Vancouver coffee talk: Indonesian spot Nusa Coffee opens in Kitsilano, Honolulu Coffee opens in Kerrisdale

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      Two new coffee shops have opened up, both with connections to tropical island cultures. It's perfect timing too, considering Vancouver's chilly snap has many of us forgetting what warm weather feels like.

      Java jive

      If you want a cup of java, it's a good idea to get it from the place it's named after.

      Vancouver now has one of its first Indonesian coffee shops: Nusa Coffee. (Nusa means island in Bahasa Indonesia.)

      Nusa Coffee

      While they started as a holiday season Kitsilano pop-up shop on December 19, they began the soft-opening of their cozy spot at 2766 West 4th Avenue (at Macdonald Street) on January 12.

      They're taking over the space formerly occupied by Momento Coffee, which closed in July 2015. However, Momento Coffee's other location, at 577 Great Northern Way, remains open.

      Nusa Coffee

      Nusa Coffee is an importer of fair-trade, organic, single-origin Indonesian coffee beans that partners with family-run farms.

      They donate five percent of their earnings to the farmers they source their coffee from. They're also working with an NGO to improve coffee farm infrastructure and agricultural practices.

      Currently, they carry Sulawesi Toraja, Flores Bajawa (from the Ngada region of Flores), and Java Ijen Plateau.

      With the usual suspects, like espresso and lattes, there are also baked goods and non-coffee beverages on offer.

      Their beans are also available at Caveman Café (at International Village), Caffination (West Vancouver), and Café 106 (Burnaby).

      Hawaiian expansion

      For fans of Hawaiian coffee, Honolulu Coffee has opened its promised second location in Kerrisdale today (January 16) at 2098 West 41st Avenue (at East Boulevard).

      The new shop is around 1,500 square feet and seat about 45 people. Their menu is the same as ther Nelson Street location, which includes Hawaiian-themed coffee drinks, desserts, food, and more.

      Honolulu Coffee Vancouver

      The Honolulu-based company, which owns an 80-acre farm in Hawaii, opened its first North American location in downtown Vancouver in June 2016.

      The company is set to open a third location 548 West Broadway (at Cambie Street).


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