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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

Starbucks Reserve Christmas Blend 2015: Review

Author: Shirley & Mike Wong

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We test drive the newest reinvention of the Starbucks Christmas Blend: The limited edition Starbucks Reserve Christmas Blend 2015.

“So be good for goodness sake.”

-Bruce Springsteen (from “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town”)

The latest buzz in the retail coffee world is about Starbucks’ newest creation, the first edition Starbucks Reserve Christmas Blend 2015. Continue reading Starbucks Reserve Christmas Blend 2015: Review