Friends, I’m a changed woman. I now like… hold your breath… coffee. It’s shocking, I know. There’s a help line set up for anyone who needs guidance during this difficult and unfamiliar time.
For anyone who doesn’t know, I’m a die hard London Fog-er who, before December, never ever enjoyed the taste of coffee. Like, at all. But all that changed during my two month romp around New Zealand. Flat whites changed me. I mean, sure, I still need like 4 sugars to make it bearable. But what started out as a drink to keep me awake on long drives across NZ turned into a treat that I looked forward to drinking. I denied it for a long while, believing that I wasn’t ordering coffee because I liked it – it was because I needed it. However, after my 6th cup it was time to admit defeat. I like coffee.
This new revelation brings me to today’s blog post. There’s a new coffee shop in town and if you’re a caffeine
addict lover, you’re gonna want to stop in at Regard Coffee Roasters. Nestled in Bowen Centre, Regard is owned, managed, roasted, barista’d, musically curated (and anything else you can think of) by Andrew. Seriously, this guy does pretty much everything.
To start, Andrew wanted to build up Regard organically and in small steps. He’s all about word of mouth business. This is partly why he’s the only employee. In addition, being the only employee let’s him be fully in control of Regard, ensuring that everything’s up to snuff.
In tune with starting out small, Andrew offers a pretty simplified coffee menu, and just a few select teas. This allows him to really focus on the quality of his product. This is quality over quantity, people!
Speaking of quality, Andrew gets all his sweet treats from Lantzville’s Riso (which we love). In our short conversation with Andrew we were able to really connect with his passion for keeping things local. As you know, we’re all about supporting local at Local Loves Nanaimo, so it was exciting to be able to welcome another supporter into the fold!
Riso Treats. Yum.
As previously mentioned, Andrew roasts all his own coffee beans. As for the tea? He sources it from a small tea farm in Victoria called JagaSilk. He told us how he almost didn’t include London Fog’s in his menu (blasphemous!) but something unique about JagaSilk’s Fog changed his mind – it’s make with micro-milled house-scented early grey tea infused with vanilla infused organic sugar.
This is definitely the most unique London Fog I’ve ever tasted – the milled tea (think powdered) adds an intriguing texture. It’s a bit difficult to explain – it’s almost a silty texture felt on your tongue. BUT IT’S SO GOOD.
Andrew has a great selection of records to listen to while you enjoy your brew
Now, at this point, you must be thinking but Seaaaaaaan. You said you like coffee now, why try the London Fog? Well, like I said: powdered milk. I couldn’t not try it. But have no fear, I had Sarah with me so obvi she ordered a coffee, which I got to taste. And let me tell you, that sh*t was good. New Zealand prides themselves on their coffee – they’re all sort of coffee snobs (but in a good way, I love those kiwi’s!) so I had low hopes for coffee once returning to Canada. However, Andrew’s roast is enough to get me drinking coffee on the regular in Nanaimo. So if a formerly-reformed-coffee-hater loves this roast, I’m sure all you caffein fiends out there will love it too.
Please go visit Andrew at Regard Coffee Roasters and let me know whether his beans satiate your inner caffein addict!
UPDATE: Riso Foods just made London Fog Macarons and Regard now serves them. OH MY GOD #NeedRightNow
Editors note: It was previously stated that Andrew uses powdered milk in his London Fogs which is totally not true. He uses a milled tea with vanilla-infused organic sugar. My bad!