CityMash.com - Rejoice for Nemesis Coffee, the new cafe coming to West Hastings this Winter.
You may be tempted to ask if Vancouver really needs another place that serves fresh cups of coffee with perfectly steamed milk to warm your heart. And the answer to that question will always be yes. Even when the aliens take over and start penning NSFW letters to the city, asking for more parking spaces for their flying saucers. Yes, even then.
They will be doing it in a dimly-lit cafe while munching on a hybrid of a croissant and a cinnamon roll — a cinnasant (patent pending) — and downing caffeinated beverages. Because just like Lorelai Gilmore, if the high-wired people of Vancouver stop drinking coffee, they “stop doing the standing and the walking and the words-putting-into-sentences doing.”
Nemesis is not going to be just another coffee shop where you can take flatlays to post on your Instagram (#coffeeislife). It began as an idea to bring the coffee community together with a magazine that would celebrate the lives, passions, and pursuits of Vancouver baristas.
The idea grew into a concept for a cafe that would challenge what we’ve come to accept as the coffee culture. In addition to the magazine, they will be doing many awesome coffee-related things: trainings, public seminars, and engagement events for the coffee community.
Nemesis will also partner with some amazing chefs to create seasonal menus that pair well with select coffees. And they will participate in events that raise social awareness like the City Conversations organized by SFU and the City of Vancouver. Nemesis is not here to be just another coffee shop; they are passionate about connecting, empowering, and uplifting communities.
The immediate team behind Nemesis is made up of Jess Reno, James Salmon, Albert Tang, Michele Zuber, Cole Trepanier, and Joshua Shevlin.
But the Nemesis family is much larger and they have all worked at first-rate cafes around the world, from 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters and Pilot Coffee Roasters, to Mecca Coffee Roasters in Australia. So you will definitely be in good hands.
The chef at Nemesis is David Jackman. He has worked at Michelin Star restaurants in London, and many great restaurants here in Vancouver like Wildebeest, Bishops, and Merchant’s Oyster Bar. Jackman also competed on Chopped Canada, where he made pan-fried frog legs with romaine salsa verde.
Is it too soon to declare that Nemesis is going to be the Beyoncé of cafes?
The menu will consist of seasonal hot and cold food dishes prepared with local and sustainable ingredients. As for the coffee, a multi-roaster coffee program has been put in place, and they will be using international roasters such as: Slate Coffee Roasters and Five Elephant. Jacob D. Evans — former head chef at Wildebeest — is in charge of their kitchen and food program, and will be developing the menu for the opening.
Vancouver is the city of rain, lulu lemon yoga pants, the Canucks, and local, sustainable, and organic coffee. Nemesis is here to embrace that by bringing you amazing coffee always, and in all ways.