Located in Historic Downtown Abbotsford, Duft & Co is a need to visit spot. Of course it’s only need to visit if you love high-quality, delicious pastries and coffee (and who doesn’t?). Founded by Tyler and Cassandra following a trek through Europe, this bakehouse is used as a place to, as their website says, “showcase and share their love of food, coffee, people, and each other”. If you’ve ever had even one item from their shop, you know that this could not be more true. Now, I could go on and on for forever about how delicious their food is, but I am here to review the coffee, so I suppose we should dive into that.
But first, a little more about the shop itself. It truly feels like home as soon as you step through the doors. There’s just a welcoming air about the place. Everywhere you look (and this place is, well deservedly, often crowded) you’re bound to see a smiling face or three. It’s easy to see why. If it’s not the abundant selection of pastries available to view, then the staff is sure to do it. They are friendly, charming, and despite the large lines, they don’t seem to want to get you away from the till as quickly as possible. They do a stellar job of connecting with their customers and they are an integral part of making Duft & Co feel like a home away from home.
Alright, now for the main event, the coffee. As per usual, I ended up with a plain old latte to judge the coffee for what it is. Overall, this one did not disappoint! There was good body on the foam, not too rigid, but it held it’s form very well. As opposed to some lattes at other shops where the milk masks the espresso taste, this particular latte did not, much to my elation. The espresso came through quite nicely creating a more rich and complex flavour. Additionally, I found that it had a smooth and creamy finish to it. All around I feel like this latte would be a hit with most, and it certainly was with me. Thanks guys!
Coffee: a solid 4/5