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August 30, 2018

Dressed Up or Dressed Down

No matter the weather, no matter the mood, we’ve got you covered! Whether you like you coffee straight up, dressed up, flavoured or chilled…. Visit us + we will handcraft our traditional Italian roasted coffee beans into your favourite coffee drink. It’s that simple!

Not a coffee drinker? We have stoned ground teas, steeped iced teas, frappinis, smoothies + more. All compliment our long list of house baked items. From muffins to cookies + loafs to squares….traditional, gluten free, sugar free or vegan.  Our central kitchen bakes everything from scratch using locally sourced, fresh ingredients which results in moist, flavourful, decadent desserts! House baked treats with homemade taste!

We hope to see you soon… we’ve “bean” waiting for you!

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June 15, 2017

Cold Brewed Coffee – Worth the Wait!

 

Latte, espresso, macchiato, Americano….just when you thought you tried all our options, we are pleased to announce that Cold Brewed Coffee has come to Take Five Cafe!

What is cold brewed coffee? Well, to start, it is not iced coffee!  To create our Take Five cold brew, ground coffee beans are 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 seems sweeter producing an extremely smooth, flavourful cup of highly caffeinated coffee. They say good things come to those who wait + when Cold Brewed Coffee is properly steeped over a longer brewing period the results are magic!

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!

Curious? Come visit us + give Cold Brewed Coffee a try. Now served at all of our nine locations.

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May 16, 2017

There’s a Latte Changes with our Coffee!

Introducing our new fresh roasted, Southern Italian coffee blends that are roasted in a traditional Italian fashion. This is how we take you South, one sip at a time!

Capri – Southern Italian Espresso
The Capri blend is roasted medium-dark + masterfully blended to achieve a velvety-smooth flavor profile. This roast produces magnificent crema + represents the essence of what espresso should taste like. Hints of fresh-baked bread +almonds pair with a dash of natural, earthy undertones to create a blend that is sure to satisfy the most discerning palates.

Abruzzo – Medium Roast Coffee
This medium-bodied Central Italian blend offers a delicate aroma + clean taste, with subtle nutty undertones. Abruzzo finishes with a soft, yet bright + savory flavor profile that leaves you wanting one more sip.

Campania – Dark Roast Coffee
Campania is our darkest roast – deep and robust, with hints of cocoa + honey. Bold, but not overpowering, this coffee has a rounded flavor profile that lends to a pleasant taste + satisfying sweetness.

 

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September 30, 2016

It’s Baaaack!

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Bourbon in the afternoon? Well kind of….we’ve burned off the alcohol + left all the flavour!  Add roasted espresso, perfectly streamed milk, top with caramel + sea salt and you get an amazing latte. It’s called a Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte + it is our limited edition Fall Favourite. Visit us + give one a try. But hurry, cause like all seasons….our feature drink will change!

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May 24, 2016

Specialty Grade Arabica Coffee –
The Cream of the Crop!

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Have you ever sat down with a steaming cup of our Take Five Café specialty grade Arabica coffee + pondered the extensive journey the coffee bean has made before it finally tantalizes your taste buds? Your daily coffee ritual has an interesting story, one that spans continents, oceans + countries. To appreciate your ritual, you should know where your bean has been!

The story begins high in the mountains of countries such as Ethiopia, Colombia + Guatemala. The best quality of coffee is grown high above sea level in warm, tropical climates. Here, coffee trees are planted + carefully maintained. In the case of Specialty Grade Arabica beans, the plants are delicate, hard to grow + are more vulnerable to damage. It can take up to 4 years for a newly planted coffee tree to produce fruit. That is 4 years of tender care + 4 years of meticulous measures at work!

But the hard work pays off, and somewhere in that span, the trees bud a cherry-like fruit. The seed of the fruit is a coffee bean. Harvesting the coffee cherries requires a lot of time + manual labour. The beans are hand picked one cherry at a time + then separated from the cherry flesh. They are then carefully examined to remove defects. Specialty Grade coffee beans are the cream of the crop + need to pass strict standards to stay within their class. Beans that have rot, or are sour, broken or chipped, are removed. They are examined overall for consistency + quality….. Perhaps this is how the term “cherry picked” evolved?

After the beans are sorted, harvested + carefully selected, they need to be washed + dried. The drying operation is the most important stage of the process, since it affects the final quality of the coffee. Coffee beans that have been over dried will become brittle. Coffee beans that have not been dried sufficiently will be too moist + are prone to rapid deterioration. A lot of responsibility goes into this step.

The dried beans are stored in bulk in special silos until they are sent to the mill where hulling, more sorting, grading + bagging take place. This is the milling process + it is a thorough process. The very best specialty coffee beans are hand chosen + it is not uncommon for these beans to be double picked or even triple picked! Consider these the A+ of their class!

