Liberty Cafe's barista brigade decants an assortment of fresh-drip coffees, hand-tamped organic Espressos, and myriad specialty javas. Brewed throughout the day, numerous house blends of coffee ($2.01 each), such as the Canterbury Roasted, awaken taste buds with caffeinated jolts via the alarm clocks etched into their mocha beans. As espresso and hot milk combine beneath a cappuccino's steamed-milk foam ($3.90), the decafe drink ($2.10) supplies tongues with flavourful uncaffeinated sips. Customers can lounge in the brown booths, seats, or leather chairs in the spacious cafe or eschew childhood lessons on sharing to claim the outdoor eating area for themselves. Assorted fresh-baked muffins and scones accompany a menu of lunch items and salads (not included in this offer) and the cafe's free WiFi and stocked shelves of books and games permit patrons to set up camp without having to develop creative solutions to keep bears away.
JagaSilk imports specialty maccha green teas and pours piping-hot cups of loose-leafed hospitality at its bar and academy. Five grades of maccha teas are harvested from the tips of the green-tea tree, enhancing sweetness and myriad health benefits, such as increased energy and the ability to hear temperature change. The bar's offerings are sourced directly from organic Japanese tea gardens or made locally and served in pottery handcrafted by local nymphs. Sip on an organic maccha latte ($4.75) or order a pair of organic maccha cappuccinos ($6.50). Taste buds rejuvenate after leaving a tea sauna to take a refreshing dip in handcrafted maccha ice cream ($7).
Though her Langford location opened its doors in June 2011, don't mistake Becky Dobbs for some bubble-tea newbie. She's been honing her brewing skills since 1999, when she opened her first shop in Chinatown. There she learned to concoct the unique beverage, a Taiwanese specialty that can be served either hot or cold, and which takes it name from the boiled tapioca bubbles or sweet coconut jellies that merrily bob at the bottom of each cup.
Her fruity tea flavours range from tangy passionfruit and kumquat to creamy lychee and matcha to create custom teas for even the finickiest of palates. Becky also presses fresh basil pesto, dill-dijon cream cheese, and sun-dried tomato between slices of bread to grill up savoury paninis or aromatic diamonds. For guests who prefer coffee over tea, Becky brews locally roasted Discovery Coffee to create mochas, lattes, and macchiatos at the espresso bar.
One million probiotic cultures per gram sounds like a lot. That's the amount of the healthful stuff you'll ingest when eating frozen yogurt made from powdered mix. But when eating fro-yo made from fresh yogurt, as it's made at Qoola Frozen Yogurt Bar, you'll be consuming as many as 700 million probiotic cultures per gram. It's an astonishing increase, one that's complemented by other conscientious methods: Most of Qoola's products are fat-free, gluten-free, and certified kosher.
Qoola's low-calorie concoctions helps patrons feel better about indulging a bit at the toppings bar, where they can opt for lighter scoops of fresh fruit and flax seeds, or go all-out with crumbled candy bars and chocolate sauce. As committed to the health of the planet as it is to the health of its customers, Qoola uses biodegradable, compostable, and recyclable containers and utensils, and keeps its facility bright and sparkling with energy-efficient lighting and natural cleaning supplies. Qoola also proudly gives back to the community by supporting a number of charitable organizations.
If it’s not the scent of freshly baked pastries and cookies that lures noses toward Broadmead’s goodies, then it’s the shelf stocked with freshly baked gourmet breads, all crusty surfaces and soft surprises inside. But once guests force their eyes away from all the single-serving treats, the chalkboard menu boasting specialty organic coffee drinks, italian sodas, and hot breakfast fare is what turns eye candy moments into casual mealtime at the bakery. Along with custom omelettes served with flaky croissants and fruit crepes for breakfast, the allergy-aware bakers also gladly prepare wheat- and dairy-free options while striving to keep all menu items peanut-free. During lunch, vegetarian soups and hot paninis offer patrons a quick getaway for the senses while dining inside the café or alfresco on the large sidewalk patio. :m]]
Much like its bigger sister bakery, Broadmead Bakery, Euphorium Bakery serve a harmonious menu of breads and pastries baked from scratch. In its cozy café setting, patrons nibble on custom toasty paninis, tangy lemon tarts, or spires of soft-serve ice cream. The bakery also remains mindful of common food-allergy issues by maintaining a peanut-free environment and baking several wheat-, dairy-, and truffle-free selections.
Fresh Cup Roastery Cafe owner Jim Townley professes the gospel of single-origin coffees whose flavours can "stand on their own." He imports organic beans from farmer-run co-ops in countries as far-flung as Indonesia, Peru, and Ethiopia. The beans release bold, nuanced flavours as they roast in the café's proprietary Roastaire. Fresh Cup also conducts tours of its roasting facilities to prove that the environmentally friendly roaster doesn't resort to dark, medium, or light magic. A team of engineers designed the roaster to conserve heat energy with a closed-loop system while precise controls produce consistent quality, eliminating the worry of burnt beans or hyper-caffeination.
Baristas stir the hearts of coffee lovers with artisanal touches such as house-mulled cider and the house-made caramel sauce that sweetens macchiatos. Wholesome ingredients such as organic flour and local free-range eggs make their way into soups, quiches, and panini sandwiches.