Rocanini Coffee Roasters has been around for a little while now. They have two locations – a roasting facility in Vancouver (Mount Pleasant area), and a huge cafe out in Steveston. I’ve been to Rocanini’s roasting facility for a Yelp meetup, and it was pretty cool to see their process.
Their Mount Pleasant location offers coffee samples and full brews as well. It’s not a cafe though, so the space isn’t designed for you to stick around and work on your laptop or anything like that.
In contrast, the Steveston location of Rocanini Coffee Roasters is a full service cafe.
The Steveston location has a beautiful interior – plenty of seating space and huge windows for natural light.
One of the things that really caught my eye when I went up to check out the menu was their option for a Siphon brewed coffee.
Siphon brewing used to be a really popular method of brewing, and the process has been referred to as vacpots, vacuum brewed coffee, siphon brewer, siphon vacuum coffee, and a number of other combinations. At Rocanini, they have a nice little sheet that explains the Coffee Siphon in greater detail.
If you’re interested in a really full on description of the process, I recommend the article written by CoffeeGeek here.
Beyond making a really delicious cup of coffee, the siphon brewing process looks really cool!
The final result is a really fancy looking cup of coffee.
Rocanini serves their Siphon Brew in the brewing apparatus so that you can pour it out yourself. I found that to be really neat, as it also kept the coffee really hot. While it looks like the amount of coffee you get is quite minimal, there was actually enough for 4 cups! Needless to say, I was a bit wired.
As for the taste itself, I found it to be really smooth or “clean”, similar to an Aeropressed coffee. I found myself enjoying the Siphon Brew over an Americano or French Pressed coffee. Definitely worth trying out!