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Posted Sun Feb 5, 2012, 12:07am
Subject: First ever trip to Vancouver
 

I'll be making my first trip ever to Vancouver in mid April (Presenting at a conference).  Pretty Jazzed.  Figured I'd ask for some of the best coffee shops to check out near where I'll be.  Conference is at the convention center, pan pacific, and fairmont hotels (be prepared for 10,000 education researchers descending on you, Vancouver (nerd alert)!).  I'll be staying at the best western at 1100 granville.

Would love to find the best coffee shops that are accessible to those areas.  Know precisely nothing about the areas.  Any and all tips are appreciated.  Sorry if I've missed a similar thread elsewhere.

Oh, and extra credit for good eats...I find being a coffee fiend and foodie to be highly correlated.  

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Posted Sun Feb 5, 2012, 5:16pm
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If you have time for a short trip (15min by transit)
W Broadway/W 4th area: 49th parallel, Ellysian, Wicked
Main St. Kafkas, JJ Bean
Commercial Dr. Continental, Prado, JJ Bean

if you are limited to downtown area
Artigiano, JJ Bean, Revolver

Good food & coffee under the same roof: Pour house in Gastown (Synesso/49th parallel)

Hope this helps,

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Posted Sun Feb 5, 2012, 11:53pm
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+ 1 for the previous recommendations with an emphasis on Revolver.... They blew me away on my last trip to van...
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Posted Mon Feb 6, 2012, 3:40pm
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Elysian has poured me some of the best espresso I've ever had (and have a Clover!).  Artigianos can be quite good as well, but varies by location (I like the Park Royal location the best).  I haven't tried many others, but I'm sure the others recommended by Sashas are also good.
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Posted Sat Feb 11, 2012, 4:29am
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Jeff,

Since you'll be in the Downtown / Gastown core a majority of your day, here are my personal recommendations:

Revolver Coffee (my personal top pick!)
Cafe Artigiano
JJ Bean
The Salty Tongue Cafe / Irish Heather (They're right beside one another - They serve Stumptown Coffee here)

All of the above are within a short walk from each other if you are in Gastown - not very far from the Convention Centre/Pan Pacific/Fairmont Hotels.  I can't recommend one closer to your hotel other than having to cross the Granville Bridge on your own time.  If you do, check out Innocent Coffee and the Wicked Cafe as suggested by Sasha.  If you want to make the trek, try out Elysian Coffee (two locations.)

Sasha's list is quite comprehensive and gets my +1, especially Kafka's.  Enjoy!
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Posted Tue Feb 14, 2012, 5:14pm
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Walk straight up Granville toward the convention centre - go one block over to Bel Cafe on Howe and Georgia.. Get coffee. Keep walking, eventually you'll need to walk one more block over.

Musette will also likely be open here in a couple weeks. It's a couple blocks from your hotel.

 
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Posted Wed Feb 15, 2012, 5:30pm
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Thanks for the tips, folks.  And thanks in advance to any future ones that roll in.  

Jeff
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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2012, 11:30pm
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Milano's is one of my favorite in Vancouver, they have an espresso tasting bar with option to try many different blends.  They also roast on site and a lot of times the owner is making the espresso.

I find the espresso shots are sour in most shops like JJ, 49th, Elysian, Artigiano...not sure if the grind or temperature is off.  Only tried Revolver once, will have to try again.  Went to Innocent Coffee last week and also grabbed one from Salt Room which uses Stumptown beans.  Would like to try the new Musette cafe sometime too.

Where else have people found espresso in Vancouver that's sweet, balanced, complex, great after taste and not sour or bitter?
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Posted Wed Jun 6, 2012, 7:28pm
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I gave Milano 2 chances and didn't work for me.

2 days ago after W Canada Barista Chanpionship (won by 49th parallel barista btw) I had a very decent shot @ Artigiano Hornby after long time.

Gave Revolver a try 2 months ago and became regular. Never get bored with Phil & Seb, Ritual and and a few more well respected roasters in rotation.

Finally visited Rocanini in Steveson. Barista was pulling some nice Brasil SO, great pastry and the place looks really good.
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Posted Fri Jun 8, 2012, 2:32pm
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Thanks Sasha, I'll definitely re-visit Revolver again.  49th and Elysian are close by so I still visit them.  If anybody tries Milano's maybe see if one of the older owners(barrie?) can serve you 3 espresso taste shots for $6, when I had shots there with the younger new barista it wasn't as good, sometimes you can get a tour of the roasting facility too.

Guess a good barista should be able to pull great tasting espresso shots at any of these shops, trick is making sure a good barista is working when i'm there.  Tired of getting shots that taste like vinegar.  Usually get better shots at home, but fun to visit different shops and try diff beans.  

Lot of shops around Commercial and Main I'd like to re-visit too.  Feel free to send me any updates on your favorite places for espresso.

Cheers!
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