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Old 10-12-2012, 11:59 AM   #1
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Cappuccino ( coffee) destinations

I enjoy the Eastern Ontario - tag -o ramma and often try to find the locations. One component I am always looking for on my rides besides good roads is a good cup of cappuccino from an independent cafe somewhere on the route ( even if it requires a detour ) Where are the best cappuccino / coffee cafes out there. Lets hear from everyone
I'll suggest some in my part of the country

Coffee and Company - Princess and King in Kingston
The Socialist Pig - 21 King St in Gananoque
The Bean Counter Cafe - 172 Main St Picton
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Old 10-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #2
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M-m-m-m Coffee!!!

Anddddd here we go,......

Any of the Cafe_Artigiano locations will meet your discerning caffeinated beverage needs whilst 'on the road' in BC or Alberta (well, Calgary anyway). Their beans are roasted here in Burnaby by these guys who also happen to have a couple of retail locations here in the lower mainland.

The Piccolo brothers originally started Artigiano as a venue for their beans (and later sold that business to Willly M.), and continue to roast some mighty fine product out of their Burnaby warehouse.

JJ_Bean has been roasting and retailing out of their Powell St. location for decades (nice little shop on the edge of gritty East Van) and have 11 (?) locations around town. Also a good group of employees that will cup your coffee anyway you like it.

Divano also does a nice cup and uses 49th Parallel as their custom roaster as well. Three locations in lower mainland, but continuing to grow.

Honestly, it's Vancouver,.....the above are just some of the higher-end shops that can be found throughout the lower mainland. There are so many other good-to-excellent little single proprietor cafe's here, (Cafe Creama, Delaney's Coffee House, Bean Around the World, Cafe Calabria, etc) that in order to list even half of them I'd be typing all day.

I can say this though with all honesty -- if you find yourself in the lower mainland and want a quality cup o' the bean,....don't go to a fucking Starbuck's.

A reliable rule of thumb is this; if the coffee is being served out of a carafe/urn/thermos, like Timmy Ho's, McDee's, and Shitebuck's,...then walk fast & walk away -- get back on that bike and keep looking.

Remember life is risky and short, there is no need to drink shitty coffee. Ever.

Coffee culture is so pervasive here, that one can even find a decent espresso at some of the Sushi shops around town, so don't be afraid to try out the eclectic and unusual.
And if the shop happens to be a bakery doing their own breads 'n pastries, well then it's just a given that they'll have an espresso machine on-site.
A warm pastry and an espresso,'s heaven for your mouth!

And just so's I don't miss them, I'll provide one shout-out for a little bakery-coffee shop in Pemberton where a quality joe 'n pastry can be found, at the Blackbird . Their beans are sourced out of Whistler and the pastries (made on-site) are exceptional.
Good place to stop and caffeine-up before tackling the Duffey
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Old 10-12-2012, 04:47 PM   #3
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Little place on 7. In Maberly. Little shack on the corner of Bollingbrooke rd (which is good fun, and connects even more fun).
I guess your get up and go needs a coffee. - Drif5
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Old 10-12-2012, 07:03 PM   #4
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Barry's Bay. The coffee shop across from the dairy bar.Yummy.

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Old 10-13-2012, 04:51 AM   #5
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Westport. NW corner of Main and Spring. Vanilla Bean's?
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Old 10-18-2012, 08:26 PM   #6
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small town coffee - Edmonton to Victoria and beyond

Thanks for starting a great thread. The best part of stopping at these places is that they are usually a little off the beaten track, past all the gas bars and box motels and they are owned and run by folks who are trying to dig a little pocket of sanity and quality out of a fast paced, multi-national, vanilla world.

I roast my own coffee at home. That doesn't mean I know anymore than anyone else, it just means I care enough about coffee to care where I stop to drink it when I am not at home. No timmie ho's for this boy. And star-yuck's isn't going to happen. Burnt offerings at outrageous prices and poor employment practices IMO.

