A trendy downtown cafe with several other locations serving up some of the best espresso coffees in Vancouver.
The last few espresso coffees I've gotten here haven't been all that great. The last cappuccino I ordered was very bitter, but at least it was a cappuccino. The time before that. there wasn't any foam and it was pretty much a latte. I'm not a coffee snob but an espresso drink should at least somewhat resemble what you ordered especially when you are paying almost $4. The service is always friendly and I have had better coffees at other locations so not sure if its just the baristas working at this specific location.
I'm a bit of a pretentious wank when it comes to coffee, and Artigiano's always been a place where I expect the best.
However, in the past couple weeks, when I've been here, the service and quality hasn't been up to par with my expectations. Maybe I'm just getting new staff?
My macchiato from my first visit would have surprised me for its quality from a run-of-the-mill cafe, but by Artigiano standards, it was in rough shape. Foam was a bit bubbly and just spooned on; and the shot seemed a bit under-extracted. Anyway, nothing too much to whine about.
The next time I went was a bit of a disaster. I ordered coffee in a press. The cashier didn't know they had french press and tried to sell me a clover cup. I had to point out the presses on the counter behind him, and he had to call over another barista to help make it. Neither of them seemed to have an impressive hold on what they were doing and it was quite a while before they figured it out. They were having problems with their till, and I stood around for a good ten minutes while they tried to figure it out until they finally gave up and offered it to me free of charge. Nice of them, so I did leave them a tip, since they seemed so agitated, but I was embarrassed of the lack of professionalism.
Will I be back? Of course, I'm not going to let a bad experience ruin a shop for me. But I wish that Artigiano was still living up to my boyhood nostalgia.
Prior to trying Artigiano I visited Starbucks daily. Since trying Artigiano I've realized that Starbucks is nothing more than a Mcdonalds and maybe even worse. The espresso is much, much better than at Starbucks and much stronger.
I particularily like the Granville location as the decor is nicer than other locations I've visited.
The only downside to this location is the service. I find employees to be quite abrupt and sometimes rude.
By far the best coffee in Vancouver. I'm addicted to their Spanish Latte (made with condensed milk) -- yum!! I can no longer drink any other kind of coffee as nothing else anywhere compares. Bar none theirs is the best outside of Italy. Ambiance reminds me of European cafe's too. Service is exceptional and always given with a smile, even when they're busy.
Probably the best coffee in town for me. Must try is Spanish latte made with thicker, creamy condensed milk. It was a sweetness that is not overwhelming like sugar makes lattes. Only thing that makes me sad about this place is that it's ALWAYS busy. If you're looking for a quick-to-go coffee, this wouldn't be a place. You can almost always expect the long line up, the noise and full tables. But that only goes to show how popular demand for their coffee.