Ottawa Roundup: Locally-driven Coffee Shops
As the country’s governmental town, most view Ottawa only for its politics, but close-knit communities and locally-driven commerce are at the core of what locals love most about this city. Look no further than the growing culture of community coffee roasters fueling the brews at cafés throughout the city that, along with sourcing great roasts, serve them up with flavour and style. Amidst the long list of favourites, here are a few to check out no matter where you are in the capital.
Ministry of Coffee
279 Elgin St. & 1013 Wellington St. West; theministryofcoffee.wixsite.com/ministry
With two locations situated on opposite ends of Ottawa’s Parliamentary core, Ministry of Coffee plays on the city’s bureaucratic undertone with a tongue-in-cheek community café. Friendly staff and a cozy wooden atmosphere make this a great afternoon hang out where you’ll catch many locals finishing up a work day, maybe following their coffee with a selection of whiskey or local craft beer on tap at the bar.
Recommendations: Nutella Latte, a must try for those with a sweet tooth.
Equator Coffee Roasters
412 Churchill Ave.; equator.ca
This quintessential neighbourhood hangout has been roasting its own beans since the late ‘90s in Almonte, just outside the city’s west end. Opening up a location in Westboro a little over two years ago, Equator Coffee has become a neighbourhood staple. Families stop by for after-school treats; students share notes over iced chai lattes and creatives of all ages can be found jotting ideas and collaborating.
Recommendations: Chai Lattes or any of their awesome roasts on drip.
Little Victories Coffee Roasters
801 Bank St. & 1111A Wellington St. West; lvcoffee.ca
Little Victories started as a small roastery and pop-up coffee bar in a local clothing store. In the last two years, their small roots have grown deep and spread across the city with two locations, a coffee bar in Hintonburg and a café in the Glebe, as well as numerous retailers who source their beans.
Their attention to detail and emphasis on consistent brews makes this a great spot for regulars who have come to anticipate the rich flavours they roast. Be sure to check on upcoming dates for their monthly coffee cupping events where the community can sample and smell the aromas of each unique brew they roast.
Recommendations: Magic, a velvety smooth Melbourne-inspired take on a Cortado or a pour-over of their flavour forward roasts.
Red Door Provisions
117 Beechwood Ave.; reddoorprovisions.com
Located in the quaint residential neighbourhood of New Edinburgh, Red Door Provisions is famous for its plethora of decadent treats. While they source their beans from local roasters, including Little Victories in Ottawa and Dispatch from Montréal, nearly everything else is house made. Specialising in housemade preserves, as the name suggests, their seasonal menu leads visitors back month after month. Be sure to pick up some Campfire jam or Pink Lady marmalade if they are in season.
Recommendations: If you’re all coffeed out, try their homemade sodas like lemon lavender or Japanese Knotwood and Apple.