East Van Roasters


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  • English,
319 Carrall St, Vancouver, BC V6B 2J4
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Creating organic ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate and coffee roasted and prepared on site, this small coffee shop inside the Rainier Hotel in the heart of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside (DTES) offers a truly unique experience: the opportunity to see how chocolate is made straight from the bean and to try it in all of its different stages.

At East Van Roasters, you can delight your tastebuds with delicious organic drinking chocolate and coffees, hand-rolled truffles, single-origin chocolate bars and select pastries, all while supporting a great cause.

A little coffee bar with a big heart, East Van Roasters is a non-profit social enterprise, created by the PHS Community Services Society to provide training and employment for women living in the Rainier Hotel.

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Sweet sips to enjoy at the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Sweet sips to enjoy at the Vancouver Hot Chocolate Festival

Part café, part artisanal roaster, part social enterprise, East Van Roasters offers plenty of reasons to visit during the Hot Chocolate Festival. The Gastown café will be serving two unique drinks over the duration of the festival. From January 19 to 31, test your taste buds with The Sour vs. Sour Experience, a sour cherry Madagascar drinking chocolate paired with a piece of chocolate designed by students from Queen Alexandra Elementary. And from February 1 to 14, try the cardamom-infused Trip to Lachua, Guatemala – this drinking chocolate was inspired by the owners’ recent trip to a Mayan family-owned plantation.

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Great spots for hot chocolate in Vancouver

Great spots for hot chocolate in Vancouver

The Mayan spiced chocolate at this Gastown café is incomparable. The reason: all of the organic chocolate at East Van Roasters is made in house – “bean-to-bar” as they like to say. These guys roast own cocoa nibs and prepare the chocolate on site; you can only experience the depth of flavour in each cup!

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Vancouver’s tastiest chocolate chip cookies

Vancouver’s tastiest chocolate chip cookies

East Van Roasters’ salted chocolate chip cookie just might be absolutely perfect. While this is not unexpected from a “bean to bar” chocolatier, it’s nonetheless satisfying that they can put their money where their mouth is – or, rather, their chocolate chip where their cookie is. At $1.75, these chewy, crispy, golden cookies streaked with rich dark chocolate and topped with a hint of salt are an affordable indulgence. And this is chocolate with a conscience: part of East Van Roasters’ mandate is to provide employment and training to the marginalized women residing at the Rainier Hotel next door.

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