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A chocolate and coffee café that gives new meaning to ethical business practice. East Van Roasters serves up bean-to-bar coffee and chocolates (both liquid and solid), as well as locally made pastries baked using their Madagascar cacao. Not only do they purchase direct-trade, organic, or fairly traded coffee and cacao (which you can watch them prep through glass walls), they also work with the PHS Community Services Society, providing training and employment to the women of the Rainier hotel upstairs. Even the mint and lavender used in their decadent drinking chocolate comes from the Hastings Urban Farm Garden (which also happens to use all of EVR’s waste to make its garden grow).

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