Storing Your Coffee After Purchase...

After you have visited The Drive Coffee Bar at 1670 Commercial Drive and had an awesome coffee and then decided to buy a bag or tow of our special blends; now what?  How do you make sure your coffee stays as fresh as possible?

Some quick tips:

- Buy Whole Bean coffee and don't grind until ready to use.  Whole beans retain freshness longer that pre-ground.

- DO NOT keep your coffee in the fridge or freezer! 

- Keep beans in dry space.  Avoid moisture and temperature fluctuations.

- Store in a cool and dark space - not near heat and not too cold where beans will condense when brought out.

- Store in a air tight and opaque container.

Simple little tricks to make sure your beans taste as good at home as they do in the coffee bar...

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Matcha Madness - Give It A Try!

You never had a matcha latte?! Why?!

Come by the coffee bar and give it a try.  You will love these.

Matcha is s finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tree leaves.  It is special in two aspects of farming and processing: the green tea plants for matcha are shade-grown for about three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed in processing. The powdered form of matcha is consumed differently from tea leaves or tea bags, and is dissolved in a liquid, typically water or milk.  We can also miz with Almond Milk or Coconut Milk for those Vegan friends out there.  Come by the bar - 1670 Commercial Drive and give this a try.

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Your're Vegan? We got you covered! Cartems and The Drive Coffee Bar!

A Cartems Donut is the best way to reward yourself for getting through the week! We have Orange Guava (GF/V), Salted Caramel (GF/V), Earl Grey (V) and Vanilla Bean (V). Treat yourself!
All we offer is Vegan from Cartems...  Come by the coffee bar - 1670 Commercial Drive and give these crazy good donuts a try!

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The East Village Espresso - Available at The Drive Coffee Bar

Looking for a smooth espresso?  

We have the perfect espresso for you.  The dark roast Commercial Drive Coffee - East Village Espresso!

Roasted to the same flavour profile that is sweeping the city of Vancouver.  

Roasted locally by our very good friends at Continental Coffee of Commercial Drive.

Come by the coffee bar to grab a bag and try at home...  1670 Commercial Drive - East Van

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Save The Rio ( #SaveTheRio ) with Commercial Drive Coffee and The Drive Coffee Bar

We are so proud that we are a part of trying to Save The Rio!! We are offering 16 perks here - they are only $25 and they get you a $10 GC to The Drive Coffee Bar at 1670 Commercial Drive and a bag of our awesome coffee!! #eastvan #commercialdrive #savetherio

Help support local East Van businesses.  The Rio is an East Van Landmark and a great local business that supports cool art and local artists.

Please help out where you can...

Caffe Corretto - The Drive Coffee Bar - Little Italy - East Vancouver

Ever had a caffe corretto?  Ever heard one being ordered and wondered what was being ordered? 

A caffe corretto is a shot of espresso with a shot of liquor typically to the side.  The liquor is generally a grappa, but it could be a sambuca or a brandy or really whatever you want.

The translation means "corrected coffee".  You "correct" it with a little shot of something nice...

Come by the coffee bar - 1670 Commercial Drive - try one out.  Hard to go back once you've had one...

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Why go for an espresso over a regular coffee?

There are probably numerous other reasons to have an espresso over a standard cup of coffee but I like to focus on what I think really matter: Flavour, Feel (Body) , and Smell (Aroma).

The Flavour of espresso is exemplified because of heat and pressure. Pulling an espresso adds so much more flavour as the temperature and pressure applied via espresso machines work fast to extract the beauty of the coffee beans and typically leave the bitter or acidic tendencies behind.  That is much more difficult to do with drip as the steeping pulls more of those characteristics out of the beans.

The feel (body) of espresso is very pleasant.  Leaving more of the oils in the brew, the espresso is much more complex than that of a  drip coffee which leaves much of the complexity in the filter. 

Finally the smell (aroma) of espresso is heavenly.  Much can be attributed to the same reasons as the feel (body) notes above.

Although it is an acquired taste, once you get used to drinking good espresso, it will be very difficult to go back to a steeped coffee.  If you are scared that it might be too strong, try starting with an Americano - its espresso based with hot water addded - almost like a drip but with all the good of an espresso...

Enjoy.  

Come by The Drive Coffee Bar - 1670 Commercial Drive and give it a try!

 

 

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