49th Parallel Coffee Roasters at 2152 West Fourth is a community staple and now they’re offering up their Arabica bean brews in Mount Pleasant. 49th Parallel recently opened up shop on Main Street at 13th and the local company has seen a boom in business thanks to the addition of Lucky’s Doughnuts.
They’re very serious about their beans, which they entrust to Master Roaster Mike Piccolo, and have even blogged about their bean-scouting missions to South America and Africa.
Normally coffee joints don’t grab my attention in Vancouver since they’re about as common as a squirrel in Stanley Park. However, my social media networks have been inundated with posts and photos about 49th and Lucky’s. I found two posts that uncovered a bit more about this venture:
Good Life Vancouver: The introduction Lucky’s Doughnuts brings together a classic combination of excellent coffee and handmade doughnuts. “When we’re travelling, we always seem to find ourselves in doughnut shops that also serve great coffee,” said Colter Jones, who looks after the company’s retail operations. “We’re hoping to bring that same marriage between coffee and doughnuts to Vancouver.” The development of the concept saw Jones head to the US for doughnut-focused pastry courses, before joining forces with local pastry chef Dawne Gourley to create Lucky’s Doughnuts’ very own recipes.
Scout Magazine: Does Main St. need another coffee shop? Sure it does! And one with Kees van der Westen machines, a 16 seat cupping table, 2 garage doors leading out to a patio, a fireplace, a wrap-around booth, and plenty of tasties aside from coffee (namely 13 different ringed wonders from Lucky’s Doughnuts).
I stopped in last week and it was as busy as expected, although my wait time in line was brief. I picked out 4 doughnuts that included peanut butter & jelly, pistachio, double chocolate, and an apple bacon fritter. Being a fan of peanut butter — but not a fan of sweets — I had John try the PB & J, and he said it was something he’d have again (and again).
If you would like to try for yourself, they have offered up a 1lb bag of 49th Parallel coffee and a dozen Lucky’s Doughnuts to one Miss604 reader (value approximately $40). Here’s how you can enter to win:
- Leave a comment on this post naming your favourite doughnut topping (1 entry)
- Post the following on Twitter (1 entry)
I will draw one winner next Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at 11:00am. Update The winner is @KatiKeene!