Category: Coffee and Tea

Coffee Cupping at 1914 Coffee in Squamish

I recently took part in a Coffee cupping (coffee tasting) with Mike Chapman who owns this café in the heart of Squamish. He was a rock climber before he took an interest in coffee of which is an expert in…

Milano Coffee Inspired Dinner

Chef Nik Lim recently presented a wonderful longtable dinner at Milano Coffee Roasters where he featured one of the Milano Coffees in each of 5 courses at the dinner. A canapes reception started off the evening where guests had a…

First Taste of Honolulu Coffee

With over 38 locations extending from Hawaii to Japan, Guam and China, Honolulu Coffee has just opened their first North American café in downtown Vancouver. As I understand several more locations will open in and around Vancouver over the next…

Milano Aromatics Master Class

Six-time gold-medal-winning espresso master Brian Turko Shares secrets in the Milano Master Class Series. I had an opportunity to partake in a preview of his Aroma class recently with Brian who is one of the most passionate people I know…

Favourite Local Coffee Roasters

Vancouver is bursting at the seems with perfectionists and passionate people, some of which have been part of the scene for years and others who have started within the past year. These are some of my favourite local coffee roasters…

Tea Gastronomy Experience during Dine Out 2015

I had an opportunity to preview the 8-Course Tasting & Pairing Menu at The Urban Tea Merchant a few days ago. Known for their vast collection of TWG Tea along with their food pairings, this event mixes both into an…

First Taste of Elysian Coffee in Mount Pleasant

I toured the new Elysian Coffee that opened in Mount Pleasant on the southwest corner of Ontario and 7th, this impressive café and roastery took 15 months to build. They have their own roastery on site with a 1950 cast…

A Taste of the Holiday Season at Urban Tea Merchant

I had taste of the Christmas season at Urban Tea Merchant recently where they launched their new TWG teas for the holiday season. I tasted some tea inspired canapes as well as some of the teas from this line-up of…

A.G.R.O. Roasters

I have been a fan of their coffee for quite some time ever since frequenting their Yaletown café. Blake Hanacek founded the roastery in October 2006 first establishing the Yaletown café, eventually he grew his company with a café on…

Sakura Japanese Tea Ceremony at O5

  To celebrate spring and the coming out of all the cherry blossoms around the city, O5 Rare Tea held a unique tea ceremony featuring their special Sakura Tea (made of cherry blossoms).   This was a tea ceremony after…

Blending for Gold at Milano Coffee Roasters

Milano Coffee Roasters have been have won three Gold medals awarded by the International Institute of Coffee Tasters in Italy. I had the pleasure to attend a media tasting recently where owners Brian and Linda Turko talked about each of…

Oollo Tea

Discovering rare tea can often be daunting unless of course you had been introduced to a tea company by someone who is passionate about the tea he sells in his café. I recently heard Jenny Lo, the founder of this…

Milano Coffee Roasters

Over the years I have tasted the evolving espresso roasts that Vancouver based Milano Coffee Roasters has had on the bar in their own cafes as well as ones that they supply. I visited with owners Brian and Linda Turko…

WE Coffee Inc

I have visited the WE Coffee café ever since they opened, their Owner and Barista was the winner of my Best Barista Award this past year, he is truly passionate for his craft. William Chu says the secret to making…

Doi Chaang Coffee Company

Doi Chaang is a coffee company that is headquartered in Vancouver, though the coffee company is set in a small village located within the Northern Thailand region of the Golden Triangle. It all began when the hill tribe families of…

Rocanini Coffee Roasters

I have always loved coffee, well since my teens for sure, I got my writing start by writing my first book “Vancouver’s Best Espresso Spots” many years ago. As I travel and explore neighborhoods around Vancouver, I always seek out…

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