Looking for the perfect cup of coffee that is fair-trade, organic and created by local coffee roasters? Do not fret, in Vancouver, everything is possible!
David Lynch once said, “But even a bad cup of coffee is better than no coffee at all.” Is this true? Has our addiction to the strong scent of a cuppa joe and that morning kick of caffeine blinded us to what is truly good coffee? Let us leave the bad cup of coffee behind and remind ourselves what it is to indulge in rich flavours, fresh taste and intoxicating aroma of the best coffee around. Vancouver-based cafes, that are popularizing the thoughtful sourcing, roasting and brewing of their own coffee, are on the rise in our city.
The following five coffee roasters are using organic and fair-trade beans to bring freshness, quality and flavour into our cups while keeping the environment and ethical business conduct in mind. So, whether you’re picking up your morning usual, brewing yourself a cup at home or need a place to sit and relax, you can sip away while knowing you have chosen a company that is making a positive impact.
Vancouver’s first bean-to-bar chocolate and coffee roasters prepare all of the delicious coffee and chocolate on site. East Van Roasters is dedicated to working with philanthropic suppliers that provide organic and fair-trade coffee from the Dominican Republic and Peru. These naturally grown beans are said to have exciting flavours with hints of cocoa, blackberry, toasted almond and tropical fruits. This cute little café collaborates with the PHS Community Services Society to provide employment, training and new skills to women going through treatment.
Though their flagship café is located in the heart of bustling downtown, Trees Organic has a down-to-earth, bohemian vibe. The owner, Doron Levy, travels the world in pursuit of new flavours of beans and personally selects coffee that is 100% organic and fair-trade. The shade-grown, bird friendly and hand-picked beans are then roasted in-house in small batches to ensure the highest quality. Trees is the perfect place to meet-up for a flavourful cup of coffee, accompanied by any of their delicious in-house prepared sweets.
Timbertrain Coffee Roasters is dedicated to the process and the core methods of brewing tasty coffee. They source only the highest quality green beans that are then roasted on site in historic Gastown. The freshly roasted beans are brewed using a precise technical process, with every step monitored to ensure customers will taste the freshness in each cup. You’ll be able to sense the difference this labour of love makes in your morning latte, macchiato or espresso.
At Matchstick Coffee Roasters the motto is: “Our company exists because we see purpose in getting our hands dirty, and because we believe that one minute longer doesn’t have to mean one minute wasted.” From travelling to meet the farmers that sell them their coffee beans, to taking every step of the roasting and brewing process slow and steady, they believe not everything in life has to be fast-paced and hectic. After opening their first location on Fraser, the company quickly grew and opened another café in Chinatown and have a third opening this year in Riley Park. Don’t forget to try their tasty vegan treats, which go perfectly with a cup of fresh coffee.
With over 25 years of coffee roasting experience, Origins provides wholesale organic, artisan roasted, farmer friendly coffee to many shops in Vancouver such as Dose Espresso Bar, Wider Snail Grocery and Caffe Express. Located on beautiful Granville Island, the company has its doors open to the public and is a great place for coffee lovers to stop in. Their services include, repairing roasters, training roastmasters and baristas, judging competitions, and of course, roasting the finest coffee. They take their responsibility in the industry seriously and try to inspire others to work directly with organic farmers and to roast and brew coffee locally.
SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL COFFEE ROASTERS
From the bean all the way to your cup, these organic and local roasters are dedicated to the fine art of roasting and brewing their coffee to perfection. The process allows unique flavours to shine, quality to be kept and freshness to be guaranteed. Choosing organic and fair-trade coffee ensures that the farmers who grow the beans are getting more for their labour and the process is 100% natural, not only does it taste better but it is better for your body and for the Earth. Let’s bring back good coffee!