrup in ten flavour options.

Continue your drive, crossing through Langley along highway 10 to Surrey. Arrive at the eye catching, landmark tepee of Holy Smoke Coffee (3418 King George Highway) before 11 am (closing time, M-F). For thirteen years, Al has been serving coffee with a smile at this extraordinary coffee drive-thru. He is dedicated to everything organic, from coffee beans (from Mexico and Guatemala), sugar, and milk to baked goods, which are sourced from Michael’s Artisan Bakery in South Surrey/White Rock. Don’t miss your chance to get a free 2-minute therapy session which is included with every $2 cup of joe! In the spirit of keeping things small, Al home roasts his organic beans on site in an adapted BBQ! And, if you’re lucky to be around on Saturday in the spring/summer, traditional Berliner Currywurst is cooked up for customers. With your coffee to go, take time to stroll along White Rock’s oceanfront promenade.

Turn north along highway 99 to Richmond and pop by Viva Java Roasting House (2900 Smith Street), a small one-man coffee operation. The owner champions organic coffee that he roasts daily on-site to offer about fourteen single origin coffees and three house blends. While this may not be a coffee shop to hang out, the coffee is well worth the visit along with the chance to meet the owner, Arti, for his larger-than-life personality.

Carry on highway 99 towards Vancouver’s city centre. In Gastown, drop by East Van Roasters (319 Carrall Street), the city’s only artisan bean-to-bar chocolate maker and coffee roaster. Owned and operated by the PHS Community Services Society, East Van Roasters provide training and employment to women recovering from homelessness and addiction. Organic single origin, fair trade cacao and coffee beans are all roasted on site. Along with espresso beverages, you can spoil yourself with hand-crafted chocolate drinks, truffles and bars.

Photo: Trees Organic Coffee
Photo: Trees Organic Coffee

Complete your coffee touring day at Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House (450 Granville Street) in the heart of Downtown Vancouver. For over 20 years, Trees Organic has been sourcing and serving only 100% organic, single origin, naturally shade grown coffee bought at fair trade terms. Their coffee is fresh roasted daily, in small batches, on premise at their flagship Granville Street location. The owner, Doron, takes great pride in maintaining the distinct aromatic and flavour qualities of single origin coffee beans; therefore, coffee blends are not available. And because man does not live on coffee alone, pair your coffee with one of their popular cheesecakes, voted the best in Vancouver! If you’re on location for Thursday or Friday nights, then stick around for their free live music events.

With so many more coffee shops and roasters in and around Vancouver, as a welcome contrast to large coffee chains, there’s no shortage of good coffee options and you’ll soon discover that all roads lead to great coffee!