Compiling data is the lifeblood of any accountant. It would, of course, stand to reason that I would apply that same process in all other aspects of my life. Therefore, what I decided to do was create lists of coffee shops to try out based on their geographical locations.
This weeks list is for Gastown coffee shops, but there are so many in Gastown I figured I would break up the Blog into two sections. So, in the mean time, go check these out while I get the second blog up:
Location: 311 W Cordova St.
A Coffee Roaster serving up their own coffee; seems like a logical plan. Located in the heart of Gastown, Timbertrain serves coffee through their slow bar (using the pour-over concept) as well as espresso based coffees. You should also go try their Nitro Cold Brew in summer, which they serve on tap. While enjoying your coffee in the shop, you may get the chance to interact with some new people as their seating is a balance of communal yet individual, so get ready to talk to some strangers....or don't, it's completely up to you.
Location: 10 Water St.
As the name suggests, this is a coffee bar. Serving 49th Parallel roasted beans in a dimly lit coffee shop which allows you to focus more on the enjoyment of coffee than your surroundings. an open area across the bar, that allows for lots of seating or if you prefer to sit alone (as I do because I don't like people bothering me while I enjoy my coffee) you can find some great seating in the far back of the shop. All in all a good place to grab some 49th Parallel coffee.
Location: 302 W Hastings St.
New to the coffee scene in Gastown, this up-and-coming coffee shop serves some intriguing coffee. Serving up different coffees from around the world, they like to change up their selection every so often so that you can try out different coffees roasted from all over and find the coffee that best suits you.
If you're looking for food to go with your coffee, they also have a full breakfast menu including avocado on toast with or without poached egg, waffles, and an assortment of cookies that need to be tried at least once.
location: 100 W Hastings St.
Although not the company's first coffee shop, it has established itself as a part of the community. A very welcoming environment, talkative staff, and space to enjoy your coffee, which is rare to find in downtown. Serving 49th Parallel and constantly working towards finding new ways to enjoy coffee, whether it's their summer drinks or introducing new pairings to the coffee, this coffee shop has ensured that it will be around for a long time.
Location: 325 Cambie St.
This Vancouver staple has been around for years. Known for its pour-over and unique vibe, you can always guarantee that you'll walk out with a good cup of coffee (unless you don't then that's rather unfortunate). One main feature of Revolver is that they make sure to stock up on different coffee's from multiple coffee roasters so you can pick and choose a different type of coffee every time you walk in.
Just make sure you have 10-15 minutes if you order a pour-over because the process, although it ensures a perfect cup of coffee, takes time.
Buro Espresso Bar
Location: 356 Water St.
Have you ever walked by the oddly shaped building that splits up Water Street and W Cordova and wondered, "What kind of company could possibly be there?". Well, now you know that it's an espresso bar. Serving up 49th Parallel beans, focusing on their espresso selections, you are able to enjoy your espresso based coffee, while watching the passers by.
Location: 159 W. Hastings St.
If you have ever walked into this place you know how truly and utterly amazing it is, but if you haven't then let me describe to you the paradise that is Purebread, in the manner only an Accountant could do. As you walk in, you notice a row of assorted baked goods, from freshly made bread to bars that are literally described as "crack". While you focus all your energy and time trying to figure out which freshly baked treat to enjoy next to your coffee, you can enjoy stress free coffee choices. Since they exclusively sell Stumptown coffee, from Portland, you can rest assured that whatever coffee you pick (Americano, drip, latte, etc.) will be an acceptable choice.
So ends Part 1 of the Gastown Coffee adventure. If you get a chance to try these places out let me know what you think.
Alfred Drinking Coffee