If coffee shop culture is an international contest, Vancouver is among the pack leaders with a bronze medal – a third place finish according to a recent ranking by Matador.
The popular travel media website claims Vancouver is only bested by Sacramento, California and Manila, Philippines, cities that are “underrated” and the “leading edge” of the third wave coffee movement.
Vancouver’s coffee culture revolution began nearly three decades ago with Seattle’s close proximity export of Starbucks. The chain’s rapid expansion in Vancouver outpaced Tim Hortons’ attempts into the market and has fundamentally changed the way Vancouverites think about coffee: locals were inspired to open their own independent coffee shops, adding on to the local coffee culture concept.
However, Matador’s subjective list can be disputed: noticeably absent from the list are some highly renowned coffee cities including Seattle, Portland, Melbourne, Lisbon and New York.
This is not the first time Vancouver has been ranked as one of the world’s top coffee cities. In 2013, Smarter Traveler named Vancouver as the seventh best coffee city in the world – just behind Sao Paulo, Brazil and ahead of Havana, Cuba.
Here is what Matador had to say about Vancouver’s coffee scene:
Downtown Vancouver may well be the epicenter of Canadian coffee. Its residents look beyond Starbucks and Tim Hortons, preferring well-crafted brews made with beans sourced directly from growers. Among the heavy hitters are Elysian Coffee, which roasts for both of its shops, Revolver, Prado, Kafka’s Coffee and Tea, and 49th Parallel — also a roaster. There’s a coffee in Vancouver for everybody, whether you prefer slow-to-make pourovers or espresso drinks.
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