In this three part episode we dig into what most of us need in the morning. Coffee. In the first part of the episode, Tory and I go into a delicious ramble of what we look most in a coffee shop. Although a lot of what peaked our interest was all about what we get out of going to a coffee shop; the look and general vibe of the shop, friendliness of staff, variety of pastries, and most importantly "is it good coffee?". There are also many places in the city that can provide you that need, locally owned small shops like Lost and Found Cafe, East Cafe or great chains like JJ Bean, 49th Parallel.
Truth is there's a lot in store for folks who want a great standard brew, but what about if you're willing to explore a more crafted and personal coffee experience? We invite expert and author of coffee blog's "Mel Drinks Cold Brew" for a detailed and fascinating dive into what to look for, how to taste and what makes a good cup. During our interview the first question we get to ask is something I'm always dying to know in the city. Where can you find the best cup in Vancouver? Although it can easily be one of the toughest questions, there was no hesitation in Powers Voice. "Their, There Coffee". From the crafted imported taste of the freshly grinded, pour over cup to the delicious and flaky crounuts the blog writer swore it was "one of the best" she had in the city. With being no expert to knowing the difference between blends and brews. Tory and I invited Powers to learn more by meeting store owner and coffee connoisseur Vincent Wong of Faebrew Coffee in Richmond.
When we first entered the shop, we were instantly in love by the minimalist, clean and chick look of the bar. Set up like a bar with no individual seats available, customers can see Vincent work his magic behind the bar for a more intimate and personalized cup of coffee. One of the best experiences was also being able to easily talk to him even during a rush. What we first imagined as a pay and go for a fancy cup, soon changed into making this 11 dollar cup well worth it's money. During our interview, we watched Vincent individually make every customer feel at home with his joyous disposition and passion for talking coffee!
When we sat down at the bar, he offered us a choice. We were to pick a colour or describe a mood of what we wanted out of our cup of coffee. With Melody, Tory and I all doing just that, we were able to watch Vincent get to work with different techniques in his pour over and roasted beans to create three totally different cups of coffee. My biggest surprise with this experience is how each cup tasted so different but each equally the best coffee we've had in Vancouver. The richness, comforting sensation that is almost forgotten in the rush of a day had the opportunity to be enjoyed and taken in, in what I'd like to call one of the best coffee experiences you can get in the city!
Tune in next week for the video episode of an Inside look at Faebrew and follow Melody Power's Blog @meldrinkscoldbrew for more on what to look for in a good cup.
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Allison Shields is a Creative Writing student at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She is a co-host of the ILYD podcast and runs the blog for the podcast.