Welcome to the 2nd annual Vancouver Foodster Barista Signature Beverage Challenge. I have invited cafes from all over the city to enter up to two of their baristas and their respective signature beverage creation into this challenge, their baristas had to create a new beverage just for this challenge. Each café will be featuring their Signature Beverage creation on their menu from September 8-30, 2014.
How Does this all Work? Well, this is a public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the signature Beverage creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best Beverage creation.
Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet, facebook or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter address is @Vanfoodster and the hashtag is #BaristaChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the promotion.
Voting criteria – some things to help you judge your favourite beverage – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.
My Favourites — if you have picked up one of the challenge postcards from the participating cafes, flip it over to the backside and keep a record of your favourite baristas and their beverage creations.
> > > > WATCH Global TV Saturday Noon News Barista Challenge with host Leigh Kjekstad along with Richard Wolak (aka Vanfoodster)
Here are the 6 Baristas and their Signature Beverage creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.
Barista: Erika Driver
Stir Coffee House
Signature Beverage Creation: Tasting Flight
Erika Driver is a barista and student from Ladner, BC. Her interest in coffee began through her father who brought Erika to countless cafes during his search for the perfect latte. At home, he made espresso for Erika and her brothers. He taught them how to brew using a French press. As children, Erika and her brothers would fight to be the one to press the filter after a four minute steep. Erika is now a barista at Stir Coffee House where her passion for coffee blossomed. She’s obsessed with trying different beans from different origins, and of different roasts, trying every brewing technique she has at her fingertips. She is intrigued with the way one kind of bean can transform through different styles of brewing. In her spare time she searches for her favourite coffee from different cafes in the lower mainland. Today, she enjoys espresso, drip, and cappuccinos.
Featuring: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters‘ Ethiopian Suke Quto Organic Single Origin Espresso
Because Erika enjoys transforming one type of coffee bean through different brewing techniques, she has prepared a delicious tasting flight of three beverages. These drinks range from 1-5oz, and include an espresso, pour over, and Gibraltar, using the same beans for each.
Espresso (1 oz): a single espresso shot of Suke Quto.
Iced Pour Over (5 oz): Suke Quto brewed manually, served over ice.
Gibraltar or ‘Cortado’ (5 oz): a single espresso shot of Suke Quto cut with a bit of steamed whole milk.
Stir Coffee House
101-5085 48th Avenue, Delta
Tel: (604) 940-8005
Hours: Mon to Fri – 7am to 6pm, Sat – 8am to 6pm, Sun – 8am to 5pm
Barista: Daniel Wong
Signature Beverage Creation: Silky Sarong
Price: $3.85 + tax
On twitter @cracklecreme
Owner and operator of Crackle Creme, Daniel opened his shop in June 2014, the first of its kind in Vancouver offering all different types of artisan, small-batch creme brulees. Previously employed in the automotive industry as a refinisher, Daniel loves seeing the end creative result of experimenting, mixing different things that end up going well together. Seeing the ability for his creative passion to be adapted to other things, the concept of applying it to creme brulee was one that was very interesting to him. Having never worked in the restaurant industry prior to his current venture, every day presents something new to learn for Daniel. From the experience of interacting with people to creating new flavours of creme brulee, every day is a new day.
Featuring Caffe d’Arte espresso, callebaut white chocolate, Lemongrass, Lime leaves, Dried lemongrass powder and topped with saffron powder.
245 Union Street, Vancouver
Hours: Closed Monday & Tuesday, open Wednesday – Sunday from 11:30 am until 10pm.
Barista: Tony Lovse
Main Street Honey Shoppe
Signature Beverage Creation: Honey Breve Stinger
Price: $5.00 including tax
Tony is the Chief Honey Officer at the Main Street Honey Shoppe and has been involved in all aspects of producing and researching the health benefits of honey and other healthy honeybee products. As an unlikely Barista, Tony did not even like coffee growing up. It was while travelling through Italy in his University days that he tried his first Latte, which resulted in him becoming a lover of fine coffee.
Tony’s passion is to spread the word about the health benefits of honey and other honeybee products, and to provide a large selection of specialty honeys and other quality honeybee products, both local and from around the world. Besides honey tasting at the Honey Shoppe, honey is used in fresh baked goods, fruit smoothies with pollen, organic loose leaf tea, and of course great espresso drinks.
Guess what a Honey Shoppe might include in a Signature Drink. Honey!
Honey Breve Stinger
We have applied our specialty honey knowledge (with a little help from our specialty coffee friends) to make a simply fantastic “Honey Breve Stinger”. Our latte art leaves a little to be desired, but the right combination of high quality ingredients results in a simple, but delicious comfort drink for those cool autumn days. Buckwheat honey blends beautifully with espresso and adds a rich, full bodied flavour with a subtle sweetness. Enjoy!
Main Street Honey Shoppe
4125 Main Street
Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 6pm
Barista: Ron LaQuaglia
Glenburn Soda Fountain
Signature Beverage Creation: Lemon Ginger Dream ice cream soda
Ron LaQuaglia is head Soda Jerk at Glenburn Soda Fountain. Originally from Massachusetts, Ron spend his childhood summers at the baseball diamond where he played and coached little league. A return to simpler times like those summers of his youth was the inspiration for the creation of Glenburn.
Ron enjoys experimenting with handmixed sodas, phosphates and lactarts using the shoppe’s 1931 Walrus Soda Fountain and mixing up malts and milkshakes on one of Glenburn’s two vintage Hamilton Beach mixers.
Lemon Ginger Dream ice cream soda
It is an old-fashioned ice cream soda made with lemon and ginger syrups, soda water, lemon sorbet from Rocky Pt Ice Cream and Birchwood Dairy Vanilla ice cream.
Glenburn Soda Fountain
4090 Hastings St, Burnaby
Tel: (604) 500-4548
Hours: Closed Monday, Tuesday – Friday 2pm – 10pm, Saturday 1pm-10pm, Sunday 2pm-8pm
Momento Coffee House
Signature Beverage Creation: Vanilla Explosion Gelato
Vanilla Explosion Gelato
Vanilla explosion gelato, 2 shots of espresso, 1/4 teaspoon of maple syrup in the cup before espresso shot, 1 scoop gelato, garnish with smoked bacon crisps and covered with maple syrup a pinch of sicilia course sea salt.
Momento Coffee House
577 Great Northern Way, Vancouver
Hours: 7am -5pm Mon-Fri
Barista: Kay Cheng
Signature Beverage Creation: Honey Lavendar infused Matcha latte
A tea and hockey fanatic, Kay is always striving to brew the perfect cup of tea for our customers at Shaktea. Always one to innovate, the Honey Lavender Matcha Latte is her way of fusing the soothing nature of lavender with the matcha boost we all love at the store.
Honey Lavendar infused Matcha latte
The classic matcha latte with a subtly sweet and floral twist. We’ve combined organic lavender and honey with traditional stone ground matcha to give your day a flavorful kick!
3702 Main Street
Tel: (604) 873-5151
Hours: Mon – Sat 12-10pm, Sundays 11am-6:30pm
Make sure you pick up one of the Barista Challenge postcards available at each of the participating cafes and keep a record of your favourite Signature Beverage creations. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at http://vancouverfoodster.com/barista-challenge/
Our Media judges for this challenge are:
Travel Writer & editor for magazines, cruise website, broadcast personality
Food Blogger for his own http://www.foodgays.com/
Food Blogger for her own http://vanfoodies.com/
Thank you to Andrew Freeburn and Danny Bresciani at ECM for their support and assistance with this challenge.