A bit of San Francisco has traveled up North.
We finally got our Gibraltar tumblers at crema last week. We had been looking in every restaurant supply store and fancy schmancy glassware store in the city for the proper size.
At the end of the day, turns out our food reps had perfect 4.5 oz gibraltar cups.
For now, we aren’t even putting it up on the menu. It’s just a drink that you can order if you are ‘in-the-know’ so to speak. People start asking questions pretty fast when they see you with one.
The Gibraltar is not just the name of the cup, it is the name of the drink, and thus can not be modded in anyway.
For here only. 2 shots. Whole milk. Temperature on the very cool side, circa 120.
I like it it because you get a different feeling holding and drinking it. In a glass tumbler it feels more natural to stand around with and just talk with other people by the bar, probably because we’re used to doing this with almost every other social drink (eg. beer, wine, vodka, etc.). It’s a staff favorite already.
I always find it a little bit awkward standing with a demitasse and saucer in hand. Do you hold the saucer and cup with 2 hands? Or do you hold both by the saucer and play a balancing act the entire time? Maybe it’s just me.
Funny enough, 2 days ago I was at Ethical Bean and the guy in front of me in the line asked the cashier what a “Gibraltar” was. I perked up and wondered where that question possibly could have come from. A quick glance at the menu told me the answer- Ethical has them too – as of a week ago apparently. Total coincidence.
Fast forward 2 days and Elysian twitters that they are now rockin’ the gibraltars.
So as far as I know, (correct me if I’m wrong) you can get a gibraltar at 3 cafes in Vancouver: Crema, Ethical, and Elysian.
Amazing, because as of 2 weeks ago you wouldn’t be able to get it anywhere.
I bet anyone a press of Aricha that by summer time there are at least 2 or 3 other cafes to add to that list.