Local Coffee & Tea Guide
Updated: Mar 10, 2022
I have a profound love for local coffee and tea. I’ve definitely had my fair share of tea and coffee around town and over the years. I’ve learned to appreciate the locality of these businesses and hope this list brings you joy! I enjoy a darker roast coffee with depth of flavour but I also appreciate the flavour notes in a lighter roast. Coffee and tea always make for great gifts, anytime during the year!
Animated Coffee we wants to offer people the chance to do good, for all animals. Every time you take a sip of your coffee you have been a voice for those that have none. A portion of all their sales go to animal charities (listed on their website). You can also find their coffee at Strawberry Blonde Bakery locations across Ottawa.
The Artery Community Roasters
The Artery is a social enterprise where people living with disabilities are paid a living wage to roast and package specialty coffee. The light roasts from the Artery are one of the best I've ever had. Give them a try, you might never go back to dark roast. If you ever happen upon this roaster at the market, Will is a gem and is always a pleasure to speak to. Their coffee can be found at many local shops around town.
Birch Bark Coffee Co.
Birch Bark Coffee Co. is a coffee roaster based out of Ottawa, who is working to provide clean water for Indigenous families across Ontario. A portion of the proceeds from each bag that Birch Bark Coffee Company sells will help buy water purifiers for Indigenous families who don’t have access to clean water. I haven’t had a chance to taste these beans yet, but they are on the list. You can find their beans at a variety of shops in Ottawa, please see their retail locations tab on their webpage.
For more information, please visit their website – https://birchbarkcoffeecompany.com/
Bluebarn Coffee Roasters
Bluebarn Coffee Roasters is located in Wakefield, QC. They roast their beans in an actual Blue barn in Wakefield, which is so neat! They are a group of friends and family who love coffee and create great coffee. You can find their beans at a few locations in Ottawa, like the Herb and Spice shop, Black Squirrel Books and more!
For more information, please visit their website – https://bluebarncoffee.com/
Brown Bag Coffee Roasters
This roaster is located in Aylmer but I will include them on this list because they can often be found in Ottawa shops. They offer free local delivery, curbside pick up and free Canada-wide shipping. I have yet to try these beans but will be picking up a bag once I run out of my current beans.
For more information, please visit their website https://bbcr.ca/
Cafe Latte Cino
Caffe Latte Cino also offers coffee beans and tea in addition to their regular menu. They are located in Orleans.
For more information, please visit their website https://cafelattecino.com/
Cloud Forest Coffee
I stumbled open Cloud Forest Coffee at a craft market about two years ago. I instantly fell in love with the flavour and depth of the beans. The scent of the coffee generally draws me into tasting it. I have since cycled through two bags of the medium roast coffee beans. CloudForest Coffee is an organic direct-trade coffee. They currently have a pop-up shop with Pokoloko in Westboro until December 31!
CloudForest Coffee also offers delivery, see their website for more information. https://cloudforestcoffee.ca
Eight50 Coffee is a female owned coffee company in Ottawa run by Muna. They offer beans and coffee subscription boxes. They just launched their coffee earlier this year!
For more information, please visit their website
Equator Coffee Roasters
Equator has been around since 1998 and a certified B Corporation. They offer such a fantastic variety of roasts and wicked merchandise. They also have a few shops around town, if you didn’t already know. My favourite roast so far has been Outlier, a delicious medium roast coffee. Pick up a bag of beans at any of their shops or various local shops around Ottawa.
For more information, please visit their website https://equator.ca/
Figaro is located at Trainyards and offers a variety of coffee beans to go. They also offer delivery on their beans within Ottawa.
For more information, please visit their website https://www.figarocoffeehouse.com/