Inside Oldhand Coffee

Taking their years of experience working in cafes around Vancouver and Victoria, Johannes and Kristina van Bommel van Vloten finally opened Oldhand Coffee in their hometown of Abbotsford at the end of February.

After locating a space they quickly got to work converting the old sushi restaurant to fit their design vision with the their old world Dutch and Norwegian heritages balanced with more modern clean details.

The room is lined with white fascia boards on the walls along with small details that were mostly thrifted to provide some details to the design like old school chairs and church pews. The makeshift shelves made out of old wine crates have a more personal connection with Johannes' family who are passionate about wine and also helped provide the connection for Johannes with the flavour profiles in fine wine to the world of specialty coffee. The custom chandelier and all the table frames in the cafe were fabricated by Fabrikaat which specializes in handmade lighting, furniture along with custom metal fabrication out of their shop in Vancouver.

Oldhand brings in their coffee from Victoria's Bows & Arrows Coffee Roasters with brew coffee prepared on Aeropress along with espresso drinks on a La Marzocco Linea. When the weather warms up look for some cold coffee drinks to show up on the menu (cold brew coffee and non-alcoholic coffee cocktails).

Along with their coffee bar, they've also made their baked goods a focus of Oldhand with a wide range of items all baked in-house every morning with popular items like their take on Oreo cookies and some staples like croissants and blueberry scones.


Oldhand Coffee | 31962 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford |

Corner of South Fraser Way & Clearbrook

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photos, openingsLawrence Lee