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
Travel experiences inspired the two friends behind Little Victories to elevate Ottawa’s coffee culture by starting their own coffee roasting business. This small, independent roaster ethically sources their beans, using direct trade companies whenever possible. Sip their unique brews at their café in the Glebe neighbourhood or visit one of the many Ottawa shops and restaurants that serve Little Victories’ products.
2. Bridgehead Roastery and Coffeehouse
Since opening in 2000, Bridgehead coffee shops have been popping up all over Canada’s capital region. The roastery, which is centrally located in Little Italy and also doubles as an industrial café, offers free tours of the facility on the first Saturday of each month. Bridgehead coffees are Fairtrade Certified, which means the company 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, Bridgehead sources most of their other products like milk, cream, honey, eggs and vegetables, from local farmers.
3. Equator Coffee Roasters
Equator Coffee has been in the bean biz since 1998. As a member of Northern America’s Cooperative Coffees, their products are all fair trade, organic and from small-scale farms. Visit their café, roastery and training centre located just 45 minutes west of Ottawa in Almonte, Ontario. Or drop by one of their two coffee shops within the city: downtown at the National Arts Centre (1 Elgin Street), and in Westboro Village.
4. Happy Goat Coffee Co.
Sourcing their beans from small-crop farmers in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, Happy Goat produces niche coffees that Ottawans love. You can try their organic, fair trade roasts at one of their cafés, including the original Hintonburg location in Wellington West, and at over 100 partner merchants throughout the Ottawa area.
5. Bluebird Coffee
While exploring the many farmers’ stalls, boutiques and galleries in the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood, you’ll need a good caffeine fix. Stop into Bluebird Coffee, a micro roastery and café. They serve perfectly prepared caffeinated beverages, baked goods and sandwiches in a cozy atmosphere.
6. Poppa Bean Coffee Roastery
Paul Foster started out using popcorn poppers to roast coffee for his office colleagues – hence the name Poppa Bean. As demand grew, he began using real roasters and selling at farmers’ markets. Although Poppa Bean doesn’t have their own storefront, you can order directly from their website or purchase their products at markets and retailers around Ottawa. Keep your eyes peeled for their popular seasonal roasts!