Food Drink Kafiex celebrates global coffee village

first_img Seidy and Matthew Selivanow, owners of Kafiex Roasters, opened the Coffee Lab so they can share their love and appreciation for coffee.“Matt and I have said all the time that coffee is like wine or beer, but there’s not that much information about what happens before with coffee,” Seidy said. “Some people have never seen a coffee plant in their life.”That desire for education is what drove the decision, and the name.“We needed more space if we wanted to educate people about coffee and share more of what we love to do. That’s why we call it a Coffee Lab,” she said.The Selivanows plan on having roasting tours, cuppings and classes. They also have a small library of coffee books people can read while chilling in the bright space on Esther and Eighth streets in downtown Vancouver. Patrons will soon be able to watch Matthew roast coffee in his new, baby blue Diedrich roaster through small windows to the side of the Coffee Lab.A vibrant mural by Dallas artist Nikki Cade fills the wall behind the coffee counter. The swath of land known as the coffee belt is highlighted in red and pink. This whimsical representative of the global coffee village seems like a tool that an imaginative elementary school teacher would use to explain where coffee is grown.The company’s name is a nod to a coffee growing region in Africa. Seidy explained, “We wanted something related to coffee. Kafi is the way to say coffee for a small tribe in Africa. We added the ex to make it sound futuristic.” Rachel Pinsky can be emailed at [email protected] Follow her on Instagram @couveeats and @rachelapinsky and on Facebook @coueeats.last_img read more