Posts Tagged ‘Cafe’

TWO DAUGHTERS BAKERY

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121 E 1st Sreet (rear), North Vancouver

Web: http://twodaughtersbakeshop.com/

Twitter: @TwoDBakeshop

Advice: Closed Sunday and Monday

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Coconut Mini Donut and  Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie

Coconut Mini Donut and Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie

Located off the alleyway between 1st and Esplanade this one of a kind bakery features a full range of gluten -free goodies. Founded by the mother of the two daughters, Lisa Reichelt bakes all the wonderful treats catering to those who either have wheat allergies or are seeking gluten-free baked goods and the many who love her baking. You will find cookies, donuts, scones, loafs and breads and so much more. I had a #glutenfree Coconut Mini Donut and a Ginger Lemon Sandwich Cookie filled with lemon creme, both delicious. They feature local North Van roaster Moja Coffee and you can enjoy your coffee and treats on their outside patio.

If you love baking or have a friend who loves the craft, from time to time they offer Gluten Free Baking classes, so keep an eye on their website for details. Looking forward to a return visit to try one of their Chocolate Chip cookies!

Review by: Richard Wolak

CRACKLE CRÈME

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245 Union Street, Vancouver

Tel: 778-847-8533

Web: http://cracklecreme.com/

Twitter: @cracklecreme

Advice: Closed Monday & Tuesday

Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream

Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream

Espresso Creme Brulee

Espresso Creme Brulee

Bailey’s Creme Brulee

Bailey’s Creme Brulee

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Vanilla Creme Brulee

Caffe D’Arte Espresso

Caffe D’Arte Espresso

Dessert lovers will be in heaven at this Crème Brulee and Waffles emporium where chef/owner Daniel Wong creates a variety of house-made crème brulee and more. Liege Waffles that can come plain or be topped off with his house-made ice creams. The dessert café also features Caffe D’Arte espresso beverages along with cold drinks. I have visited a couple of times where I indulged in a made to order delicious Liege Waffle topped with Earl Grey Ice Cream, I have also had a few of the crème brulees including the Espresso, Vanilla and the Bailey’s which was my favourite hands down. Of course an Espresso went hand in hand pairing it up with the desserts. Generally the creme brulee are $5 each, the ones that feature liquor are $6 and the ones that are a little bit smaller and made for takeout are $3.75. The waffles are $3.75 plain, add a scoop of the house-made ice cream for an extra charge. This is a great spot for an afternoon treat as well as an after dinner dessert.

Review by: Richard Wolak

FRESH PRESS COFFEE

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#121-4940 No. 3 Road, Richmond

Tel: (604) 787-3028

Web: https://www.facebook.com/FreshPressCoffeeBar

Twitter: @FreshPressCafe

Advice: Order at the espresso bar.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Sometimes you find a gem of a café that is hidden off the beaten track and it becomes that spot where you trek to escape. This is one of those spots which I discovered, hidden inside the corridor of a strip mall which is off the busiest street in Richmond. The café is small with 10 seats inside and more outside, it’s stylish with it’s seating and coffee bar where they serve a full line-up of espresso beverages made with locally roasted East Van Roasters coffee. I had my usual beverage of choice which is an Espresso Macchiato. You will also find cookies, other baked goods and East Van Roasters famous chocolate bars. Take your laptop or a book and enjoy your escape!

Review by: Richard Wolak

A.G.R.O. Roasters

Blake Hanacek - founder/owner

Blake Hanacek – founder/owner

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 Granville Island and more recently opening a roastery and café in Strathcona.

Blake Hanacek roasting coffee beans

Blake Hanacek roasting coffee beans

With AGRODEV as a springboard and partner A.G.R.O. Roasters has fulfilled the increasing demands of coffee lovers who are continuously looking for high quality coffee that upholds–but is not compromised by–an ecologically and socially conscious approach. They service this demand by religiously practicing their Crop2Cup approach and utilizing our partnership with AGRODEV.

We met up at his Annex Cafe & Roastery, a refurbished industrial space in an East Van that houses their 12KG roaster, the Annex Cafe, and Cupping Lab.

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Blake guided me thru a tour of his roasting operation and we enjoyed a few coffees together starting off with my favourite coffee beverage which is an Espresso Macchiato.

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

This Espresso Macchiato  was made with an espresso blend that featured Sumatra (semi washed), natural Ethiopia, washed Gautamala and a washed Peru.

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From crop to cup they operate sustainably. When buying their coffees, consumers can rest assured that their coffee was produced sustainably, regardless of certification. The farmers that they work with are using ever evolving technologies to ensure that their product is grown sustainably and we facilitate these changes whenever possible. Our locations also operate sustainably in energy use, waste disposal, transportation and everything we do.

Guatemala Villaure Pacamara

Guatemala Villaure Pacamara

Blake then brewed an Aero presse with his Guatemala Villaure Pacamara.

Ka'u Coffee

Ka’u Coffee

He then made us a pour over of the Ka’u Coffee (semi washed).

