November 2014

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!

Checking Green Coffee Beans

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