DINER | East Van’s Excellent “Matchstick Coffee” Landing In Chinatown This Winter

September 26, 2013 


by Andrew Morrison | The good folks at the Fraserhood’s awesome Matchstick Coffee Roasters have picked up a space in Chinatown. If you’re unfamiliar with Matchstick, they’ve been kicking ass at Fraser & Kingsway for coming up on two years now, squarely focusing on hand-crafted preparation of single-origin, high quality coffees. They’re working on getting their building permit for the 2,800 sqft space at 213 East Georgia – the same block as Mamie Taylor’s and Phnom Penh, and just a few doors in from Main Street - with the goal of opening up in the early new year. More details soon.



December 21, 2011 

Welcome to the chocolate and caffeine section of The GOODS. It’s our curated collection of local and independent cafes, chocolatiers, tea houses, and bakeries that we know that we can rely on for great products. We are therefore proud to help promote each and every one of them here and by sharing their news and employment requires on our front page. If you think that your company would be a good fit for Scout, you can learn more about joining Scout here.


Coffee-Art-0549th Parallel Coffee Roasters

2152 West 4th Avenue | 604-420-4900 | 49thparallelroasters.com | 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters endeavours to source the world’s finest coffee beans and roast them to satisfy discerning palates…EXPLORE 49TH PARALLEL

Coffee-Art-05Bel Cafe

801 West Georgia St | 604-673-7000 | www.belcafe.com | Situated in the hub of Vancouver’s business and shopping district, David Hawksworth’s Bel Café combines expertly prepared food and beverages with…EXPLORE BEL CAFE

Coffee-Art-05Caffè Artigiano

Home of the Canadian Barista Champion | Locations | www.caffeartigiano.com | When it comes to the best quality coffee and espresso, Caffè Artigiano is in a league of its own. Regarded as…EXPLORE CAFFE ARTIGIANO

Coffee-Art-05Doi Chaang Coffee Co.

311–837 W. Hastings | Vancouver, BC | 604-689-3312 | www.doichaangcoffee.com | Doi Chaang Coffee’s story is as rich as the coffee itself. Locally owned by a father-son team…EXPLORE DOI CHAANG

Coffee-Art-05Earnest Ice Cream

3992 Fraser St. | 604.428.0697 | www.earnesticecream.com | Earnest Ice Cream was born from a simple love of ice cream. When we launched in 2012, we knew we had to create ice cream that expresses our…EXPLORE EARNEST ICE CREAM

Coffee-Art-05Greenhorn Espresso Bar

994 Nicola Street | Vancouver, BC | 604.428.2912 | greenhorncafe.com | Greenhorn espresso bar is nestled in the heart of the west end on a beautiful residential street. The character building…EXPLORE GREENHORN

Lukes General Store

126 E Pender St. | Vancouver BC | 604-875-0450 | www.lukesgeneralstore.ca | Lukes General Store was started as a pop-up shop branch of the family owned and operated Lukes Drug Mart…EXPLORE LUKES GENERAL STORE

IMG_2799Matchstick Coffee

639 East 15th Ave. | 604-558-0639 | www.matchstickcoffee.com | At Matchstick Coffee Roasters, we believe that all too often, we place common things into categories that they need…EXPLORE MATCHSTICK COFFEE

IMG_2799Milano Coffee

156 West 8th | 36 Powell | 849 Denman | www.milanocoffee.ca | The Milano taste was developed from a century of artisanship in the Italian coffee tradition. This distinguished taste comes from…EXPLORE MILANO COFFEE

IMG_2799Mogiana Coffee

www.mogianacoffee.com | Tel: 1-866-365-1131 | info@mogianacoffee.com | In a world of fair-trade and ethical coffee, one Vancouver company takes a unique approach to growing its coffee…family…EXPLORE MOGIANA COFFEE

Pallet Coffee Roasters

323 Semlin Dr. | Vancouver, BC | 604.255.2014 | palletcoffeeroasters.com | At Pallet Coffee Roasters quality, traceability, & transparency always come first. We source in season coffees from…EXPLORE PALLET COFFEE ROASTERS

