November 2012

What Makes Vancouver a Great Coffee City? Interview with Follow Me Foodie and Good Life Vancouver

Vancouver is a great coffee city. Of that, we can be sure. Smarter Traveler (H/T Vancity Buzz) recently put us in the top 10 cities with that particular designation, noting:

This is a city of micro-roasters, bean educators, champion baristas, and countless cafes. As Vancouver leads the way for a new generation of bean-to-cup coffee fanatics, it’s staying true to the fuel. Vancouver baristas coax the best flavor out of carefully selected coffee varieties using Clover, vacuum-pot, and cold-brew techniques. Travelers seeking out independent and small-chain cafes get a little something extra with their coffee: the chance to discover many of the city’s best hidden neighborhoods.

We wanted to dig deeper. How do the locals enjoy Vancouver’s cafe culture day to day? So we talked with a couple foodie celebrities to tell us about their own coffee-drinking habits. (more…)

A Guide to Espresso, Lattes, Cappuccinos and More

Our café customers and blog readers are already familiar with the story of coffee and how it spread long ago from wild bushes in Ethiopia to modern-day cafes around the world. But what about those specialty drinks that we love so much: espresso, lattes, cappuccinos, macchiatos and more? Where did they come from? How can we tell the difference between them? Here’s a quick guide.

Espresso. The essence of coffee

While coffee has been around since the Middle Ages, espresso is a relatively recent invention. In 1884, businessman Angelo Moriondo patented the espresso coffee machine with the idea of producing “instant coffee” for the drink’s rapidly-increasing customer base. (more…)