Calling all lovers of tea and coffee: A new coffee shop just recently opened a little under a month ago in Central Richmond, called Fresh Press, which serves delicious local and fairtrade coffee, teas, and pastries!
Fresh Press is owned and ran by a mother and daughter team, Questa and Wendy. From what I learned, they’ve been working hard on this for about a year with tons of dedication, commitment, sweat, and tears (of happiness) to finally be able to hold a successful launch.
I absolutely love the interior design of this cafe. Although it is quite small, the feel of it is cozy and comfortable, and the tiled walls and rustic decor makes the whole place seemingly more spacious. The coffee shop is quite bright inside as well. There are also a couple tables and chairs and a bar, as well as some outlets, for those who want to come in and study, work, or have a chat.
And now, the drinks!
I found the Earl Grey tea to be absolutely delicious. I wouldn’t have minded a bigger cup as the tea was a bit strong, but I loved the idea of using a french press to make the tea. Nothing beats steeping loose tea leaves.
The Earl Grey was so good I just had to ask what kind of tea they were using; JUSTEA. I haven’t heard of it, but after just visiting their website, it appears that Justea is a fairtrade company that supports fair wages and sustainability for Kenyan tea farmers. That’s a great cause to support.
And of course, Fresh Press has plenty of other drinks and treats to offer.
The menu is as follows:
Pour Over Drip: $2.75
London Fog: $3.75
Chai Tea Latte: $3.75
Hot Chocolate: $4.75
Butter Croissants: $2.80
Almond Croissants: $3.80
And then I walked around and explored the coffee shop a little. Here, you can see natural wooden wall-shelves with some cute decor, showcasing East Van Roasters chocolate bars and coffee beans! And the books are authentic (not fake), really old, and are available for you to read. Just be gentle with them.
Unfortunately the coffee shop does close a bit early compared to the major coffee chains like Starbucks, Waves, and Blenz. Nonetheless if you have some time or are driving along No.3 Road, it’s definitely worth it to drop in and get a drink, because the drinks definitely beat the ones at major coffee places.
Their availability is:
Monday to Friday: 7 am – 7 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 7 pm