Coffee nuts & design enthusiast alike are lining up at the newly opened Habit Coffee shop in Victoria’s newest modern addition to the architectural world, the Atrium. Franc D’Ambrosio has designed a building that blends open spaces, glass, recycled aluminum & live trees to create an environment that is tranquil, modern and yet, still warm. Right at the helm of the building sits Habit Coffee 2 with its floor to ceiling windows, wooden floors, communal table & hand-built, mid-century designed chairs. The space is stunning to say the least. This is a major shift from the design of the original Habit Coffee shop on Pandora st and one step inside makes you question whether or not you are in Victoria. The reclaimed wood and gobs of natural light really breath a freshness into a space that could easily be cold and stark by the surrounding concrete.
Modeled after the Stumptown Roasters of Portland, Oregon there is a real dedication to not only having a beautiful space but also providing fairly traded coffee and a superior café experience with culture being high on the priority list. However, it’s the coffee that continues to lure the office workers, artists, students, and coffee geeks and what started at the Pandora st location continues here. Drew Johnson of Hines Public Market Coffee pays meticulous attention to the selecting & roasting of the coffee beans which certainly doesn’t go unnoticed. Shane, the owner of Habit, and Drew have been working closely together from the beginning to provide a unique roast & coffee that helps set them apart from the other specialty coffee shops in Victoria. The proof is in the pudding, as they say.