November 15th, 2011

Location: 325 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC  View Google Map
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Hipster heaven (or hell, depending on your hipster tolerance), Revolver is a coffee shop in increasingly gentrified Gastown furnished with rustic wood and leather booths, as well as a counter overlooking Cambie Street. Supplies like sugar, sweetener and spoons are cleverly stored in drawers in a steel cabinet which looks like it belongs in a curiosity shop. Having grown up on the East Coast, I’m a big fan of brick and I’ll take it wherever I can find it in Vancouver – this room has it, along with tall windows and wooden floors. As cool as the room itself are the staff who look imported from Portland with pageboy caps, plaid shirts and vests – they are one step away from sporting waxed moustaches. Still, there’s nothing ironic about their coffee, which is supplied by Calgary’s Phil & Sebastian and San Francisco’s Ritual Roasters. After seeing their pour over bar, looking like a grade 8 science experiment complete with glass decanters, I opted to keep it clean and sample their straight coffee. The pour over method is something of an obsession with coffee geeks who believe that pouring hot water in a thin, steady stream for one to four minutes maximizes the extraction of flavours from the grind. Taking three minutes (or whatever their timers dictated) to pour a thin stream of water is not as easy as it sounds but it’s worth it: my coffee was clean and round and while I normally douse with cream to take the edge off, there was no need with this cup. (EL)

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