New loft seating area 

Happy to announce that Ratio is opening a new customer seating area called the Ratio Loft directly upstairs of the cafe. This adds 20 customer seats & a private (reservable) meeting room with a media centre that will be perfect for your next meeting. Meeting room in Vernon, BC - catering and coffee

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Donut Friday - Nov 13, 2015

It's #Donutfriday today - AND - the first time the donuts will be produced in our newly opened bakery. You don't want to miss this! Here is our menu:

  • Apple PB Fritter
  • Roasted Pear Fritter w/ Vanilla bean Glaze
  • Old Dirty Bastard (chocolate glaze, oreo crumbs and PB glaze)
  • JagaSilk London Fog Filled
  • Whiskey Bacon Pecan
  • Pumpkin Buttercream Filled with Cinnamon Cardamon Sugar
  • Blueberry Crumb Pie
  • Lemon JagaSilk Maccha w/ Black sesame seeds
  • Gluten Free Chocolate Curls
  • Vegan PB Ginger

The bakery is open!

Great news for pastry lovers! Finally after months of waiting our Ratio Bakery is open. While we were doing the renovations at the train station it became clear that the cafe side of Ratio was going to open first because of the need for a commercial hood fan (you can thank the donuts for that). So for the last month Laurie, Megan and our team of bakers and culinary chefs have been working out of a off site commercial bakery/kitchen. The items were baked and then quickly transported to Ratio for customers to enjoy. Now when you enjoy any baking or food at Ratio you can just peek through the bakery window and see where it was made. It's very exciting.

Our list of equipment is very exciting as well. We have top of the line German made deck oven, a Swiss pastry sheeter, proofers, a blast chiller and all sorts of other precision baking tools. Within time we will be able to produce some remarkable products that haven't ever been available in Vernon.

Tomorrow is donut day and we are so excited that we will be producing all of our donuts on site with our new donut fryer. It's going to be so much fun!

Next time you are at Ratio take a peek through the bakery window and watch the treats being made. It's so exciting to watch.

Donut Friday - Nov 6, 2016

That's right it's time for #donutfriday! Our pastry chefs make perfection in your mouth happen bite after bite so don't miss out. #vernonbc #ratiovernon Ratio Vernon's baker getting ready for Donut Friday

Black Forest Fritter: a sour cherry fritter, dipped in a sour cherry glaze and drizzled in chocolate.

Apple PB Fritter: an apple fritter dipped in a PB glaze

Old Dirty Bastard: a ring donut dipped in chocolate, topped with crushed Oreos, and drizzled in peanut butter

Pumpkin Patch: a donut filled with a pumpkin spice butter cream and rolled in a cinnamon cardamon sugar

Licorice Twist: a donut filled with an anise buttercream, dipped in a Licorice glaze, and topped with black Licorice.

Whiskey Crunch: a donut ring dipped in a chocolate whiskey glaze and topped with crushed pretzels

Tropical Paradise: a ring donut dipped in a fresh mango glaze and topped with coconut, dried mango, and fresh pomegranate

Apple Crumble Pie: a ring donut dipped in a fresh apple glaze and topped with an oat crumble

Coconut Lime (GF): a lime donut dipped in a coconut lime glaze and topped with toasted coconut

Vegan Lemon Poppyseed (Vegan): a vegan friendly donut with lemon zest and poppyseeds topped with a bright lemon glaze.

Donut Friday, October 30, 2015

Today is the Halloween edition of Donut Day (starts at 9 am)! Laurie and Megan have gotten in touch with their spooky sides to create these delicious treats. The winner of our donut contest is Gemma Bird with her Graveyard Donut!

Here is the menu:

  • Graveyard: ganache filled donut with Oreo crumb soil and a royal icing RIP tombstone.
  • Caramel apple fritter : apple fritter drizzled in caramel
  • Mummy Fritter: blueberry fritter with a vanilla bean glaze. Then drizzled with white royal icing and topped with eyeballs.
  • Pumpkin: filled with chocolate pastry cream with a chocolate Jack-o-Lantern face
  • Voodoo Doll: a jam filled voodoo doll donut with a chocolate glaze and a pretzel voodoo pin.
  • Spider Web: filled with vanilla pastry cream with a chocolate glaze and white chocolate web.
  • Old Dirty Bastard: ring donut dipped in chocolate & crushed Oreos + Drizzled with peanut butter.
  • Caramel Cheese Popcorn: ring donut dipped in caramel glaze and topped with caramel cheese popcorn
  • GF SPIDER: a ring donut with a chocolate glaze and white chocolate legs.
  • VEGAN GHOST: a jam filled donut with a white glaze and eyeballs.

We're open!

What a crazy two days! Thanks again for all the incredible support. We are closed tomorrow (Sunday) and back at it Monday at 7 am.

Hours for next week:

Our "soft" opening hours for next week (Oct 18-24, 2015) are:

Monday - Friday: 7am - 3pm Saturday: 9am - 3pm

Know where to find us?

Find us at our new permanent location: the Vernon train station!

3101-29th Street Vernon BC  V1T 5A8

Soooo close to opening our doors!

Just a quick note to let our friends and fans know that we are sooooo close to opening our doors! Our phone has been ringing off the hook with questions as to when we will be open. We still don't have an exact date other than to say we are really close.

Big things have been happening:

  1. All our equipment (except our deck oven that is coming from Germany) is installed and working.
  2. Our commercial hood fan & fire suppression unit is nearly installed. This is all so we can fry those delicious donuts!!!
  3. You may have heard that we also rented the upstairs of our building. This is a beautiful space that we are calling "the Loft." It will be a book-able space for board meetings, non profit groups, book clubs and after hours gatherings. It's going to be awesome!

