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August 30, 2011

Updates from the Take Five Café World…

While summer is winding down, we’ve been busy in the Take Five Café world. You may have noticed your Take Five Café has a new look. We’ve updated our image and renewed our commitment to coffee.

With a new logo, we’re aiming to further define what Take Five Café means.

We’re hoping to create a space where you can ‘Take Five’ minutes for yourself, to relax and find refuge. We, in turn, hope to create the perfect cup of coffee for you to enjoy.

For a few updates, check out the links below. Grab a cup of coffee and ‘take five’

Business in Vancouver article by Jennifer Harrison

Take Five Cafe Rebrands, Expands

Burnaby Now article by Janaya Fuller-Evans

Take Five Changes Its Look

What’s For Lunch BC Blog by Scott Graham

Take Five Cafe – New Look, New Locations

Posted in Take Five Cafe News

August 15, 2011

Bean Travelling Lately?

Have you ever sat down with a steaming mug of coffee and pondered the extensive journey the coffee bean has made before it finally arrives in your cup? No? You’re not alone. People’s thoughts about food and drink usually stay focused on taste and price. (And if you’re sipping on a Latte from Take Five Café, it’s understandable that the only thought going through your head is ‘mmmmmmm’). However, your daily coffee ritual has an interesting story, one that spans continents, oceans, and countries….

The story begins high in the mountains of Kenya, Colombia, Costa Rica and Brazil, as the best quality of coffee is grown high above sea level in warm, tropical climates. Coffee trees are carefully maintained on a plantation and can be harvested every 9-10 months.

Harvesting the coffee cherries (did you know the ‘beans’ are actually cherry seeds?) requires a lot of time and manual labour. After the cherries are picked at the peak of their ripeness, the beans need to be separated from the cherry flesh, then washed and dried.

At this point the ‘green’ coffee beans are shipped to roasting facilities. They are transported the same way they have been for centuries-by ship. After the ocean voyage the coffee is roasted; the process which gives your favorite blend its unique taste and aroma.

The coffee is then carefully packaged to ensure it stays fresh before it is transported to your local store or coffee shop where you both finally meet.

So next time you’re savoring a sip of your choice blend, remember, the journey of a thousand beans ends with a single sip!

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August 8, 2011

Fair Trade and Proud of it!

Like shopping locally or eating organically, people are aware that drinking fair trade coffee is a socially responsible consumption decision. Yet, while the majority of people know that ‘fair trade’ is the ethical way to go, the exact meaning of the term is not always understood.

Coffee can only grow in specific conditions, and many of the best growing regions in the world are located in developing countries where the coffee crop has enormous value to their economies. However, coffee is a notoriously difficult crop to cultivate, which means that coffee farmers are often at the mercy of both the extremely unpredictable climate and the equally volatile world market. The result is low prices for beans, and a perilous existence for farmers.

Fair Trade coffee takes some of the risk out of the trading process for coffee producers. Through Fair Trade, coffee growers are offered a minimum price for their beans that will hold even if the market price drops. Producers are also organized into co-operatives which they own and govern, allowing for democratic and local decision making. These measures allow for healthier working conditions, greater economic incentive for growers and sustainable production processes.

Take 5 Café is proud to serve Fair Trade coffee, certified by TransFair Canada. So while you’re sitting back and enjoying the delicious taste of your Oreo Frappino, you can also savor the fact that your coffee is supporting equitable farming practices half a world away. Who knew a cup of coffee could be so good?!

For more about Fair Trade coffee check out

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August 2, 2011

A Coffee Newbie’s Guide to the Café Experience

Are you a coffee neophyte? Don’t know a frappini from an Americano? Get confused when confronted with mochas, matchas and mistos? Think a London Fog is a weather report in England? Fear not! Our Take Five Café blog will explain in detail a different type of coffee or tea so that you can expand your café repertoire.


An espresso is highly concentrated coffee brewed by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee. This process creates strong flavor, foam, and a thick, almost syrupy, consistency. The flavor of an espresso will vary according to the bean and roast used, as espresso is a brewing technique and does not have a specific flavor. Contrary to popular belief, espresso does not have more caffeine than a drip coffee; espressos have more caffeine per volume because of its concentrated nature and small serving size, but a regular serving size of drip coffee would have more caffeine as a whole because of the larger size.

A ‘shot’ of espresso can be both a stand-alone drink, traditionally served in a small cup in coffee houses, as well as a base for other beverages such as lattes, mochas, macchiatos, cappuccinos and Americanos.

Due to the high pressure needed to create (or pull) an espresso, they are brewed in special espresso machines customarily reserved for coffee houses. This has led to espresso being viewed as a social experience and is highly associated with café culture. However, technological improvements in domestic machines have led to increased quality and popularity in home espresso machines.

So next time you’re at the front of line at a café, try ordering an espresso and participate in the history of coffee house culture. And remember, if you’re ever unsure about what to order at Take 5 Café, don’t be shy, ask our expert baristas for recommendations. They are always happy to share their extensive knowledge to make sure you get the perfect cup and the absolute best coffee experience.

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