You may forget that you’re inside a global coffee chain when you step inside Mount Pleasant’s newly renovated Starbucks location (2980 Main Street).
The coffee giant recently converted its Main and 14th spot into Vancouver’s first experiential Starbucks Reserve coffee bar—an upscale and elevated establishment that drops the company’s signature dark green hue.
Customers will be greeted with brick walls, concrete floors, and plenty of wood elements that create a sleek but warm atmosphere.
The reserve bar features a six-foot-long oak bar top, accompanied by wooden stools that allow customers to watch the baristas work their magic in close proximity.
Caffeine-lovers can expect rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees handcrafted by baristas using special brewing techniques, including siphon, the Black Eagle, Clover brewer, ceramic pour-over, and Nitro Draft taps.
The Starbucks affogato (espresso poured over vanilla ice cream) will be one of the special menu items that can only be found at this specific location.
“We know our customers are more curious about coffee than ever before and this new experience places coffee craft at the center of the conversation,” said Caroline Ternes, vice president, Starbucks Western Canada, in a press statement. “We are thrilled to offer our customers an elevated experience where they can share in our partners’ (employees’) passion and expertise.”
You also won’t see baristas at this location wearing the signature green Starbucks aprons. That’s because all the partners here are Coffee Masters or currently working on their designation (which is the highest level of coffee education for the company), and are honoured with the black apron.