Do you ever get tired of third-wave coffee? You know the kind: Single-origin, fair-trade, lightly roasted, precisely weighed beans, with perfect-temperature water slowly poured over said beans to produce a hand-crafted brew.
So it’s nice to stumble upon Neighbour Coffee, which like its name is an unpretentious, relaxed spot in an out-of-the-way strip mall in the Altadore community of southwest Calgary.
Sure, it covers some of the coffee-shop trends—cold brew, avocado toast, brown-rice bowls and even bone broth. And yes, they do have an Instagram account.
But this sister café of nearby Our Daily Brett veers away from the historic, exposed-brick look by being located on the ground floor of a new office building. And it’s a bright space, with a blond-wood motif and light pouring in through large windows.
Indeed, Neighbours is a fine place to read a book while sipping a latte (featuring Anchored Coffee beans, curiously from Nova Scotia) and grazing on a wild salmon tostada or a beet-cashew toast.
Okay, maybe it is a bit trendy. But it doesn’t feel like it, and it doesn’t seem to have been discovered by the coffee cognoscenti. Yet.
4038 16 Street SW, Calgary
Weekdays 7 am-5 pm, weekends 8 am-4 pm