Other things we are REALLY excited about:

  1. Laurie and Megan have been working around the clock to develop a full line of gluten free & vegan treats. If you have a dietary need - fear not - Ratio has got you covered!
  2. We are delighted to have Anni Lawrence come on staff to handle the production of our food items - soups, salads, sandwiches and tons more of delicious lunch and breakfast items.
  3. Our tea curator JagaSilk has allowed us to carry a exclusive line of their Maccha tea. We are proud to be carrying three different grades of this incredible tea - "Owl, Raven & Eagle." We can't wait for you to try them!
  4. Our STAFF! We've been working hard training our front of house staff to serve you the best quality coffee, tea and pastries in town. We've been tasting dozens of coffee's, steaming gallons of milk and soon we will move on to preparing the perfect espresso.

Stay tuned to our social media feeds for hints our opening day!

We're hiring in Vernon, BC

Ratio is looking to fill a couple positions in our bakery. We need passionate, quality focused food lovers! A self starter who also works well in a team. Clean, professional and reliable. Baking experience is an asset but not a must, professional training to be provided. Flexible hours available. Please send applications to hello@ratiocoffee.ca These positions are part-time to start; with full time potential.

Ratio featured in the Vernon Morning Star

Look whose photo was in the business section today? The caption reads:

Andrew McWilliam, of Ratio Coffee and Pastry, serves coffee and treats from the coffee cart he owns with pastry chef Laurie Knuever. It is located next to the BigSteel Box Satellite Gallery across from Cenotaph Park and they will be opening a shop in the old train station building in August.

Remember, we're closing up the coffee cart on July 24th to prepare for the opening of our new permanent location!

In the meantime, make sure you pre-order your t-shirt!

Ratio's coffee cart and future new shop!

The cart

The Pop up cart has been going strong since March 19th! Time flies when your having fun. We are continually humbled by the faithful support of YOU our customers. Sadly (wait for the good news) we are a week and half away from our last day. July 24 (a donut Friday) will be our last regular day at our pop up location. It's been such an incredible experience - we are sad to shut it down but very excited for what's next!

Our new shop!

Our future home at Vernon's historic train station is coming along quite nicely. We have our basic plumbing and electrical going in now and soon it will really start to take shape. One of the main reasons we are closing the cart is so we can focus our efforts on making this space great. We think you will absolutely love it! We are still aiming for a early September opening.

Stay tuned for the occasional pop up donut day or coffee service as well as many sneak peeks of our new space.

Thank you!

Big news for coffee lovers in Vernon, BC

Ratio has BIG news! We're happy to announce that we just signed a lease for our first brick and mortar coffee shop and bakery. We will be located in the gorgeous and historic Vernon train station just off Main Street downtown Vernon.

If all goes well we will be open in the middle of September.

Thanks to all our customers for your support and encouragement along the way... We can't wait to serve you in our new location. Until then we will see you at the coffee cart!

Photo: Don Pierce

The first Nitro Cold Brew coffee in Vernon

Using a nitrogen tap originally developed for beer, Ratio Coffee is now serving a unique cold brew coffee. Bon Appetit describes Nitro Cold brew perfectly:

Nitro coffee is slightly effervescent, ice-cold coffee on tap. It’s treated with nitrogen and/or carbon dioxide under high pressure, then chilled in a keg and served on draught with a foamy head like a Guinness. Rich and creamy—almost velvety—because of all of the tiny bubbles, it seems sweeter and less acidic than large-batch cold brew.

What could be better on a hot, Okanagan summer's day? Come and get it at our pop-up shop in Vernon, BC.

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AeroPress coffee making 101

This Saturday (11:30 am) at the coffee cart come and learn how to make a delicious AeroPress coffee. No cost... Just come and have fun making good coffee!

When: 11:30 am, Saturday, April 18, 2015

What: Learn how to better use your AeroPress!

Where: the corner of 31st Avenue & 31st Street downtown Vernon, BC

Why: there are a bunch of tricks you can use to get the most out of your AeroPress.

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Visit our pop-up shop!

When: March 19th – May 19th, 2015 Update: until August 15th, 2015! Hours: Mon-Fri (9:30am-4pm), and Saturday (11am-4pm) What: We're running a pop-up coffee shop at the Okanagan Print Triennial

Where: the corner of 31st Avenue & 31st Street downtown Vernon, BC

Why: we want to bring you the best coffee, tea, and espresso in the Okanagan, plus amazing baked treats.

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Where’s your location?

IMG_8657 Since launching Ratio we've had many people ask where is your coffee shop?

In sync with the Vernon Public Art Gallery's Okanagan Print Triennial Pop up art show we will be operating a Pop Up Cafe at the show's location. Great Art and Coffee have always been good friends and we are very excited to be able to pair our espresso and pastries with some truly exceptional art.

The Okanagan Print Triennial Pop Up show will be located on 31st Avenue in the lot right next to the former Vernon Flower Shop. The best way to look for this on a navigation app is to look for "Greyhound Canada, Vernon, BC" and then walk towards 31st Street (you will see the 5 large shipping containers!). The Pop up Art Show is located more or less on the corner of 31st Avenue & 31st Street downtown Vernon, BC.

Look for us smiling and ready to serve you coffee & delicious pastries in our pop up tent and mobile cafe. If all goes well (ie. city permits, health inspections etc) we will be serving you coffee at the opening March 19th from 6pm - 8pm. The Triennial Pop Up runs March 19th - May 19th. Operating hours to come soon.

We can't wait to serve you!

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