I head to Victoria a few times a year. A couple of our kids are there. Close enough to ride (1200 kms) and far enough to want to stop a few times each way. Even my comfy K75rt means a stop every couple of hours. (My wr250x is now equipped for the trip, too. Next year, via the back roads for that puppy)

These are places I like to patronize because there is a chance of good to excellent coffee, they are locally owned and they seem worthy of my sometimes hard earned cash. I am hoping someone will enlighten me to some other choices on this route as well. I usually rate roastery/cafes highest on my list, followed by those places that will serve localish roasted, fair traded organic beans. Hand pulled shots are nicest, but hard to find. Places that use those "press the button number 3 for a latte, get much lower ratings. Most places fall in the middle. All is relative however. There is nothing quite like a cup of 3 hour old nabob drip to start the heart after camping an hour from town and finding that you forgot your coffee on the kitchen counter. (My brother in law is also the master of the 1 gallon aluminum campfire top perculator. Here's to you Fred. All is relative!)

So, leaving my house with a favourite brew (garage roasted, as I say), either in my belly or on my mind - heading west..... on Highway 16.......

Edson. I quick wizz and perhaps a mediocre 'espresso based drink' at Mojo's on the eastbound side of the highway, just west of Main Street. Better than anything else in town unless you like new age and pot porri..

Hinton has a little spot that has grown up a couple of years ago. I can't remember its name but it is just off the highway through town, in that little 'mall' parking square place that holds the Visitor Information Centre. Northeast corner of that 'square'. Sorry guys, we're Adventure Riders, right?

From here to Victoria it is the riding that I live for. When you live in the big village and you are 3 hours from the mountains you know what I mean.

The rockies are jaw dropping. The bears are beautiful. The traffic is relatively light. The road alternates between mountain sweepers and tight, drop off the side and die blind mountain bends.

Lots of interesting history to check into on this road. Lots of interesting stuff going on.

Please, enjoy yourself.

Jasper has many choices, but I haven't found a roastery. Yet. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. Coco's is a favourite little coffee/lunch bar and Mondo Pizza has decent stuff. Both on Patricia (I think that is the one), one street over from the Railway station main drag.

The little town of Valemount boasts a little cafe called the Gathering Tree The Gathering Tree Eatery and Gift Shop
1150 5th Ave, Valemount. I think it used to be called Coyote Coffee. You have to head east from the lights and gas stations on the highway. On your left (north side). Walk in. Great treats and decent coffee. Nice warm community gathering spot.

Down the road to Kamloops gets me to what used to be Cowboy Coffee, I think it is now Caffee Motivo. I think that there are actually now two of them, although I never connected them until just recently. One is downtown, Victoria Street. The other is on the North Shore, Tranquille Road. Either is easy to get to if you are willing to GET OFF THE #$#$#$#$ HIGHWAY. Of course you are. This is who we are.

Excellent idea. Excellent coffee.

There also used to be a great little roastery place downtown across from the David Thompson Hotel but it disappeared on me the last time I looked. Too bad, they had a little stage.

Next stop, the Blue Moose in Hope. In Downtown, across from the park. Time to get off the bike and grab a coffee, GREAT SOUPS, and head across to the park for a rest. Unless it is raining. And it is always raining in Hope. Stop anyway.

Let me skip over Vancouver and Victoria. Vancouver has many, many choices. And only a fool cannot find good, fresh roasted, well prepared coffee in Victoria. It is, per capita, the best place to find good coffee in anywhere I have been in Canada. Starbucks doesn't have a chance there.

But, let's go past Victoria, just for a short trip to Sooke. Dave? at the unassuming Stick in the Mud, will serve you his perfectly roasted, fair trade, organic coffee (roasted by himself on his lovely Diedrich Drum Roaster, visible through a window to the back room). Look hard to find it this place. Eustace street? If memory serves me, it's at the lights, behind some corner shit, in an ....ah, just use those gps/smartphones we love so much. or...

When heading into Sooke, go to the museum at the corner, before you hit town. That's what I did when I hit Sooke for the first time. And I asked for the best coffee in town. They aren't allowed to recommend one place over another - word travels fast in small towns - but if you ask how to find Stick in the Mud you will be rewarded by a knowing smile. Tell them I sent you. They don't know who I am but they helped me find a remarkable local business and they are a wealth of other knowledge about their community. Ask them to show you the old maps indicating the Chinese Leper Internment camp that existed off their coast. Shameful part of our history. Now do I have your curiosity...?

Enjoy the rides.

