Ca Phe Vietnamese coffee bar pops-up in Chinatown House

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      It’s safe to say that authentic Vietnamese coffee is hard to find around Vancouver in comparison to its western beverage counterparts.

      A new pop-up aims to change that.

      Ca Phe Vietnamese Coffee House has launched inside Chinatown House (188 East Pender Street), a relatively new community collective for arts, culture, and technology in the historic neighbourhood.

      The unique coffee pop-up is the brainchild of Minna Van and Andrew Han, childhood friends that come from a Vietnamese heritage.

      “Ca Phe is truly our version of heart, home, and heritage through sense of taste,” Van said in a press statement. “From my coffee to Andrew’s sweet creations, we cannot wait to see what customers think and feel when they step foot in Ca Phe.”

      Its menu features traditional and modern takes on Vietnamese coffee, with four picks available: really strong Vietnamese coffee, really strong iced coffee, avocado coffee, and egg coffee.

      Han, a pastry consultant, will be offering a rotating selection of sweets at the pop-up. Currently, guests will find items like spiced 55-percent dark-chocolate hoisin swirl brownie with Vietnamese-coffee salted caramel, brown-butter-matcha-and-cream-cheese-swirl-blondie with black sesame caramel, and black-sesame chocolate chip cookies.

      “Chinatown is a special community that holds a very special place in my heart,” said Han in a press statement. “It was where I developed my appreciation for Asian food and ingredients, and where I got to connect with my heritage. At Ca Phe, I want to bring back some of the authenticity, the history, and the flavours and experiences I had growing up in a modern way, while paying homage to the Chinatown I knew as a kid.”

      The 16-seat coffee house is scheduled to operate through mid-spring.