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ka'u Coffee

ka’u Coffee

Roasting coffee is as much science as it is art. Focusing on the science when first profiling a new coffee, the art then comes out in the cup.  Rigorous profile notes mean nothing if the unique origin characteristics of the coffee are not highlighted. Cupping every batch provides a framework and reference, as we feel you are only as good as your last batch. Relying on sight, smell, and manual controls allows the coffee to show where and how it wants to be roasted. As their name implies (Agricultural Growers Resource Organization), their approach is founded on the importance of education and learning. Grounded in science and global in scope, starting as an international NGO, Blake told me they want the farmer to be the primary topic of conversation–the roaster secondary. Sustainability and accessibility are perhaps the most vital components of their approach. All other efforts on our part are trivial unless our coffee and philosophy is accessible to anyone and everyone who wishes to share in our passion.

A.G.R.O. Roasters is located at 550 Clark Drive in Vancouver. You can follow them on twitter @agro_roasters

By: Richard Wolak

RADICLE JUICE

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3088 Main Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 879-2639

Web: http://radiclejuice.com/

Twitter: @RadicleJuice

Advice: Reuse and recycle buy picking up one of their glass tumblers.

Calm

Calm

Knockout

Knockout

With more than just juice, this juicery is both stylish and bright with high ceilings, seating upstairs and on the main level. You’ll find a menu filled with all sorts of fresh juices, smoothies, juice shots and acai bowls all with creative and catchy names. I’ve visited a couple of times already since their recent opening, had the Calm ($6.50 for 12oz) juice with pineapple, jalapeno, cilantro, lime, cucumber, celery in one of their cool tumblers which was the perfect energizer; on the other visit I had the delicious Knockout ($7) smoothie with chia, dates, cinnamon, kale, almond butter, banana and almond milk.

The menu is well thought out, with the right ingredients and combinations making it easy for you to choose your concoction or better yet ask one of the knowledgeable staff for guidance. I am looking forward to more return visits as I want to try the Farmer’s Barrel, Heavy D and Cassanova!

Review by: Richard Wolak

PAPPAROTI

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1505 Robson St., Vancouver

Tel: 604-336-2867

Web: www.papparoti.ca

Twitter: @PappaRotiCanada

Advice: Order at the espresso bar.

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Known all over Asia and the Middle East, this is their first location in Canada, the café opened recently featuring their buttery, coffee-caramel coated buns. It’s an almost around the clock baking process for the twice baked buns which are baked fresh throughout the day. The café is large and spacious, with a nice wooden communal table in the centre.

Coffee Bun

Coffee Bun with caramel

Coronation Chicken Sandwich

Coronation Chicken Sandwich

orange juice

orange juice

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Since it is all about the buns, I enjoyed my Coffee Bun with the caramel topping which is served on the side. There are all sorts of other toppings available including Cream Cheese, Local Organic Jams, Fresh Fruit, Nutella, Kaya, Maple Syrup, Honey, Whipped Cream, Ice Cream, Dark or Chocolate. On another visit I had the Coronation Chicken Sandwich which is made for them by Chef Tony Marzo, I have also had a fresh squeezed orange juice as well as an Espresso Macchiato.

You’ll find the usual range of espresso beverages made with JJ Bean, a selection of cold drinks with the star attraction being the coffee buns.

Review by: Richard Wolak

BEYOND BREAD

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3686 West 4th Avenue, Vancouver

Tel: 604-733-3931

Web: http://beyondbread.ca/

Twitter: @bbbcafe

Advice: Check out their website for oven times for your favourite breads.

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Apple & Brie Sandwich

Grilled Cheese

Grilled Cheese

Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato

Known for their outstanding breads, this artisan bakery and café is more than just bread. With a communal table and seating in the café they are serving a wide variety of unique sandwiches on their house-baked breads. I have visited a few times after discovering their bread which I had at The Farmer’s Apprentice. I absolutely loved the Apple & Brie Sandwich on the Fig & Walnut Bread with crisp organic apple, double brie organic greens and local honey drizzle; along with the Grilled Cheese melted aged cheddar between slices of grilled garlic potato bread. I have also had an Espresso Macchiato.

There are some amazing sandwiches, soups, baked goods that include croissants, scones and muffins along with a full line-up of espresso based and other beverages. Then there is the outstanding bread which sells out fast each day, so I would suggest that you get there early or call them to put a hold on your favourite loaf.

Review by: Richard Wolak

CARTEMS DONUTERIE

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534 West Pender Street, Vancouver

Tel: (778) 708-0996

Web: www.cartems.com

Twitter: @Cartemsdonuts

Advice: Never share these donuts. You can get boxes by the dozen.

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Donuts have always been the best friend to a cup of coffee, they have also been the start for many people in their morning routine or part of that afternoon snack. Cartems was founded locally by Jordan Cash, he was the guy who dreamt up the concept, along with his partner Rajesh Narine they created not only some great tasting donuts, they have also become the new leaders in the local donut game offering up some interesting flavours.

Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Granola

Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon, Granola

Blood Orange Glazed and a Coffee

Blood Orange Glazed and a Coffee

Maple Walnut

Maple Walnut

They make well over 40 different flavours, I have tried the Earl Grey, Mexican Mole, Triple Chocolate, Smores, Canadian Whiskey Bacon from their cake donuts selection as well as the Blood Orange Glazed and their amazing Maple Walnut from their yeast selection and I have had others at parties and such.

Known for sourcing ingredients locally, they have set the stage for what sets them apart from the others, now it is about keeping up with the newest and greatest flavours they make! Keep an eye on their growing collection in their instagram gallery.

Review by: Richard Wolak

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