C2 Continental Coffee prides itself on our tradition of community support and the loyalty of our customers. Our philosophy has always been to offer a high quality product at a fair price, in a comfortable environment. C2 Coffee sources only the finest coffees available from a variety of countries & regions. They are then artisan roasted to their ideal profile at our Burnaby roasting facility using either our Probat, Toper or Ambex Roaster.
The enterprise began when Theo Grippo immigrated from Italy. He opened a coffee bar in 1960 in the northern section of Commercial Drive where the Latin Quarter is today. He closed it to concentrate on selling coffee beans wholesale out of the garage of his home, largely to Italian immigrants. His daughter, Anita Allan, wanted to get back into the retail business and so Continental Coffee was born in 1979. Her two sons, Jordan and Rick, now work in the business, as does her grandson, Nick.