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Coffee Houses – Vancouver

Mar 2015

Despite the fact that downtown Vancouver is plagued with an absurd amount of coffee shop chains, there are a number of quality independently owned and run coffee houses too. Coffee houses that not only care about how they source their coffee beans but also how they brew it, making sure each pour of espresso is consistently smooth and delicious in taste.

A daily dose of caffeine is just as essential to many local Vancouverites as it is to those who visit the city from afar. Indeed, one of the first questions visiting friends ask is “where can I find good coffee.” As such I thought I would go ahead and compile a handy list of Vancouver’s top coffee houses.

Revolver (Gastown)

Located in the heart of Gastown, Revolver offers its patrons a rotating menu of their favourite coffees from world-class roasters around North America. With a team of passionate baristas, expect superbly made espresso, drip, and filtered coffee drinks. Revolver is the perfect spot to grab a coffee to-go, to purchase a bag of beans, or to sit in and enjoy a hot drink in the cafe’s small but funky surrounds.

49th Parallel (Main Street)

A thriving cafe and roasting business, 49th Parallel runs two shop fronts in Vancouver, offering a drink menu with a variety of South and Central American blends, which boast a range of tastes and textures. Hand picked quality beans, custom roasting, and dedicated baristas ensure a fantastic cup of coffee each and every pour. 49th Parallel also supplies a number of cafes around town.

Timbertrain (Gastown)

The team at Timbertrain are committed to the fundamentals and the science of brewing perfection into each cup of coffee they serve. With an overriding dedication to taste and flavour, baristas who take pride in what they do, carefully roasted beans, mastered brewing methods, and an inviting space, Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is a must try for any coffee lover.

Musette Caffe (Downtown)

Musette Caffe serves a range of carefully crafted espresso drinks and a selection of light snacks. Using coffee beans from Vancouver’s own 49th Parallel roasting company, talented baristas pour a fantastic cup of coffee. Drinks include milky lattes, frothy cappuccinos, and more. (NOTE: Slated to reopen December 2016)

Cafe Medina (Downtown)

Perhaps best known for their delicious food offerings, Cafe Medina also serves a great cup of coffee. From expertly poured cappuccinos to lavender lattes, Cafe Medina offers its patrons a range of caffeinated beverages. If you’re in a hurry be sure to get a coffee to-go as a wait for a table during rush hour can be rather lengthy. Yes, their food and drinks are that good!

East Van Roasters (Gastown)

Located on Carrall Street, East Van Roasters is a tiny yet inviting cafe devoted to making great coffee, as well as wickedly good artisan chocolate (made-on-site). Coffee connoisseurs can pick between a range of caffeinated delights made from organic fair trade beans, while non-coffee drinkers can indulge in the cafe’s delicious signature drinking chocolate.

Small Victory (Yaletown)

Using Canadian roasters Phil and Sebastian and Bows and Arrows‘ beans Small Victory offers a variety of espresso-based drinks. Pouring cappuccinos and drip coffee, Small Victory’s well trained baristas have got you covered. Drop in to Small Victory and grab a take away espresso or if time is not a factor sit-in and enjoy a relaxed cup of coffee and a fresh baked good or two.

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Posted by Jess Fleming

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