There’s *How Many* Cafes Near Here?

delocator_logo.gifLiving in Vancouver, you’ve probably noticed the smell of coffee wafting your way from one of the zillions of cafes, coffee shops and other fine dining establishments in the area.

But it wasn’t until I found Delocator.ca that I realized just how many there were. Within 3 km of my place: 45 cafes. And 13 Starbucks.

Delocator.ca is based on Delocator.net, a U.S. effort to encourage people to visit non-megacorp giant coffee places.

I really like what Delocator.ca is trying to do, but some improvements are necessary. For example, it took me 5 tries to figure out that you HAVE to leave the space in your postal code or no dice. And why can’t I link to a result page? That’s just silly. A master map of results based on Google maps would be sweet, too — like this one. They make the source code for the U.S. version available, but not the Canadian one or I’d leap in and improve it myself.

OK, I’m done complaining. I just haven’t had my cup of coffee yet.

2 Comments so far

  1. Wendy (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 11:29 am

    Cool site – I’m in the West End and there are 60 Starbucks within 5 KM. INSANE!!!


  2. Ryan Cousineau (unregistered) on April 28th, 2006 @ 10:50 am

    Delocator is a really neat tool, and I too appreciate the non-chain directory, because I like places that are different.

    But. Let’s remember why Starbucks was so successful: it made this market.

    Before Starbucks, it just wasn’t that common for North American coffee shops to take coffee seriously. Coffee shops weren’t elegant little rentable living rooms, they were essentially fast-food joints that sold more donuts than burgers.

    Starbucks took coffee seriously, made a diverse array of special drinks available, had nicer seats, and generally demonstrated that there was room in the coffee shop market for a premium-priced experience.

    So basically you have to thank Starbucks for making many of the Delocator shops exist.



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