WAY BACK IN 1978 OISHII WAS ON A BUSINESS TRIP IN SAN FRANCISCO WHEN HE SAW HIS FIRST COFFEE ROASTER. THAT IMAGE OF FRESH ROASTED COFFEE NEVER LEFT HIS HEAD.
Then in 1990, after a year of research and soaking up all he could – which wasn’t so easy in those early-internet days – he opened a small coffee house with an in-store 5 kilo roaster in the heart of sleepy North Vancouver.
The first Oishii Eats Cafe was just as he had envisioned it back in 1978. Oishii offered fresh, in-house roasted coffee in a funky, eclectic setting with friendly service and good baking. Vancouver’s first true coffee house was born!
Just two years later, probably over a cup of coffee, he joined forces with Winston. Winston was buying coffee from Oishii for his own breakfast joint Caffe Winston in Vancouver. Winston’s customers raved about the coffee he was serving – Oishii’s fresh roasted beans – and after a year of doing business with each other they had formed a great friendship. So, together, the boys opened a second Oishii Eats Cafe. The same concept was followed; a funky warm store with wooden floors and an in-house 12 kilo roaster. Business was booming and within the next year they had opened a third coffee house. Hard to believe that was all the way back in 1993.