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

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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The new Spade café on Commercial Drive is the sweetest latecomer this year – and the most recent project by Sammy Piccolo. It’s Stop 136 on our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“A little gambling is fun.”

-Lady Gaga (from “Poker Face”)

Commercial Drive’s new Spade café breaks late out of the gate this year. But if you’re looking for the inside track, they’d be anything but an underdog.

As the latest ace-up-the-sleeve by Vancouverite Sammy Piccolo – owner of Prado Café – Spade might be his winning card. Continue reading Review of Spade: Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Review of Prado Café (Gastown): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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If you’d like to try 49th Parallel coffee, Prado Café should be on your shortlist. We’re in Gastown on Stop 85 of our weekly Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee.

“‘Cause that’s true.”

-The Romantics (from “What I Like About You”)

When I think of Prado Café, I instantly imagine their infamous turquoise cups serving Vancouver’s 49th Parallel Coffee. In fact, 49th is so common in Vancouver cafés (even their beans in grocery stores) that we kind of relate it to Coca Cola in its dominance.

At times during this caffeinated journey, Mike’s consumption rate of this roaster reached an all-time high frequency. Even I pondered if our coffee guinea pig was headed for potential 49th fatigue. Continue reading Review of Prado Café (Gastown): Our Search for Vancouver’s Best Coffee