Standing Egg Coffee: Burnaby Coffee Shop Review

Who would have expected the coffee shop experience to feel so luxurious? While the rise in Covid-19 cases in Ontario, Canada forces local businesses to remain in lockdown, this is not the case in British Columbia. In Western Canada, shops and restaurants welcome guests to follow site-specific Covid-19 Safety Plans upon entry. 

First Impressions: Dark and Quirky

When you walk through the front doors at Standing Egg Coffee, the direction is unclear. The entrance includes signage identifying Covid-19 site practice, but directional signage is missing, allowing guests to walk within close proximity to other groups. 

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High ceilings direct your gaze towards the exposed lighting, which complements the overall aesthetic. Modern art and a prominent cold brew coffee system decorates the space. It feels like you’re drinking coffee at a coffee museum, far from town.

Location: Walking Distance from Lougheed Town Centre

Standing Egg is positioned at the heart of Korea Town Centre on North Road, on the Burnaby side of the Coquitlam/Burnaby border. The coffee shop is located in a dark nook close to the cement staircase, which matches the atmosphere of the shop. There is limited parking available in this busy shopping area. However, finding a parking space allows you to explore a myriad of unique shops, restaurants and services available within the complex.

Lougheed Town Centre skytrain station is located within a 10 minute walk from Standing Egg Coffee. 

Coffee: Bold, Balanced Espresso

The espresso at Standing Egg Coffee is wonderful. Rich crema naturally coats the brewed coffee while providing chocolaty aroma with notes of vanilla. The flavour is rich, nutty and balanced. 

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Food: Coffee Meets Blad Cookies

The display case at Standing Egg proudly presents a number of beautiful pastries including multi-coloured cookies, character-inspired macarons and tempting cakes. The colourful cookies were dense and although they looked like freshly scooped ice cream, they were neither sweet, rich nor satisfying. I sampled the Strawberry (red), Earl Grey (blue) and Matcha (green) cookies. 

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Strawberry Cookies

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The Strawberry Cookies taste incredibly artificial. The flavour is comparable to pink Pocky Sticks. Although Pocky Sticks are fun to eat and inspire nostalgia, the texture is so dense that the memory of eating Pocky Sticks satisfies the palate more than the experience of eating these cookies.

Earl Grey Cookies

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The Strawberry Cookies taste incredibly artificial. The flavour is comparable to pink Pocky Sticks. Although Pocky Sticks are fun to eat and inspire nostalgia, the texture is so dense that the memory of eating Pocky Sticks satisfies the palate more than the experience of eating these cookies.

Matcha Cookies

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Between the strawberry, earl grey and matcha cookies, the matcha stood out as the best. The bright, high-quality matcha saved this cookie. A generous dusting of matcha powder provides a delicious coating to the cookie which masks the flavour of its base. A piece without the matcha topping tastes equally as bland as the strawberry and earl grey cookies. Although this cookie was the best, I would suggest selecting something other than cookies to sample at Standing Egg Coffee.

Covid-19 Safety & Cleanliness

When was the last time you were given a physical key to unlock a restaurant washroom? At Standing Egg Coffee, not only are you provided a key to access running water and soap, it’s unclear whether that key is sanitized between uses. All guests are required to wear masks while on-site, hand sanitizer is available for guests and personal details are recorded to support contact tracing in case of Covid-19 exposure.

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Would I Return With a Guest?

Admittedly, this was the first time I started and finished my entire cup of coffee while seated at a coffee shop since the start of the pandemic. Despite the disappointing cookies and questionable Covid-19 safety measures, I was grateful for my warm compostable cup of lush espresso. 

I would return with a guest, while avoiding those alluring and colourful cookies.

Standing Egg Coffee Location: #109-4501 North Rd Burnaby, BC Canada V3N 4R7 | 604 421-3900 | standingeggcoffee.com/ 

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Geraldine Sangalang

Geraldine is the Founder of Chatty Bear. She manages client outreach and media, including restaurant and product reviews. Geraldine is a Vancouver-based human resources professional, writer and entrepreneur. A Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and Society for Human Resource Management-Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), Geraldine's career is centered on coaching leaders to strengthen teams and empower themselves. Geraldine is passionate about mentoring and volunteers as the Virtual Mentoring Network Lead for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources, BC & Yukon.