“We should just change the name to ‘FRIENDS’,” jokes Mike Payette. Many familiar faces have ambled down Dundas Street to stop in at Far Out Coffee Post, which was recently opened by Payette and long-time friend/business partner/ex band-mate Bob Froese.
Occupying one of few retail spaces on the burgeoning East Village block intersecting Dundas and Templeton, the recently-opened coffee shop has arrived at just the right time. Within steps of a bus stop outside its unassuming storefront, this cozy nook is the neighbourhood commuter’s caffeine dream. Payette and Froese serve up damn fine coffees and teas, lunch fare and baked goods seven days a week.
It’s just the two of them behind the counter for now, but Payette anticipates they’ll be hiring soon. Business has been swiftly steady, thanks in part to the support of good friends.
“Our friends have been awesome,” says Payette. “Lots of them live up Main Street or in Strathcona, so we’re kind of off the beaten path. But we get a lot of friends coming around these parts.”
The organic coffee supplied by Origins Coffee Company on Granville Island is worth the trek. So too is the pesto tomato grilled cheese, made with fresh bread from the Black Rook Bakehouse on Hastings Street, and ingredients from neighbouring markets. Organic loose-leaf teas from local company Steam and an assortment of Black Rook treats round out an unpretentious spread that reflects Far Out’s hearty support for businesses close to home.
This support also extends to artists. Vancouver-based illustrator Ben Frey showcased some of his drawings at the Far Out opening party, and now the guys intend to host bi-monthly art shows to celebrate local talent.
Local talents themselves, Froese and Payette owned “about a bazillion screen printing shops” together and toured as members of now-defunct Vancouver rock band Pride Tiger before venturing into the coffee industry. “I remember when I used to get interviewed by magazines for playing music,” says Payette, “and now I get interviewed for slinging coffees!”
Judging by the welcoming vibe at Far Out Coffee Post, it appears that Froese and Payette have found the perfect transition.
By Sarah Bauer
Photo: Melissa Syme-Lapper