Granville Island Coffee Company Review

Granville Island Coffee

My husband is a coffee lover and as many of you other coffee lovers around know he needs a cup of coffee first thing in the morning to start his day. So when I was asked to review a couple of bags of Granville Island Coffee Company’s coffee I knew I had to say yes! I am not a coffee drinker myself but my husband sure appreciates trying out new high quality coffee for me.

Granville Island Coffee offers fair trade certified and organic coffee that is packaged and roasted in Metro Vancouver – they also have the following three roasts available (from their site):

Granville Island Coffee

Signature Roast

This Peruvian Gourmet Organic Fair Trade coffe, grown in the Chanchamayo Valley, is a connoisseur’s delight with a perfect balance of flavour, body, and aroma.

Kitsilano Roast

This beautiful Fair Trade Organic coffee is shade grown in the mountains region in the state of Chiapas in southern Mexico. Combining nature’s setting of high mountain ranges, rich volcanic soil, witha a fine balance of sun and clouded rain forest, conditions are ideal for cultivating one of the world’s finest coffees.

Yaletown Roast

Experience the sweet fruity notes of this Fair Trade Organic coffee grown in Guatemala’s oldest and most famous coffee growing region of Antigua.

We received their Kitsilano Roast and Signature Roast (both ground) and my husband was excited to try them out. Here is what he had to say about Granville Island Coffee:

“I am by no means an expert on coffee but I know what l like and what I don’t like and have had the chance to try coffees all over the world (including Colombia). It should be noted that I prepared these coffees using the highly recommended Aeropress system which in my experience allows you to experience any type of coffee at its best.  I usually prefer medium roast coffees and the West Coast Blend certainly did not disappoint. It has a really smooth taste that I have especially enjoyed in the mornings, not too bitter or acidic but still full of flavour. The Yaletown roast is much darker and has a bolder flavour that I have also really enjoyed. It is perfect for later in the day or after a nice meal. Both coffees tasted really fresh and can easily compete with any of the other premium international coffees I have tried.”

Even though I don’t drink it I personally love the scent of a cup of coffee that was just brewed. I noticed the Granville Island Coffee had a fabulous strong scent and you could smell the coffee even when the packaging was closed!

Buy it:  ($11.99 for 340g bag) Granville Island Coffee can be purchased online on their website HERE or at  Save on Foods, Urban Fare, IGA Marketplace, Nesters Markets and Donald’s Markets in BC. These will also be on sale at Save on Foods for  just $9.99 from Aug 31-Sept 27, don’t miss it!

Win it: One very lucky US/CAN reader will win two bags of Organic Granville Island Coffee (Choice of roast). Enter to win below via Rafflecopter.

Disclosure: I received a sample of a product to facilitate this post. No other compensation was provided and all views and opinions stated on this post are 100% my own.

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Hi, my name is Angela van Tijn and I live in Vancouver, Canada with my wonderful husband, our two boys and our puppy. I am the founder and primary contributor behind One Smiley Monkey. Welcome to my blog!
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157 responses to “Granville Island Coffee Company Review”

  1. Chrissy Van Somer — September 5, 2012 @ 8:47 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Yaletown roast

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  2. Anne Taylor — September 5, 2012 @ 8:54 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  3. craig pratt — September 5, 2012 @ 9:02 pm (#)

    signature roast medium

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  4. Mei — September 5, 2012 @ 9:08 pm (#)

    Yaletown roast for my hubby

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  5. Anna — September 5, 2012 @ 9:33 pm (#)

    yaletown roast! Me and hubby can fight over it!

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  6. JaimeeR — September 5, 2012 @ 10:15 pm (#)

    The Kitsilano roast – dark, sounds very yummy! I would love to try it. 🙂

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  7. Kelvin — September 5, 2012 @ 10:38 pm (#)

    I wanna try!!!

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  8. Lisa KH — September 6, 2012 @ 12:58 am (#)

    I’d really like to try the Kitsilano Roast – Dark.
    rafflecopter name: Lisa K

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  9. Tamara Sz — September 6, 2012 @ 1:24 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Roast – Dark

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  10. Lillea — September 6, 2012 @ 3:23 am (#)

    Signature Roast

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  11. Eva U — September 6, 2012 @ 5:47 am (#)

    A hopeless insomniac dark coffee would keep me up all night like a vampire. Opt for Signature Roast – Medium

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  12. David RIddles — September 6, 2012 @ 5:52 am (#)

    Signature Roast

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  13. Adeline — September 6, 2012 @ 6:16 am (#)

    Signature Toast!

