What began in 2010 as a conversation amongst a small group of people, the Commercial Drive Coffee Company has grown tremendously and now boasts six different roasts in their arsenal. Proud to be roasted in East Vancouver, Commercial Drive aims to provide coffee that is reminiscent of the European coffee scene. At the time, they were doing something different than both big and small roasters in the city, and that has allowed them to grow to where they are now. Even though they’re bigger than they were 10 years ago, they still pride themselves on crafting great coffee, with complex and rich flavour profiles. It’s safe to say that they’re doing a pretty darned good job!
The blend I tried was their Grandview Medium Roast and the brewing method I used for this coffee was the french press. Overall I was quite impressed with the beverage. It had some chocolatey notes to it, which you all know I love. Something that set this apart from other coffees that I’ve sampled was the hints of pepper that added a certain spiciness to it. All of this culminated in a smooth finish which was quite nice. Overall, it was pleasant with a good body to it, especially for a medium roast. Some medium roasts shy away from being bolder, lest they stray into dark roast territory, but the Grandview toes this line almost perfectly.