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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Celebrate Fair Trade Fortnight With Us!

FTWeeksFair Trade Fortnight is a campaign run by Fairtrade Canada to promote awareness and encourage participation in the Fair Trade movement. The campaign runs from May 1st to 15th so read on to learn a little more as to why we have committed to serving fairly traded coffee, tea and chocolate. Along with these three products, Fair Trade Canada also recognizes and certifies the following categories of products: cotton, flowers, fruit, gold, grains, nuts and oils, spices and herbs, sports balls, sugar, tea, and wine.

Fair Trade is an alternative trading practice with a humane purpose: to help family farmers in developing countries gain direct access to international markets, as well as to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace. Fair Trade provides a minimum price to farmers to cover the costs of sustainable production. Farmers are also guaranteed a Fair Trade premium that they can invest in their community (e.g. healthcare, education, processing facilities). Coffee producers within the fair-trade system are organized into democratic co-operatives (or associations) which they own and govern. A democratic governing body is elected and they decide how best to invest the premium.

Coffee shrubs take three to five years to yield fruit which makes coffee farmers particularity vulnerable to the volatile international market. Fair Trade is an alternative to the conventional coffee markets. Since opening our Roastery last June, we have bought from 19 different coffee co-ops, 17 of which were brand new relationships for us. We roast about 6,000 lbs a week, that’s about the annual production of one to two small coffee farms and about 200,000 cups of coffee!

Around 90% of the Western tea market is dominated by seven transnational corporations. These corporations control every step of tea’s supply chain – from harvest to distribution. For the past decade, Fair Trade has been providing another option for tea growers. Bridgehead buys tea from growers in India, China, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Sudan and various gardens in South Africa.

Since 1981, Bridgehead has followed international Fair Trade principles and has selected partners that are committed to them.

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/