Spent Grounds Coffee Roasters made it onto our list by being included in the latest This Is Plant Curious deals book, our favourite source for new and interesting vegan and vegan-friendly places to visit. As coffee roasting is one of their main raisons d'etre, they set up shop south of Langley in the industrial park near 28th and 192nd. There, they can roast weekly to their heart's content without disturbing the neighbours!
Spent Grounds Coffee Roasters- Vegan Cafe and Store
Sure, they have coffee (I enjoyed a very good small medium roast Guatemalan) but they also have a nice selection of vegan pastries. I realized that earlier in the day would have meant more choice as their display case was almost empty but I have no regrets.
I have no regrets because I got the last Cinnamon Bun and it was amazing! Not sure if they do their baking in-house because I did not ask (dumb guy). The little Blueberry Pastry was also fine but the Cinnamon Bun....
The coupon in the Vancouver Plant-Based Deals Book (sorry. currently sold out) was for a free bag of coffee when you buy a large bag of granola as seen here with my unimpressed obligate carnivore housemate, Smokey.
Admittedly, I have not eaten granola in decades. I'm also not much of a breakfast guy but I found a little bowl of granola with some oatmilk to be a wonderful after work snack. This is big chunk granola with lots of oats and almonds and pecans. It is sweetened with maple syrup but it is not too sweet.
SR has a good range of vegan products at reasonable prices (considering their specialty nature) including a few that also show up in mainstream grocery stores at higher prices. I bought a bag of Butler's Soy Curls while I was there because they are convenient to have around. I enjoyed my brief conversation with the manager/owner who clearly knows her way around her chosen field. So a little off the beaten path (but not by much) they are nevertheless a good vegan resource in a part of the valley that is definitely not overserviced for those choosing to eat plant-based.
Food 4 1/2 out of 5
Vegan Options 5 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 5 out of 5
Value 4 1/2 out of 5
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