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  14. Ann Fantom — September 6, 2012 @ 7:42 am (#)

    I would like to try Granville Island’s Yaletown Roast coffee

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  15. David Hicks — September 6, 2012 @ 8:21 am (#)

    Yaletown roast sounds awesome!

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  16. Cynthia C — September 6, 2012 @ 8:41 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Yaletown Roast

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  17. Vesper — September 6, 2012 @ 9:15 am (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast – Dark

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  18. shelly Kristianson — September 6, 2012 @ 9:15 am (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast – Medium

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  19. chris z — September 6, 2012 @ 9:53 am (#)

    i would like to try Signature Roast – Medium

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  20. Lynda E — September 6, 2012 @ 10:34 am (#)

    The Yaletown Roast.

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  21. Mary Beth Elderton — September 6, 2012 @ 11:26 am (#)

    I’d love to try the Signature Roast – Dark

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  22. Jessie C. — September 6, 2012 @ 11:27 am (#)

    I’d like to try Yaletown Roast – Dark

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  23. lisa lo — September 6, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    Yaletown Roast – Dark
    sounds interesting.

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  24. Jocelyne Alldrick — September 6, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    signature roast medium!

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  25. Kathleen — September 6, 2012 @ 11:45 am (#)

    signature roast dark

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  26. Florence C — September 6, 2012 @ 11:54 am (#)

    Signature Roast

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  27. Yvonne Chan — September 6, 2012 @ 11:56 am (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium for me!

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  28. Jan — September 6, 2012 @ 11:58 am (#)

    Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  29. Kim Barrett — September 6, 2012 @ 12:06 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the Kitsilano Roast.

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  30. gibberish (Julie G.) — September 6, 2012 @ 12:11 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark for me please.

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  31. apple blossom — September 6, 2012 @ 12:16 pm (#)

    Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  32. Ken Ohl — September 6, 2012 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    Signature Roast.

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  33. Rhonda W G. — September 6, 2012 @ 12:53 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark : I do love my coffee…

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  34. Teresa M. — September 6, 2012 @ 1:06 pm (#)

    I love Yaletown and went for a visit not too long ago. In memory of the good day that I spent there I would have to choose the Yaletown blend.

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  35. InezbyDesign — September 6, 2012 @ 1:15 pm (#)

    Besides all of them?? I would like to try the Yaletown Roast – Dark first.

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  36. Luna Broderick — September 6, 2012 @ 1:18 pm (#)

    Mmmmmmm, Yaletown Roast sounds good ‘n rich. I’m kind of a coffee addict Thanks for the Giveaway.=)

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  37. Rachel N — September 6, 2012 @ 1:33 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Yaletown Roast – Dark

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  38. Heather Palmer — September 6, 2012 @ 1:34 pm (#)

    I think I would choose the Medium Signature Roast.

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  39. Brandy — September 6, 2012 @ 1:55 pm (#)

    Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  40. Maegan Morin — September 6, 2012 @ 1:59 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast – Dark

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  41. kayla schneider — September 6, 2012 @ 2:58 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark
    This roast, which also uses a Peruvian Fair Trade Organic bean, has a heavier body and lower acidity, and accentuates the nuances of this ineffable bean. Sounds like the perfect coffee for me!!!

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  42. Rebecca H. — September 6, 2012 @ 3:23 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Medium roast.

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  43. Nury — September 6, 2012 @ 3:45 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Yaletown Roast – Dark.

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  44. Doreen Musson — September 6, 2012 @ 3:52 pm (#)

    I would love to try the signature roast.

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  45. Jessica O — September 6, 2012 @ 4:31 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Yaletown roast.

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  46. Ttrockwood — September 6, 2012 @ 5:15 pm (#)

    Yaletown dark roast sounds great!

