Elysian is a coffee house on the corner of Broadway and Ash.
First time I went I had an amazing ethiopian coffee that tasted like blueberries. The coffee was great but the service is really weird. the servers insisted that we sit and stay because a to go cup would ruin the taste of the coffee but I didn't really want to be in there. I love good coffee but I don't really want to sit with a bus load of trendsters on ipads with mustaches and lace up leather shoes; it's just not my scene. The service is really bizarre. I always get condescending service like I don't look like I belong there when in fact I know a thing or two about coffee thank you very much. The clover is over rated. It's basically a reverse french press. The coffee is great quality but not always outstanding- the beans are tops and the roasting is great - but they go and stick the coffee in a glass bodum and it's barely warm when you get to drinking it. I always ask for my to go now; they seem to have worked out that many people don't want to stay. I only go there if I happen to be walking by; not really a destination for me. Go buy locally roasted coffee and have the barista grind it for you then go home and use a french press (use water that is just about to boil but don't let it boil) then steep for 4 mins, stir, and poor without milk. You'll have yourself a great coffee. Don't ever grind coffee yourself unless you own an outrageously expensive grinder. The freshness of the roast, the right grind, and the right water temp and you'll be smiling all day!
Had a delicious coconut macaroon dipped in chocolate! YUM.
I have been here a few times in the last couple weeks for an Americano and their espresso coffees are very good. They even offer you some complimentary sparkling water to enjoy with your coffee which is a nice touch. They have a good selection of baked goods including the usual muffins, brownies, etc.
The place is simple, modern and clean. Its a good place to watch the action go by on Broadway as they have a bunch of bar stools overlooking the street. I will be back and give them another try when I am nearby and craving a coffee.
My friends kept raving about this place. They said they had friends who thought it was the best coffee in town. I finally went there and had an Americano. It reaaly was average at best. I could have got it from an office cafeteria. I have NO idea what the hype is here. My second time was a brewed coffee and still it was drinkable. It just shows how hype is contagious.
as a coffee geek I can assure you this is likely the best coffee in Vancouver, although im always game to try out a new place. try the breve machiatto , perfect.
since starbucks went downhill about 10 years ago, it was on to torrefazione, artigiano and others... Artigiano was really good until they sold it and now quality has taken a huge dive, especially since they roast their own beans now, roasting is an art left to someone who knows what theyre doing.
Elysian is right up there with jj bean as my fave coffee places. I have to agree with the other comment that their americano is a bit lacking somehow,
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