Wednesday, 27 November 2013

#CoffeeBreak - Revolver Coffee

After our expedition to 49th Parallel Coffee Shop, JP and I looked to twitter for suggestions on where we should go for our next #CoffeeBreak session. While we received many recommendations, one spot had an overwhelming amount of votes: Revolver Coffee

Located just steps from The Cambie Pub on Cambie street, this spot lived up to the expectations we had built up from all of the glowing recommendations we had heard. According to the website, "Revolver is about two things: Coffee, and the experience that should go with it. Our coffee program is simple, but precise. All drinks are made fresh to order - after you order it, never before - from a rotating menu of our favourite coffees from world class roasters around North America." One detail about their menu that I thought was very cool was that every coffee fends for itself in a blind taste test each week. Only the best coffees get to stay on the menu, it's like gladiator but with coffee!

Twitter user @ThatGirlSix had told me that their Macchiato would be a part of her "Last meal on Earth", so I had to give it a try. JP, on the other hand, ordered the Cappuccino. 

Macchiato at the top of the picture, cappuccino on the bottom. Loved the coffee art as well as the wood of the coffee bar!

I also saw what @ThatGirlSix meant about the macchiato being amazing - most macchiatos I've had have had a noticeably burnt flavour; this one was extremely smooth with a hint of sweetness. It left me wanting more!


The regular daily menu with Revolver's awesome logo at the top. I'm intrigued by the Brew Flight, will try it out next time I stop by.

The "revolving" menu with the weekly roasts available as well as brief tasting notes

No Vancouver shop is complete without umbrella holders.

I'm a big fan of the art that covers the wall opposite the coffee bar. Those are thousands of nails in the wall; the copper nails show the regions that the coffee is sourced from by the roasters.

JP and I were sitting at the window-side bar and wondering why they named the shop Revolver. As I went up to the barista to ask, I saw why: They play the music in the shop on a record player! So aside from the revolving coffee menu, it's because of the revolving vinyl records they have playing. Fun Fact.

Thanks to everyone for suggesting Revolver to be a part of the #CoffeeBreak series, JP and I really enjoyed it and look forward to going back. We highly recommend checking it out if you haven't yet!


Tuesday, 19 November 2013

#CoffeeBreak - 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters

Vancouver is known for it's high quality boutique shops, and cafes. I've decided to check out some of the local hot spots with my friend JP and report back what I thought. This is the first edition of a the series that I call #CoffeeBreak.

We decided to start off the series with one of the most talked about coffee shops in Vancouver: 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.

Known for their exceptionally fresh and high quality coffee, each batch is roasted by Master Roaster Michael Piccolo. JP and I both ordered their coffee of the day the Honduras La Benedicion. The tasting notes, provided by the coffee shop were "intense fruit aroma, rich texture, and exceptional structure, with sweet flavours of pear and tamarind."

Another exceptional part of 49th Parallel is their owner's newest project, Lucky's Doughnuts. Made fresh throughout the day, these are the best damn doughnuts I've ever had. Everything is made from scratch, including the jams, glazes and fillings and that kind of hand-crafted care shows.

We were originally going to get the coffee and doughnut deal for $4 which includes the coffee of the day as well as the doughnut of the day, the "Apple Cinnamon", but we both had our eyes on other doughnuts. I chose the "Salted Caramel" while JP went with the "Pistachio and Orange".

A wall of amazingly inventive doughnuts greet you as soon as you walk in the doors cafe. Peanut Butter & Jelly Doughnut anyone? How about the Maple Bacon option with actual bacon topping?


It took a lot of restraint to not eat ALL of the doughnuts.


JP described the interior of the cafe as "Rustic Chic". I decided to shorten her description and coin the term "Rustique". 

If you haven't been to 49th Parallel yet, I strongly recommend checking it out. Even someone who doesn't drink coffee very often would appreciate the quality and care that goes into each cup and doughnut.

Hand-crafted doughnuts and the highest quality coffee. Not a bad start to the #CoffeeBreak series.