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Bean Around Town

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Discover Vancouver’s neighbourhoods with a cup of the city’s most celebrated beverage in hand

A lineup of pour-overs at the ready, at Revolver. (Photo: KK Law)

A lineup of pour-overs at the ready, at Revolver. (Photo: KK Law)

Gastown The city’s oldest neighbourhood is a hotbed for fashionable boutiques and trendy watering holes—coffee houses included. Diminutive and wood-trimmed, Revolver is regularly crammed with connoisseurs. The menu rotates weekly, with beans chosen by blind taste test. At the forefront of the slow-coffee movement, the cafe’s brewed-to-order methods include pour-over, syphon, French press, AeroPress, Chemex and, of course, espresso

ALSO VISIT Luke’s General Store for the quaint shop and celebrated Stumptown roast. Or wait for a carefully crafted pour-over at Timbertrain, where it’s all aboard the slow-coffee movement.

Downtown Just like the heart of the city, much-loved JJ Bean is always lively, and diverse. Settle into the beautifully appointed location inside the art deco–style Marine Building, or people-watch from the sleek Yaletown location. The third-generation roaster and cafe takes its small-batch house-roasted coffee seriously—and Vancouverites swear by it.

ALSO VISIT Charming Finch’s Tea & Coffee House for fair-trade and organic coffee, and baguette sandwiches with a cult-like following.

A barista pulls an espresso at Milano. (Photo: KK Law)

A barista pulls an espresso at Milano. (Photo: KK Law)

West End The vintage bikes and reclaimed wood in Greenhorn Espresso Bar capture the essence of the West End, nestled between downtown and Stanley Park, and encircled by the seawall. A retail shop, gallery and light-fare menu round out the coffee shop’s devotion to a great cuppa. Beans are sourced from North Vancouver’s Moja Coffee, which features fair-trade and organic beans, roasted on-site.

ALSO VISIT Milano for the complex and award-winning blended espressos.

Kitsilano At 49th Parallel, easygoing cafe meets top-notch coffee in a neighbourhood known for its beach scene and West Coast vibe. The beans from this coffee roaster can be found in cups across the city—and North America. To round out the experience, bite into a made-from-scratch indulgence from Lucky’s Doughnuts.

ALSO VISIT Elysian, a neighbourhood favourite known for first-class coffee and house-made baked goods.

Main St. & Commercial Drive Matchstick Coffee fits right into trendsetting East Vancouver, where cutting-edge meets quirky. This micro-roaster and cafe serves meticulously crafted pour-overs and espressos, and fresh bites prepared with local and organic ingredients.

ALSO VISIT Bump ‘n’ Grind for the rotating menu of coffee prepared with a Clover brewer. Art lines the walls at Kafka’s, but with four brewing methods available, the real art is in the cup.

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