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Review of Aroma Coffee: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Kitsilano’s independent Aroma Coffee has renovated and returned under a new name. It’s Stop 118 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Now I’ve got you in my sights.”

-Eric Carmen (from “Hungry Eyes”)

Kitsilano’s Aroma Coffee just launched a new look – probably after taking a deep breath. You see, the Vancouver coffee world can be pretty scathing, as these guys have surely reflected, after suffering some brutal online reviews.

To be fair, bruising comments were made about this café under another life. They were talking about a coffee shop under a different moniker (Sweet ‘n Aromatic Coffee) and different management – long before Aroma Coffee’s soft re-opening in January.
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Review of Pacific Coffee Roasters: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Pacific Coffee Roasters’ new flagship location is at downtown’s Vancouver Public Library. It’s Stop 115 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“But I can’t speed up the time.”

-Guns N’ Roses (from “Patience”)

The opening of Pacific Coffee Roasters in downtown Vancouver, at the end of April, has been quiet. But my I-spy-coffee-eye happened to spot them, shyly tucked in the spiraling shadow of the central Vancouver Public Library. If you’re in the area bordering Yaletown-downtown, their new flagship café is at Robson and Homer St.

Although their name is unfamiliar to most, Pacific Coffee Roasters’ philosophy stands apart from many roasters. Their philanthropic approach to business is what they call an Earth Alliance program: meaning, a portion of every purchase you make goes toward two local causes close to their heart.
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