Starbucks might be where you’re used to going to grab a quick cup of java and a treat on the run, but their latest exciting endeavour in Vancouver will give coffee lovers the opportunity to slow down and enjoy top notch beans brewed with state-of-the-art techniques.
The Mount Pleasant Starbucks on Main Street at 14th has been transformed into Western Canada’s first Reserve coffee bar location for the global chain. That mysterious “R” topped with a star on the exterior is definitely a symbol for those in the know about how serious Starbucks is about coffee here.
Here you’ll find baristas with the Coffee Master designation (look for their black aprons) brewing behind the special bar designed to invite customers to linger, sip, and learn.
Here you’ll find Starbucks’ rare small-lot Reserve coffees, brewed at a six-foot oak top bar using your choice of methods: siphon, Chemex, pour-over, Clover®, and Starbucks Canada’s only Black Eagle manual espresso machine. There are also Nitro Draft taps for that fizzy jolt of cold coffee.
Additionally, the Reserve store will be brewing up unique beverages not found at other Starbucks locations, like an affogato, which is espresso poured over vanilla ice cream.
Don’t fret though if you prefer to stick to old school drip coffee, Frappucinos, Mochas, or tea; this is still a full-serve regular Starbucks location, too.
Since Vancouver was home to Starbucks’ first ever Canadian location–it’s the one inside Waterfront station near the SeaBus and SkyTrain, opened in 1987–this city, and its bustling, bright, roomy, Mount Pleasant location seemed like the perfect fit for this unique coffee experience. Customers will find the location fully renovated, with warm wood furnishings, exposed brick wall, and eye-catching local art.
The Starbucks Reserve coffee bar is open and brewing at 2980 Main Street as of Tuesday, May 9, 2017.