For a change of pace during the lead up to the last of my exams, I made it to Victoria for a few days a couple weeks ago. Of course, this meant a trip to one of my favorite cafes of all time, 2% Jazz, on Douglas St for a few drinks. I hadn’t had Sam Jones’ coffee in ages, and it was as good as I remember it. Awesome music, awesome coffee. (I’m pretty sure they were playing Oh No in there… Oh No is a Stones Throw recording artist and the younger brother of Madlib.) The first morning I went in to bug Sam and his barista served up great drinks, and Sam handed over some Yirg fresh from his vac pot. Apparently he’ll be getting in some very high grade Ethiopian auction lot coffee soon. I made it down to Discovery Coffee that day (on Discovery, just off of Douglas) too. It’s a cool little spot with a few seats, a 3 group Synesso and a Clover. I had a Yemen off of the Clover. It was great (and served in a Stumptown mug!) and the sandwich I had was quite good too. I met Logan, and he was a most excellent host.

The second morning, Sam and his barista said I should check out Habit Coffee and Culture on Pandora and Government. So, that’s where I headed. I was told it was very, very similar to the original Stumptown down in Portland. As soon as I walked in, I was blown away. Sparse decor, huge bar, great music (Aphex Twin’s Schottkey 7th Path from his Selected Ambient Works ’85-’92… on vinyl), and the biggest surprise, John Sanders’ old 5 group Linea. Then, I remembered hearing about this place. They serve Hines, and have had relationships with the Portland folks and others in the northwest. The coffee was great. I hadn’t had Hines in a long time, and it was as good as ever. My short 15 minutes in that shop that day rocketed it up to one of my favorite cafes. I went back a few more times and chatted both with Ken, the head barista, and with Shane, the owner. They’re great guys and I wish them the best of luck, but I’m pretty sure they won’t need it.

Other than lots of coffee, I wandered Victoria, which has some awesome clothing shops (check out Flavor and Decade if you’re into Threadless shirts) and consumed excellent food and wine, courtesy of my uncle. Good times.


4 Responses to “Victoria”

  1. 1 Logan May 6, 2007 at 12:38 am

    Thanks for the visit Peter Im glad you enjoyed yourself.

  2. 2 ray June 19, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    sounds like you did pretty well in vic. the only shop you missed was caffe fantastico. they roast their own and are pretty good.

  3. 3 shane devereaux August 9, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Hey Peter thanks for stopping by Habit, Im glasd you enjoyed yourself. make sure say hello next time your in town and we’ll pull some shots. We may even have our Mistral by then. Cheers and enjoy Cow Town, say hey to Phil, cat, and Sebastian.

  4. 4 Derek Lucas August 19, 2007 at 4:54 pm

    Quoted from…
    “Peter Van de Reep
    Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 6:47 am Post subject:
    Way to go guys! Congrats to Derek on the win.
    Way to represent Wicked Cady!”

    Thanks for the congratulations Peter!
    Make sure to stop by next time you’re in town.
    Buon Amici’s Coffee

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