Prado Cafe

1938 Commercial Dr. | 604-255-5537 | pradocafevancouver.com | Nestled on Commercial Drive and cornered with 4th avenue, gazing at you behind the large glass windows, you will find Prado Café…EXPLORE PRADO CAFE

Revolver Coffee

325 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC | 604-558-4444 | revolvercoffee.ca | Inspired by some of the world’s most influential cafes, from Japan to New York to Montreal and back, Revolver is the brainchild of…EXPLORE REVOLVER COFFEE

Terra Breads

Terra Breads has four locations in Vancouver, BC | www.terrabreads.com | At Terra Breads, sharing the common language of good food binds us together. Staying true to time-honoured and traditional…EXPLORE TERRA BREADS

Timbertrain Coffee Roasters

311 West Cordova Street | Vancouver BC | 604.915.9188 | www.timbertrain.ca | Let us tell you a story about Timbertrain Coffee Roasters when it was just a dream. It began with three guys…EXPLORE TIMBERTRAIN

Beaucoup Bakery & Cafe

Beaucoup Bakery & Café opened its doors in December 2012, offering French-inspired pastries and childhood favourites with some smart, unique twists. The reason for opening…EXPLORE BEAUCOUP BAKERY & CAFE

Beta5 Chocolates

Our work is guided by ingredients. We do our best to source the highest quality products available, and our recipes are balanced to enhance their flavour. Creative inspiration is at the core of BETA5…EXPLORE BETA5 CHOCOLATES

Cadeaux Bakery

Cadeaux meaning “gifts” in French opened it’s doors in January 2012. It is owned and operated by two very passionate pastry chefs Eleanor Chow and Slavita Johnson. Inside the bakery you will…EXPLORE CADEAUX BAKERY

Chez Christophe

The story of Chez Christophe is a story of love and passion – your Artisans love for sharing his creations and a little bit of his Swiss origins by introducing you to a small taste of Switzerland…EXPLORE CHEZ CHRISTOPHE

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…EXPLORE CHOCOLATE ARTS


1059 Alberni St. Vancouver, BC | 604-608-6870 | www.thierrychocolates.com | Founded in the traditions of internationally acclaimed maître pâtissier Thierry Busset’s native France, Thierry offers a contemporary…EXPLORE THIERRY

Thomas Haas

128-998 Harbourside Dr. & 2539 West Broadway | www.ThomasHaas.com | A fourth-generation pâtissier, Thomas Haas was first introduced to the delicate art of hand-crafting…EXPLORE THOMAS HAAS CHOCOLATES & PATISSERIE


GOODS: Gastown’s “Revolver Coffee” Has Joined The Growing Scout Community

December 8, 2011 

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.


“Ethical Bean Coffee Company” Launches Fair Trade Certified Organic Doughnuts

Ethical Bean is located at 1315 Kootenay Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-431-3830 | www.ethicalbean.com

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

Today, Ethical Bean will begin serving the world’s first Fair Trade Certified Organic doughnut. Canadians consume more doughnuts per capita than any other country in the world, and British Columbians can now dunk, dip, and enjoy this latest offering from Canada’s second largest fair trade coffee company. Read more

Old School Pricing, New School Ordering at Ethical Bean


Ethical Bean is located at 1315 Kootenay Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-431-3830 | www.ethicalbean.com

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

viewerVancouver, BC | The coffee counters of old may be gone for good, but for the month of December, all Ethical Bean coffee ordered by smartphone will only cost a dime.

From today until December 31st, Ethical Bean Xpress cafés that receive mobile orders via smartphone will only charge ten cents for any sized coffee including lattes, cappuccinos, mochas and traditional drip. The cafés, located at the Granville and Commercial Skytrain stations as well as the company’s flagship roastery in east Vancouver all take remote customer orders thanks to technology from Vancouver-based Mobio Identity Systems Inc.

