There is a growing coffee scene in Victoria which is full of an exciting array of independent cafes to explore.
During my most recent visit earlier in the fall, I visited a few new and not so new cafes catching up with friends in the coffee industry along the way.
Calum Kidd took me to visit Saint Cecilia, a recent newcomer to the city centrally located in the downtown area. This beautiful cafe features a coffee bar with a minimal selection of coffee based drinks. They are a multi-roaster cafe supporting local area coffee roasters as well as some international coffee roasters. The shop also features a selection of clothing making this a one stop spot for java and fashion.
I first enjoyed an Espresso with milk which is similar to a Cortado made with Be Still Cody coffee.
Then Calum took me through a coffee cupping of sorts, tasting local Sooke based roaster Be Still Cody along with a Sweden based roaster.
535 Yates Street, Victoria
Tristan Bacon works as the General Manager at 2% Jazz Coffee which operates a couple of locations and coffee roastery in the city. Although I visited both of their locations, it was at their Douglas location where we enjoyed some coffees. Started off with an espresso shot featuring a single origin Nicaragua coffee followed by a couple shots of their 2% Jazz house espresso; followed by an Iced Americano using the same Nicaraguan coffee.
2% Jazz Coffee
1701 Douglas Street, Victoria
After the visit with Tristan at the cafe he works at we ventured to another cafe nearby to try something different. A mutual favourite for us both was Hey Happy where they feature a selection of coffee roasters beans, some from the Vancouver and Victoria areas and others from International roasters.
Here I had a Luna Ethiopian Cortado with cashew milk made with Vancouver’s Luna Coffee.
122-560 Johnson Street, Victoria
One of my favourite Vancouver based cafes opened on Government street in Victoria last year, I had been here on a previous visit and had a chance to visit again. Here I had an Iced Americano with their Butter Master Reserve Espresso made with their own Milano Coffee.
817 Government St, Victoria
The city is full of amazing cafes, in addition to the ones I have featured here, keep a look out for ones that you may find along the way.
By: Richard Wolak