East Van Roasters

Learning Exchange Walk

East Van Roasters

Vancouver, British Columbia V5Y 0A8, Canada

Created By: UBC Learning Exchange


East Van Roasters


First opening its doors in 2013, East Van Roasters is a social enterprise in the DTES neighborhood that provides a unique and delicious cafe experience for its customers while simultaneously creating meaningful employment opportunities for local residents. Operating as a highly successful cafe in the neighborhood, EVR produces a range of award-winning chocolate and coffee products that are all made in house. Customers can watch the refinement process take place as beans are transformed right before their eyes into their favourite confectionery treats. To support the high demand for their products EVR coffee and chocolate is also sold at several other cafes around Vancouver such as Spud Urban Delivery and Harvest Community Foods. In order to support their community, EVR is primarily staffed by female residents of the Rainier Hotel which is a local social housing initiative for women. EVR focuses on providing safe, meaningful, and low barrier employment opportunities and skill development for women looking to enter the workforce. The success of EVR’ s asset-based business model sets a positive example for up and coming culinary social enterprises by proving that businesses can produce exceptional products while also supporting its local residents and economically stimulating the community.

COVID update - The cafe is still currently closed but you can support the enterprise by purchasing their chocolates and coffee beans through their online store. Orders can be picked up curbside at their storefront Tuesday- Thursday from 10am-2pm.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Learning Exchange Walk


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