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February 21, 2020

How to Pink It Forward!

Pink Shirt Day is getting closer + this year’s message is as important as always: Lift Each Other Up. A simple but powerful message encouraging us to look beyond our differences + celebrate the things that make us unique. To be complimentary instead of critical. To be friendly instead of fierce.

Pink Shirt Day is also an opportunity…an opportunity for all of us to reflect on our actions. Do we compliment or criticize? Do we notice faults or do we find fabulous? What can we do during our day to create positive interactions with others?

Perhaps this is the deeper meaning + point to the Pink Shirt Day campaign. Every year the campaign focuses on a simple, yet impactful message. And every year since the campaign started there has been a more widespread shift in our society. More people find themselves thoughtful of their actions + more organizations are promoting awareness for peace.

So as this years Pink Shirt Day message becomes more widespread, we thought we’d help you all #pinkitforward + have included a list of everyday things we can all do to spread a little cheer:

  • Smile
  • Listen
  • Offer a hug
  • Share
  • Send out a kind email or card
  • Give someone a genuine compliment.
  • Be encouraging
  • Purchase a Pink Cupcake for a friend!

There are endless opportunities to perform random acts of kindness every day! We think kindness is a choice! And we encourage all of you to ‘think pink’ until the end of February. Pink Cupcakes are available at all Take Five Cafe locations. You can drop in + buy one for a friend or place a large order for business meetings, classroom parties or special events by calling our Catering Department at 604.697.9050.

Having Pink Cupcakes on hand Wednesday, February 26th is a great way to enjoy a sweet treat for a great cause! It’s also a great way to be kind! #lifteachotherup

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November 20, 2019

Here for the Holidays!

This just in for the season!
Introducing our new holiday blend – a special combination of Colombian + Central American coffees that is roasted medium-dark. It has a smooth, well-balanced flavour made even better with hints of oats + melted chocolate! Our Holiday Blend is sure to add unique flavour to your next hand crafted coffee beverage.

Craving something even more special? Then how about enjoying one of our seasonal coffees? Choose from the classic taste of Egg Nog, old fashioned Candy Cane, or the flavour of timeless gingerbread –all created with our perfectly balanced espresso + creamy steamed milk.

Nothing better than nostalgic flavours to get into the holiday spirit! Visit us today for a little seasonal magic!

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October 23, 2019

Pumpkin Pairs with Pear!

Pumpkin – you can display it, carve it, cook or bake with it….call it a jack-o-lantern or a big orange squash. It can be boiled, baked, steamed, mashed or roasted. Although its real claim to fame is Pumpkin Pie, over the years, its popularity has helped it earn its way into baked breads, cookies + more.

If you are in the baking mood why not put pumpkin to the test. To help you do just that, we are including our ever popular Pumpkin Pear Muffin recipe. Of course, if baking is not on your to do list, you can always come visit + pick one up from us! As always, everything baked pairs well with coffee!

Pumpkin Pear Muffin
2 cups peeled and finely chopped pears (about 3 pears)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice blend
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup solid packed pure pumpkin
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


  • Peel, core + finely chop pears. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, spice + baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl combine eggs, pumpkin + oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients + fold to mix. Fold in pears.
  • Spoon into paper-lined muffin tins. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted into center comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and serve warm or at room temperature.

Happy Halloween!

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September 25, 2019

Celebrate the Season!

It might be too soon for pumpkin jack-o-lanterns but it’s not too soon for pumpkin puree! Nothing resonates more with the fall season than pumpkin! To get you in the Autumn mood, we have brought back our Pumpkin Cranberry Scone. It is drizzled with glaze icing + topped with crunchy pumpkin seeds…..more importantly; it pairs very well with coffee!

Come in + celebrate the fall season with us! The treats are calling!

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June 13, 2019

Cool Drink on a Hot Day

All things iced are refreshing when hot! But all things iced are not created equal!

Our iced teas are not made from a concentrate or powder but are steeped using loose leaf tea as their only ingredient. The result is a tea with a deep aromatic taste + all natural flavour. They are then blended in house with 100% real crushed fruit to create unique + delicious recipes. Choose from Mango Iced Tea or Hibiscus Berry Iced Tea. Add lemonade for a twist or create your own spin…just ask our baristas. And if you don’t find a version that quenches your thirst; you can always enjoy a glass of our Strawberry Lemonade. Either way, we have your thirst covered!

