Caffè Artigiano

November 15th, 2011

Location: 763 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC  View Google Map
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I have a self-imposed rule of one coffee a day otherwise I am a jittery mess. This solitary cup is normally downed at home in my pyjamas before I brave the world. On the rare occasions when my schedule varies and I stumble out before I’ve knocked back my daily fix, I head to Caffè Artigiano for their brew. With Starbucks as omnipresent as McDonalds, and about as dedicated to producing great beverages, I’m grateful for this serious coffee alternative. In recent years, Caffè Artigiano has rapidly expanded, and although I can’t speak to every location, the line-ups out the door at their Hornby street location which I walk by almost daily, attest to the café’s ongoing popularity. Their trained baristas take great care in producing the beverages correctly, including, for example, steaming the milk to just the right temperature so its natural sugars shine through. Unless you have a real sweet tooth, there is no need to add more sugar to your lattè. Their Americanos are smooth and refined. Artigiano also carries a variety of baked goods such as muffins, scones, and cookies, as well as wraps and paninis which are great accompaniments to their beverages. The food is good but not exceptional; their coffee is the real star of the show. Since Artigiano is so packed and hectic, it’s hardly the type of café you want to linger at lazily over lunch anyway. Occasionally Artigiano offers specialty, award-winning coffees for what seem like exorbitant prices: $5 for a cup of coffee? Really? The one time I splurged, fully expecting disappointment, it was anything but – who knew straight coffee could taste like this? It was unbelievably rich in flavour without any bitter after taste whatsoever. Worth every penny. (EL)

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