Patco Cafe is currently an online coffee shop that began as a way to share and connect with others. The shop holds collaborations and pop-ups every now and then! In the near future, the team hopes to open a shop to serve the community.
All our coffees, lattes and baked goods are baked or brewed the day of purchase. We're committed to using local ingredients, no preservatives, and we do our best to use house-made syrups and flavours.
The Origin of PATCO
A frequently asked question is who Patco is, or where the name Patco came from.
It all started in the kitchen of a 19-year old university student - Hanna Paras. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hanna lost her connection with others and due to an accident, was unable to drink coffee. She had a strong desire to share and re-connect, but restrictions prevented that. In turn, she found a way to share her coffee creations to her friends. And what better way to catch up with friends over some virtual coffee, right? As a result, the idea of selling coffee came to be. And so began the research and trial period. Now, Patco has been running for a little under 2 years (we started August 30, 2020!) through your support and love.
The name is derived from the founder's "secret" first name, Hanna Patricia. In a sense, it was an extension of her creative self. Think of it like this: while "Hanna" studies at some university, "Patricia" was a barista and a business owner. When the business first started, there was some anxiety of revealing herself to the public, so she opted to use her "other name" as an alias.
During the planning stages, the business was geared towards Cold Brew, hence the "CO" at the end.
One of our values is being sustainable, and in this day and age where cheaper alternatives are easy accessible, these decisions are sometimes difficult to make. We're riddled with wanting to lower costs, while trying to be as green and waste-free as possible. The big question of using plastic vs. glass vs. other materials has always been an issue.
In the end, we decided to use glass bottles as an effort to create a system of bottle exchanges at Patco. By giving a discount incentive to return your bottles, we give the bottles a second, third, or fourth life. The labels we use are also durable, so as much as possible, we try to reuse them when we can.
Paper cups, or clear plastic cups are nice, but the amount of waste that would go into the landfills would go against what we advocate for.
In other packaging, we use compostable ice cream cups, wooden spoons, and recycled kraft bags. We encourage you to reuse, and recycle whenever possible!
If you have suggestions or ideas on how we can become even more sustainable, please let us know.