A coffee shop with baked goods, bubble tea, ice cream and lots of specialty coffees.
I was in North Van and craving bubble tea and I remembered that Mrs. C told me that this place had the goods. I scampered in and checked it out. The shop was nice and tidy and looked like a haven for coffee-lovers. They had lots of bakery items and a huge menu of coffees.
But I was there for BBT. After a brief survey of the menu and a chat with the counter guy, I decided on a coconut milk tea without pearls. This was lucky since I was told that they had run out of pearls and jelly.
After a brief wait the BBT was ready. The taste was okay, but there were too many big ice chunks, and it was extremely frothy. Not the greatest, in my opinion. At least it was only 4 bucks.
I might be back for coffee or something, but never again for tea.
I've been getting coffee and panini here for years. It's a really nice neighborhood coffee shop with a warm atmosphere and fresh coffee. They roast their beans onsite daily and I got lucky to smell the coffee just being roasted when I came by to get my afternoon coffee...SMELLS VERY GOOOD~ They also have a lot of their pasties made there and quite a selection of food. The staff is quite knowledgeable and friendly....just a pleasant place to spend an hour with friends on Lonsdale.
I went to Roastmasters because I was recommended by a friend. The first time I went I simply got a coffee, a caramel machiatto to be exact. It was weak, not much caramel flavoring at all, and tasted like they were trying to save money by watering down the coffee by about 50%. The next time I went, I ordered a chicken panini and a slice of lemon meringue pie. The pie looked and felt like it had been sitting for about a week, stuck to absolutely everything and tasted a bit on the chemical side. The older chinese guy working there(who could barely speak English) burned the panini not once, but twice and didn't even offer to refund me or at least give me a discount for wasting my time(I was on a lunch break)! The second time he undercooked it, which I know because an hour later I had severe cramps and nausea. Panini for $6.25, tiny slice of pie for $4.50 and neither of them actually had price labels on them. I will never go here again, the only reason why it wasn't 1's all around is because it does have a rather inviting atmosphere and the other customers seemed genuinely happy to be there. My advice? Go down to Brazza and you can have a PROPERLY made sandwich with REAL coffee for the same price or less.