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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.


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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The Commercial Drive Coffee Company Offers 2 Types Espresso Beans

The Commercial Drive Coffee Company is proud to offer 2 varietals of Espresso Beans.

The Drive Espresso is the classic European profile of a smooth and silky coffee.  This is a Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade Organic Coffee.

The East Village Espresso is the perfect Vancouver style of espresso that has become the signature of many of our cities more popular coffee shops.  A strong dark roast that is Fairly Traded and roasted by one of our Neighbours on The Drive.

The Drive Coffee Bar is very proud to be serving only Commercial Drive Coffee in our coffee bar.

Not only do we serve it to our awesome customers, we offer it in convenient 300 gram bags for our patrons to take home.  We also offer the convenience of being open early, open late and being open 7 days a week.  

You can buy our coffees almost anytime of the day :-)

Come down to the coffee bar and try us out.  We are sure you will love the coffee in the bar and will want to take it home.

1670 Commercial Drive in the heart of East Vancouver's Little Italy.

Open late - 7 days a week.

Ground Coffee Options From Commercial Drive Coffee Company

The Drive Coffee Bar is very proud to be serving only Commercial Drive Coffee in our coffee bar.

Not only do we serve it to our awesome customers, we offer it in convenient 300 gram bags for our patrons to take home.  We also offer the convenience of being open early, open late and being open 7 days a week.  

You can buy our coffees almost anytime of the day :-)

We offer 3 Great Choices for the Ground Coffee Drinker.

Our Woodland is our only Decaf and is a Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade Organic and Swiss Water Decaffeinated

Our Park Drive is a Carbon Neutral and Fair Trade Organic Dark Roast.

Our Grandview is a Carbon Neutral Fair Trade Organic Medium Roast.

All of the coffees are prepackaged in perfectly sized 300g bags that ensure freshness.

Come down to the coffee bar and try us out.  We are sure you will love the coffee in the bar and will want to take it home.

1670 Commercial Drive in the heart of East Vancouver's Little Italy.

Open late - 7 days a week.

 

Introducing Event Coordinator and Barista - Julia

Julia has been with The Drive Coffee Bar since inception and is another integral part of the team.  She is not only one of our baristas but she is also in charge of bookings for music, art, and social events at the bar.

Born and raised in East Vancouver.

She is a graduate of Vancouver Technical School and is presently enrolled at SFU.

Favourite Music - crass rap

Favourite Readings - reads for school mostly (hopefully will enjoy reading for pleasure after graduation!)

Favourite saying - "that sounds like a you problem"

Favourite Food - ice cream

Favourite Movie - good will hunting

If stuck on a desert island she would want to have - a deck of cards

Favourite Spare Time Activity - napping

Julia loves working in the coffee bar because the customers make her day.... and she loves being hyped up on caffeine.

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Intoducing, Our Head Barista - Carly

Carly has been with The Drive Coffee Bar since inception and has been an integral part of the team.  She is our head barista and barista trainer.

Born and raised in East Vancouver.

She is a graduate of Vancouver Technical School and is presently enrolled in The Beedie School of Business at SFU.

Favourite food: Tuna Tetaki or Panang Curry, or Pad See Ew or Alfredo pasta

Biggest pet peeve: Indecisiveness

What drink do you order at a bar?

Double Gin and Soda 2 limes short. 

Favourite compliment to receive: Smart or generous.

Favourite music: deep house for studying and driving, 60s and 70's folk like bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, The Byrds, Peter Paul and Mary for comfort, classic rock for easy listening, hip-hop/rap/pop for partying

Dream car: 1969 Chevelle SS

Dream Job: If I had any artistic talent I'd be a tattoo artist. 

Best advice you've been given: everyone is their own main character in their own heads so it's important to say exactly what you mean to say to people because they aren't going to spend as much time trying to pick up on nuances as you did creating them

Carly loves working at the coffee bar because she loves her regulars, she's obsessed with her coworkers and she genuinely enjoys trying to make the best drink for each customer who walks through the door.