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Review of Buddha-Full (Northwoods Village): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Vegan and gluten-free looks beautiful – almost aspirational – as witnessed by Northwoods Village’s new Buddha-Full. It’s Stop 119 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“Now where did you find her.”

-INXS (from “Beautiful Girl”)

A week ago, the second location of Buddha-Full opened in North Van’s Northwoods Village. You could say this plant-based eatery is a local triumph of values.

You see, vegan and gluten free can sound limiting – and maybe a concept that’s hard to grasp – to some traditional meat-eaters. But that’s changing with a growing movement. Simply meaning, more people want to eat healthy and delicious food in an appealing space.

And Vancouver cafés are getting very good at filling this void. You’ll find they’re dialing down the hippy-dippy, and turning up the idea that eating conscientiously can be sophisticated, approachable, and dare we say, stylishly aspirational.

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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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