Ottawa loves to support its local businesses and coffee shops are no exception. Local, independent coffee roasters provide a unique experience and rich flavours you can’t get at regular chains. So grab your reusable mug and make your way to some of these great coffee roasters for a tasty cup of joe in Canada’s Capital:
1. Little Victories Coffee Roasters
This coffee roasting duo has been serving up beans to many Ottawa shops before the pair decided to plant their first café roots in an unlikely home – the Cyclelogik (111A Wellington Steet West) bike shop in Hintonburg. After returning from their caffeine-fuelled travels, the two friends created Little Victories in an effort to elevate Ottawa’s coffee culture. This small, independent roaster ethically sources their beans, often using direct trade outside of large coffee import companies whenever possible.
2. Bridgehead Roastery and Coffeehouse
Since opening in 2000, Bridgehead coffee shops have been popping up all over the city by popular demand with an impressive 19 cafes so far. The roastery, which is centrally located in Little Italy (130 Anderson Street), also doubles as an industrial café and offers free tours of the facility on the first Saturday of each month. Bridgehead only works with small-scale farmers to get the best beans at prices that truly support the farmer’s skills and effort. To top it off, all the milk, cream and honey served in-house is sourced from local farmers.
3. Equator Coffee Roasters
Roasted just 45 minutes west of Ottawa in Almonte, Ont., Equator Coffee has been in the bean biz for nearly 20 years. As a member of Northern America’s Cooperative Coffees, their products are all fair trade, organic and from small-scale farms. Follow the big bright lights to their Westboro café (412 Churchill Avenue North) with a heavy support-local theme or visit the roastery and training centre itself (451 Ottawa Street). Otherwise, Equator Coffee is setting their sights on the wholesale market.
4. Happy Goat Coffee Co.
By supporting small scale farming, Happy Goat aims to protect and preserve the unique genetic diversity of the world’s coffee supply. Their beans produce niche coffees and are sourced from small-crop farmers in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Happy Goat is committed to empowering not only the neighbourhood small batch roasters but also fueling their local economies. Grab a cup of their organic, fair trade coffee at their original café in Hintonburg (35 Rue Laurel Street) or try their newest café in Sandy Hill (317 Wilbrod Street). They also boast a long list of local retailers on their website.
5. Bluebird Coffee
Bluebird Coffee is a micro roastery and café located in the ByWard Market neighbourhood (261 Dalhousie Street), ready to serve up a gourmet espresso shot or drip coffee while you take in the sights of Ottawa. All their coffee is freshly roasted on site with a long list of baked goods and sandwiches to complement their caffeine offerings.
6. Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery
Straying from the traditional, Poppa Bean got its start in a garage roasting all their beans in 5 hot-air popcorn poppers! Today, the company uses real roasters and has moved out of the garage. Their beans are sourced from Sumatra, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Peaberry, Bali, Brazil, and Cuba. Although Poppa Bean doesn’t have their own shop, you can find their products at many local shops and markets around Ottawa. Keep your eyes peeled for their popular seasonal roasts!
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