Giovane Cafe

Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Giovane Café now features Stumptown Coffee’s Cold Brew on tap. The Portland-headquartered coffee company’s become a favourite bean roaster and destination café chain for North Americans, using direct-trade sourcing and selling a sustainable coffee product line.

Stumptown Cold Brew Coffee

The nitro-infused cold brew is a crafted coffee recipe of steeped, fresh roasted beans creating a complex, smooth and sweet, full-bodied brew with a chocolate finish.

I had the chance to sample a glass recently at Giovane together with a gourmet salad and Genovese panini with roasted turkey, pear, fontina, proscuitto, arugula, and pesto (a divine combination with the large pearl couscous, tomato, cucumber, and mint salad). It’s lovely, even before adding milk. Each serving is topped with a layer of natural, creamy foam.

Giovane Cafe-3

The café’s scratch kitchen produces fresh bread selections daily both for sale and for use in their dishes. Together with pizzas, the Italian-inspired menu also offers soups, salads, breads, mini focaccias and Giovane’s to-die-for desserts, including decadent sticky buns and scones.

Giovane Cafe's Genovese Panini, Pearl couscous + chick pea salad
[Giovane Cafe’s Genovese panini, Pearl couscous + chick pea salad]

Giovane Cafe's Panzanella Salad
[Panzanella salad with apple-balsamic vinaigrette]

Coffee drinkers get 10% off Stumptown ‘to-go’ joe by bringing in their own travel mug. As well, Giovane offers a signature travel mug for sale; buy one and get your first Stumptown bevvy on the house.

You’ll also find a wide selection of sustainably-sourced Stumptown coffee products in the café’s small retail space, including signature Hair Bender, House Blend, French Roast, and Decaf.

Giovane Cafe's Sicilian Freddo
[Sicilian Caffe Freddo]

After lunch, I sipped on a Sicilian Caffe Freddo, a soothing combination of Averna Amaro, Baileys, and Stumptown cold brew coffee created by award-winning bartender Grant Sceney.

Grant’s recently been crowned 2014’s World Class Bartender of the Year, having recently competed at Diageo World Class Canada Competition. Later this month, he’ll travel to London and Scotland, representing the hotel at the Global Finals, alongside 42 other countries.

My only regret was not having ordered a brownie to go with that Freddo.

Find Giovane Café at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel, 1038 Canada Place in Vancouver.


  • Comment by Mark — July 8, 2014 @ 4:49 pm

    Too bad they aren’t the first to offer Stumptown on tap in Canada.

  • Comment by Ariane Colenbrander — July 10, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    I stand corrected! Was stated that way in the press release; have now fixed. Thanks, Mark.

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