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Old 10-24-2012, 07:42 PM   #7
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Go see Ashley in Napanee - john street. Coffee Cravings. For a little butthole of a town they boast a pretty good barista - he totally knows his stuff. that said I make a better iced cappie than him but he is a good sport about it and does not hold it against me.

Feel free to PM if you are in the area and you can stop by my place and I'll press you one on the La Pavoni - I roast my own beans too...
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Old 10-25-2012, 04:51 AM   #8
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Big +1 to Tom's recommendation of Coffee Cravings in Napanee. While I might disagree a bit with Tom's characterization of Napanee, there's no question that Coffee Cravings is the best espresso/cappuccino joint anywhere in the area (including Kingston).

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Old 10-25-2012, 05:30 AM   #9
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"The Shed" in Erin, Ontario and not far from there "Higher Ground" in Belfountain, the later being a mega connect for all types of bikes and riders!!

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Old 10-26-2012, 06:13 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by Pay Dirt View Post
"The Shed" in Erin, Ontario and not far from there "Higher Ground" in Belfountain, the later being a mega connect for all types of bikes and riders!!


"Supreme Bean" in Warkworth is another good spot.

Nelson's Oso Negro is good coffee (I like it, anyway). Served in lots of places throughout the Kootenays and beyond. Even noticed an Oso Negro sign on the door at "Higher Ground" in Belfountain, though I think they mix it up a little there.

"Dominion Cafe" in Nelson serves good coffee and terrific breakfast muffins.

"My Dog Joe" in Westdale (West Hamilton) serves good espresso based coffees.

And damn me for saying so, but McDonalds espresso coffees are entirely drinkable. Which is more than can be said for anything from Starbucks.

imho, fwiw, ymmv
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:32 PM   #11
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In Burnstown, it's the Neat Cafe. Great coffee, food, snacks and atmosphere. Often a stop in the middle of a street/dirt ride.

Although it's a chain, back in town (Ottawa), it's hard to go wrong with Bridgehead.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:43 PM   #12
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HoJoe Coffee and Book Shop serves very good espresso in Kenora, Ontario. It's a nice spot to relax a while during a long day in the saddle.

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Old 10-27-2012, 07:54 PM   #13
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Just for Lornce....his favorite eatery in Kaslo has switched from Kicking Horse coffee to Oso Negro.

New player in the coffee field around here...Tribal Java from Vernon and is it ever good coffee. I shouldn't say new player, that's Voets rebranding somehow and going into the organic field.But sure better than the old Voets.

Cheaper than the other twos from the store so far and yes the Bakery in Nakusp serves it. Under new management the bakery, real "Tourtiere" and Ancient Ritual Deep Dark Organic Tribal Java Coffee. Filled me up on a wet day today!

Not too bad the McD's coffee. Feel better parking my BMW there than at Starbucks mind you I have never done that last. Pontiac may go to Starbucks for convenience sometimes but sure not the BMW.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:01 PM   #14
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+ 1 on the Oso Negro. Even if you don't drink coffee you need to stop just to look at the place. The iron work and wood work is beautiful. I think it is the best looking coffee place I've ever bean to.
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Old 10-28-2012, 04:04 PM   #15
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A shout out to Nate and the folks at ELM Cafe in Edmonton. They don't roast their own but it is the best little coffee shop in E-town. 117th Street, just 1/2 block north of Jasper Ave. And the sammies are imaginative and tasty, too.

118th Ave in Edmonton has the Carrot, a co-op cafe with good coffee, good treats and good vibes. The Ave is being re-claimed by artists and cultural workers of all sorts, and the Carrot is the hub of it all.

from their website:

"We are a Community Arts Coffeehouse sprouting up from the fertile ground of the Alberta Avenue arts revolution. You can find us at 9351-118 ave in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We’re open most of the time, but you can get detailed hours here. Every Friday and Saturday night we feature live art – be it music, poetry, drama, comedy – whatever. We even offer an open stage Saturday nights. You can view the full lineup here. During the week, you may also find artists busy at their craft while you sip your excellent espresso.What we are really all about is Community and Art. Come in and see for yourself. We guarantee the freshest Carrot around.

In addition to great espresso drinks and teas, we offer snacks, breakfast and lunch items to munch on."
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