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Cranberry Orange Cheesecake & Peppermint Mocha

Christmas_GarlandThe Holiday Season is here, and we’ve got some tasty treats that will surely get you get into the Christmas Spirit.

 

Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

Cranberry Orange Cheesecake

Tart cranberries, candied orange peel and a gingerbread crust. We think you’ll agree that this is a much tastier alternative to the fruitcake we all love to hate.

Come in to any of our 5 cafe locations and try a slice. We’ve also got this cheesecake, along with all our other cheesecake flavours, available in whole cakes of 6 inches, 8 inches, and 10 inches.

Pre-order your holiday cheesecake today!

Contact your nearest Trees Cafe location to order a cheesecake for your holiday dinner, staff party, or birthday. Your cheesecake will be ready and waiting for you!

 

Peppermint Mocha

Peppermint Mocha from Trees OrganicCome in and warm up with a delicious Peppermint Mocha. As if espresso and chocolate didn’t go well enough together, add the peppermint to the mix and you’ve got one tasty beverage!

Come in and warm up after a long day of Christmas shopping, and relax with a Peppermint Mocha.

 

 

 

 

 Looking for Stocking Stuffers?

Trees Organic Gift CardA Trees Organic gift card makes a thoughtful gift for the coffee or cheesecake lover on your list. Available in any denomination of your choosing, and there are no hidden fees like you’ll find on prepaid credit cards. In addition, cardholders can register their card to benefit from balance protection in case of loss or theft!

 

 

 

 

 

Coffeehouse Musician Profile. Doug Koyama

Doug Koyama performs at Trees OrganicThe Trees Organic coffeehouse has hosted plenty of eclectic musicians over the years, but last month, we had Doug Koyama, a unique performer who never fails to intrigue and engage his audience. When you come down to enjoy your coffee, cheesecake and other favourites as you listen in to this local legend, you’ll be in for a real treat!

We interviewed Doug to get the story behind his music. Check it out —

TO. Improvised A Capella music with a loop pedal — how did that come about? What inspired you?

Doug. In December of 2009 I was working on a play with Kersley Musical Theatre, south of Quesnel where I’m from as well as a variety show that we produced each spring. The director brought David Hatfield from Vancouver to Kersley to facilitate a workshop on Improvised A Capella singing. David taught us that the two things we needed to remember: ‘Make a sound, keep going.’  What followed was an amazing weekend where 24 of us worked with interlocking vocal patterns and rhythms in an amazing workshop that changed my life.

After it was done I really wanted to sing with people, so I invited everyone to come to my house and sing. Then I started looking for ways I could sing in a multi-voice environment by myself. I found out about loop pedals and bought my first one.

I was inspired by the magical thing that happens when a number of voices join together. When you ask a group of people, any size group, to sing a single note in unison it makes the most amazing, living chord that is always beautiful.

TO. How has your music evolved since you started?

Doug. I feel like my music is the aural manifestation of the energies present in the place it is created, filtered through my personal experiences and preconceptions. I think that it evolves each time I perform.

I regularly perform at a popular open mic in Vancouver that is notorious for being a really loud room where people talk right through the performances. I sometimes step onto the front of the stage, without the mic, and sing one song A Capella to open. I put my intention firmly into getting everyone to pay attention and they do. When I sing that way the whole room stops and listens.

TO. Why use “invented language” in your songs?

Doug. That comes from the workshop with David in 2009. It was used to help encourage free improvisation. The core idea is to not think too much about what you want the next sound to sound like and just allow it to be and become whatever it wants to be.

Even though many songs feature invented language, there is always an idea or message behind every song. I sing about love, and loss and relationships and I think that comes through.

TO. Can you tell me the stories behind some of your songs? What’s the concept behind Hillcrest?

Doug. Sometimes the name is reminiscent of something I heard in the song. Sometimes it’s just a feeling. Hillcrest was the name of the street my sister lived on, for instance.

TO. You’re a well-loved fixture on the local music scene. How did you get started — and where do you see yourself going next?

Doug. Thank you for that, I take it as a great compliment. I love music and I love making music and I think that comes out in my performance. I started booking little spots, anything I could get really, in 2011. Since moving to Vancouver last month I find it impossible to not go out almost every night as there is always something amazing going on. I love to go out and support my friends when they play.

I know the truth is that in order to “get”, I have to “give”. So I give as much as I can. I spend a lot of time supporting the creation of music and music festivals.

I don’t know where I’m going next. I used to have these lofty goals of touring with so-and-so or playing on such-and-such a big stage but right now i’m focussed on making this moment, the one right here before me, the best moment it can be.

Check out upcoming performances on our schedule of live music nights for December!

Celebrating 10 years in Richmond

Trees Organic in Richmond Celebrates 10 YearsWe’re proud of our family of cafes that’s grown up in and around Vancouver. Starting with just one coffeehouse on Granville Street, we’ve grown to 5 locations — including our Richmond cafe that’s celebrating its 10th anniversary on Friday, December 5. To celebrate, we’re selling our famous cheesecake slices for 1/2-price on that day at the Richmond location (7700 Minoru Gate), as long as supplies last!

