Creating Coffee Culture

April 13, 2016

Madhatter Coffee Roastery in Medicine Hat. Photo: Travel Alberta

Albertans love getting their java on and new indie cafés are constantly being added to the province’s vibrant coffee scene. Aficionados passionate about fresh roasted and fresh ground brews have plenty of unique places to choose from in our two biggest cities.

Edmonton is home to a new generation of sleek cafes selling handcrafted coffees and teas. Transcend sells their fantastic product at several new locations and their knowledgeable staff also runs coffee tasting courses and roasting workshops. At Bru Coffee and Beer House you can get single origin coffee and craft beer in the same place. Try Intelligentsia direct trade brews at Credo Coffee and browse through the general store while you sip at Little Brick Café & General Store. With beans originating from Columbia, Brazil and Ethopia, the Coffee Bureau in downtown is one of the first coffee shops in the city to serve ACE Coffee.

Calgary has a well-established and diverse café culture that is growing exponentially. Rosso Coffee Roasters travel around the world to purchase green coffee beans direct from producers and roast them up in their original Inglewood café for their three locations. A made in Calgary success story, Phil & Sebastian Coffee was started by two engineers who opened a small café. Now they have their own roasting operation, several cafes and sell their amazing coffees across Canada. Founded by two wildfire firefighters, Calgary Heritage Roasting Co. is showing the city that firefighters also know a thing or two about slow roasting.  

Medicine Hat has a Progressive Café Tour which guides you through historic downtown to four of the city’s best independent coffee shops - Madhatter Coffee Roastery, Inspire Cafe, Station Coffee Co. and Heartwood Cafe. Learn how to roast coffee beans, sample artfully poured lattes and get tips on how to make the perfect cup. Along your walking tour, you’ll also meet local artists, nibble on home-made baking and discover the city’s fascinating history.

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