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OCT-NOV 2016

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VANCOUVER, B.C. CITIES IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST may have coffee, brew- eries, and beautiful landscapes in common, but Vancouver is quint- essentially Canadian. From the peaks of the North Shore to the Fraser Valley, Vancouver takes natural beauty and aesthetic very seriously. This most definitely applies to the cafés within the city. Spaces run the gamut of modern minimalist (see: Elysian Roastery and Propaganda Coffee) to warm character cafés. Meanwhile, has anyone mentioned we have a special obsession with trains? It takes shape in cafés as train cars and stations (see: Timbertrain and Platform 7). There are certain assumptions that one takes for granted in Van- couver. One, you recycle and compost; two, you ride your bike, eat local, and head to the mountains as often as you can; three, you're a coffee drinker, of course, but really, a serious coffee drinker; and four, you fill your growler at one of the many local breweries, on the regular. These are the observations thus far. Both locally and internationally, Vancouver is touted as a serious coffee city with loads of selection to offer. It teems with new cafés and roasteries year after year, and continues to evolve seemingly daily. It has been the launchpad for many coffee professionals: Mi- chael Yung, former chair of World Coffee Events; Phil Robertson of Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters; Sammy Piccolo, four-time World Barista Championship finalist; and Sammy's brother Vince, owner of 49th Parallel, among them. The array of coffees available throughout the city ranges from locally roasted to beans coming from farther afield: Right now, a few cafés are boasting Heart and Stumptown from Portland, Ore., Ritual Coffee from San Francisco, and Slate Coffee from Seattle. The best place to dip your toes into an international selection is Revolver Coffee, which is frequently stocked with Tim Wendelboe from Oslo and The Barn from Berlin. The vibe around here is international yet insular, and under- standably so. When you live in the utopia of food, coffee, and nature, why go searching? After a café crawl throughout Vancouver proper, out-of-town baristas visiting to work at the city's TED con- ference a few months ago agreed that the locals were lucky indeed. To strategically survey the coffee scene in Vancouver, let's break the coffee players down into three groups: the big guys, the inde- pendent mainstays, and the mini-indies. Opposite page, at top: Morning light floods the entrance to Birds & Beets, which shares space with the Wild Bunch, a floral design and styling studio. Below: A coastal view of the city, looking back toward the beautiful Lions Gate Bridge, Stanley Park, and downtown. This page: At Aubade Coffee, owner Eldric Kouzma presses single-cup brews using his acclaimed AeroPress recipe. Customers delight in browsing Aubade's collection of delicate antiques while waiting for their coffee. 49

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