A cafe with sofas, retro music and concrete floors.
this place used to be awesome. the owner/manager was really on top of things and did an awesome job of making it a cool place to hang out. now it is completely different. they took out all the comfy chairs and benches and it is stark white--no art or anything interesting on the wall. the tables and chairs are angular and hard and uncomfortable. and if you want to grab a coffee and get some work done on your laptop-forget about it. they've removed all the electrical outlets supposedly due to "abuse".
the coffee and baristas used to be top notch--but this time i ordered an iced latte and it was extremely bitter, acidic and sour, like the espresso was really old or just bad quality, or perhaps a poorly pulled shot. I also had a lavender lemon bar which was wrapped in plastic (ew) and so mushy, soggy and tasteless that I threw it out after one bite (and at $3.50 each that's a pretty expensive bite).
When i asked the male barista was happened to the place, he disdainfully sneered at me and rolled his eyes, like I was asking him some outrageous question.
this place used to be so cool and have awesome service and coffee, what happened?
I love this place so much that if I go a day or two without stopping in I actually miss it and it's not because of the coffee (although) it's amazing, but because of the new owners. Who are young and open minded and pretty much love to serve anyone who walks in their door. Unlike the previous staff, who should not be even mentioned anymore, they are willing to modify your coffee to your liking. Audrey makes the best almost vegan cookies I have ever had. And the changing furniture is a nice touch. I wish the new owners all the success in the world. Be sure to check it out now!
I read the other reviews here with a lot of... sadness. The early reviews are pretty harsh, and it's almost as if I see a generation gap between the reviewers and the people who own Bump n' Grind. A classic "you don't get it" situation.
I have a generation gap with the owners myself. I'm not an "altie", "left leaning" "militant" Commercial Drive type, but I sure know good coffee, and I know good cafes. Bump n' Grind fits both bills nicely, and I've never been treated badly in the place - I've always been treated like a VIP, even when they didn't know me there.
This is not the place to go if you're someone proud of your thirty-syllable Starbucks custom drink order in the venti size. This is a place that takes quality coffee seriously, and it shows. When they refuse to serve things in a certain way, it may offend some, but the results in the cup prove the request denials are quality driven, not snob-driven.
I like the decor, and appreciate the artwork changing often. The furniture is "ratty comfortable" and while it looks old, it's not smelly or mouldy - though it could be more comfortable, I suppose.
On the taste of the beverages, I've had about 50% of their menu in a dozen or more visits, and have rarely been disappointed. Straight espresso ranks among the best available on the Drive (incl. Prado, Continental and JJ Bean). Americanos are the proper size / ratios, and they know exactly how to steam milk properly for the white drinks. Press pot service is great and always varied. I've discovered some excellent new flavours in various coffees tried there.
WiFi access (ask for the PW), comfy surroundings, nice nooks for private convos or group gatherings, it's a great Third Place.
Bitter, grainy coffee. Owner appears to think it's perfect as his staff refused to add a little water to my cup after I politely asked for some. Amazing the measures the Vancouver restaurant industry goes to minimize income. I may have made a return visit for a different kind of coffee, but becasue of my experience with the staff, I and many of my friends will go further up the Drive for a better cup of bean.
I live right around the corner... and ever since I moved in the owner and a few of the barista's have "befriended me". They are so chill and friendly, the coffee is phenomenal - I'm not a latte drinker, I have americanos and clovers and they do both great.
Unfortunately I'm not a 'sit in the coffee shop type' I get my coffee to go the only bad review is that I wish they were a little faster, but the great coffee is worth the wait.
As far as the food goes, I've been treated to a few free tastings, I guess because I'm a regular, and the baked goods I've had are awesome, I'm just not a 'sweets' person (i prefer to indulge in savoury and salty fare). I bought a breakfast wrap during the Olympics and I was unimpressed because it included potatoes. I'm weird... I hate potatoes, I'm sure the rest of the population that liked potatoes would like the breakfast wrap... it just seems kinda odd to me to wrap carbs in carbs... its not the only potatoey breakfast wrap i avoid though.
Oh yes, on first impressions B&G can be deceiving. My partner and I recently arrived to Canada and have found the majority of Coffee shops
substandard. Untill a visit to B&G one day relieved us of our saddness.
After three visits to our now local haunt that "weird guy" at the counter now serves us with a smile and has our order half finished by the time we are at the counter. Stylish art covers the walls and comfy sofas relieve tried legs. Try a tasty muffin and then wish you had ordered two.
B&G does all right by us. Keep an eye out for the "weird guy" playing Banjo, awesome!.
A change of management in 2008 saw marked improvements in service and quality of coffee and baked goods. The atmosphere remains comfy and relaxed, with local art installations frequently being refreshed. Probably my favourite place for coffee on the Drive, and it deserves its many good reviews. Always great music here.
This has to be one of the best cafes in Vancouver. The coffee here is amazing and the staff are super friendly and know their stuff. They have a Synesso and a Clover, for all you coffee geeks out there, and serve 49th Parallel coffee. I have also seen a few bags of Intelligencia and some other roasters bags kicking around though.
The ambiance is very comfy, couches, retro tables and chairs, cool art and great music. They have live music every once in a while which is a nice addition this for North on Commercial Dr. I believe they have free public coffee tastings also, yet to catch one but can't wait.
If you have'nt checked this place out yet and you love coffee get your butt down to the Bump N Grind!
I am a regular Commercial Drive latte drinker.
I love Continental Coffee, used to love Prado, like JJBean, but Bump N Grind is the best on the drive. Don't let the understated location fool you, these guys know their coffee! You have to try it! The old posts may not apply - the owners are fairly new, and you can see their passion.
Give it a try.
True, the people who work there are kinda weird. But I personally prefer a weird guy that makes awesome coffee over some dumb chick with perfectly bleached teeth that can't stop smiling and asking me if I am doing ok. It's a weird place, but the cozy kind of weird, the kind of weird I have come to appreciate in a city filled with over friendly waitresses wearing lulu lemon that are only trying to be nice because they are fishing for a big tip. it is relieveing to be served by someone who is not trying to do anything more than selling you a very good coffee. And the coffee is good, very good. After all, that is what i go to a coffee shop for, good coffee.
My girlfriend and I visited B & G recently and were also refused hot water for our grainy coffee. It was more the arrogance of the staff that made us bitter and decide never to go back more than the actual taste of the coffee. They seem determined to impose their idea of what makes a good latte or cappuccino on the rest of us rustic, uneducated Maxwell House drinkers. In reference to the previous "enlightened" poster's comments, with coffee, wine or anything you like to ingest, one taste does not satisfy all. Hence the plethora of roasts and blends that has surfaced in our local coffee scene. My girlfriend and I don't patronize Starbucks and frequent independent cafes from Sardinia to Cusco, most of which have more coffee finesse and history than B & G, and, incidentally, have always been open to enhancing our coffee-drinking experience. If B & G was indeed proud of their coffee, perhaps they should have given us our money back instead of sniffing at us before snapping closed the til.