Let’s talk some serious coffee for a moment. Because things are a little different if you’re coming to visit Canada. Whether you love it or hate it everybody knows about Starbucks…all around the world. Most people know Canada is known for its Timmy’s (Tim Horton’s)…donuts for sure, but some people swear by Timmy’s coffee, too. But if you’re coming to BC you might just need to know about Vancouver Island’s Serious Coffee.
The story I’ve heard from our daughter’s good friend Garrath is that when him and his buddies were hatching the business plan for their cafe, he walked into their morning meet-up bombarded with ideas and questions and blurted out, “Wait. First I’ve got to get myself some serious coffee!”
And thus the name!
Comes and Goes
As life happens, ideas and opportunities and relationships ebb and flow. And so with beginnings in Duncan, ties to Victoria and resettling back in Duncan, Vancouver Island’s Serious Coffee has grown to include 23 cafes franchise-owned by people working and living in the same communities as they are located.
Like other coffee shops Serious Coffee also provides teas and baked goods. They have their own bakery located alongside their roasting plant in Duncan. They ensure the products being served at each of their stores is fresh and made to their specifications.
Serious Coffee is a Vancouver Island coffee shop stretching from Victoria west to Sooke (hey there!!) north to Campbell River with an outlet in Port Alberni where the island is nearly cut in half with inlets. And then there’s just this one stretch-on-over to the mainland at Powell River.
Growing up in Vancouver I always thought Powell River was on the island…maybe other people do, too! Because now Serious Coffee’s confusing us a little bit with this not-on-the-island store. “We’re proud Islanders serving Islanders.”
Happy for their expansion & success, wherever it is! Be sure to check out Vancouver Island’s Serious Coffee.
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