by Rommy Ghaly | In 1984, Stanford University engineering grad Alan Adler invented the Aerobie, a flying disc that would set world records for being the farthest thrown object. But in the coffee world, Alan Adler would become known for something far more impressive: the AeroPress coffee brewing method and device, which he invented in 2005. Aligning with the recent boom in artisan-prepared coffee brews, the AeroPress is a method which has provided coffee connoisseurs with a new way of tasting coffee that uses air pressure to extract the maximum amount of flavour from a grind with minimal residue and within a very short period of time.
On April 1st, 2012, Vancouver’s own Revolver Coffee hosted the first ever BC (and Canadian) qualifier for the annual World AeroPress Championship, a major competition held this April 20th in Portland “Where Baristas Go to Die” Oregon. A group of BC’s most talented baristas came together in Gastown for what would prove to be an epic coffee battle for the ages. The packed house (including three expert judges) watched 12 guys duke it out for three hours. Only one person could walk home with a spot representing BC (and Canada by default) in Portland later this month.
The passion, hard work, and expertise exhibited by these baristas is something that really needs to be seen in person to be appreciated. There is a genuine craft behind the serving of a great cup of coffee and Sunday was the showcase for the greatest craftsmen in the province.
Congratulations to Cody Smith from Black & White Coffee Roasters of Cowichan Valley on Vancouver Island. Don’t let us down, Cody, since we all know what happens when Vancouver gets let down in a championship.
For more information on the 2012 BC AeroPress Championships at Revolver, be sure to check out their blog.
Rommy Ghaly was born and raised in New York. He’s spent the past sixteen years moving around from city to city and country to country, trying (and failing miserably) to find himself. You may see him out in the streets with his cameras taking photos of people he doesn’t know. The results of those adventures can be found at vancouverish.com.
We’ve invited awesome Revolver Coffee to join our curated GOODS section as a recommended cafe. They’re now proud members of Scout, and as such we’ll be posting their news and employment needs in addition to hosting a page for them on our awesome list of independent goodnesses. We’d like to take this chance to thank them for their support of Scout, and for making Vancouver a more caffeinated place to live.
“Best Coffeehouse” | 2013 Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards
General Manager: John Giannakos
Director of Coffee: Chris Giannakos
About Revolver Coffee
Inspired by some of the world’s most influential cafes, from Japan to New York to Montreal and back, Revolver is the brainchild of owners and operators, the Giannakos family. Situated on Gastown’s vibrant Cambie St., Revolver places a heavy focus on it’s progressive yet simple coffee program, proudly doing so on a menu of less than 10 items. Every single cup of coffee is made individually, only after it has been ordered – never before – through various brew methods and a rotating seasonal coffee menu from leading roasters around North America. Every coffee available on the menu (and many that are not) are put to the test every week in a blind tasting that determines whether or not it will be offered the following week. This insures that only the best tasting coffees of the moment are being served. No variable is left unmeasured as every detail in the brewing process is closely monitored using various scales, timers, and ratios – the key to providing consistency. From using exposed plumbing and electrical, to the open laboratory styled brewing bar, through to using glass instead of traditional ceramics, the cafe is designed to provide full transparency both in design and in the experience. Customers are thrown into the middle of all the action as every drink is brewed in full view on a 20+ foot bar top that stretches through most of the room, made entirely of reclaimed B.C. Fir. In addition to coffee, Revolver pays the same respect to it’s tea program (most of which are directly sourced through a tea buying group) as well as providing an array of pastries and baked goods from West Vancouver’s Cafe Crema. In the end, Revolver is about two things: coffee, and the experience that should come with it.