Review of Beyond Bread: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Kitsilano’s Beyond Bread is a neighborhood secret for good reason. It’s Stop 117 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Heaven sent hell away.”

-Soundgarden (from “Black Hole Sun”)

At Beyond Bread, I sink my teeth into a sacristain. If you haven’t tried, it’s an absurdly long twisty pastry – about as long as my forearm – deliciously dusted with icing sugar. Oddly resembling a knotty branch, or maybe a wizard’s gnarled wand.

On Stop 117 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee, there is something peculiarly magical about Beyond Bread. Although they’ve been a fixture in Kits (at Alma and West 4th Ave) for several years, we kick ourselves for discovering this local gem only recently.  Continue reading Review of Beyond Bread: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of Starbucks Reserve (Mount Pleasant): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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The new Starbucks Reserve café in Mount Pleasant aims to show slow brew is an eye-opening experience to mainstream coffee drinkers. It’s Stop 116 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“It’s a start, a work of art.”

-Public Enemy (from “Fight the Power”)

Mount Pleasant’s new Starbucks Reserve café opened a week ago. It’s unique in that it’s a project of Starbucks “firsts”. That is, it’s the first Reserve Bar in Vancouver and Western Canada – and the first and only Starbucks in Canada to have the reputable Black Eagle espresso machine.

Looking back, this used to be your regular Starbucks. Then they closed and took a sledgehammer to a wall which separated them from a grocery next door. In the same way, it seems this chain is hoping to knock down the mainstream Vancouver coffee drinker’s perception of what Starbucks is all about.

It’s a retail test of survival, opening in a neighbourhood already densely populated with independent coffee shops. Continue reading Review of Starbucks Reserve (Mount Pleasant): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

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