V.v: The Best Coffee Shops in Vancouver

Looking for a new place to get your daily injection of caffeine? Vv Magazine’s Helen Siwak rounds up the top coffee shops across Vancouver. Did your favourite make the cut? 

If Vancouver had an official aroma, it would be coffee! The proliferation of coffee shops throughout the city may have hit maximum saturation – although many would disagree – so let us help you narrow down the shops that offer not only an amazing cuppa but have other unique features that will make your morning coffee extra special or that late night waker-upper well worth the walk.

Revolver
325 Cambie St.
With a motto like ‘We’re going to make you the best cup of coffee we can. Because you’re the best.’, Revolver has a unique approach to coffee brewing, not only with their shapely carafes but also an extensive selection of brewing equipment. Plus the front window is huge and great for catching the characters on the street.

Matchstick Coffee Roasters
Multiple Locations
A coffee roasting company where co-founder Spencer trains as an amateur boxer and Annie creates charcuterie boards, is open-minded to being more than it should be and that is evident in the quality of their brews, the bread, and desserts. OMG – the bread and those giant buns!

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe
2150 Fir St
Beaucoup’s commitment to quality is never compromised and is evident in the 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters espresso and Bellocq tea they skillfully prepare and serve, alongside the French-inspired pastries, tarts, and rich viennoiserie. The bakery’s atmosphere is light and although French, the pretentious attitude is lacking.

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Beaucoup Bakery (Image: Instagram/@beaucoupbakery)

Timbertrain
311 W Cordova St
Started by founders obsessed with trains, this coffee roaster is committed to the science of brewing perfection and refer to themselves as having a ‘slow bar’. With beans starting in Ethiopia, Guatemala, and Nicaragua, Timbertrain is dedicated to coffee, pure and exact.

Caffè Artigiano
Multiple locations 
To immerse yourself in a tiny corner of Europe with your coffee, take a stroll to Artigiano. While the flavours and side offerings are similar at each location, the familiarity is comforting and the baristas are totally skilled in creating all those cool latte images.

Buro Coffee
356 Water St
If you are curious about the name, it originates from the French word ‘bureau’, which is a work table, a personal or professional desk. Buro is a dedicated espresso bar so don’t go in expecting all kinds of fanciness or deviations. Not happening.

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Buro Coffee (Image: Instagram/@buro_coffee)

Milano Coffee Roasters
With a west coast heart and Italian soul, Milano has the reputation for being the tops with 30 years of roasting. You can always tell when you are getting close to their cafe off West Broadway, because the air changes and becomes saturated with an irresistible aroma that draws you into their beautiful cafe.

Prado Cafe
Multiple Locations
Prado serves 49th Parallel coffee and really wants you to come in and relax, work on your laptop and use their space as an extension of your home or workplace. Prado Cafe is always packed to the rafters and offers sandwiches and desserts (deconstructed cookie anyone?) that are handmade and so scrumptious.

Nelson the Seagull
315 Carrall St
The location of the outside tables will provide an element of danger to your day but it is well worth it to enjoy a strong delicious cuppa with the Glitter Jesus, devour the best bread in the city, and indulge in the organic chocolate, which is also divine.

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Nelson the Seagull (Image: Instagram/@nelsontheseagull)

Whether your choice is light or dark roast, slow brewed or a shot (or two), coffee will always be a very personal choice for everyone. Find the establishment that makes your experience glorious and you will never stray.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)

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V.v: Vancouver Breweries to Watch For this Spring

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One of the best excuses we’ve heard to enjoy craft brewed beverages from local breweries is that they are healthier for you! More nutrients and antioxidants, a great source of (ahem) fibre, and some other stuff that helps with keeping your bones healthy. So don’t delay, grab your growler today! These new Vancouver breweries are making up the good stuff in your neighbourhood.

Local Breweries in the lower mainland

Foamers’ Folly Brewing Co.

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Image: Foamers’ Folly Brewing Pub from @FoamersFolly

Pitt Meadows first craft brewery with 20 years of collective brewing experience. Do not confuse their brew crew with the ‘other’ foamers who are obsessed with trains, this group is obsessed with maximizing their space and talents. The brewhouse is built up to the rafters with three equal brewers instead of the traditional one.

The Parkside Brewery

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Image: Parkside Brewery from @parksidebrewery

The two faces of this brewery are no strangers to the brewing game. Vern Lambourne, former Granville Island Brewing mastermind, and Sam Payne, former sales manager for Red Truck Brewing, are parking their new brewery along a foamy strip in Port Moody. New neighbours will include Twin Sails, Moody Ales and Yellow Dog Brewing.

Andina Brewing Co.

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Image: Andina Brewing Co. from @andinabrewingco

Two Columbian brothers, Andrés and Nicolás Amaya have lived in Vancouver for over 18 years and are brewing a blending of South American and Canadian flavours. Mix that with a passion of music, culture, family and friends and this brewery promises to be a comfortable place to hang your hat.

Faculty Brewing Co.

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Image: Faculty Brewing Co. by @facultybrewing

The fine husband and wife team of Mauricio Lozano and Alicia Medina aim to have 20 well executed recipes that will rolled out four at a time, on a weekly schedule, in their 33 seat tasting room – which will offer growler fills and keg sales.

Field House Brewing Co. – OPEN

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Image: Field House Brewing by @fieldhousebrewing

This stylish tasting room is over 3,000 square feet and contains a licensed picnic area, branded merchandise, selection of growlers, art gallery and all the shuffleboard one can partake in on one night. Using a Kickstarter campaign to get things rolling, this business opened in early 2016 and the good citizens of Abbotsford have Josh Vanderheide to thank.

Trading Post Brewing – OPEN

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Image: Trading Post Brewing from @tradingpostbrewing

Having opened one day before Valentine’s Day, the Trading Post has already tapped into the local heartbeat of Langley. Their pledge to embrace the community, engage the customers and brew great beer has made this brewery a warm gathering place to eat, drink and be merry.

Sunday Cider

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Image: Sunday Cider from @sundaycider

Vancouver’s first cidery was developed on Sunday’s using the naturally delicious Similkameen and Okanagan valley grown apples. Already on tap at a few choice locations around the city, the owners plan to be serving cider growlers direct from their East Van cider house very soon.

Part of the fun of trying new craft beers is that they are all different. Don’t get stuck in a fermented rut, get out and support your local brewery’s and collecting growlers is way cooler than having a row of empty beer bottles ringing the Rec Room.

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published on ViewTheVibe)

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