Iced Teas or lemonades not your go to? Then try one of our other chilled favourites below:

Cold Brewed Coffee: Fresh coffee beans are ground down + steeped in cold, filtered water for 24 hours. The extended brewing time results in a sweeter, extremely smooth, flavourful cup of highly caffeinated coffee!

Frappini: Our take on a delicious creamy, chilled shake! Enjoy simple flavours like Vanilla, Caramel or Chocolate or take your treat to the next level + enjoy White Chocolate + Strawberry or Cookies N’ Cream.

Smoothies: 100% crushed real fruit. With five servings of fruit or five servings of fruit + veggies, our smoothies are a win win!

….and don’t forget, if you don’t see a favourite beverage above,….anything we prepare hot, can be prepared cold! Nothing beats a refreshing cool drink on a hot day!

Visit us + grab your chilled favourite today!

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May 16, 2019

Cold Coffee CAN Hit the Spot!

Ever have one of those days where the work pace takes over + your morning coffee sits + sits…until it’s no longer warm? Have you been tempted to take a sip? Believe it or not, there are conditions where cold coffee can hit the spot….but this shouldn’t be one of them!

Real cold brewed coffee is not coffee that has cooled down….nor is it coffee on ice. Cold brewed coffee starts with the proper brewing process. Fresh coffee beans are ground down + then steeped in cold, filtered water for 24 hours. Yes! 24 Hours!! The extended brewing time allows for the flavour of the coffee to be extracted from the beans leaving bitter compounds behind. As a result, cold brewed coffee is sweeter + the process produces an extremely smooth, flavourful cup of highly caffeinated coffee.

Cold Brewed Coffee can be served over ice, or steamed until hot. When the cold brew is steamed, it activates the oils in the coffee + pours as creamy foam with an equally creamy, unique flavour. Flavours can also be added creating some delicious variations like Caramel Truffle, Tuxedo(coconut), French Vanilla + more. We think Cold Brewed Coffee taste exceptional + hope you do too!

Next time, grab a cup of cold brewed coffee on your way to the office. You can take comfort in the fact that not only should it be cold, it will taste great too!

Available at all eight of our Take Five Café locations.

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March 20, 2019

Wave Goodbye to Winter!

Time to change your snow shovel for a garden shovel! Today we can officially wave goodbye to the winter blues + say hello to the arrival of Spring! It might be a little cold + wet, but the evenings are slowly getting longer, the birds are chirping louder, the trees are starting to bud + the flowers are starting to blossom!

Spring is about getting back outdoors, cleaning up our gardens, enjoying longer days, taking longer walks, opening our windows + breathing in some fresh, clean air. It’s about saying good bye to the greys of winter + saying hello to colours as the skies reveal blues more often, the grasses grow green + the flowers burst in magnificent shades. Spring is all about getting a little more energy back in our step!

And nothing tastes more like Spring than our popular Lavender Latte. Our roasted espresso is slightly sweetened with lavender + lemon zest. It’s the perfect combination of soothing flavour + energizing espresso which we describe as ‘aromatherapy meets caffeine therapy’. We think it’s pretty special + can’t think of anything better to put a spring in your step!

Come visit us at any of our 8 locations + give a toast to Spring with a Lavender Latte!

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January 14, 2019

Be Kind!

It doesn’t get easier than that!
Pink Shirt Day is getting closer + this year’s message is as important as always: Be Kind. As the cyber world continues to evolve, on-line bullying continues to grow. Bullying takes many shapes but perhaps what makes it the biggest threat is the ability for the perpetrator to remain anonymous. Whether it is harassment, spreading rumours or posting unauthorized photos, on-line bullying is a big concern. Pink Shirt Day is bringing us back to basics with this years message…just be kind!

We would like to help spread kindness too! This year marks the tenth consecutive year that our Take Five Café family has supported the amazing Pink Shirt Day campaign.  Our Pink Cupcakes will be back in stores starting February 4th + proceeds from the sale of Pink Cupcakes for the month of February will be donated to the CKNW Kids’ Fund in support of anti-bullying programs across British Columbia.

So let’s get ready for February. Think business meetings, children’s events, office celebrations + more and place an order for these sweet treats. Our cupcakes can be ordered by calling 604.697.9050. To find out how else you can get involved or for a list of events in your area, read more about Pink Shirt Day, or consider checking out the website for all of the available pink products. You can order the official t-shirts to wear on February 27th, 2019 or purchase a stuffed bear, pink texting gloves, bracelets + more!

