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ISO Gibraltar coffee substitute in Kitsilano: the quest begins...


Coffee & Tea Ingredient Substitutions

ISO Gibraltar coffee substitute in Kitsilano: the quest begins...

grayelf | | Jun 25, 2008 07:05 PM

Some of you coffee hounds out there may recall I asked about a Gibraltar substitute in Vancouver a few weeks back:

I finally worked up the courage to approach a couple of local baristas and ended up trying back to back capuccinos at Elsyian and 49th Parallel on the way home from the office today. I see a late night in my immediate future but I digress...

Neither of these folks had heard of the Gibraltar and I don't think I described it very well (should have taken notes from the earlier thread with me) but it's early days yet in the quest and I can always revisit when I refine my parameters.

The first drink at Elysian was served in a 6 oz ceramic receptacle (no glass tumblers here) and I drank it inhouse. Bethany was very helpful and I thought did a nice job with my request. I found the drink had the appropriate strength but was maybe a bit light on the milk for the quest. The coffee itself was very tasty, albeit with a more bitter aftertaste than I like. I will go back for further research.

Next I hit 49th P hoping there wouldn't be a lineup to witness my fumblings but alas there is always an audience in this popular java outlet. So I dove in anyway and ended up getting my capuccino to go in what turned out to be an 8 oz cup. So guess what? This one was a bit too milky. I am starting to sound like that porridgy fairy tale chick... anyway, despite the over milkage, this drink was probably closer to my quest but I think I would order it double next time. And I must say I loooovvvve the Epic roast here. So ridonkulously smooth and almost syrupy, weirdly like a great hot chocolate, with no aftertaste.

Other quest targets ID'd:



Take 5

I'm open to suggestions so please let me know of your favourite coffee placea. The only criteria (for now) is that they have to be walkable from Broadway and Granville, and they have to be either independent or at most local chainlets.

Thanks from a coffee clod seeking caffeinated enlightenment.

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