Sequoia Coffee’s manager Alan Rainey (left) and baristas Annalise Steadman and Hannah Robertson are one week into the opening of the first coffee shop in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. The coffee shop has a drive-thru and is made from shipping containers. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

Royal Bay’s newest coffee shop made of shipping containers completes first week

Sequoia Coffee has temporary-use permit for three years for drive-thru, take-away

The smell of freshly ground beans fills the air around a growing Colwood neighbourhood as Royal Bay’s first coffee shop completes an entire week since soft opening on Nov. 4.

On Wednesday afternoon, a lineup of several cars waits to be served a cup of joe from Sequoia Coffee, a drive-thru coffee stand made from shipping containers.

“It’s been a baptism by fire for sure,” said manager Alan Rainey, pointing out that they’ve been busy since opening last Wednesday. “The pandemic gave us the chance to put all the final pieces together and we couldn’t be more grateful that this is a drive-thru and takeaway model instead of a sit-down coffee shop.”

Due to the pandemic, the coffee shop was put on hold for a couple of months, as co-owner Sam Jones was aiming for an early summer opening.

Sequoia Coffee, a partnership of Jones’ 2% Jazz Coffee and Truffles Group, has a temporary-use permit for three years from Colwood ­council at 365 Latoria Blvd.

“I’ve always wanted to build a coffee shop here since this area was a quarry years ago,” said Sam Jones, co-owner of Sequoia in a previous comment. “We’re really thrilled to be a part of this neighbourhood and now it’s just full steam ahead.”

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