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Bump and Grind

Posted on 24 October 2012 by mattbaker

916 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5L 3W7, Canada

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A friend of mine turned me onto this place on the North end of Commercial Ave. I normally find that people with goofy names for their stores don’t take the coffee to seriously, but this one does. I have seen this place go through a few different changes to accommodate their clientele over the years and everyone has made this place better. A solid La Marzocco machine and a dark roast, their shot’s are strong and very smooth. It’s like drinking sex in your mouth. The atmosphere is designed to be social, with one big table that forces you to sit next and across from people. However, every-time I am in there it is very quite. The owner is lovely and if you want a cool, hip spot to hang this is it.

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Turks Coffee Exchange

Posted on 24 October 2012 by mattbaker

1276 Commercial Drive #1
Vancouver, BC V5L 3X4, Canada

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I have a real love hate relationship with Turks. It is a funky little spot that has a very unique customer base, but the coffee is so inconsistent. I have had really great coffee here, but also a few liquid debacles. It seems like there is no rhyme or reason behind the wide range of quality either. It is a cool place to hang, with fun people watching and is open pretty late. However, it is a roll of the dice on the coffee, but if you roll enough you are sure to get a really good cup sometime.

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Prado Cafe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by mattbaker

1938 Commercial Drive
Vancouver, BC V5N, Canada

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This place was an exciting find. It does not have a lot of signage on the front, just like every minimal hipster place. That is exactly what it is. A hipster mecca! It seems like they transplanted a shop out of Portland or New York and plopped it down on the south end of Commercial Ave. It has no real art on the walls, and very plain design with lot’s of natural light. They have a very impressive La Marzcocca and the coffee is great! I have never been disappointed with the coffee and every barista seems to be on their shit. If you can handle the hipsterness and don’t want to talk to anybody then this is a awesome place.

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Gene Cafe

Posted on 24 October 2012 by mattbaker

2404 Main Street
Vancouver, BC V5T, Canada

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A real awesome place on the corner of a block full of great shops and restaurants. It is the pointy part of a triangle shaped building and is a unique place to hang. A lot of hipsters kicking it, a lot of natural light that allows the hipsters to keep their sunglasses on while they hang out. Not a lot of places to sit, but the coffee is delicious. They have a fancy La Marzoca and lay down the goods on every drink I have ever ordered there.

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John Ward Fine Coffee

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

503 Baker Street
Nelson, BC

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I was very surprised to see a La Marzocco in the window of this small shop. They did not disappoint either. The coffee was great and the staff was very nice and very knowledgable of where their beans come from. This place has a feel of a tea room with great pastries and a very quaint atmosphere. Unfortunately there is no internet, but if you are looking for a great cup of coffee you have landed in the bomb-zone.

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The Bean Scene

Posted on 08 October 2012 by mattbaker

274 Bernard Avenue
Kelowna, BC V1Y 1J6, Canada

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When I found the Bean Scene I was so excited. I was spending a week in Kelowna and it was the hip place and where all the cool kids hung out. With a few locations around town the best one is right downtown. The Bean Scene has a great layout, with awesome art and great people. The food is good, and the coffee is pretty good also. It is nothing special, but I have seen them make a good cup of coffee. It’s less about the coffee in this place and more about the cool hang.

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Dolce Vita

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Dolce Vita

Posted on 04 September 2012 by mattbaker

999 Yates Street
Victoria, BC

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This is my favorite coffee shop in all of Victoria. I have virtually been to them all also. They have a great La Marzoca and use Intellegencia coffee. They are not the friendliest staff and the ambiance is a little stale, but if you want a great cup on Vancouver Island, this is the best bet. They have very good pastries and outside seating, but parking is a bitch.

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