The Mobio® app, available for free download in the iTunes App Store and Android Market, gives customers the freedom to order coffee on their iPhone or Android. Ethical Bean is currently the only coffee company in Canada to offer the Mobio® ordering option. Read more

“Ethical Bean” Xpress Cafés Go Digital With Cool New Mobio App

November 10, 2010 


Ethical Bean is located at 1315 Kootenay Street in Vancouver, BC | 604-431-3830 | www.ethicalbean.com

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

Vancouver, BC | Beginning today all Vancouver Ethical Bean Xpress cafés will be accepting mobile orders via smartphone. The cafés, located at the Granville and Commercial Skytrain stations as well as the company’s flagship roastery in east Vancouver, will receive remote customer orders thanks to technology from Vancouver-based Mobio Identity Systems Inc. The Mobio® app, available for free download in the iTunes App Store and Android Market, gives customers the freedom to order coffee on their iPhone or Android and the ease of picking it up piping hot from their nearest Ethical Bean Xpress café… Read more

Smoke Break #753: Manhattan’s Sideways Library Coffee Shop…


The sideways library look at this new installment of D’Espresso, a coffee bar in Manhattan, gives us the happy shakes. (via BoingBoing)

If you find it all disorienting, that’s the idea. Nema’s inspiration was the famous space-station stewardess scene from 2001. It’s just like the trippy feeling one gets after one too many espressos on an empty stomach. But it’s also a clever way to gain word-of-mouth buzz and an easy-to-Google location (“sideways library coffee shop,” anyone?) . According to a story in the New York Times, the owner plans to carry on the gimmick as a marketing tool, saying that “the next one will be [completely] upside down.” Like Starbucks, turned on its ear — perfect for creating an identifiable brand in an age where coffee shops are often interchangeable.

So yeah, Artigiano, Bean Around and 49th – mix it up, why don’t you.

Seen In Vancouver #241: From Corner Store To “Coco Et Olive”


Walking on Main today I saw that a new location of the idiosyncratically homey (and very French) cafe Coco et Olive (original on West Broadway) was very nearly finished construction on the southwest corner of 21st, where Hap’s Corner Store used to be (since forever). The interior was an ordered, spacious jumble of mismatched pieces – which can pass as “country charming” I guess – but what I especially liked was how they’ve kept the old Hap’s sign on the facade. While I’m not at all sure that it’s going to stay that way, I think any homage to previous tenants is a nice touch, whether it be it born of laziness or honour. A few interior snaps after the jump… Read more

Packaging & Design Go Hi-Tech At Ethical Bean Coffee Company


Ethical Bean's new tech improvements supply coffee drinkers with unprecedented behind the sip experiences

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

Vancouver, BC | On June 15, 2010, Canada’s second largest 100% Fairtrade Certified roaster, Ethical Bean Coffee, will launch the latest technology in coffee packaging and design, enhancing the level of transparency and information available to its customers. Each bag of Ethical Bean coffee has been equipped with its own 2D barcode that can be scanned in-store using a free Ethical Bean iPhone app or entered manually on the company’s website.

This revolutionary new feature gives consumers the opportunity to watch interviews with farmers, look up cupping notes and roast profiles, and Google map each bag’s beans down to the exact field they were grown in, all while standing in the grocery isle. Ethical Bean’s new bag also combines a zip seal for freshness and ease of use with clean, modern graphics that engage coffee lovers with more roast and taste information than ever before.

The new packaging reflects the company’s commitment to producing the best tasting, freshest coffee for consumers while providing a just and better approach to coffee roasting. “At the end of the day, we want people to love our coffee, not just because it makes them feel good,” says Bernhardt, “but because they know they’re getting the absolute best cup of coffee that we can provide.” Read more

Caffè Artigiano’s Kyle Straw To Compete In UBC For WBC Title


Caffè Artigiano manager Kyle Straw is on his way to the World Barista Championships in London later this month

News from Scout supporter Caffè Artigiano

Vancouver, BC | Caffè Artigiano’s Kyle Straw will represent Canada in the 2010 World Barista Championships (WBC) held in London, England from June 23-26. A professional barista, Straw is the General Manager of Caffè Artigiano’s Hornby Street location.

