Inaugural Beanstock Coffee Festival to offer Vancouverites a taste of city's best java

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      Craft beer is celebrated yearly around these parts, so it only makes sense that Vancouver—a city where independent cafes and roasters abound—gives coffee its due.

      Enter the first-ever Beanstock Coffee Festival, which will join 25 small-batch roasters under one roof in Railtown on November 26. Billed as Vancouver’s “first and largest celebration of local, independent micro-roasters”, the event will offer caffeine fiends a chance to sample fresh brews from Agro Roasters, Pallet Coffee Roasters, and others active in what organizers call the city’s “third-wave coffee scene”.

      “The third wave of coffee is a movement to produce high-quality coffee, and consider coffee as an artisanal product, like wine, rather than a simply a commodity,” said Mengo McCall of Mountain Coffee Ltd., a festival cofounder, in a press statement.

      A selection of artisanal food vendors, craft beer, coffee-based cocktails, and regionally produced wines will also be available. In addition, attendees will find a pop-up espresso bar and café pouring different roasters and friendly competitions taking place between participants. A “coffee education centre” will offer a crash course on how artisanal java is produced.

      Tickets for the Beanstock Coffee Festival start at $15, though general admission for some sessions have sold out. Tickets include entrance, unlimited coffee samples, a reusable Beanstock-branded mug, and other goodies.

      The Beanstock Coffee Festival takes place on November 26 at the Railtown Warehouse (298 Alexander Street). For details, or to purchase tickets, visit Beanstock’s website.

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