This is a review of an independent cafe by a amateur coffee enthusiast and shoestring digital nomad. Descriptions are equal parts coffee and remote-work suitability.

Moja Coffee North Vancouver

Entrance to an unassuming grey corner block

The Cafe Overview:

Opened in 2003, Moja Coffee has been quietly supplying beans to a smattering of cafes and shops throughout the Lower Mainland. I went to their original shop in North Vancouver, which is in a quiet street with silver Lego-block container buildings. North Vancouver gems seem to have a penchant for odd locations and buildings that seem to be construction offices that never got removed (MEC, Arctery’x, even Thomas Haas). It adds charm to the scavenger hunt.

Moja Coffee North Vancouver Patio

Patio seating area

Moja Coffee’s location means that it’ll never get too crowded. It serves the informed locals and coffee fanatics who make a point of swinging by to get a cup, often to go. There’s a patio facing a quiet street and covered by a tree or two. Inside, the space is simple and divided in clean lines between the counter and the seating area with long tables.

I tried their (Vancouver-style) macchiato and two different Americano beans. The milk was well frothed, with a good consistent texture and smooth foam. What especially delighted me was that the fruity notes surfaced at the end with a kick. (See additional description below). They also have pastries to remote workers filled!

Moja Coffee North Vancouver Espresso

Moja Coffee’s Espresso Macchiato

I recommend this place for people who like a quiet work space and friendly staff. This isn’t the typical type of cafe that has buzz and street traffic. The longer you stay, the longer it feels like a sleek, modern private office. It doesn’t have Wi-Fi, and I don’t recall seeing outlets. However, this is a unique space to lay out your things and do some mind mapping, story-boarding and big-picture drawing.

Their Coffee Backstory / Why I Like Them

Moja Coffee Beans Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Moja Lab Series Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelbesa

If you like making your own beans, I recommend trying the Moja Lab series. These are microlot roasts that have experimental flavours that document essential information (such as type of beans, process, harvest, grower, cupping notes, and roast metre). I tried the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Chelbesa, which delivered on its promise of fruity (blueberry) aroma with a chocolate finish.

For cyclists, Moja Coffee is on a green cycling path from Lonsdale Quay, which is accessible by ferry from downtown. For those on the East End, make this your destination after crossing the Second Narrows Bridge!

Lastly, if this location is a bit too out of the way, head to their cafe on Commercial Drive.

Moja Coffee North Vancouver Barista Carson

Carson pouring my drink!

Good For:

  • Coffee: Espresso
  • Food: Pastries
  • Cafe Space: Around 20, with window bar stools, indoor long tables, and outside patio
  • Friends: Hangouts & catching up
  • Workspace: Great for work, especially planning and spreading your stuff out. No Wi-Fi.
Address: 1412 Rupert St, North Vancouver, BC V7J 1E9
Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 7:30am – 5:00pm
Sundays: 9am – 3:00pm

If you liked this post, check out my list and map of Vancouver’s Best Independent Cafes (with additional contributions from the Reddit Community).


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