Vancouver Signature Coffee Drink Challenge

Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Signature Coffee Drink Challenge. I have invited cafes from all over the city to enter their respective signature coffee drink creation into this challenge. Each café will be featuring their Signature Coffee creation on their menu from January 12 – February 5, 2017.

How Does this all Work? For the public challenge, you are invited to go out and order any or all of the coffee drink creations in this challenge, then you decide who you think has the best creation for the People’s Choice award winners. 

Share your experiences: Tweet (and don’t forget to tweet or instagram your photos) throughout the challenge, our twitter and instagram address is @vanfoodster and the hashtag is #CoffeeDrinkChallengeYVR please include this hashtag in all your tweets during the challenge.

Voting criteria –  some things to help you judge your favourite coffee creations – keep these things in mind: originality, creativity, uniqueness, traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste.

Get some friends together and make a day or night of it, visit 2 places or more to taste the different coffee creations or go solo or with a friend– just remember to VOTE for your favourites

Here are the 10 Coffee creations in this challenge, listed in no particular order other than when they were received by us.

The Drive Coffee Bar

Vancouver Warmer Upper

Vancouver Warmer Upper

Description: The perfect drink for cold winter months. The Warmer Upper is the perfect balance of sweet, tangy, and nutty.

Price: $9.00

Ingredients list: 12 oz cafe latte with Kahlua, Bailey’s, Frangelico, and Gran Marnier. Topped with house-made whipped cream and cinnamon.

Created by:

Offered: Every day after 9AM, must be 19+ to order.

The Drive Coffee Bar

1670 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: https://thedrivecoffee.com/

Twitter: @TheDriveCoffee

Instagram: @thedrivecoffeebar

 

Aer Cafe

Salted Dulce de Leche Latte

Salted Dulce de Leche Latte

It is a dulce de leche on the bottom, topped with steamed milk. Espresso shot is then poured over top with a sprinkle of shaved chocolate and maldon salt.

Price: $4.00

Offered: all day, everyday

Aer Cafe

2263 E. Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://aercafe.com/

Twitter: @AerCafe

Instagram: @aercafe

 

Cafe Orso

Orso Macchiato

Orso Macchiato

Price: $6.00

Description: We are a European inspired cafe and so we wanted to do a twist on a traditional drink keeping it simple and pure but with our Cafe Orso touch. In most of Italy and most of Europe a little sweet is normally served along side  your espresso macchiato so  we wanted to celebrate a well pulled espresso shot put into a simple drink paired with one of our famous liege waffles. But rather than just a waffle we wanted to triple the sweet treat by creating 3 tiny dolce de leche dipped bites that would work well with the taste of our 49th Parallel espresso shot.   Combining the flavours of the 49th parallel old school espresso and a creative version of our liege waffles we think this drink is a delight to any coffee lover.

Created by: our talented Baristas and kitchen staff, Luca, Mike, Danielle and Mia.

Offered: daily, all the time.

Cafe Orso

4316 Gallant Ave, North Vancouver

Web: http://cafeorso.ca/

Twitter: @CafeOrsoDeepCov

Instagram: @cafe_orso

 

Beyond Coffee

Nanaimocha

Nanaimocha

Price: $4.00

Description: We were inspired by the Nanaimo bars and created a sweet, chocolate and coconut flavored drink. We serve it with whipped cream, toasted coconut flakes and cocoa powder.

Created by: Matej, our new barista, with help of 2 other people (Zey and Megan).

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Beyond Coffee

1015 Burrard Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.century-plaza.com/beyond-coffee/

Twitter @dine_at_beyond

Instagram: @beyond_coffee_vancouver

 

Milano Coffee

Canadiana

Canadiana

Price: $4.00

Description: A twist on a Milano favorite, the stovetop.

Created by: Declan Carroll

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Milano Coffee

156 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter: @MilanoRoasters

Instagram: @milanoroasters

 

Milano Coffee

Winter Zest

Winter Zest

Price: $4.00

Description: A seasonal orange peel infused milk chocolate latte

Created by: Taketo Mizue

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Milano Coffee

36 Powell Street, Vancouver

Web: http://www.milanocoffee.ca/

Twitter: @MilanoRoasters

Instagram: @milanoroasters

 

Turks Coffee Lounge

Raspberry Trifle

Raspberry Trifle

Price: $4.00

Description: creamy raspberry and toasted hazelnut

Created by: Rhiannon Jones

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Turks Coffee Lounge

1276 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Web: http://turkscoffeebar.com/

Twitter: @turkscoffee

Instagram: @turkscoffeelounge

 

Platform 7 Coffee

The Perumisu

The Perumisu

Price: $6.00

Description: Like the heights of a great mountain, this dessert tower is stacked with sponge cake, nestled with juicy blackberry, vanilla custard, and a crown of whip cream.  Our take on the Italian classic, the mighty Perumisu blends our two staples, coffee and dessert, in perfect harmony.  Made with Stumptown’s glorious single origin Peruvian Churupampa, with notes of blackberry, clove and chocolate for a rich, sinfully delightful flavour.

Created by: Jarrod Nowell

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Platform 7 Coffee

2331 East Hastings Street, Vancouver

Web: http://platform7coffee.ca/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Instagram: @platform7coffee

 

Platform 7 Coffee

African Sunset

African Sunset

Price: $5.00

Well aren’t you a spicy little exotic concoction? Made with the rare and exotic Grains of Paradise, a spice out of Africa, our barista Drew scoured the city to bring it here.  The spice is crushed and blended with a bit of water, adding a smoky flavour.  Our base is Stumptown’s East African single origin Ethiopia Nano Challo brewed on the AeroPress.  Shaken over ice and served with an orange twist.  Let it take you to a place far, far away – where the sun always shines.

Created by: Drew Powell

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Platform 7 Coffee

2300 West Broadway, Vancouver

Web: http://platform7coffee.ca/

Twitter: @Platform7Coffee

Instagram: @platform7coffee

 

Faebrew

Nutty French Toast

Nutty French Toast

Price: $17.50

Description: Sweet and creamy reminder of warmth!

Created by: Vincent Wong

Offered: Daily, all the time.

Faebrew

140-4328 No.3 Road, Richmond

Web: https://faebrew.com/

Twitter: @faebrew

Instagram: @faebrew

Make sure you pick up one of the Coffee Challenge postcards available at each of the participating cafes. Remember to Vote for your favourites daily, all the voting details are at

Coffee Drink Challenge

 Our Media judges for this challenge are:
Alyssa Dawson
Lifestyle host and producer. Host at Novus TV, blogger.
Twitter: @AlyssaCDawson
Instagram:  @alyssacdawson
 
Nick Ng
Instagrammer/Influencer/Blogger and Photographer
Twitter: 
Instagram: @_phaneron 
 
Zahra Alani
Radio & Television personality.
Twitter: @ZahraAlani
Instagram: @zahra1alani