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It's pretty rare that I come home from an F or B experience and go straight to the computer but today that's what I'm doing. Why? Because I just came back from a really excellent beverage experience. I had been cleaning the house all day with the reward in mind of trying this new place, Momento. I arrived just at closing time but they were so welcoming I came in anyway. The owner Rick asked what I was after and I said, "Something cold." He proceeded to whip (literally) me up a maccha iced tea using the apparently highly prized Jagasilk Dragonfly. This is quite a performance and worth watching. He added fresh lemon juice and cane sugar syrup and presented me with this vibrantly green drink (see photo) I was a mite trepidatious as I haven't loved the hot macha tea I've had in the past but this was something different. The lemon really set it off and there wasn't any of the "dusty" mouthfeel I've encountered previously. Bear in mind I know less than zero about macha or any other tea, but this was a refreshing and unique drink. Though pricey at $5.50 for what I think was 12oz, it was worth every penny.

I've been waiting for this place to open ever since I noticed they were going to be serving Intelligentsia. Apparently the 15-month wait was largely due to city hall delays (boo!) but Rick has a philosophical attitude and is raring to spread the word on the quality stuff he is brewing and serving. Next time I will try some of their coffee. They have Hario brewers (sorry, I'm sure that's the wrong word and I forgot to take a photo) that are quite intriguing. He auditioned a lot of different coffees including Stumptown before settling on Intelligentsia. I really liked how psyched about coffee and tea he obviously is, and it appears his staff feel the same way based on the barista named Rod who was in attendance.

And what if you are hankering for a snack with your Dragonfly or Intelligensia? You are in luck. The baked goods are made specially for Momento by an Italian woman who came out of retirement to supply the store. I took a ham and cheese scone ($2) home to try tomorrow a.m. and while we were chatting Rick insisted I try the orange and the lemon madeleines ($1 each or 3 for $2.50). I know nothing about madeleines but these are wonderful. Lots of real flavour, light but with a bit of a chew, so very tasty. And he plied me with a chocolate one as I was leaving which I can tell you was better than most chocolate confections I've had -- like the best two-bite brownie ever. No preservatives used in any of the baked goods either it appears. He also has a breakfast sandwich and several grilled options with lunchier fillings, plus a pear tart...

The place is lovely inside two with yellow and red walls and a signature piece of art entitled Momento (as in the Spanish word) from whence came the shop's name. There is also an installation of Jesse Read photos of grafitti in Rome that is intriguing -- almost 3D.

So if you're in the hood, heck even if you're not, considering dropping by. New hours starting Monday are 6 am to 8 pm and (glorioski) he is hoping to stay open till even later soon. Finally, somewhere to go for good coffee after dinner!

PS yes, the iced tea really was that green and no it wasn't served horizontally :-).

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Momento Coffee House
2766 W 4th Ave, Vancouver, BC V6K, CA

 
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  1. Wow! Nice find grayelf. That sounds like a serious Tea and Coffee place.

    The Hario doohickies are probably Vacpots. Nice to see vacpots popping up everywhere.

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    1. re: fmed

      Update: the scone was the best one I've had in ages -- went very well with my soup for dinner. Like the baking powder biscuits we used to have when I was a kid -- mmm.

      1. re: grayelf

        Update 2: Not open on Sundays!

        1. re: grayelf

          Time for a new look at Momento. I wandered in today because of a sign promising a Bows and Arrows (out of Victoria) Bolivian Bertha Miranda http://bowsandarrowscoffee.com/produc... for a pourover. They also have a B&A Nicaraguan that looks worthy, but I've been mostly drinking Central American coffee lately so it was time to give the Cone a little love. This was an interesting (in a good way) brew that had a little citrus, a little granite, and a little funk to the nose, packing a lot of flavour overall. Usually about halfway through a 12 oz I'm eyeing the sugar, or even the cream, but this one is good to the last unadulterated drop. Very nice staff here as well. Good to have Momento in my hood.

    2. Have to check it out next time I'm over.

      5.50 is not expensive. My bf crappy soy starbucks coffee is more then that. treats sound wonderfully homemade and well priced to. Im always shocked at what starbucks and like charges for there low grade pre made shipped food that people gobble up.

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      1. re: daislander

        Just a caveat, I did not try any of the treats nor price them this time, nor did I confirm they are still being specially made, so YMMV. They do have a bunch of gluten-free stuff, as well as nice looking "regular" treats.