Toronto-based Quantum Coffee to open downtown Vancouver location at BrainStation tech hub

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      With a science-based name that refers to energy, it makes sense for Toronto-based Quantum Coffee to make its first foray into Vancouver's caffeine scene alongside a tech-based hub.

      The coffeehouse, which first opened in Toronto over a year ago, will open its first Vancouver location this summer toward the north end of the downtown core at 455 Granville Street. As in Toronto, it'll cohabitate with tech school and digital consultancy BrainStation in a multi-floor space that will encompass approximately 20,000 square feet.

      According to Konrad Group marketing director Jo Vos, it's a full-service espresso and pour-over bar with a breakfast and lunch menu and a selection of pastries (as well as vegan and vegetarian options).

      Vos says that what will differ from Toronto will be the addition of prepared food.

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      Just as BrainStation will present events, programming, and courses, Quantum will do the same, such as offering brewing classes and offering space for workshops. In fact, BrainStation's classes kick off today (March 27) at their Yaletown campus (1110 Hamilton Street).

      Vos says that the décor for the local Quantum (which will be located at street level with BrainStation located on upper floors) will differ from Toront by reflecting a modern West Coast aesthetic tailored to Vancouver.

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      Like the newly opened Chinese teahouse Cha Le Tea Merchant in Yaletown, Quantum readily integrates new technology in pursuit of high-quality brews and the perfect cup of joe.

      The coffee shop employs precision-motion-control pour-over coffee machines Poursteady, VA388 Gravitech espresso machines from Italy's Victoria Adruino, filtration systems for each bar machine to balance water mineralization, and TouchBistro for sales.

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      They also utilize state-of-the-art roasting technology, which reduces their carbon footprint (up to 77 percent less CO2 emissions and fuel consumption than regular roasters).

      A specific opening date hasn't been announced yet so stay tuned for further details to be released. 

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