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Review of Connected Minds Café & Roastery: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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Connected Minds Café & Roastery is more than a little hole-in-the-wall coffee destination. It’s Stop 120 of our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“I wipe the spots off of the mirror.”

-Jewel (“You Were Meant For Me”)

Sunday morning at Connected Minds Café & Roastery, we think we’ve dropped by someone’s home. And surprised them in the middle of their housework. That’s because mid-sip of our coffee, we’re interrupted by the loud roar of a vacuum.

Glance sideways, owner Lynn Hearn has hauled out a shop vac. With quick movements and efficient maneuvering, she directs the suction at some stray coffee grounds around their in-house roaster. Minutes later, she’s done and we hear the wheels on the vacuum roll away. Continue reading Review of Connected Minds Café & Roastery: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

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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