Whatever you chose to do this Pink Shirt Day, it’s time to take a stand and make noise against bullying!….+ eat cupcakes, of course!!

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October 31, 2018

Need a Date?

Than look no further! Dates are fast becoming the new healthy ingredient in many baked goods. Not only do they taste great, but they can be an effective substitute for eggs, sugar + butter in baking … of course, not all at the same time!

More importantly, they can be a great alternative to sugar! Look up just about any healthy dessert these days + you’ll find recipes teeming with dates. The sweet, sticky fruit has found itself in brownies, cookies, granola bars, caramels, ice creams, puddings + pies. They are packed with potassium, vitamin B6, niacin, fibre + a small amount of iron.  And if that’s not enough, sometimes they are simply added for texture + taste. Not convinced? Visit us + taste one of our 4 delectable baked items that contain dates. We’ll let you be the judge!

Quick Start Muffin
This muffin is full of everything you need to get a jump on your day: gluten free oats, flax seeds, dates, rhubarb, blueberries + walnuts. With a little more to offer than your basic favourite, it is healthier, moist, insanely delicious + just happens to be, gluten free!

Nature Bar
Corn flakes, almonds, pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, raisins, cranberries, sesame seeds + dates, all come together in a delicious + nutritious bar. A great alternative to a chocolate bar!

Date Square
One of the oldest “comfort desserts” out there….+ known to have several other names such as Matrimonial Cake, Date Bar, and more. These squares are oozing with dates whose taste is further enhanced with orange essence. Topped with house made oat crumble + you have a dessert that’s far from square!

Breakfast Cookie
Don’t let the word “cookie” scare you away from this healthy treat. Full of oats, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, cranberries, dates, carrots, dry apples, sesame seeds + almonds…a healthier twist to an old favourite!

Tempted to try? Come in for a visit…after all, there is more than one way to find a “date” at a coffee café!

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September 25, 2018

Fall Flavours + Favourites

September is the month of the year that has people convinced it comes with a switch. One day you can be basking in the sunshine + the next you can be keeping cover in the rain. It seems the cold snap evolves overnight + the rains appear on cue. Beach visits are changed to mall visits as back to school supplies + fall clothes need to be purchased. And chilled treats are replaced with warm sips as we move towards Autumn.

Just as the switch of a new season is made, we find the beverage requests change too. We know as coffee drinkers you are very familiar with the espresso shots, lattes + Americanos…to name a few. So to keep you in the know, below is a re-cap of some of our not too obvious Fall favourites:

Our Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte is a delicious combination of custom roasted espresso, perfectly steamed milk,  infused bourbon, caramel + sea salt. We’ve spent time in our East Van kitchen crafting the perfect Bourbon infusion (we burned off the alcohol + kept all the flavour!) These all play together to give the delicious taste of a “spiked” coffee  making this fall latte a popular choice.

Stone Ground Teas. Made from stone ground black teas from India, our teas are blended with organic cane juice + other natural ingredients to produce amazing flavours! Our classic London Fog has bergamot + all natural vanilla, while our Authentic Chai includes spices like ground ginger, cinnamon, cloves + cardamom. Stone ground tea is different than traditional steeped teas – instead of soaking tea leaves in hot water + removing them, the tea leaves are ground into a fine powder + whisked into each beverage. When consumed, the body is able to absorb 10X the antioxidants + nutrients compared to steeped teas. Whether you are interested in more nutrients in your cup or just love the extra flavour of stone ground tea, we suggest you visit + try a cup of our Chai or London Fog Tea. A warm sipper on a cool day!

Elixo Tea is more than invigorating flavour – it has antioxidant benefits as well. Made with stone ground rooibos tea leaves, ginger, citrus, all natural honey crystals + cayenne pepper.  It also contains camu camu, an Amazonian fruit with very high levels of all natural Vitamin C. Elixo helps fight colds – the ginger + citrus are known to boost energy + cayenne pepper is great for clearing sinuses!  Combined with a hint of ginger, the flavour will rev up the palate + energize your senses. This tasty tea truly is a cup of antioxidants in disguise!

Come in + try one of our feature beverages or create your own with help from a barista. At Take Five Cafe, our drink menu is just the beginning… your preference is the end!


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