Unlike most coffee growing regions of the world, in Ethiopia the folks who grow the coffee, also drink the product. Long considered the birthplace of the beverage, Ethiopia produces some of the best. This little film is a love song to coffee, the grueling work that goes into producing it and the importance of small farms and cooperation in that process.
You, Scout reader, have good taste. We’ve always known this, but we don’t often take advantage of it. This new feature changes that. From here on in, we want your help in refining our HOODS MAP so that we can keep steering locals and visitors alike to the best of our place in the world. There are five different geo-specific questions that we need answers to this month. We’ve done the initial curatorial leg-work of narrowing down the options to a shortlist, but we need you to finish the job.
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our OKANAGAN page.
VOTE for your pick (and view results) on our ISLANDS page.
We’ve invited Commercial Drive’s outstanding Prado Cafe to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended place to relax with a cup of awesome. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be sharing their news and employment needs on our front page in addition to hosting a page for them in our archive of local and independent goodness. We thank them for their support and for making the neighbourhood a more caffeinated to be.
The GOODS from Revolver Coffee
Vancouver, BC | Announcing the newest addition to our beloved roaster line up at Revolver: Parlor Coffee. Parlor hails from Red Hook, Brooklyn, New York, where they roast all their coffee and maintain an espresso bar in the back of ‘Persons of Interest’ Barbershop.
Revolver is the only shop West of Quebec where you can find Parlor Coffee in Canada, and one of less than 15 accounts worldwide, making it a truly rare and exclusive addition to our roaster roster. Their coffee is available now to take home by the bag or to enjoy in house on both the brew and espresso bar. Learn more about Revolver after the jump… Read more
We’ve invited West 3rd Avenue’s excellent Chocolate Arts to join the Chocolate & Caffeine section of our GOODS program as a recommended room place to get a fix. They are now proud members of Scout, and as such we will be posting their news in addition to hosting a page for them on our curated list of independent goodness. We would like to thank them for their support and for making BC a more delicious place to be.
THE PEOPLE WHO MAKE IT HAPPEN
Proprietor & Maitre Chocolatier – Greg Hook
ABOUT CHOCOLATE ARTS
Since 1992, Chocolate Arts has quite literally been breaking the mold. One of the first chocolatiers in Vancouver to make their confections entirely by hand, owner and head chocolatier Greg Hook and his team have continued to set themselves apart as pioneers in the production of playful, innovative chocolate creations while remaining true to artisanal quality and traditions.
A born and bred prairie boy from Saskatchewan, Greg began his career as a cook, but quickly transitioned to pastry chef and finally to chocolatier in his desire to master every aspect of the culinary arts. As a lifelong student and insatiable experimenter, his calling ultimately lay in the complexities and creative possibilities offered by working with chocolate. With its ever-expanding and continuously evolving lineup of products (complete with vegan and vegetarian options), Chocolate Arts stands as a testament to Greg’s passion and his team’s dedication to creating high-quality confections that cater to every palate.
Located in the heart of Kitsilano, just steps away from Granville Island, Chocolate Arts is at once a shop and café, catering to the sweet-seeker, the gift-hunter and the hungry alike. Housemade sandwiches, pastries, coffees and chilled chocolate milk are made on-site daily, while a customizable hot chocolate bar allows guests to create their perfect cocoa. Summer brings Chocolate Arts’ decadent, one-of-a-kind ice cream bars, made entirely in-house, using only the freshest, local ingredients.
The first Vancouver chocolate shop to align itself with the local, sustainable movement, Chocolate Arts sources locally grown, organic and seasonal products wherever possible, including peaches, pears, pumpkins, berries, and hazelnuts. Avid experimentation and innovation ensures that the truest and boldest flavours stand out in their lineup of chocolates, truffles, bars, spreads and sculptures, effectively capturing the spirit and taste of British Columbia and the Pacific West Coast.
The GOODS from Caffè Artigiano
Vancouver, BC | Caffè Artigiano’s Morgan Allen won the 2013 Western Regional Barista Championship held at Artigiano Roasting Co. on September 28 & 29. Morgan is a barista at Caffè Artigiano’s Hornby Street location, who will go on to compete at the Canadian National Barista Competition taking place October 20-21 at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
The event welcomed baristas from all over British Columbia to compete against each other in a fun, engaging coffee competition as they vied for the title of “BC’s Best Barista”. The competition featured baristas preparing a series of espresso based beverages in a very tight window of time for a discerning panel of official coffee judges. Judges rated the competitors on taste, design, speed, showmanship and creativity. For more information visit http://baristacanada.com. Read more
The GOODS from 49th Parallel
Vancouver, BC | Starting next week, 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters is introducing free weekly coffee cuppings at their Main Street café, open to the general public. At 2 pm every Tuesday afternoon, coffee enthusiasts are invited to join the company’s staff to learn a little more about coffee sourcing and regions, and then do a comparative cupping with examples of 49th Parallel’s current offerings.
