Overall Rating (poor, fair, good, very good, excellent):
Caffeinated beverages- Fair
(did not get order food)
Space- Very good
(large room, lots of space between tables, nice big windows, a bit bare)Table availability- Excellent
(lots of seating available, including individual tables for one and large tables for two, plus banquets and window seating)
Seat comfort- Good
(a lot of variability in seats between chairs and banquets, but most chairs could use higher backs and have wooden seats)
Internet connection- Excellent
(password protected, fast)
Noise- quiet to moderate
(there in the late morning, many people having meetings, large size of room makes the noise level seemingly less)
Attitude towards "perchers"- Very good
(they were not overly friendly at the counter, but they certainly do not seem to mind people sticking around for a few hour, most people there alone were working away on laptops)
Coffeebar is yet another coffee establishment located in the heart of Gastown. They also have another location in West Vancouver. Located right on Water St., they are easier to stumble across than the others and have their eye-catching sign out front.
They use largely 49th Parallel product here. I had an almond milk latte and, although I give them kudos for having almond milk, I found this latte to be inferior to the others I have had so far in Gastown. It tasted a bit "water-y", and the milk seemed slightly burnt. The latte art was very pretty however.
Overall, I would say that this place is less about putting out exceptional coffee, and more about providing a space for Gastown folk to get together for meetings, or come solo to get some work done. Therefore, for the purpose of "perching", it is just the ticket as you will likely always get a table to your liking, but you will have to sacrifice a little in the way of character and coffee craftsmanship.
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