This post is long over due. I was first introduced to the third wave coffee scene at Revolver. I had my first pour over here... then my first flat white and since then they've set the bar high for all other coffee shops since.
Located in a gritty part of Gastown, Revolver is a caffeine-lover's refuge with carefully curated fresh roasted coffee. On one side is intimate seating with a view of the brew bar. If you've got the time, treat yourself to a flight - the same beans, three ways. I never leave without picking up a slice of their chocolate cake - which I suspect is made with Vahlrona chocolate.
Revolver stands above the rest because it adheres to different techniques and principles - such as allowing for a bloom and constant agitation, that most coffee shops just don't have time for. Many coffee shops, in fact that still do these methods no longer have the time to do pour overs. They just require too much time and barista attention.
Depending on the method, baristas can get a different flavour from the beans. As a consumate tea drinker, even *I* am not too olafish to note the difference. It's cleaner - a result of a carefully crafted cup of coffee.
On the other side is Archive - a collection of books, artisan brewing tools, and of course George - the owner. George is always ready to share his passion and welcome you to his side of the shop. This side is quieter and I've never had a problem finding seating.
Fans of Crema will recognize that Revolver was created as a passion project to Crema - a little brother as it may, however these days with it's reputation, Revolver could be considered the big man - of good coffee - in town.
If you can only visit one coffee shop in town, let it be this one.