I’ve developed a love (and perhaps a slight addiction) for coffee starting last year. I used to hate the sharp taste of coffee, and just settled with lattes when I was student, but now I’ll jump at the opportunity when I can grab a coffee and stay awake, whether at work or at home blogging. Finding a coffee shop that has interesting displays , a rustic feel, and with yummy desserts is quite common in Vancouver now, yet there are so many shops that I never been. Recently I checked out Bump N’ Grind, who opened their second location on South Granville Street.
I sadly missed Bump N’ Grind’s media preview on opening day, but participated in a small coffee tasting sometime after. Apart from knowing that I like my coffee with 2 creams and 1 sugar, I pretty much am a total coffee noob. At Bump N’ Grind, Cheryl, the owner, showed us three methods of brewing coffee- Pour Over, French Press, and AeroPress. The AeroPress had the fastest brew time of 35 seconds, whereas the other two take around 3-4 minutes.
Each type of coffee brew used a different roast:
- Pour Over Coffee: Fernwood Coffee, Costa Rica, Don Oscar Micro Mill
- French Press Coffee: Transcend Coffee, Guatemala, Kapeu
- Aeropress Coffee: Bows and Arrows, Kenya, Kamuyu
The Fernwood Coffee, brewed via Pour Over, had notes of chocolates and almonds. The Transcend Coffee brewed via French Press had notes of fruit and nuts, and it was very smooth and the least acidic out of the three, I found. The Bows and Arrows have notes of orange flower, dried mango, and key lime. Though my palette in detecting notes of coffee isn’t as great as smelling perfume, I could taste a more acidic-fruity after taste in the Aeropress.
I also tried a cup of Vanilla Latte; and Cheryl noted that the vanilla syrup is made in the cafe. At first sip, I could taste the quality of it, compared to generic lattes from Starbucks chains; it was super creamy and not too sweet! Not to mention I’m a huge sucker for latte art!
And no coffee shop is complete without baked goods, and I had the fortune to try Bump N’ Grind’s inhouse baked pastries that were decadent and mouthwatering. My favourite pastries were the matcha brownie (winner of the night for me), the Mookie (a cross between a cookie and muffin,) peppermint biscotti, and the Earl Grey shortbread. (PS- the pastries were cut up to share between us.)
Vancouver is never short of amazing cafes, and Bump N’ Grind is worth checking out for all coffee aficionados. (Plus, it’s very easy to take Instagram-friendly pictures *wink*.) I only wish it was at a more accessible/bus friendly location from where I work/live (Richmond), as the first location is at Commercial Drive and the other location is on Granville Street.
Where’s your favourite coffee shop? If I travel to where you live one day, I’ll attempt to make my way there, as one of my favourite things while travelling is eating/drinking things!! By the way, I have LOTS of coffee pictures from different places, not sure if I should review more coffee shops around the city?
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