If you’re looking for one of Abbotsford’s most hipster-centric locations, Oldhand is your place. And even if that’s not your scene, it’s still worth dashing in to get yourself one of their delicious hand-crafted drinks or baked goods.
Now, Oldhand is a place that is near and dear to my heart. I’ve been following them from the first time they announced they were opening a cafe in our humble town. The atmosphere that they’ve created in their space walks a line between being very businesslike (with rigid corners and a polished look) and welcoming for all ages (the staff and clientele alike make it so). They are known for being very accommodating, and, when it boils down to it, it is quite the cheerful and inviting space.
I love that the owners are very involved and take a hands-on approach to their business. In fact, Johannes made my latte that I ordered and am about to review. But everyone that I’ve interacted with on the other side of the bar (including a few friends) has been warm and charming.
The quality of drinks I’ve received from Oldhand has varied from ‘very good’ to ‘great’, and this latte was no exception. This drink was, in particular, very smooth and velvety. It had an incredible mouthfeel to it that made me wanting another sip even after I had finished it. The foam-to-milk ratio was perfect. Not too much, yet not too little. The espresso itself had a slight sweetness to it that didn’t distract from the overall flavour profile of the espresso, but really elevated the beverage (shout out to Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters). Overall, it was a very solid drink and was the perfect start to my morning. Thanks again, Oldhand!