Calhoun's is a cafe on Broadway oft frequented by UBC students, and with a very laid back style. Rustic is maybe a good term. It's a large cafe, opened up by a set of barn doors and with great old wood tables scattered all over the place. I have always enjoyed the decor. I've never been to Calhoun's for live music, but they do have a good series of music some nights.
I had my first coffee at Calhoun's last week. I've been to the cafe many times, but I think it was always at night and I stayed to tea or steamed milk or hot chocolate. Of of these late night beverages were pretty good.
However, coffee was not good. The machine was not so great, and the barista didn't ask how many shots of coffee I wanted before measuring coffee - thus just running the water extra long. It really does not have much in the way of good points. It was worse than anything I could make on a bad day at home, so that was not fun.
So, go to Calhoun's to hang out, have some good tea and a nice dessert. But don't go for coffee.