How did our Richmond location gets it’s start? New immigrant to Canada Hava Ben-Shlomo was hanging out at her favourite cafe, Trees’ flagship location at Granville. She’d already been in Canada for a few years and the country was feeling like home — but with her kids now all grown up, what did she want to do with the rest of her life? “I realized that just sitting there with my friends, the owners of the company, that I loved Trees coffee,” Hava says. “I loved the taste, that is was organic and fair trade — and I loved that it was a local, Canadian cafe. How could I be a part of this?”

Soon she was running her own Trees Organic franchise, opening up the Richmond location that’s still so popular today. “I did some training for about a month to get up to speed on the coffee and running the business — but I’m always still learning!” she says.

Trees Organic Richmond LibraryShe enjoys working in the diverse, fast-growing community of Richmond, BC. “Time has flown by really fast here,” she says. “Looking back, I can’t believe it’s already 10 years. By now, I recognize most of our customers before they even get to the counter, whether they’re coming from classes or the library nearby. I feel like I’m part of the community. This is my second home!”

Coming over to Canada has definitely changed her life. “It’s more relaxing here. People are very easy going — and they don’t mind if your English isn’t perfect,” she says with a charming accent.

Make sure you stop by the Trees Organic coffeehouse in Richmond on Dec. 5 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary with us and get a slice of cheesecake for half price!

Come and Taste Our Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee

You’re going to love it. We’re excited about our new Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans that we’re serving up in our cafes. Ethiopia isn’t just an important coffee growing region — it’s where coffee was first discovered. Some of the best coffee varietals in the world still come from there and today, Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee is recognized as the cream of the crop. When you come in for your morning cup (or afternoon pick-me-up), you’re going to get something special.

Ethiopian Yirgacheffe Coffee flavour profile

This isn’t a coffee you want to just gulp down for a caffeine fix. Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is one to savour. It’s a medium to light-bodied coffee with a complex flavour profile that gets more interesting by the second. You’ll smell floral tones before you take your first sip.  At first, you can taste undertones of wine or berries; then you get a potent finish with a final reward of chocolate and citrus. You might even get a sense for toasted coconut.

Map of EthiopiaWhere does Ethiopian Yirgacheffe come from? The coffee growers from the Sidamo region in Ethiopia are still cultivating their coffee in the birthplace of the beans. Coffee is a major export for the country and growers in this region take care to maintain the quality and flavour that appeals to the international market. This coffee is named after the town of Yirgacheffe (aka Irgachefe) and is grown about 1,900 meters above sea level, a perfect altitude for growing a strong, hearty coffee infused with incredible flavour.

Come into Trees Organic to order your Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee and taste something very special. And don’t forget: all of our coffees are available for purchase in whole bean, or ground to your liking, so you can enjoy at home!

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Oreo Cheesecake. Filled with Yummy Cookie Deliciousness

oreo cheesecakeOur Oreo Cheesecake was a big hit earlier this year — so we’re bringing it back by popular demand!

Oreo cookies. Who can resist them? Cream filling, in between thin chocolate cookie wafers for just the right combination of crunchy-creamy texture. That’s what inspired our own Oreo Cheesecake, made with the treat we all grab, pop and love.

You might dip an Oreo cookie in milk, but with our Oreo Cheesecake, you can try something a bit more decadent. Try dipping a fork of this treat into your latte or cappuccino, or try it with steamed milk and a shot of your favourite flavour. However you like to have it, our Oreo Cheesecake is also great for sharing with friends after work, or if you’re out on a date. Share the love!

 

Trees Oreo Cheesecake

Coffeehouse Musician Profile. Brian O’Brien

Vancouver Coffeehouse Musician ProfileSit down and enjoy a latte. Have a slice of cheesecake. Listen to some extraordinary musical entertainment in one of downtown Vancouver’s most popular coffeehouse venues. Our cafe at 450 Granville Street continues to feature some amazingly talented artists this month. Open mic Thursdays and Live Music Fridays are the go-to nights for any local music fan’s schedule. On October 31, we’ve got the dark and eclectic Brian O’Brien performing, along with Tom Gamble and our city’s unofficial king of the blues, John Pippus. We caught up with Brian this week to get a closer look at his musical style:

TO. You’ve done metal to rap to acoustic. What kind of range should we expect the night you perform on Oct. 31? (more…)

Celebrate International Coffee Day With Us

International Coffee Day in VancouverCanadians love their coffee. Putting aside tap water, coffee is actually the most popular beverage in the country. Sixty-five percent of Canadians between the ages of 18 and 79 would say they drank coffee yesterday, according to a recent study by the Coffee Association of Canada. Actually, Canada is second only to Italy for the percentage of coffee we drink outside the home. Of course, folks love coffee all over the world. That’s why we’ll be celebrating International Coffee Day on Monday, September 29.

Celebrate with us! On International Coffee Day, September 29, enjoy a $1 tall coffee and $2 tall latte at any of our Trees Organic Coffee locations in Vancouver and Richmond.

