To make the most of my time, yet to remain fairly sane looking to passers by on the street, I decided to try a couple of different places spread out over a couple of days.
The first place I'd seen multiple locations of was Blenz Coffee. At the Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch (345 Robson Street, Vancouver) there are a variety of small coffee and food places lining the library building's atrium. One of them is a Blenz.
|Blenz Coffee Entrance at the Vancouver Public Library|
I visited just before the Vancouver Public Library's Central Branch opened at 10 a.m. to find two Blenz employees behind the counter and a couple of customers gradually having their orders assembled or finishing up their coffees in the restaurant's seating area.
I was able to order right away but took a minute to review my options. Blenz is similar to a Second Cup of Southern Ontario with different flavoured coffees available on top of their regular medium or dark roast offerings.
I settled on one of their special blends of the day, a Medium sized Columbian Sunrise which is apparently a "medium blend".
I waited for the gentlemen behind the counter to not only ask, in an up-selling way, if: "would you like something to eat with that?" and my polite decline. Next, he finally poured my coffee and brought it over to the counter.
I headed out to the tables in the library building's atrium where there are several tables shared amongst the stores and the library patrons.
|Medium Columbian Sunrise|
The Columbian Sunrise coffee straight up (black) was a disappointment. It was almost coloured water. I went back later to add cream to it which help add a little more taste to it, but still for $2.25 it's not worth it and I would choose another blend.
But all is not lost, I've previously visited this Blenz location for a regular run of the mill black coffee. It was a decent straight up coffee that rivaled a Tim Hortons Original blend but a little pricey again at $2.25 for a medium.
Overall, this Blenz Coffee location needs to watch it's coffee consistency. Serving up flavoured water weaker than a green tea is not accepted in the coffee world. Staff though were friendly but more interested in trying to up-sell rather than just getting the coffee and serving the customer. I may try another Blenz Coffee to see if this is a continuing theme or I may not as there are several other coffee shops I'd like to try.