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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Successful Weekend of the Canadian Brewer’s Cup and Cup Taster’s Events!

We are winding down from a very successful specialty coffee industry event weekend! This past weekend Bridgehead hosted the 2nd Annual Canadian National Brewers Cup, and the Annual Canadian Cup Taster’s Championships at the Bridgehead Roastery.

For news coverage of this past weekend, please go here.

Thanks to all who participated, as a judge, as a spectator, as a volunteer or supported in other ways! Thank you specifically to some of our own Bridgehead staff who participated as volunteers: 

Chris, and Rachael from Fairmont (Canadian Cup Taster’s Logistics) Ryan and Sean from Albert (A/V and Brewers cup volunteers respectively) Randy, Brendan, Gavin, from our Roastery (A/V, Brewers cup, and gift swag bag assembly volunteers respectively). Ian, our coffee director who organized the cup tasters events Cliff our Roaster, who organized the brewers cup.

We had a lot of local volunteer support as well!

Congratulations goes out to first time competitors, Nicolas Ladouceur from our Preston location who competed in the Brewers cup and the cup tasters , as well as Brendan Butt  from our roastery who competed in the cup tasters.

We held our own in a tough national field, and the Bridgehead community couldn’t be more proud of you both.

This was the very first time a coffee event (let alone a national one) has been held in our nation’s capital, and we are pleased to say Ottawa really did show those who came from out of town (from as far as Vancouver) how passionate, and welcoming we are as a local coffee community. 

Please look for video footage going up in the next week or so on www.brewersandtasters.com.

 Thanks for a great weekend!

 The Brewers and Tasters Organizational Committee

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Canadian Brewers Cup & Canadian Cup Tasters Events on April 20-21

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We are happy to announce that we will be hosting this year’s Canadian Brewers Cup and Canadian Cup Tasters Events on April 20 – 21st at our Roastery. Check out the website for more information: http://brewersandtasters.com/

These are two national competitions and so we look forward to bringing the national specialty coffee community together for a bit of friendly competition and some fun! The winner of the Brewer’s Cup will to go Melbourne, Australia to compete in the international competition, travel and accommodations will be covered! The winner of the Cup Taster’s will go to Nice, France to compete in the international competition, travel and accommodations will be covered.

For our staff, if you would like to compete for Bridgehead, we will be hosting an in-house competition at the end of March to determine the top 2 competitors for each competition. If you are interested in competing, or if you have any questions, please let Laura Perry know via email laura.perry@bridgehead.ca

If you would like to volunteer, please head straight to the website and register using the form. This is an excellent opportunity to mingle with those across the country who are as excited about coffee as we are.

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Winterbrewed Coffee is Here!

Winterbrewed coffee is now available in-store! It is the blend of coffee that is featured in Beau’s Winterbrewed beer, now available at the LCBO for a short time. The coffee is a Full Medium roast and is a blend of coffees from Mexico, Guatemala and Ethiopia. It has flavours of roasted nuts, tropical fruit and floral notes. The coffee will only be available until February 28th so get it while you can!

Beau’s Winterbrewed Beer launch party is happening tonight (Friday, Feb 15th) so come to the Roastery and try the beer out! It’s free admission at our Roastery at 130 Anderson St and it will run from 7pm to 11pm. There will be live music by the Black Dogs, Randy & Mathias, Chris Page and Chris Rayburn. All proceeds will go to the CODECH coop where the Guatemalan coffee is produced and we will also be collecting non-perishable food items for the food bank.

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Over the weekend, also check out the First Winterbrewed Craft Beer Festival on Sparks Street. There will be an ice lounge (by Beau’s), warming tents, cold beer as well as warm beer concoctions by various local craft brewers. There’s even going to be a barrel race! Stop by the Bridgehead cart that will be at the festival and warm up with some brewed coffee, hot chocolate, tea, etc. For the full line-up of fun and activities see their website here: http://www.winterbrewed.com/

Our Staff Holiday Drop-in!

Last Thursday at our Roastery we held a little get together for our hardworking staff for the holidays. There was a rousing carolling open-mic along with a craft table for people to decorate a stocking for each store, make Christmas tree ornaments, and even learn some origami! Come check out the Roastery to see the stockings and ornaments – glitter glue and holiday cheer (and a few beers) made for some ‘unique’ creations! Speaking of beer, if you liked what we were serving that night, it was from Beyond the Pale, a great new local brewery that opened up in Hintonburg. The lovely people at the Kitchen also worked hard on making some fantastic flavour shakers for the popcorn – everything from Kimchi to Mac and Cheese! Thanks to everyone who came out, everyone who helped set-up and everyone who helped clean up glitter and popcorn off the Roastery floor for the next couple of days!

Staff Party at the Roastery!

To celebrate our Roastery opening and thank our staff for all their hard work in the transition to our new coffees, we threw a party to have some fun! It was an open-mic night and there is a whole lot of musicaltalent in the Bridgehead staff – thanks to those who performed!

We also took the occasion to announce the winners of our 3rd Annual In-House Barista Competition. 23 or our great staff competed for the two spots in the Eastern Regional Canadian Barista Competition. Our winner was Randy Hogg (from the Preston location) and the runner-up was Craig Macleod (from the Beechwood location). Both will represent Bridgehead at the Eastern Regionals in Victoriaville, QC on August 10-11  – just four short weeks away! Thanks to those who competed, the judges, and especially Laura for all her work on setting up the competition. Thanks also to Yohan from Beechwood for the pictures!

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Westfest 2012

This year’s Westfest was another success! The Golden location hosted a couple patio concerts again this year and they were a hit. Thanks to our hardworking staff at both our Richmond and Golden locations for keeping a thirsty crowd happy! If you have any Bridgehead-Westfest photos you’d like to share, we’d love to put them up! Send any to inquire@bridgehead.ca . Thanks!

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