The Drive Coffee

Baby, It's Cold Outside... Come Warm Up With Us - The Drive Coffee Bar

Well, it's getting to be that time of year. Leaves are almost fallen from the trees and we wake up to frosty sidewalks and frosted windows.

As nice as it is at times to be a home and making fresh batch of Commercial Drive Organic Coffee, it can be equally as enjoyable to get out of the house and head down to The Drive and have one our lovely baristas make you an organic Italian style espresso or latte and maybe grab a La Grotta wrap or sandwich or maybe treat yourself to a wonderful Vegan Cartems Donut!

Whatever your fancy, let us try and make your day that much more special and head down to our community coffee bar and enjoy all that East Vancouver and Little Italy has to offer.

On your way out, grab a couple bags of our locally roasted organic coffees to take home to make. You can buy our whole coffee beans, have them ground for you at the shop or buy a preground offering.

Join us... Two blocks down from Starbucks and across thes street for Tim Hortons... We are at 1670 Commercial Drive. Looking forward to seeing you.

We are a locally owned and operated independent coffee bar and we proudly serve Commercial Drive Coffee Company Coffee exclusively.


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!

Our selection of Cartems is ALWAYS Vegan and mostly Gluten Free. Pair with a Commercial Drive Coffee Company Organic Coffee and let your senses go…

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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...

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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Want to try Amaro? Come By The Drive Coffee Bar in East Vancouver's Little Italy!

Amaro is a liqueur made by infusing a base spirit with myriad botanicals like fruits, roots, barks and herbs, amari (plural for amaro) can have a depth of bittersweet flavor unlike any other spirit. Traditionally, amari are served neat or over ice, but there are plenty of creative ways to enjoy them. For a simple afternoon cocktail, amaro with tonic is a refreshingly solid recommendation for someone who loves gin and tonics but wants to try something new. Amaro also pairs well with coke or ginger ale for a palate that craves something on the sweeter side. Many Europeans drink amaro with orange juice, but it also blends well in coffee and espresso drinks. To complete a meal, served at room temperature as a digestive.Amari are versatile, making them fun and easy to experiment with.

Come join us The Drive Coffee Bar and give our Amaro a try.  We carry a few varieties, but my personal favourite is the Amaro Nonino Quintessa.   Amaro Nonino Quintessentia is an digestif amaro made in Fruili, in northern Italy. It is grappa based, and infused with a blend of many herbs, spices and roots, including gentian, saffron, licorice, rhubarb, sweet and bitter orange, tamarind, quassia bark, chinchona bark, and galenga, among other things. It is a light reddish brown color and 70 proof.Nonino is a bit less sweet, less bitter, and lighter in texture than other amari. It is aged for five years in oak barrels.

So good!  We are 1670 Commercial Drive in the Heart of East Vancouver's Little Italy.

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