Pants down this guy is the most humble guy in the coffee industry right now. He keeps winning awards and each reaction is so genuine and heartfelt that I honestly believe it comes from the deepest darkest depths of humility.
Radius Coffee is a tiny roaster based out of somewhere near Maple Ridge (I dunno, it all looks the same to me over there). They’ve slowly built up their loyal following, which culminated in a popup this year, at the legendary Pallet HQ.
Sharewares is a selection of reusable cups that are starting to spring up in coffee shops around Vancouver. Here’s the blurb:
ShareWares’ mission is to end the world’s single-use waste crisis, and to do this, they have engineered the easiest, safest, and most affordable borrowing systems for reusable cups and to-go packaging.
There is no technology, equipment, or additional work required. Buy, fill, and sell just like single-use cups.
This coffee has a special place in my heart, as it was in memory of a fantastic coffee human that we lost to cancer this year – Nic. He was a thoroughly lovely bloke, having spent far too much of his free time helping me with my own projects and generally supporting the coffee community in Vancouver. And he expected nothing in return.
The coffee is light, bright, fruity and complex. It was a fantastic example of what a Geisha can be, plus all the proceeds of the coffee went to building a soccer field for kids in Panama.
The “Nic’s Fucking Great People” Award
This is in memory of the aforementioned Nic Witzke, who was a fucking great person. It highlights people or companies that have done something awesome, typically for the community.
This year the crew at Everbean raised over $5K to send parcels of food to the massively overworked and underappreciated team at Peace Arch Hospital.
Jessie and Chris are the two owners, and it’s an honour to know them. They’re amazing folks and are truly worthy of this award.
The ‘Go Fuck Your Self’ Award
Winner: Anti Vaxxers/Maskers at the Hospitals
Yeah, you know why we all hate you. Go fuck yourselves.
Nothing. I’ve run out of booze and I really need to work off this Omicron waistline.
Thanks to all of you that have played a part in the last four days of awards. It’s a pretty labour-intensive time of year for me, chewing up about 100 hours of time. So an especial thanks to everyone that has reached out to me to say hello during it.
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