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Review of Railtown Café (Downtown): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Railtown Café’s new downtown location on Granville and West Hastings is their fourth opening since 2012. It’s Stop 137 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“No reason for emptiness.”

-Exposé (from “Seasons Change”)

Driving to downtown’s new Railtown Café at Granville and West Hastings, we’re talking hijacking – in literal terms. In a bad customer service experience, it can feel like a heist of sorts. That is – a robbery of your time, of whatever positive feelings you have inside you that day, of your sanity.  Continue reading Review of Railtown Café (Downtown): 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