September 2014

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…)