Every time I drive by it, I always say to myself that I need to check out Radio Station Cafe. Problem is I’m either always late for wherever I’m heading, or it’s closed.
On Saturday Chris and I were driving by once again, en route to Bump’n'Grind, when everything aligned. We happen to hit a red light at the corner streets upon which Radio Station Cafe is situated and voila! When I looked out the window and saw it staring back at me we turned off course and parked right away.
The reason most (at least outside the coffee community) haven’t heard about Radio Station Cafe is it’s on the corner of Hastings and Columbia, which is about a block up from Pigeon’s Corner – as in the heart of the Downtown East Side. Not exactly the best of areas, but little things like this can’t get in the way of a potentially good coffee can they?
Don’t answer that, it’s a rhetorical question.
We walked in and ordered two macchiatos – ‘for here’. The barista said they technically weren’t allowed to serve in ‘to stay mugs’ but, because he also thought having a macchiato in a paper cup would be disgusting (and how right he was) they let us use some of their own. As long as we promised not to sue them, that is. (actually.)
The cups didn’t match. And that glass one on the left was probably 10 or 12 oz – so it was half filled. But guess what? It was the most enjoyable mac I’ve had out in a long time. Nice milk temperature, great shots, but most importantly it was made with love. Well, you know what I mean. Chris agreed, ’twas good indeed.
When he put it up on the bar he said the shot dragged a bit, so the drink should be chocolaty but not too dark. He nailed it.
They use JJ Bean, a La Marzocco, and a grinder we didn’t recognize.
Check it out if you’re in the area or feel like a change of scenery. It’s a diamond in the rough. If you do, I would do them and yourself a favor and bring your own cup though.