Coffee is an institution in Vancouver. Even in tough economic times, most people can afford this simple luxury. The gigantic chains – two in particular – seem to be continuously busy. It’s not that the coffee is fantastic, either.
No, I think that their loyal customer base comes from the fact that the product is consistent. Nothing is worse than a bad cup of coffee, so why take a chance on an unknown quantity? Well, one reason is that you may just stumble across a truly remarkable cuppa java.
I stopped into Wicked Café, a trendy little coffee shop at 861 Hornby in downtown Vancouver. The tag line on their website is “coffee you would sell your soul for”. Hmmm, I am not sure that I would sell my immortal soul for it, but they do make excellent coffee. I think it comes down to the fact that they brew each cup individually, so it’s fresh just for you.
Look for future posts on this topic when I find a cup of coffee that is truly blogworthy. In the meantime, let me know if you know where to go for a more than satisfying caffeine fix.