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  47. Christine — September 6, 2012 @ 5:26 pm (#)

    like to try the Kitsilano Roast

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  48. deanna_boocock — September 6, 2012 @ 6:05 pm (#)

    Love to try the Kitsilano Roast – dark

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  49. Amy M — September 6, 2012 @ 6:35 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Yaletown Roast – Dark

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  50. Katie Rose — September 6, 2012 @ 7:00 pm (#)

    Signature Roast medium

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  51. lori butler — September 6, 2012 @ 7:01 pm (#)

    The signature roast

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  52. Diana — September 6, 2012 @ 7:44 pm (#)

    I would like to try the signature roast dark.

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  53. Heidi — September 6, 2012 @ 7:45 pm (#)

    I agree – the Signature Roast would be my choice to try!

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  54. Alison K — September 6, 2012 @ 7:49 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium would be the roast I’d like to try. Thanks 🙂

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  55. Rebecca Graham — September 6, 2012 @ 8:41 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Kitsilano Roast.

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  56. Kristina S. — September 6, 2012 @ 9:22 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark

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  57. Rachel — September 6, 2012 @ 9:25 pm (#)

    The Medium roast

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  58. Marlene V — September 6, 2012 @ 10:00 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Yaletown Roast – Dark coffee

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  59. Samorjj — September 6, 2012 @ 10:35 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast.
    (entered as Jennifer)

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  60. Doris Calvert — September 6, 2012 @ 11:34 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast – Medium coffee

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  61. Narinder — September 7, 2012 @ 5:04 am (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  62. arash naghdi — September 7, 2012 @ 6:23 am (#)

    signature roast dark

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  63. Michelle B — September 7, 2012 @ 10:21 am (#)

    I would love to try the Signature Roast – Medium

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  64. polly — September 7, 2012 @ 11:03 am (#)

    i would love to try their dark signature roast blend

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  65. heidi — September 7, 2012 @ 11:36 am (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  66. Stacie — September 7, 2012 @ 1:02 pm (#)

    Signature Roast

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  67. Kat E. — September 7, 2012 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    LOVE to try their Signature Roast – Medium

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  68. Elizabeth J — September 7, 2012 @ 1:51 pm (#)

    signature roast

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  69. Melissa A. — September 7, 2012 @ 3:31 pm (#)

    Signature Roast for me!

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  70. joni — September 7, 2012 @ 8:49 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  71. Sherrie C. — September 8, 2012 @ 3:28 am (#)

    I would love to try Kitsilano Roast – Dark

    callawishes(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  72. Mary Casper — September 8, 2012 @ 4:41 am (#)

    like to try the medium signature roast

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  73. Jennifer L. — September 8, 2012 @ 5:04 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Roast – Medium.

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  74. SueSueper — September 8, 2012 @ 5:12 am (#)

    I would like Signature Roast – Medium

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  75. Elva Roberts — September 8, 2012 @ 8:13 am (#)

    September 8-If I were lucky enough to win, I would like to try the ‘Signature Roast Dark.’-el03ro

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  76. Elva Roberts — September 8, 2012 @ 8:15 am (#)

    September 8-If I were lucky enough to win, I would like to try the ‘Signature Roast Dak. All the flavors sound elicious!-el03ro

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  77. Tricia Andrews — September 8, 2012 @ 8:28 am (#)

    If I won I would like the Signature Roast Dark please!

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  78. ToCo — September 8, 2012 @ 3:06 pm (#)

    Kitsilano Roast!

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  79. Monika Bielecki — September 8, 2012 @ 7:48 pm (#)

    Signature Roast!

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  80. Angela Mitchell — September 8, 2012 @ 9:43 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Roast — Medium.

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  81. Areta — September 9, 2012 @ 7:11 am (#)

    signature roast dark!

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  82. melanee — September 9, 2012 @ 9:59 am (#)

    Kitslano for me if I won.

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  83. Jonnie (JB) — September 9, 2012 @ 11:31 am (#)

    signature roast medium

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  84. Anne Perry — September 9, 2012 @ 12:12 pm (#)

    Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  85. Yona — September 9, 2012 @ 5:27 pm (#)

    The Signature Roast sounds best for me.

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  86. Mya Murphy — September 10, 2012 @ 1:08 pm (#)

    Kitsilano Roast – Dark

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  87. Lori P — September 10, 2012 @ 1:48 pm (#)

    Yaletown Roast – Dark sounds like my kind of coffee.