So what is “cupping?” Cupping is a process that green coffee buyers, roasting teams and quality control groups use to determine quality and viability of a coffee. Where “tasting” is a more casual affair, cupping is a protocol with a 100-point scoring grade that systematically helps coffee professionals judge the quality of a coffee. The team at 49th Parallel cup at the roastery each morning to evaluate current production roasts. They also cup at origin with producing partners, again when a pre-shipment sample of a purchased coffee arrives, and also when a new shipment of coffee is received at the roastery.
Themes for the first few cuppings include:
• September 17: In season offerings including some from Honduras, Guatemala, Kenya and Ethiopia that are fresh off the boat!
• September 24: Focus on Honduras, cupping two of our favourites, El Ocotillo and La Benedicion, and talking about the Honduran market and how we work with our exporting partner there.
• October 1: A rendezvous with Roya, also known as leaf rust. We’ll talk about how this disease is affecting cup quality, and then cup unaffected and affected beans side-by-side so you can taste the difference.
The weekly cuppings will be held at 49th Parallel’s Main Street café (2902 Main Street at East 13th Avenue) at 2 pm every Tuesday afternoon. Reservations are encouraged, and can be made via the 49th Parallel Facebook page. Info about upcoming cuppings will be posted on the page as well. Read more
A very good morning to you. Happy (first ever) Family Day! We hope you were able to sleep in a little, and suggest that you launch things with a long cup of the good stuff paired with this tasty Thrash Lab short Specialty Coffee: The Pursuit of Deliciousness. (hat tip)
The GOODS from Revolver Coffee
Vancouver, BC | We’ve built a Christmas pop-up dedicated to “Coffee At Home” next door to our space, and we did it all out of cardboard! Each product is displayed out of the box and a staff member will always be on hand to answer any questions or help you find exactly what works best for your own specific needs and wants. In addition to the coffee paraphernalia, we’ll be stocked with coffee’s best friend forever: books! Sons & Lovers has put together another collection of used book bundles, which will be available as well. Hours will (generally) be from 12-5:30 every day. Visits can also be made by appointment. Read more
by Andrew Morrison | Over the weekend I met up with two of the Giannakos brothers (George and Chris) next door to their cafe, Revolver Coffee, at 325 Cambie. They’ve taken possession of the space that used to be Pennyblack (a tattoo parlour) and aim to use it as a retail shop over the holiday season. So if one of your loved ones digs the art of the perfect cup of coffee, pencil this place in as an essential browse. It will open up at some point later this week.
Once the New Year kicks in, they are going to completely renovate the space and connect it to Revolver in order to give the always packed coffee house twice as many seats and more retail stuff. Word is they’re talking to Craig Stanghetta to reprise his role as designer. Expect the finished expansion to open its doors to the public in the early Spring.
The GOODS from 49th Parallel
Vancouver, BC | Tuesday, December 4th sees the kick-off of what will be a regular education and event series at the Main Street 49th Parallel Café. A free holiday event, “A Coffee Carol” will combine a lesson on single-cup preparation, a tasting of the new Holiday Celebration Blend, and discounts for holiday shopping. It starts at 6:30pm and is led by 49th Parallel’s Barista Trainer Kyle Straw and Green Coffee Buyer Mette-Marie Hansen. You’ll not only learn more about how to make a perfect cup using the Kalita brewing system and about how the company sources it’s beans, but the experts will also stick around to answer whatever questions you might have. Discounts will be offered on select retail items for those participating in the event, making it a good opportunity to check a few people off your Christmas list. Read more
The GOODS from 49th Parallel
Vancouver, BC | Handily side-stepping the problem of sizes without resorting to socks, a gift from 49th Parallel is guaranteed to fit the bill this holiday season. Shoppers can easily order online or pick up select items at cafes serving 49th Parallel coffee. Stock up on the roaster’s annual Holiday Celebration Blend which easily works as a stocking stuffer, a gift for your dinner party host, a present for your Uncle Joe, or wrapped under the tree for that unexpected Christmas guest. The company’s unique Coffee Subscription program keeps giving all year, while gift sets make holiday giving a breeze. Details after the leap… Read more
Bummer that Revolver Coffee just stopped making their awesome Cold Brew coffee, right? And it won’t be back until the summer. But don’t spazz out just yet, because this bad boy buzz-slaker from Portland’s Stumptown has is now available at Vicino, Meat & Bread, The Salty Tongue and The Everything Café, and there was much (temporary) rejoicing.