In case you missed it, I did a ramble about why I love coffee franchises here. Whilst this was mostly aimed at the behemouths of our world, I want to draw attention to the fact that not all franchises are created equal. Good Earth Coffee is a prime example of a coffee franchise with small coffee shop atmosphere, and they were generous enough to give me a voucher to try out in their new Point Grey location. (So full disclosure, this is a sponsored review but it has in no way influenced our score).
Firstly it’s important to note that Good Earth Coffee is not a specialty coffee shop that serves pour overs, siphons and other fancy brew methods, but it does have a decent selection of drinks that work really well. The coffee here is of the light/medium/dark roast setup, rather than going to try different coffee with varying flavours.
Brazilian filter coffee. I tried a few of the filter coffees and this was easily the stand out effort. It was light and fruity, there were some notes of peach/stone fruit in there and overall it was an easily drinkable cup that I could see being really popular with those that aren’t into strong coffee or are just getting into drinking coffee. This falls into their seasonal line of drinks, which they change every three months, with a focus on unique and flavour rich roasts.
Tropical Fruit Smoothie OK I know, it’s not a coffee, but I don’t care because this smoothie is well worth mentioning! It’s an amazing combo of pineapple, mango, banana, strawberry and some frozen yogurt. I’m not a smoothie snob but I’m sure this has to be up there in the best I’ve had.
Good Earth Coffee have an enormous selection of food – from pizza to mac and cheese, to a wonderful Tuscan tuna and sun dried tomato sandwich ($7.50) to a rotating soup selection. Add in to the mix a plethora of pastries, cookies, cakes and sweets and you’ve got a really decent menu that’s going to please even the pickiest of eaters.
The venue is large, clean and well designed, with plenty of seating and a few power points for those that want to work. There’s a communal table in the middle that will encourage conversation with strangers, which we loved.
The location is much more residential than a lot of coffee shops, but given that it’s on the corner of Broadway and Alma it’s about as premium as you can get around that area. Surprisingly though, free on street parking is difficult to find in our experience, as a lot of it is permit only. There’s plenty of paid parking spots though, as well as many buses stopping close by.
Always impeccably clean and tidy, plenty of space as well as nice fixtures. There is only one however, so there can be a line if it’s busy.
After quite a few visits I’ve found that the staff are always welcoming, will happily tell you about the food and drinks and are well educated on all their offerings. Given that they are newly opened it was great to see the staff patiently training their newbies, rather than just throwing them in at the deep end and hoping they survive!
This is a perfect example of a coffee franchise done well. Whilst Good Earth Coffee falls short a little on the coffee side of things compared to micro roasters and third wave coffee shops, the rest it excels at. I can see this place being really popular with the UBC crowd due to location and the fact it’s open until 9pm.
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