The pourover trend continues unabated begging the question, when does a trend stop being a trend and instead a welcome and permanent addition to Vancouver’s coffee culture? Given the recent explosion of pour over options in copious cafes, all indicators are, that time is now.
As significant as the introduction of good espresso-based coffee has been to Vancouver, I believe Canadians, and North Americans in general, still pine for a ‘longer’ cup of coffee. However, the idea of going back to the weak, at times bitter, taste of coffee made by a classic drip coffee maker, sitting sadly on a hotplate, is not appealing.
Pourover coffee is the solution. Made with freshly ground coffee for each serving (like espresso), a filter, and a filter holder, pourover involves, very simply, pouring water over and through the grounds to extract full-bodied, coffee flavors into your cup. It is that simple! So despite similar mechanics to a drip coffee maker, pour over coffee produces a very different, vastly superior result.
We’ve compiled a short list of some of our favorites around Vancouver.
We will start with the veteran of the lot. Revolver set the standard for Vancouver pourover. With a rotating menu of coffees from near and afar, Revolver deserves regular visits so you can savor all the varieties on offer. In addition to an extensive, bean selection, Revolver also boasts the biggest menu of brewing options in the city including espresso, Clever dripper, Chemex pour over (with either a gold Kone or Chemex paper filter), Hario V60 pour over, French Press, siphon, AeroPress, Frieling brewer.
Address: 325 Cambie St.
Around the corner from Revolver, overlooking Victory Square, Nemesis is where the creatives come to break their writer’s block or sharpen their mind and pencil. Offering an elevated caffeine experience with pour over (Hario V60) and nitro cold brew on tap (as well as Kombucha), Nemesis is the perfect choice. With rotating coffee offerings, engage one of the friendly Nemesis staff for information and recommendations – they are happy to share their wisdom.
The attention to detail extends beyond coffee to the food selection – often overlooked by niche coffee specialists. As quality is the most important requirement to the owners, Nemesis makes everything in-house from local, seasonal, and sustainable ingredients. Here elegant pastries like hazelnut financiers to heartier egg and waffle creations, tempt the palate alongside innovative versions of Pulled Pork Roesti and Shakshuka.
Address: 302 W. Hastings
A hub of activity, this Yaletown cafe is busy for a reason. Coffee is sublime and the artisanal breads, pastries and well-constructed sandwiches make Small Victory ideal for breakfast or lunch. The slow drip, pour over here is made with care and attention and is worth the wait.
Address: 1088 Homer St.(coming soon to 3070 Granville St. too)
One of the most well known of the medium size roasters in Vancouver, Matchstick sells beans all across Canada and sells beautifully prepared pourover coffee to customers here. The founders partnered with green, sustainable, small producers in Guatemala to source their beans and take special care at the roasting stage to ensure a soluble, sweet, and distinct flavour is achieved. And to kickstart fall, they’ve just opened a beautiful new location in Yaletown at 1328 Richards St (@ Drake)…that makes 4! To celebrate this opening, they are also introducing their version of the breakfast sandwich to their food menu – a housemade brioche bun with tomato jam, baby kale, cheddar, a baked egg and Two Rivers Speck.
Address: 213 E. Georgia St., 639 E. 15th St., 4807 Main St., 1328 Richards St
An established Vancouver coffee roaster, Elysian consistently delivers meticulously prepared, pour over brew. With 4 locations open now serving all of Vancouver, this is always a solid choice for good coffee. A different house coffee is offered daily so keep going back to cultivate your own discerning coffee palette!
Address: 590 West Broadway, 1778 West 5 Avenue Vancouver, 2301 Ontario St, 1100 Burrard St.