Now open in Mount Pleasant is Vancouver’s first experiential Starbucks Reserve coffee bar at 2980 Main Street. This elevated coffee experience at the newly renovated Mount Pleasant location encourages customers to immerse themselves into the state-of-the-art brewing methods, and witness the expert craftsmanship that goes into each cup of coffee. This is Starbucks first Reserve coffee bar in Western Canada; the other location is in Ottawa. I attended a media preview today of what customers can expect from the new “experience” bar. Here is a video recap of the media event:
Coffee lovers can enjoy a seat at the reserve bar and have a front row view to the theatrics of up-level brewing methods, including Siphon and Clover brewing techniques, and the smooth pour of Starbucks new Nitro Draft. Adding to the elevated experience, all partners are Coffee Masters or currently working on their designation. This designation is the highest level of coffee education for Starbucks where baristas have perfected their craft through coursework and exploration of all Starbucks coffees and are awarded the honour of wearing the black apron.
Some unique offering at the Starbucks Reserve are affogatos and cold brew floats which are perfect for the warmer days to come.
The interior of this store features exposed brick walls and concrete floors contrasted with golden blonde oak and walnut; the space is warm and inviting for a comfortable and conversational atmosphere. Also showcased are sketches and photography of the flagship Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, as well as artwork by two local artists: Diane Nelson of Brandon Johnson Art & Design. The woodwork was also a labor of love being hand crafted by a local millworker while the loose furniture was primarily produced by a local furniture shop.
The new Starbucks Reserve coffee bar will surely be a hit with local coffee lovers. This store and the experience bar is open from 5 am -10:30 pm weekdays, 6 am – 10: 30 pm Saturday, and 6 am -10 pm on Sunday.