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  88. Terri P — September 10, 2012 @ 9:06 pm (#)

    I want to try the dark roast

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

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  89. Claire — September 10, 2012 @ 10:29 pm (#)

    i would love to try their dark signature roast blend

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  90. Graeme — September 10, 2012 @ 11:30 pm (#)

    Yaletown roast is good!

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  91. Tracy Robertson — September 11, 2012 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Signature Roast Medium. I always go for medium roast, thanks!

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  92. Maryann — September 11, 2012 @ 10:04 pm (#)

    The Signature Roast – Medium

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  93. Katy Emanuel — September 14, 2012 @ 6:26 am (#)

    I would like to try the signature roast dark

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  94. H. Singh — September 14, 2012 @ 6:45 pm (#)

    Medium signature roast

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  95. ericka coello — September 15, 2012 @ 7:56 am (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  96. Barbara Montag — September 15, 2012 @ 8:15 pm (#)

    I like this – Yaletown Roast – Dark
    Thank you.

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  97. a marie hj saver — September 16, 2012 @ 9:25 am (#)

    the kitsilano roast sounds yum!
    I was just at Granville Island this summer- it’s such a beautiful place

    A marie hj saver

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  98. jen s. — September 16, 2012 @ 12:49 pm (#)

    the Yaletown Roast – Dark

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  99. lisa — September 17, 2012 @ 2:02 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark

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  100. Sharon — September 17, 2012 @ 2:47 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Signature roast med , If coffee was a man I would marry it!

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  101. Karry — September 17, 2012 @ 5:06 pm (#)

    I prefer the medium roast

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  102. Leslie J — September 21, 2012 @ 9:10 am (#)

    I love a good bold coffee and try to seek out fair trade coffees. Would love the opportunity to broaden my horizons!

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  103. Amber Y — September 22, 2012 @ 2:49 am (#)

    I’d love to try the Signature Roast – Medium

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  104. Stephanie LaPlante — September 23, 2012 @ 9:05 am (#)

    I would like to try their Signature Roast – Medium

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  105. laurel k — September 23, 2012 @ 9:25 am (#)

    I love Granville coffee have had it before in Vancouver @tomgirlbc

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  106. tennille — September 23, 2012 @ 9:51 am (#)

    hubby is the coffee drinker and he likes dark so I think the Kitsilano would be best

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  107. Carrie — September 25, 2012 @ 8:57 am (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Roast – Dark

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  108. debh — September 25, 2012 @ 8:04 pm (#)

    Would like to try

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  109. Michele P. — September 29, 2012 @ 7:24 pm (#)

    since hubby is Guatemalan the Yaletown roast is appropriate!

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  110. Darci — September 30, 2012 @ 11:17 am (#)

    The Signarture DARK roast would be my face 🙂

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  111. Melanie S — October 1, 2012 @ 2:12 pm (#)

    We love dark, rich roasts here – so I think I’d go for the Kitsilano, or maybe the Yaletown

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  112. louisa — October 1, 2012 @ 5:48 pm (#)

    Kitsilano or the yaletown – dark roasts!

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  113. Crystal Porter — October 1, 2012 @ 10:10 pm (#)

    I would like to try the signature roast

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  114. Robin — October 2, 2012 @ 1:36 pm (#)

    We like dark, rich coffee, so the Signature Roast sounds delish!

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  115. Margie — October 2, 2012 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Dark
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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  116. Dreena — October 2, 2012 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    I’d like to try their Signature Roast – Medium.
    Thanks!

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  117. Lara — October 2, 2012 @ 9:14 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Signatyre roast.

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  118. Desiree Dunbar — October 2, 2012 @ 11:58 pm (#)

    I’d like the Signature Dark Roast

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  119. JenniferB — October 3, 2012 @ 3:32 am (#)

    I would like to try the signature roast-medium

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  120. Caryn S — October 3, 2012 @ 7:39 am (#)

    I’d like to try theYaletown Roast – Dark

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  121. julie c — October 3, 2012 @ 10:18 am (#)

    Their Signature Roast.

