Summer is here and for some it’s not the time of year for piping hot coffee, it’s more a time for its chillier brother. But we’re not talking about iced coffee, we’re talking about cold brew coffee. Time for the list of the 10 Best Places to get Cold Brew Coffee in Vancouver.
So what is this cold brew coffee stuff? Simply put, you grind the coffee beans, add cold water and let it sit for ages… usually over 12 hours. What this produces is a really delicious filter coffee, with no astringent or acidic tastes to it, but a smooth and sweet mouth feel. It’s as close as you’ll get to a latte under 10 calories!
10 Best Places to get Cold Brew Coffee in Vancouver
Moving Coffee – Morning Whisky
Edmond, the owner, is a master of coffee… no seriously, he’s got a certificate and everything. He’s one of only 3500 certified Coffee Q Graders globally and it shows in his cold brew, called Morning Whisky. Smoother than silk, more balanced than a ballet dancer and more flavorful than any other cold brew I’ve tried.
Buy it by the growler, small bottle or glass.
Summer is back and so is their cold brew! It’s always different because of their varied bean selection. Go into their Gastown cafe to see what they’re pouring this week and take away a 250ml bottle for home or a glass in the venue.
49th Parallel Coffee
Another great effort from 49th Parallel. Not as complex as their other coffees, but a solid all rounder from them. Sold in bottles in their Main St and 4th Avenue locations, as well as various coffee shops around Vancouver.
Salt Spring Island Coffee
Found in supermarkets across BC, Salt Spring Coffee cold brew has a smoky, strong and nicely caffeinated approach to their brew. They also have lovely people managing their social media accounts!
Notch has gone quiet recently but we’re hoping that we’ll hear more from them, now that the warm weather is upon us. Notch cold brew is a spectacularly smooth, well balanced bottle of coffee, made with Bows and Arrows beans. You can find them all over Vancouver, check their website for stockists.
Timbertrain does one of the best, if not the best nitro cold brew in Vancouver. Infused with nitrogen, you get a potent but smooth Guinness like (in looks) glass of cold coffee, served up by some of the nicest staff in the business. Buy it by the glass at their Gastown cafe.
Both caffeinated and non caffeinated cold brew is served at each of their locations, but we’re singling out their roastery location at 2301 Ontario street as the best. Why? Nitro cold brew of course! Buy it by the glass and try their delicious cookies whilst you’re at it!
Cold Brew Bike
No roof for this guy – Kelly, aka the Cold Brew Bike, is a one man show pouring nitro cold brew from a tricycle with a cart attached to it! If you want to know where he’s pouring then check his Twitter feed, as he’s always moving around! Stop by for a sample, buy it by the glass, bottle or growler.
Platform 7 is already one of my favorite places in Vancouver to drink coffee, but they get extra brownie points for serving up Stumptown nitro cold brew from their Kitsilano location. They also sell regular cold brew by the bottle and even a version with milk in a carton.
Smart Mouth Cafe
Another nitro cold brew here – Smart Mouth Cafe gets bonus points for being an affordable drink in an otherwise un-affordable location (Gastown of course!). Buy it by the glass at their water street location.