Most of the coffee threads I've seen here refer to specialty drinks: lattes, espresso, etc. I'm mostly a plain-black-coffee guy, with a preference for African and Indonesian offerings. What are some favorite spots for just a regular cup of joe? Or to buy beans to make your own? Do the chains beat the independents in this regard?
I admit, I used to really like the dreaded green-cup chain, but their quality has really flagged in recent years as they've tried to keep a lid on prices. They've moved away from quality and single-origin coffees and seem to be putting worse and worse stuff in their blends.
Blenz can be hit and miss, but I love their Safari Blend and Gastown Blend when they have it.
Recently I tried JJ Bean (CBC location) and liked their Wote Konga coffee, but it could have been a little warmer.