Signature Coffee Drink Challenge 2017 Winners

The Vancouver Foodster Signature Coffee Drink Challenge was a great success featuring unique coffee creations at cafes around Vancouver, Richmond and North Vancouver. Each cafe featured their creation on their menu from January 12 – February 5, 2017 and their customers voted for their favourites throughout the challenge.

Our media judging panel determined the ultimate winners of the challenge, and this was quite the task as each judge who tasted each creation with a rigorous process based on taste, originality/uniqueness and presentation/appearance.

Our Media judges for this challenge were: Alyssa Dawson, Nick Ng and Zahra Alani.

The Winners are:

1st Place:

Cafe Orso

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

Luca (centre) and the team

2nd Place (tie):

Faebrew

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

Vincent Wong

2nd Place (tie):

Platform 7 Coffee

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

Barista Drew Powell (r) and Owner Marke McNichol (l)

 

3rd Place (tie):

Aer Cafe

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

Pui Lee (owner)

3rd Place (tie):

Milano Coffee

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

The Barista team Declan, Kelly, Areong

In the People’s Choice Awards category, the public who tried the Coffee creations were the ones who had the opportunity to cast their vote throughout the challenge.

The Winners are:

1st Place People’s Choice:

Aer Cafe

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

 

2nd Place People’s Choice:

Milano Coffee

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

 

3rd Place People’s Choice:

Milano Coffee

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

Thank you to the baristas and cafes that accepted my invitation and featured the coffee creations on the menu for the past few weeks during this challenge.

I encourage you to visit the winning cafes to try their Coffee creations! See all the Coffee Challenge entries here.

By: Richard Wolak