A Special Day to Recognize Coffee Growers and the Benefits of Fair Trade Coffee

Coffee is an incredibly diverse product grown in many regions far removed from where it was originally discovered in the untamed wilderness of Ethiopia (Read about the Story of Coffee). Cultivated in Africa, South America, Asia and beyond, coffee is grown around the world in rich varieties that evoke distinct flavors catering to an equally diverse international market. (more…)

Seasonally Inspired Lattes. Pumpkin, Sugar and Spice

Seasonally Inspired LattesThe leaves on the trees are just starting to change colour in the fall — and that means your favourite seasonal cafe drinks are back. Starting September 15, treat yourself to a Pumpkin Latte, Brown Sugar Cinnamon Latte or a Chai Latte — or even better, treat a friend! These drinks will keep you toasty on a cool fall day. Inspired by the sweet, spicy drinks you cherished growing up, these beverages will put a smile on your face.

But that’s not all; returning September 29, our fan-favourite Pumpkin Spice Cheesecake is back! A sprinkle of cinnamon and a dollop of whipped cream on the side help top off this tasty fall dessert, infused with fresh pumpkin straight from the seasonal harvest. If you like pumpkin pie, you’re going to love this cheesecake — Pumpkin Cheesecakeand if you’ve never tried it, then you are in for a good time ahead. Enjoy a slice of sweetness with lunch; reward yourself after a hard day’s work; enjoy the fun of the big city as a tourist or newcomer — or just take a decadent dessert home to go with dinner (Our cheesecakes come by the slice, or in 6″, 8″ and 10″ sizes). You’ll be glad you did.

Coffeehouse Musician Profile. Winsome Kind

Winsome Kind performs at Trees Organic this monthContinuing this fall, Trees Organic’s flagship Granville Street cafe offers more musical entertainment for you to enjoy with a slice of cheesecake and your favourite coffeehouse drink. One of our upcoming acts on Friday, September 19 is Winsome Kind, including the local multi-talented musician Scott Perrie performing and the formidable singer Leora Joy, a member of the Juno-nominated Vancouver Chamber Choir. This husband-wife duo is making quite a splash on the Indie folk/pop scene. We caught up with Scott this week for our latest coffeehouse musician profile:

TO. You’re not just a musician — you’re also a talented theatre performer. How has that affected your musical performances?

Scott. It’s certainly a part of who I am, and I think they compliment each other. Being on stage as a theatre performer requires a lot of discipline and hard work and I think that motivates me and carries over into being a musician and getting my music out there.

That’s the really cool thing about Winsome Kind, because my wife Leora Joy has also been performing in the theatre for the last ten years, and is currently a member of the Vancouver Chamber Choir. We both have a wealth of experience and are very comfortable onstage, sharing our stories and our music with our audiences.

TO. You’ve performed at Canadian Music Week, Pop Okanagan, SummerFest, The Harmony Arts Festival, Khatsalano, toured around… what’s next for you, tour-wise? And are you working on new material?

Scott. I have been very fortunate to perform at those festivals, but one of my favourite experiences was performing on VIA Rail last fall with my wife, travelling from Vancouver to Halifax. That trip resulted in us creating Winsome Kind, and we’re really excited to be releasing our album this October. We’ve got plans right now for a cd release party in Vancouver, and a small Western Canada tour, with shows in Regina and Winnipeg. Then we get to ride back home from Winnipeg on VIA Rail, performing along the way.

TO. What influenced your “crooner” music style?

Scott. Well, I’ve always been a singer first. I started singing in choir when I was 9 years old, and it’s just something I love to do. The crooner style is what comes out naturally, I always try to sing from my most authentic self. It brings me so much joy, and being able to sing with my wife and share our music with the world is something I’ve never experienced before. It really feels like our voices are meant for each other, and every time we sing together, I love it.

TO. In a Georgia Straight review of Everything Gives, they said your music “resembles an intimate coffee-shop set, with Perrie utilizing a traditional folk setup of acoustic guitar, harmonica, and stomp box”. Seems like a perfect fit for our coffeehouse scene!

Scott. You bet. I love the intimate setting, and I’ve been honing my craft in this type of environment for years. With Winsome Kind, we’re totally comfortable playing with a full band or just as a duo. I play guitar and mandolin, and instead of a stomp box these days I’ve got a small tambourine on my foot. Leora Joy plays the melodica, and sometimes the ukulele, and everything we sing is filled with harmony. Sometimes I sing the lead part and sometimes she does, we take turns and we have a lot of fun together.

Listen to Winsome Kind’s debut album on Soundcloud! Trees Organic’s Granville Street cafe features live music every Friday. See the full schedule of talented musicians performing at our cafe this month

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee. Our Favorite Webisodes

Comedians in Cars Getting CoffeeComedians in Cars Getting Coffee has such a simple, yet brilliant premise: two funny people drive around in head-turning automobiles in search of coffee and conversation. The car product placements pay for the show and the zing in their coffee helps turn those casual conversations into hilarious improvised bits of fun.

We weren’t the first to tune into epic comedian Jerry Seinfeld’s webisodes, but we were definitely not the last. Something happens every time that reminds us of the almost magical effect of coffee to turn an everyday dialogue into memorable performance art. (more…)

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