Pop-up Bread Bar at two Bridgehead Coffeehouses this Saturday!

We will have a pop-up bread bar at two of our shops this Saturday with some delicious breads baked fresh that morning in our kitchen! We will have brioche, baguette, ciabatta and a range of sourdough breads including whole wheat, a date & orange breakfast round, rye and walnut, and country loaf.  We’ll be there rain or shine, 8 am to noon at our Golden and Beechwood locations, 440 Richmond Rd. at Golden, and 131 Beechwood at Putman.

There may even be a surprise sandwich at the shops - Porchetta with bacon-onion marmalade, house bbq sauce and root slaw! Yum!

 

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New Coffees are In-Store Now!

We’ve got some exciting new additions to our coffee line-up – and many more to come over the next month!

Colombian Dark:

Colombian coffee from ASOANEI in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta mountains of Northern Colombia is back, this season as a dark roast! This coffee is primarily Typica variety and is produced by approximately 600 Arhuacan small-scale farmers in the Cesar department. The dark roast on this coffee yields a bittersweet taste and a heavy, creamy texture with aromas of toasted graham cracker, baker’s chocolate and smoke.

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Mexican Dark:

This dark roast comes from the Triunfo Verde coop in Chiapas, Mexico. Their approximately 350 members grow some of the best coffee in Mexico due in part to the high altitudes of the Triunfo Bioreserve mountains. The coffee has a savoury, bittersweet taste with aromas of chocolate malt and toasted spices.

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Decaf Peruvian Medium:

COOPVAMA is located in Jaén, Cajamarca, which is less than 100km south of CENFROCAFE where our North Peruvian Cloudforest coffee is grown. COOPVAMA is a large group with a membership of 1,400 members growing cashew and coffee. This decaf will be available through the end of August.

One Year Anniversary of the Roastery!

Wow! It’s already been a year since the Roastery opened! In that year our roasting team has roasted enough coffee for 13,621,182 cups of coffee. That’s enough for the population of Ottawa to have a cup of coffee every day for two weeks!

Thanks to all of our lovely staff and customers who make it possible every day.

Check out some of the shots below of our progress!

April 2011 - The first management meeting in the future Roastery

April 2011 – The first management meeting in the future Roastery

December 2011 - Excavation of the old floor.

December 2011 – Excavation of the old floor.

December 2011 - Excavation of the old floor.

December 2011 – Excavation of the old floor.

March 2012 - The new floor was poured and the mezzanine was starting to take shape.

March 2012 – The new floor was poured and the mezzanine was starting to take shape.

April 2012 - Tracey standing where our offices are now before we replaced the skylight.

April 2012 – Tracey standing where our offices are now before we replaced the skylight.

June 2012 - Everything's starting to come together!

June 2012 – Everything’s starting to come together!

May 2012 - The Roaster arrives. That's one happy director of coffee!

May 2012 – The Roaster arrives. That’s one happy director of coffee!

May 2012 - The roaster being delivered.

May 2012 – The roaster being delivered.

May 2012 - The Roaster being installed!

May 2012 – The Roaster being installed!

The finished Roastery - beautiful!

The finished Roastery – beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sole Responsibility is Back In Stores!

We are collecting used running shoes for Sole Responsibility again so drop off a pair to any of our locations! If you are donating, we just ask that you make sure they are athletic shoes in fairly good shape and you also donate $2 to the cashbox by our cashes to help cover the cost of shipping all of the shoes. The shoe collection boxes will be in our stores until June 25th and Sole Responsibility will also be collecting shoes during the upcoming Capital Race Weekend.

Last year, through collections at our stores and other locations, Sole Responsibility collected 14,000 pairs of shoes! These were sent to refugees in Yemen.

This year, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has designated a refugee camp in Rwanda as the recipient of this year’s collections.

Thank you to stores and to our wonderful warehouse staff for making these collections possible!