Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery (New Westminster)

There are about a dozen or more reasons why I promote local businesses, and even more so, I love promoting local shops that are in New Westminster (where The Network Hub has their New Westminster campus). But the other element that drew me to promoting Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery was not the fact that they sent me a box of goodies, but the fact that they are focused on gluten-free goodies.

Gluten free peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

Photo credit: Melanie McDermott on Flickr

Both my friends Jonny Staub (on-air DJ for The Beat 94.5) and Janni Aragon (professor at University of Victoria) eat gluten-free stuff. My friend LMcT also requires consuming gluten free stuff, as does Justin Long, an entrepreneur at The Network Hub and a friend of mine as well. So, slowly but surely many more of my friends are increasing consumption of gluten-free goodies and thus it’s nice to know that Cloud 9 will carry them.

With everything in his childhood home freshly baked, Ray Porcellato, founder of Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery acquired his love for baking at a young age from his mother Pixie. When he saw the demand for gluten-free products going largely unfulfilled, Ray decided to continue that family tradition and launched a bakery that would create gluten-free baked goods that had the same taste and quality he grew up with.

After creating a specially formulated gluten-free flour, he began to produce a complete range of baked goods and confections that are firstly of the highest standards, and also fulfilled a need for uncompromising gluten-free products.

The goodies I was sent were promptly distributed amongst everyone whom I bumped into at my office at The Network Hub. The one item I kept was the salty pastry (in Spanish we call those hojaldre but I have no clue how to say it in English). The prices (I did check Cloud 9 Specialty Bakery’s prices) are pretty much on-par with any other store/bakery. I found the chocolate biscotti a bit dry but then again, it’s probably the best way because I dip it in my coffee.

Overall, I’ll have to visit Cloud 9 Specialty Baker in New Westminster and I encourage you to do so as well. After all, I’m in New Westminster at least once a week!

Disclosure: I was sent a box of goodies (including cookies, gluten-free flour, biscottis and other small items), but while the box of goodies was free, a review was neither expected nor a positive review, in the case of writing one was expected either. I did not visit the store as the box was mailed to me, so this does not count as a review of the bakery itself. As always, I retain full editorial control of what is published on my site.

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Comments (4)

Cloud 9 Specialty BakeryMay 23rd, 2012 at 9:29 am

Thanks so much for the mention. We’re pleased to hear you enjoyed the samples. We agree that gluten-free has gained a lot more awareness and are happy that we can fill the void for gluten-free baked goods that don’t compromise taste or texture! Hope you get a chance to stop by soon!

LesterMay 25th, 2012 at 4:05 pm

Hi there! Thank you for reviewing a new gluten free bakery. Many of my friends are allergic to gluten so I too, have been consuming more and more gluten free products. I have visited the bakery and wow! It is quaint and beautifully decorated. You definitely wouldn’t expect it from the area in which it is located (between 2 mechanic shops). Once inside, it’s like being transported to Yaletown or somewhere similar. Anyway, I just heard that they’ve teamed up with (the new(?) owners of) Caffe Amici on Commercial Drive. I think you should check that place out soon too!

Miranda AusburySeptember 3rd, 2012 at 9:23 am

The cookies look delicious. I really love how it looks. I will bake this kind of cookies on my Mom’s birthday next week. She really loves pastries. Last month, she asked for the Best Cheesecake in New York. I’ve searched for it for five days just for her.

Loena RueschFebruary 8th, 2013 at 9:02 pm

can you get cloud 9 all purpose flour anywhere in the okanagan.

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