Rick and Dominique Martin opened Momento Coffee House in the summer of 2009. Rick was looking for a space where he could exercise his passion for coffee, and share it with a community he’s lived in for many years.
Everything has been custom fitted by the talented Mike Lafoy and Nim Jeman: from the beautiful counter-height seating in the window, made from wood found in the Fraser Valley, to the gorgeous hammered copper front on the bar. As for the rest of the seating, Rick recovered some classic Church pews he found in Abbostford one day while out and about. It’s a cozy space with a cabin like feeling, dressed in Retro.
In June of 2014 they opened their second location at 577 Great Northern Way at the soon to be Emily Carr University. Hand made flooring upstairs and downstairs along with the 100 year old barn wood for the walls and bar, a 10 foot section of bowling alley translates perfectly into a table held up by turn of the century hot water radiators, stool tops were hand made from left over wood, a corner nook that comes from the 60’s/70’s/80’s apt. art project, this place was made to suck back a Canadiano or an espresso with joy.
As for Coffee, Rick is all about the Coffee. He has thoughtfully chosen a few distinct brew methods that allow a Barista to craft their drink with the best equipment. French Presses, a Hario Pour over Bar and Hario Syphons plus Freling French Presses are the tools on hand along side a Nuova Simonelli 3 head T3 with a Mythos Barista Grinder a match made in coffee heaven , Bows & Arrows Hathaway Espresso and St 66, and from time to time, Phil and Sebastian and Matchstick Roasters.