Atmosphere on offer at new nearby coffee shop

The view from inside Reservoir Coffee, a new nearby coffee shop. (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

The view from inside Reservoir Coffee, a new nearby coffee shop. (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

You may have noticed there is a new addition to the Landmark Building across from TRU. I myself didn’t notice it until one of my professors suggested we go off-campus for a meeting, and we ended up at Reservoir Coffee, Kamloops’ newest addition to the coffeehouse scene.

Upon entering for the first time I immediately liked it. The place has a very welcoming atmosphere, and although it was busy at the time, I was able to find a seat at the bar by the window. Every time I’ve been there since I’ve felt the same chill vibe that is reserved for these kinds of coffee shops.

Unfortunately, Reservoir is usually quite noisy. But what can you expect from a successful new coffee shop right across the street from a university? There always seems to be no shortage of students gathering to pass time or do homework together. Every once in a while however you can catch the place in one of its quiet times, during which the relaxing music can be more easily heard and you can enjoy your snack and a relaxing game of chess (thanks to the wooden board that sits next to the comfy red couch) in peace and quiet.

Barista Luke Nieman. (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

Barista Luke Nieman. (Annie Slizak/The Omega)

Regardless of how often Reservoir is crowded with students, I firmly believe its location is one of the best choices for such a business. After all, who drinks more coffee than a university student? And with a convenient corner spot, their sign is easily seen from both Summit Drive and McGill Road. Furthermore, these streets are also easily seen from the inside, making a window seat in Reservoir an ideal place for people-watching.

The menu board (AKA a plank with products and prices burnt into it) currently has an empty column with the heading “summer.” When asked about this, barista Luke Nieman told me that they will probably be serving “traditional iced drinks,” but they are also planning on serving affogato, which is “espresso over gelato.” I don’t know about you, but summer can’t come soon enough for me.

Reservoir’s prices are reasonable. It’s not the cheapest place out there, but I usually expect to pay a little more when the barista draws a heart on my latte with milk. My sister and I were able to purchase two drinks, a croissant, a breakfast wrap, a hot pretzel and a slice of vegan blueberry pie all for about $20.

The blueberry pie was the only vegan food available when we were there, but Nieman said that they “hope to add more gluten-free and vegan choices” in the future.

My recommendation? Go in the late afternoon, when most students have already gone home for the day, and order a chai or London Fog latte. As far as food goes, get the hot pretzel. On second thought, get two.