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  122. gala — October 3, 2012 @ 11:33 am (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  123. Theresa D — October 3, 2012 @ 12:18 pm (#)

    I would love to try the Signature Roast- Medium.

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  124. Nicole Naasz — October 3, 2012 @ 2:04 pm (#)

    signature medium roast please~

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  125. Diane Baum — October 3, 2012 @ 5:08 pm (#)

    I love a good bold roast

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  126. Jennifer — October 3, 2012 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    The signature roast in medium sounds awesome!

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  127. Hesper Fry — October 3, 2012 @ 9:11 pm (#)

    I would choose the signature roast in the medium

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  128. Tara J. — October 3, 2012 @ 11:08 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the kits roast.. being from vancouver makes me appreciate this so much more! <3

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  129. Christine J. — October 4, 2012 @ 12:46 am (#)

    mmm coffee.. I love local coffee even more!

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  130. Mary Casper — October 4, 2012 @ 3:52 am (#)

    would like to try the dark signature roast

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  131. Gina P (gigi) — October 4, 2012 @ 4:29 am (#)

    I think the Kitsilano Roast sounds yummy!

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  132. melinda smith — October 4, 2012 @ 3:10 pm (#)

    I like a medium roast coffee. Grandville Island is not too far from where I live, and I have never tried the coffee.

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  133. Karen — October 4, 2012 @ 4:59 pm (#)

    I’d like Yaletown Roast. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  134. Auri Lae — October 4, 2012 @ 5:10 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the Signature Roast – Medium 🙂

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  135. Carla — October 4, 2012 @ 7:33 pm (#)

    The Kitsilano Roast sounds good!

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  136. Michael — October 4, 2012 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    Dark roast is my thang.

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  137. Jennifer M — October 4, 2012 @ 10:50 pm (#)

    The Kitsilano roast looks yummy!

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  138. Richie Cooper — October 5, 2012 @ 2:20 am (#)

    This would be great to win.

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  139. kathy pease — October 5, 2012 @ 5:22 am (#)

    id love to try the signature roast dark

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  140. deana c — October 5, 2012 @ 5:46 am (#)

    I would like to try the Kitsalno Roast

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  141. cassandra (rab pom) — October 5, 2012 @ 8:37 am (#)

    I want to try the Kitsilano Roast – Dark.

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  142. Sandy V. — October 5, 2012 @ 9:24 am (#)

    I would try Signature Roast!

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  143. Sarah Yurga — October 5, 2012 @ 10:16 am (#)

    medium roast please

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  144. Ed Nemmers — October 5, 2012 @ 10:29 am (#)

    The Medium Signature Roast is my coffee of choice!

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  145. Dorothy Hubbard — October 5, 2012 @ 10:33 am (#)

    I would prefer the signature roast.

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  146. Julie — October 5, 2012 @ 10:37 am (#)

    I would love to try the Signature Roast.

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  147. Nicole RJ — October 5, 2012 @ 10:40 am (#)

    Would love to try the Kitsilano roast!

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  148. Gianna — October 5, 2012 @ 12:48 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium.

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  149. Mildred Huerta — October 5, 2012 @ 3:49 pm (#)

    I’d love to try the Yaletown Roast!!

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  150. Vicki D. — October 5, 2012 @ 4:34 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Signature Roast-Dark.

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  151. DanV — October 5, 2012 @ 5:24 pm (#)

    I’d like Yaletown Roast – Dark

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  152. Breanne — October 5, 2012 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    Signature Roast – Medium

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  153. Barbara Long — October 5, 2012 @ 8:36 pm (#)

    I would like to try the Kitsalano Roast – Dark.

    longbarb1@aol.com

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  154. sarah c — October 5, 2012 @ 9:03 pm (#)

    I’d like to try the signature dark roast

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  155. Gano Coffee — November 26, 2012 @ 4:46 am (#)

    I like coffee in the evening. If one love to drink coffee they should select perfect coffee with quality. And here is the coffee.

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  156. Ethics Commissioner — March 4, 2014 @ 4:29 pm (#)

    The above named “Granville Island Coffee Company”has a big secret. Coffee is roasted by a coffee roaster in Ontario named “Heritage Coffee”. Heritage produces office coffee mainly. Not a specialty producer. This company is good at using our local landmarks to market their coffee, but should not be a local.

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