Meet Wilson Chan, Balzac’s Coffee Quality and Innovation Lead
  • Apr 13, 2023

Being a part of the Asian community, as well as someone who lived in Asia for half of my life, I have experienced coffee culture in both regions. As a member of the coffee community, I feel encouraged and empowered to bring the highlights of Asian coffee culture to share...

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The six best food stops in Toronto’s Distillery District
  • Mar 24, 2023

There's a plethora of cafes in Toronto that serve up Balzac's Coffee Roasters, but few offer what the space at the Distillery District café does—views of the bustling district from a transformed 1895 Pump House. Brick walls, a wooden staircase, a custom-made bar, and a grand chandelier complement the large...

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Sustainability starts with intentionality
  • Mar 06, 2023

Starting out as a single coffee cart in 1993, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters has scaled to 16 stores across Ontario and has a growing retail distribution network. CEO Christine Cruz-Clarke speaks to World Coffee Portal about the specialty coffee roaster and café chain’s sustainability mindset, navigating the pandemic and coffee as...

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Balzac’s Coffee Roasters announces new partnership with Califia Farms
  • Feb 01, 2023

The Canadian specialty coffee roaster and café chain says the introduction of Califia Farms’ oat and almond dairy alternatives will support its ‘affordable luxury’ offering as consumers seek more sustainable menu choices.

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The cost of great coffee at home
  • Jan 23, 2023

As for beans, I have a soft spot for Balzac’s, which in the mid-nineties helped bring French coffee culture to Canada. They also opened cafés across Ontario with terrific interior design; the Distillery District location in Toronto is a particular gem. A limited edition Winter Blend, which has comforting hints...

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View the VIBE’s 2023 POWER 60: Inspiring Asian-Canadians of Influence
  • Jan 19, 2023

With the Lunar New Year celebration just around the corner, we knew it would be the perfect time to celebrate inspiring Asian-Canadian talent with a special edition feature of our second-annual POWER 60 list. But not just Lunar New Year celebrating Asians, any and all Asian-Canadians were considered, for whom...

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