The Mill Café is a new coffee shop that opened up in South Burnaby near the popular Kamamarui Ramen . They’ve been open for almost a month now, but the location is not as heavily trafficked compared to neighbouring coffee shops Camellia and Ki Tea by Royal Oak Station.
From the looks of it, the street has undergone redevelopment for new businesses.
Mill Café uses a wifi enabled device known as Ripple Maker that allows anyone to create an intricate foam art aka “latte art” on espresso based drinks using a combination of 3D printing technology and ink-jet system in a matter of seconds. The device is synced to an app called Coffee Ripples which you would need to download in order for your desired image to be received by the device to connect to the machine. The app is pretty user friendly! You simply upload any image of your choice through the app and “ripple” it through the location from your phone .
Here’s an example of what it looks like on an iPhone 6s:
If you’re not a coffee person, they do offer TWG tea and a selection of desserts.
Their desserts look like they are supplied by Chez Christophe – the barista was unable to confirm this with me because she was not sure herself. At least it’s confirmed that they do not make their own desserts which is quite disappointing for a coffee shop! The cakes looked like they had been sitting there for a while which indicates low turnover rate here.
Latte (Small $3.95 Large $4.25) I was advised by the barista to stick with lattes for the art as it works best with this type of espresso based drink compared to others. The latte was really disappointing !It was extremely watered down and milky.
Service was lacking a bit .. the barista did not seem enthusiastic and lacked knowledge about the branding and suppliers of this place. I do want to point out that the she was really patient with guiding me on how to use the app and brought our drinks over.
5308 Grimmer St
Reservation? Yes (through Yelp)