It’s here where there are three careful distinctions made in the sorting process. The best of the best beans become Specialty Grade coffee, the grade of coffee Take Five Café is proud to serve. There are batches of Premium and Gourmet coffee beans also sorted with varying levels that offer a different coffee experience. We’ve chosen to only roast and serve Specialty Grade coffee.

Once the beans are sorted, graded and packaged, they are then shipped to various roasting facilities around the world. Our custom-roasting facilities are in Delta and we’re working with roasters who have been roasting Specialty Grade Coffees since 1973! Our roasting facility also boasts 6 years of awards as a carbon neutral plant.

It is here the beans are roasted in small batches for optimal freshness + consistency. And it is here that the roasting process results in our favourite unique tastes, blends + aromas. The darker the roast, the lower the caffeine content, the bolder the flavours, the more ‘smokey’ the coffee. Options are endless here + this is where we pride ourselves on unique flavour profiles.

Once roasted, the specialty beans are bagged + shipped to each of our 10 locations where you both finally meet. This is the magic, the special moment where you ‘take five’ for yourself and enjoy a very carefully prepared cup of coffee. It’s a simple moment and a special one.

So next time you’re savoring a sip of your favourite Take Five Café coffee, remember, the journey of a thousand beans ends with a single sip! And we like to call it a “specialty” sip.

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April 27, 2015

New Coffee Roasts at Take Five Café:
La Flor del Café + Finca Aquiares

At Take Five Café we’re pleased to introduce 2 new coffee roasts to help you Spring through the season!

LA FLOR DEL CAFÉ

Regions: Antigua
Countries of Origin: Guatemala
Roast Level: Dark Roast
Aroma: Slightly smoky notes with hints of cedar + dark chocolate
Acidity + Body: Nicely balanced
Flavour: Fruit + floral notes dominate this cup with a slight sweetness + dark chocolate finish

FINCA AQUIARES

Countries of Origin: Costa Rica
Roast Level: Light Roast
Aroma: Honey with notes of spice + cinnamon
Acidity: Delicate
Body: Medium, well balanced
Flavour: Very sweet with notes of honey, brown sugar + cinnamon. Great balance and clean finish.

All our coffee beans are selected + roasted in small batches exclusively for Take Five Cafe. Coffee is roasted locally in a carbon-neutral facility in Delta, BC. This special “small batch” roasting process ensures a delicious taste profile you’re sure to enjoy.

If you love coffee as much as we do, come in for a visit and Take Five for yourself!

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September 23, 2014

All Good Things do not Need to Come to an End!

Some things are so good you need to bring them back! Our limited edition Fall Favourite is available once more – Salted Caramel Bourbon Latte.

It’s a delicious combination of custom roasted espresso, perfectly steamed milk,  infused bourbon, caramel + sea salt. These all play together to create an amazing flavourful experience that seems perfect for Fall weather and cozy sweaters. Don’t just take our word for it though. Visit us at any one of our 9 café locations throughout Vancouver and the lower mainland + give one a try. But hurry, because although there will never be an end to this delicious latte, it will only be available each fall!

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March 13, 2014

New Coffee Roasts at Take Five Café: Rocket Fuel

As the spring season is almost upon us, at Take Five Café we’re pleased to introduce a new coffee roast to help celebrate the soon-to-be sunny days.

We wanted to introduce something a bit different, a very dark roast coffee that really resonates with an earthy and smoky undertone. After some careful (and enjoyable) taste tests, we’ve decided our newest coffee roast will be Rocket Fuel.

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November 12, 2013

New Coffee Roasts at Take Five Café:
Terra Firma

At Take Five Café, we take coffee seriously. This fall, we’re introducing a new coffee roast to our drip coffee offerings – the Terra Firma. It’s a slightly darker roast, perfect for those November mornings where rain seems to be the only constant.

The Terra Firma is a Fair Trade, Organic Coffee that originates from Guatemala, Peru and Ethiopia and is grown in the Antigua, Andres and Sidamo regions. It is fully washed, semi-dried, grown at an altitude of 3,500 to 6,500 feet above sea level and features the following flavour characteristics:

Aroma: Subtle roast profile with dark chocolate notes and toasted almonds

Acidity + Body: Both Good

Flavour: Clean and rich with strong notes of dark chocolate and toasted almonds with a subtle hint of sweet dark cherries to finish.

So this November, when you need a change of pace and something comforting to start your morning right, stop by anyone of our locations and grab a fresh cup of Terra Firma. It’s bound to start your day on the right track.

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March 21, 2013

New Feature at Take Five Café:
The Mayan Mocha

At Take Five Café, we’re all about incredible flavour profiles that pair good, simple honest flavours to create unique celebrations of taste. This month, we’re featuring the Mayan Mocha. (more…)

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