Canada, it looks like Tim Hortons has been holding out on us. We thought the iconic Canadian brand was the epitome of all things Canadian, but it turns out the coffee shop we know and love is but a fraction of what it could be. It’s not the epitome of Canada; it’s Canada Lite.
The company just opened their first store in China this week and they turned up the Canada to an 11. Not only have they created a store “meant to elevate the experience of visiting Canada’s favourite coffee shop” featuring a floor “inspired by” maple leaves, a tonne of red plaid, maple leaf artwork and a hockey stick door handle, the Shanghai store’s drink menu is WAY more Canadian.
The store has the standard fare we enjoy here in the Great White North (including the iconic Double Double), but they’ve added other specialty drinks we’ve only ever dreamed of. The Shanghai Tims has maple and hazelnut flavoured Iced Capps, Macha and Hazelnut lattes and a maple macchiato.
A maple macchiato.
That’s not all. The Chinese food menu is way cooler too. Their lunch offerings include original salads like Chicken and Roasted Pumpkin or Beef and Roasted Zucchini; intriguing sandwiches like Basil Chicken, Coldwater Shrimp and Montreal Style Beef; and exclusive wraps like Black Pepper Beef and Chicken Caesar Laffa. They even get new timbit flavours including Salted Egg Yolk.
If you’re excited about all those menu items you have to travel half the globe to experience, you’re not alone. On its opening day, the lineup to get into the store stretched around the block. You would think it was the latest iPhone drop, not the opening of a coffee chain.
Canadian coffee shop Tim Hortons opens its first location in Shanghai today. Here’s video of the line (via wechat) pic.twitter.com/Ds4v8AihCf
— Nathan VanderKlippe (@nvanderklippe) February 26, 2019
Oh, and all the employees are dressed like lumberjacks. Not sure what to make of that.
— Christopher Yuen (@GDArt_theLOL) February 26, 2019
In conclusion: Tim Hortons has been holding out on us, y’all. Where is my maple macchiato??