You all know those mornings, when you feel it’s impossible to roll out of bed, and the only thing that eventually gets you up is the promise of fresh coffee brewing in the kitchen, right? Well, Caffe Divano may not be in your own home, but its signature coffees and teas, and made-in-house baked goods make it well worth an early morning trip into Port Moody’s Suter Brook Village.
Caffe Divano is tucked away in the residential section of Suter Brook, so it’s no surprise that the majority of customers here are locals. They have long been raving about the selection of London Fogs, flaky croissants, fresh panini, and piping hot bowls of soup, but only recently have “outsiders” taken notice.
And take notice I did! I was greeted warmly as soon as I approached the counter, and given ample suggestions with explanations when I asked for the best hot beverage, confection, and savoury item. I felt appreciated as a customer, and knew the staff were truly proud of the food the cafe serves. I’m confident anything you choose to order would be delicious, but I highly recommend everything I tried.
The Buccaneer is their variation on a London Fog. Instead of Earl Grey tea, this drink’s base is a combination of rooibos and black tea. As in a London Fog, steamed milk is added, but taking this concoction to the next level is the addition of vanilla, coconut, and chocolate. Creamy, slightly sweet, earthy, perfect!
By now, you all know my sweet tooth is essentially unquenchable, but it somehow became even more so when I caught the aroma of freshly baked goods coming from the cafe’s kitchen. That’s right, croissants, muffins, scones, you name it, baked daily on site! The twice-baked Nutella croissant is of particular mention: a flaky, light, golden brown, plate-sized pastry, filled with a generous amount of chocolatey, hazelnutty Nutella, a spread adored by kids and grownups alike.
The final recommendation I was given was the mediterranean quinoa salad. This cold salad is a fantastic example of just how flavourful a healthy option can be. It’s filled with cucumber, red pepper, tomato, green onion, chickpeas, and feta. That’s texture, vitamins, flavour – what more could you ask for in a midday snack?
This cozy cafe may be off the beaten path, but once you know how to get there, it really isn’t that far of a walk or drive, and the fireplace, abundance of comfortable leather seats, not to mention the delectable food in the display windows, more than make up for it.
While, of course, I am ecstatic to have finally discovered this gem, I can only think how much easier waking up would have been all these years with Caffe Divano to look forward to!
As always, wishing you a stamp of culinary royalty in all of your dining endeavours! xx