Vancouver is Now Home to Starbucks’ Largest Location in Canada

The Seattle-based caffeine giant expands its retail footprint in its closest neighbour to the north.

December 10, 2018

By Lucy Lau / Photo: Starbucks Canada

Vancouver may love its independent coffee shops, but among the pared-down, ripped-from-the-pages-of-Kinfolk cafés serving majestic pour-overs, cold brews and elaborate latte art that have become the preferred caffeine stops of residents in recent years, there’s still room for the big guys to flourish. Case in point: the opening of Starbucks’ largest Canadian location, which opens on Tuesday (December 11) at Pacific Centre (700 W Pender St.)

The massive 4,000-square-foot space is the fourth Starbucks Reserve in Canada—“Reserve” meaning this isn’t just any ol’ Starbucks, but a fancy, restaurant-like space boasting cushy armchairs, wall-to-wall windows and a sprawling walnut bar that serves the Seattle-based coffee giant’s “rarest, most extraordinary coffees.” (Other Reserve outposts in Canada are in Vancouver’s Mount Pleasant ’hood and Ottawa and Toronto.)

As such, the menu features a rotating selection of beans—based on harvest schedules around the world, of course—that, right now, includes a woodsy, mandarin-spiked Christmas blend and a citrusy variety with notes of praline.

There are also specialty coffees on offer, like a nitro cold brew topped with cascara foam and a siphon experience that promises to be “unmatched” by any other siphon experience you’ve witnessed in your lifetime, plus pear-and-brie flatbread, chorizo mac and cheese and holiday concoctions like the Juniper latte we’re still quite not sure how to feel about. Behind the bar, there’s a manual Black Eagle espresso machine, a Clover brewing system and other very expensive-sounding equipment that likely means nothing to you unless you identify as a hardcore coffee nerd.

Together, they create a sort of lab-like environment—where the barista is the mad scientist and you, the lucky consumer, get to sit back and enjoy a cup of joe.

Check out the images below for a peek at Starbucks’ new downtown-Vancouver Reserve before you visit IRL.

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