I am not a coffee drinker and therefore not a cafe visitor, however peering into the window of this one, I knew I wanted go in. And after today, I have deemed it is my new favourite cafe for its decor alone.
Located in the Korean area of Burquitlam it sits in a plaza amongst a grocery store and several Korean restaurants that I frequent. I first discovered it passing by, reading its name on their sandwich board and being curious enough to peer in through the glass entrance. The name doesn’t match the theme, and I couldn’t connect one to the other. However, given my interest, I can at least say it is an effective lure. My first visit was after dinner, and not necessarily the best time to grab coffee, so we agreed to come back earlier in the day next time.
“Standing Egg” is dressed in blacks and browns like the coffee they brew. It is a trendy and clean space with several industrial and artistic elements that are both visually interesting and functionally useful. Lights are strung up with lengthy cords of wire, burlap sacks and worn wooden crates are used as storage solutions, wooden planks and metal piping is repurposed as wall mounted shelves, and nails and string are hammered and strung to create works of art. The latter mapped out the world in mental and yarn, I assume spelling out their other locations internationally.
In the centre of the room is an iron display table showcasing knick knacks and bobbles that you would find in a study or den. A wind up camera, a bottle holder and wine for the carafe, a snow globe with a couple engaging in the waltz, and several coffee making apparatuses. Hanging above it all, with the aid of paper clips were customer’s stamp cards. Brown logo-ed cards with their names and black sharpie marks indicating how much more they needed to get a free cup during their next visit. This was a fun way to display and store such cards for self service.
Along the back left wall were full length cold brew coffee drippers on display and for sale. They looked like hip height hour glasses retailing for $350 each, and only added interest to the space.
You order and pick up from the counter at the back. You are given a buzzer after payment to indicate the completion of our purchase and it’s readiness for pick up from the same counter. The list of coffees are printed on a piece of paper and clipped to a miniature easel on the desk. Given my inexperience with coffee, I found the clerk very helpful in answering my questions and when making my decision.
Seeing as I don’t drink coffee, I don’t often get to enjoy latte art, so when I do, I make sure to order something that would allow me to appreciate a picture in foam. Today, the only way that was possible was via a regular latte. Apparently the inclusion of any of their specialty flavours from various syrups, would make the drink too heavy for latte art. It sounded odd, but who am I to argue? So I had to forgo the possibility of a vanilla, honey, or a Spanish latte for the regular coffee and cream version. It tasted plain to me, but as it should according to my more coffee experienced guest. He described it as coffee lite.
He on the other hand, went for his usual Americano with a twist. The “Shakerato” was their house special and its name delivered. A martini shaker was used to prepare this coffee cocktail. It was an iced Americano topped with foam. A light beverage with a nice tang, it reminded me of refreshing-ness of salted plum. My guest raved about the coffee’s quality. He suspected it was in how they prepare the beans. They did deem themselves as a laboratory for organic coffee. I was just as impressed with their thorough branding, which included their logo etched into the glasses and stamped on the porcelain.
Of note, regular sized beverages were served in proper glasses and mugs, if you wished to dine in. For those looking for a larger portion, it is only available in take out cups, staying-in or not
As for food, they offer no more than a showcase of desserts that you can point to and order. A rotating selection of macarons and individually sized cakes, making them a great dessert stop as well. I am unsure if they were made in house, but regardless, they were tasty.
We had the Tiramisu, which tasted like cream and coffee as predicted, and had the fluffy texture of a soggy sponge as expected. But what isn’t normally included is all the extra shards of chocolate that topped the treat. Mascarpone mousse with coffee infused whipped ganache, on a sponge soaked in espresso. It was a little too rich and creamy for my liking, but my guest of Italian decent found it alright.
The “Pumpkin tart” was a more seasonal offering. Savoury pumpkin featuring a light cinnamon and chocolate cream, topped with spicy ginger bread cubes. The buttery crust was my favourite part. Even with all the bolder flavours, the elements melded in harmony. Creamy and not too spicy.
Would I come back? – Yes.
Would I line up for it? – Yes.
Would I recommend it? – Yes.
Would I suggest this to someone visiting from out of town? – Yes.
This is definitely a destination to socialize in and a comforting spot to study at. For those visual folks like me, it stimulates in every facet. Solid coffee and delicious cakes in a very special setting. Don’t deny your cravings.