Located through out the Lower Mainland
Since rain season has once again descend upon us, we have to resort to indoor activities. Ever notice that the coffee shops are always jam packed during this time of the year. It's simply because there are nothing better to do in this horrible weather. Actually it's quite cozy and relaxing to sit inside of a coffee shop sipping a hot drink while "enjoying" the rain.
Our first stop was Caffe Artigiano, but it was completely full. We then walked over to Take 5 cafe where a similar fate was met. So in the end, it was a choice between either Starbucks or Blenz, and it just so happen we saw Blenz first.
Actually it was the sign for the Classic Apple Spice outside of Blenz that really caught my attention, so we decided to jump in and see if we can find a seat. Lucky for us, there were literally only 3 seats left. The Classic Apple Spice was made with unfiltered, unsweetened 100% pure BC organic apple juice, then finished with fresh whipped cream and a dash of Cinnamon sprinkles. The drink was undeniably good, it had just the right amount of sweetness (as it should be, since it's unsweetened). The whip cream was rich with a perfect balance of cinnamon sprinkles. In a nut shell I liked it. However I wasn't too fond of the price (around $3.90 for a tall), I mean after all I am just drinking hot apple juice.The 2nd drink we tried was their seasonal pumpkin spice latte. R wanted it half sweet, which also meant it was lighter tasting, because the pumpkin flavor is actually a syrup, thus result in less sugar=less flavor. Since I am not a coffee drinker, I will let R do the judging. He thought the drink was good, because it has a strong espresso taste, but still had a distinct pumpkin flavor. He also liked this better than the one at Starbucks. Since we still had time to kill (we were waiting for another round of the Long Table Series), and it was getting kinda stuffy inside with the whole place packed and all, so we decided to get another cold drink to cool down. R heard some good reviews about the Iced Chocolate, so we ended up ordering that to share. I don't know if you could choose the chocolate (white, milk and dark) or not like their regular hot chocolate, because they never asked us, so we ended up with what tasted like milk chocolate. Although the Iced Chocolate was good, I don't see what's so special about it. It tasted just like cold chocolate milk, but a tiny bit more rich and creamy. At about $4 for a tall, I'd say this is somewhat of a rip off.
Overall, we did like the hot drinks at Blenz. It will definitely be on our backup list on days we can't find any other unique coffee shop to try.