September 2011

Coffee. A World Of Flavor

Vancouver Granville coffee cafe coffee shop Arabica blends beansTrees Organic serves up coffee with beans from all around the world, from Latin America to the far reaches of Asia. The flavor you get in your cup depends on where it was grown and under what conditions. Just as wine comes in all kinds of vintages for you to compare, you can taste different kinds of coffee and enjoy a wide range of subtle differences.

Coffee Beans. A Matter of Taste

There are hundreds of different kinds of coffees available, but most coffee comes from just three main species: Arabica, Robusta and Liberica. The specialty coffees we tend to drink in cafes are typically Arabica, since this type of bean has the most delicate and popular flavors.

Although Latin America was the last region of the world to start producing coffee, it has also become one of the most popular coffee-growing regions due to its good quality. Sometimes beans from different regions are blended to produce distinct flavors.

Keep in mind that the flavor of the coffee you get in your cup is determined by more than which bean you use. For instance, a dark roast tends to produce a more bitter flavor. Even the way you grind the beans can affect how it tastes. A finer grind delivers a more intense flavor, since hot water touches more surface area of the beans while it brews.

Where Trees’ Coffee Comes From

  • Peru. The perfect medium coffee with full flavor, great body and aroma.
  • Guatemala. An exquisite balance of acidity and body with a spicy, smoky flavor.
  • Colombia. Considered one of the world’s finest with a full body, rich flavor and great acidity.
  • Mexico. A dark to medium body with a unique dry chocolate flavor. This is what we use for our espresso.
  • Sumatra. Famous for its intensity with a rich, bold and robust flavor.
  • Costa Rica. Rich and hearty with a well developed taste.

Our coffee is organic, fair trade, and roasted at our own Granville Street Roasting House.

  • You can also enjoy Trees Organic coffees at the home or in the office. All of our coffees are available in 200 and 400 gram bags as whole beans or ground to your specifications. Try some today!

Some Positive Reviews from Trees’ Customers

Trees Organic Vancouver Richmond cafe coffeeshop cheesecake cateringWe love it when reviewers, bloggers, Tweeps, Yelpers and foodies of all stripes have nice things to say about our café. It seems people really like our lattes, cheesecake and more; from the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Here’s a quick roundup of some of the things our customers have been saying about Trees Organic cafes in Vancouver and Richmond:

They seem to like our cheesecake:

“Trees Organic Coffee & Roasting House is a nice relaxing café serving good quality coffee and some pretty yummy treats. After much consideration, Chris and I finally decided on which two cheesecakes to try – the Sin and the Blueberry. The Sin Cheesecake is made with Belgian chocolate and sour cherries. At first, I was a bit hesitant to try this one because I’m not a big fan of sour cherries. However, this cake is rightfully named for being “sinfully” delicious. The sweet and tart cherries gave the cheesecake a good level of moisture, making the cake just that much more fluffy. And the chocolate made the cake super smooth and silky. The consistency and sweetness of the cheesecake was just perfect! Mmmm, yummy!”

First, about the scones:

“While Trees doesn’t have any vegan cheesecake, it does sell a vegan scone. And a fine scone it is, too. It seems to have the flavour of both a cinnamon-sugar donut and a cinnamon roll. Packed with pumpkin seeds, raisins, and dried apricots, it’s made with whole-wheat flour, so it packs quite an iron-rich punch. It also has a perfect moistness and texture that would convince any scone aficionado that it wasn’t vegan.”

Our beverages also seemed to be a hit (well, you’d kind of hope so! We’re a café, after all):

“While we’re discussing lattes, we’d like to say that whatever blend Trees uses for its decaf lattes is quite nice.”

“I only discovered Trees recently, as they have a small, but fresh, menu. Their specialty is cheesecake, and supposedly the best in Vancouver. But they also make homemade quiche, soup, and huge variety of unique sandwiches and baked goods.

So far, so good. And our quiche and sandwiches have a lot of personality:

The quiche comes in two types: Ham & Cheddar or Spinach & Feta. Simple maybe, but boring no. The crust is homemade and it comes with a small side salad that has dried cranberries, pumpkin & sunflower seeds. The sandwiches, which I have yet to try, are on fresh baguettes, warmed and with unique ingredients, such as Bocconcini, Tomato & Basil, or a vegetarian with Chevre, Basil, Capers and Roasted Pepper.”

Have you been to any Trees Organic cafes in Vancouver or Richmond? We’d love to hear your feedback to let us know how we’re doing (and how we can serve you better!). Leave a comment here, review us on your own blog, tweet us up or talk to one of our friendly servers. Let us know what you like!