Founding father Francesco Curatolo once consulted for Starbucks and would later turn down the coffee giants when they came looking to poach his recipes and expertise, choosing to keep his secrets all in the family. Coffee is the focus in their multiple tasting bars, with upward of nine different espresso blends featuring up to 70 percent certified organic beans. The Gastown location, with its soaring ceilings and bare cement walls, has a small selection of sandwiches and soups, and it’s licensed (Bailey’s latte, anyone?).