Biases aside, Revolver stood on its own merit. After landing at YVR, hopping the Canada Line to my hotel, and dropping my luggage, I immediately turned around and braved the heavy rains to walk over to Gastown. Walking up the steps into the warm (dry) oasis, I was greeted by… a line up. This place is popular! It was immediately clear why; from product to decor to staff, Revolver did not disappoint.
Once I made my way up to the till, I was pleasantly surprised to see an impressive list of that day’s choices for both drip coffees and espressos. That day, Anchored, Phil & Sebastian, Rituals were represented, among others. Have a hard time choosing? You can actually get a tasting flight, a great idea that I’ve only seen applied to beer. New to coffee? Maybe you’d be interested in trying their brew flights to compare the different brewing methods.
In the end, I chose Rituals Wolf Moon, a seasonal espresso, for my latte. Moving up from the till, a beautiful line-up of Chemex coffee makers and Kone filters, were all ready for pour overs. Despite the crowds, the staff were happy to chat, welcoming me to Vancouver. Latte in hand, I took a spot up by the window for some great Cambie St people-watching.
After downing my latte, I had to go back up to the till to pick up a package of the Rituals Wolf Moon beans. Needless to say, I went back to Revolver Coffee as many times as I could over my short trip to Vancouver. Over the course of my visits, I was able to try an Anchored brew, as well as a roaster that was previously unknown to me, Heart Coffee Roasters in Portland. I don’t know who provides their baked goods, but the Power Cookie proved to be a filling breakfast.
Revolver is all about the details. They know coffee and they do it well. If you’re looking for a cozy coffee shop in Metro Vancouver, my personal recommendation is Revolver Coffee.
**Update! Though they didn’t get back to me in time before I posted my review, George from Revolver has since kindly answered a few questions, so I thought I’d share his responses!
What is the vibe you were looking to create when you started developing Revolver? What was your vision?
Our vision at Revolver was (and still is) to provide the best possible coffee experience. For us, that means showcasing coffees from roasters around the world, brewing them fresh and the highest level of quality and consistency possible, in a purposeful and transparent atmosphere.
What made you decide to settle in Gastown?
Gastown is our favourite neighbourhood in the city. It has a beautiful mix of old and new, historic and present, and is host to some of the best eating and drinking in the city. The customer demographic is also great.
What goes into the decisions of what brands to carry?
Taste and consistency are the two most important things.
Besides Revolver, what is your favourite coffee shop?
Cafe Myriade in Montreal.
I’ve never seen anywhere offer anything like your taster and brew flights, and I think it’s a great idea for educating people about coffee. Is this something that’s important to you, educating people about coffee?
Educating people about coffee is great if they want to be educated, but it is not ultimately the most important thing for me. To me, the most important thing for Revolver is to provide the best experience through our coffee and service first, and that can mean many different things to different people.
So there you have it! Thanks, George!
Have you been to Revolver? What was your brew of choice?