Smoking Water Coffee Co. – Fairmont Hot Springs, BC


Smoking Water Coffee Co.
4985 Hot Springs Road
Fairmont Hot Springs, BC
(250) 345-4008‎

Years ago my gullible self was suckered into purchasing a timeshare, and every year I find myself receiving a letter informing me that my unused points will expire in a couple months.  This subsequently prompts me to search online for some last minute resorts close to home so I don’t let too many points go to waste.

Fairmont Hot Springs, located in BC’s Columbia Valley, has the largest network of timeshare resorts in Canada – which made it easy to get a spot on this particular week.  As we enjoyed an unusually warm winter this year, this trip turned out to be quite nice.

Arriving just after lunch – we stopped into this cozy cafe for a quick bite and a coffee.

I will admit, that I am not the biggest coffee connoisseur, but there was something about this latte that I thoroughly enjoyed.  The extra wide cup always seemed odd to me (from a thermodynamics point of view), but I’m sure someone has a theory that it affects the flavour.  Regardless, after our six hour road trip, this hit the spot perfectly.

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Café Muse – Vancouver, BC


Café Muse
2305 41st Ave. W
Vancouver, BC
(604) 568-2948

First off, loved the name of this place.  And no I’m not a fan of the band.

My visit was on a dreary winter weekend morning – a perfect time to get a quick cup of hot coffee, something to nibble on and work on the laptop with free wi-fi as I killed some time before a meet up with a friend.  I wasn’t alone, as several others had the same idea, some even pulling out those dreaded computers with a piece of fruit as their logo.

With a wide open glass facing, the entrance area is nice and bright.  Towards the back are more tables but feels darker and enclosed.  Why people would want to sit there when you can be in natural light is beyond me.  Pleasant and boisterous welcome from the folks behind the counter, make this place feel pretty homey.

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