On October 15th, 2009, Straw won the seventh annual Canadian Barista Championships, held in Vancouver at the Canadian Coffee & Tea Show. The panel especially loved Kyle’s signature drink, which drew inspiration from a Black Forest cake. Made with a winning combination of espresso from the Koke Cooperative in Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Kyle’s signature drink wowed the judges with its great balance of flavours and elegant presentation.

Straw’s achievement carried on the legacy of his Caffè Artigiano patriots who have won every Canadian title since the competition began in 2003. Caffè Artigiano is the only caffe in the World to have competed in the World Championships more than 4 times; in fact this is their 7th year in a row to participate in the coveted competition. Read more

Ethical Bean To Revise Project After Intense Debate On Scout


Passionate, informed debate at Scout Magazine sparks change to local coffee company's new pilot recycling project

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

Vancouver, BC | Two weeks after the announcement of a pilot recycling project, Ethical Bean Coffee CEO Lloyd Bernhardt has decided to revise the company’s bag-return program so that empty coffee bags will no longer be sent to incinerators. Instead, Ethical Bean will store the empty coffee bags at their roasting facility until a more environmentally friendly solution is found.

“After further consideration and a lively online discussion with both local environmental leaders and our customers, we have decided that incineration of empty coffee bags is not our best solution,” says Bernhardt. Much of the debate took place on Vancouver’s Scout Magazine, which became a forum for opinion on the pros and cons of waste energy, incineration and recycling. “Our mandate at Ethical Bean is to continuously work towards being both just and better. Scout’s readers took it upon themselves to respond, educate and work with Ethical Bean on an answer to empty coffee bags that does not include incineration. It is my belief that open conversations such as this one can lead to change.” The full debate can be viewed online at http://bit.ly/cT3LKm. Read more

Ethical Bean Coffee Launches New Recycling Pilot Project


Take your empty coffee bags to an EBX location or the Ethical Bean Café & Roastery for this new pilot initiative

News from Scout supporter Ethical Bean Coffee Company

Vancouver, BC | Ethical Bean Coffee launches a new recycling program on Monday, March 22nd that will reduce the number of coffee bags in landfills and will put a hot cup of coffee into the hands of the environmentally conscious in return.

Eco-conscious coffee lovers are invited to bring their empty coffee bags to the Ethical Bean Xpress drop-boxes located at the Granville Skytrain station and Commercial Skytrain station, or to the Ethical Bean Café and roasting facility at 1315 Kootenay Street in East Vancouver. Those who bring in 5 bags or more at a time will receive an extra treat: a cup of fresh drip coffee on the house. Additionally, all recyclers who write their name and email address on the side of their bags before returning them will be entered each week into a draw for a free pound of coffee. This program isn’t just limited to Vancouverites. Anyone across Canada can mail their empty coffee bags, along with their name and email address, to Ethical Bean Coffee, 1315 Kootenay Street, Vancouver, BC V5K 4Y3 and be entered into the weekly draw. Read more

We Welcome Mogiana Coffee To The Growing Scout Community

January 20, 2010 


The good folks over at Mogiana Coffee are now proud member supporters of Scout. We will be publishing their news and press releases on our front page and hosting a page for them in our list of recommended resources. Click ahead or jump to their Scout page here. Read more

Mystery: How Does A Man This Mellow Deal In Coffee All Day?

January 19, 2010 


Each week, Scout poses 60 questions to a local who has made life in BC that much more interesting. They pick and choose. The minimum response is 20 answers (a Rorschach test, for sure). Barrett Jones answered all sixty. The mellow man tastes coffee for 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters, organizes people who want to open cafes, and stands fast as the gatekeeper who decides whether you give a shit or should be better served by a different roaster. Read more

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