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lance
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Posted Sun Feb 12, 2006, 12:39am
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I went to downtown library to get a book and just find that the coffee shop in library was totally changed.  They had a small little Rancilio espresso machine.  Well, I wasn't brave enough to try their espresso yet but I did try their cappuccino.  Honestly speaking, I never try anything like this before.   Really good.  If I go again, definitely I will try their espresso.

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Posted Fri Oct 8, 2010, 7:33am
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Thought to resurrect this thread to see if we can get any up to date information from the Otttawa crowd.

Going to Ottawa for Thanksgiving and planning on doing a mini cafe tour.  Based on searches, my planned stops are a Bridgehead, Cafe Delices, and Morning Owl.  Any other new recommendations?  Thank you.
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Posted Thu Oct 21, 2010, 5:35am
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Didn't make it to all 3 places, as 2 were closed on Saturday afternoon ... boooooo . Did make it to Bridgehead and here are my thoughts.
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Posted Thu Jan 26, 2012, 10:58am
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Hi all - my first post on this forum and I'm reviving an old thread.

I'm living in Ottawa and trying to understand which roasters are open in 2012 in the Eastern Ontario area that sell online. After searching around I have found the following:

Equator.ca (Almonte, ON)
cafedejoel.ca (Rockland, ON)

I have found some mention of Francescos but the website doesn't appear to be working. Are they still in business?

There are also others in Southern Ontario like greenbeanery.ca but I'd like to try some up this way if there are any quality ones anyone can recommend. I couldn't find much information about Joel's but lots of info on Equator.

I'm interested in whole beans for espresso.

Thanks for any help!

-Darryl
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Posted Sun Jan 29, 2012, 8:52pm
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Darryl,

From what i hear its almost impossible to find good fresh beans in the Ottawa area on a regular basis. Im from there but live in Toronto, but do visit quite a bit and im always disappointed. Equator roasts their espresso very dark. I was given a bag once and was very disappointed, ashy burnt, just gross. Francescos isnt better, no roast date, old beans usually and over roasted. I did hear some good things from Happy Goat http://www.happygoat.ca  I would suggest ordering from a bigger roaster in Canada like 49th Parallel, Transcend or Social coffee company. I know Social has free shipping when you order 2 bags. I do that occasionally and put tape on the second bags one way valve and put it in the freezer until i need it, pull it out to defrost. Its almost as fresh as the day it went in.
Ottawa really needs a good coffee shop that brings in fresh beans on a weekly basis, like most high end shops in Toronto do.

good luck! and happy brewing!
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Posted Mon Jan 30, 2012, 6:43pm
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I usually visit  Ottawa from Toronto a few times a year, and I am always curious form various comments posted on here.  At Christmas, I checked out Happy Goat and was very disappointed in the darkly roasted, burnt, flat Babbae's Blend.  In terms of higher quality beans, what I know is that Intelli is available at Cafe Delices downtown and Grace in the Kitchen in Kanata.  My second choice would be to try to get Morola or Morning Owl to order you something nice from JJBeans (not a huge fan of their organic).  Otherwise, Bridgehead's blend is passable.  Of course, the various mail order options are also highly recommended as you can read about many of them on my blog.  Enjoy ...
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Posted Tue Feb 21, 2012, 5:57pm
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coffeestork Said:

In terms of higher quality beans, what I know is that Intelli is available at Cafe Delices downtown and Grace in the Kitchen in Kanata.

Posted January 30, 2012 link

I just wanted to add the Grace in the Kitchen also stocks 49th Parallel and Stumptown.
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Posted Sat Aug 11, 2012, 1:18pm
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As I am sure many know, Bridgehead has brought their roasting in-house with the opening of a large roastery in Little Italy.  Many friends emailed me positive comments, and I had the pleasure of trying a few of their coffees.  I was really pleasantly impressed with their first iteration of their espresso blend.  I found it to have a great floral, fruity, fresh baking nose.  The shot was coming though with great balance of fruit acidity on dark chocolate and some nice dry cocoa sweetness at the end that lingers with a nice after taste.  I think Ottawa does now have a locally roasted option that can now be compared with some of Toronto's best.  Who knows, maybe with time, I will be comparing with some of the Western Canadian roasters ...
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 4:26am
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I am now visiting Ottawa and trying hard to avoid Star..s. visited Planet Coffee in the Market area and was so disappointed I almost thought that I would have to drink tea while spending this week in this beautiful City. Anyway, I thought I would walk a couple of blocks to try Bridgehead and needless to say I was very impressed by the cap I just had. Nice taste, art, microform. No need for sugar to fend out stale or bitter coffee. It's good to know that Ottawans have a decent place to drink coffee.
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Posted Fri Dec 14, 2012, 2:29pm
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Esteban, I'm glad you enjoyed your coffee!

I wanted to share with folks here that Illume Espresso is supposed to open this weekend on Richmond just East of Island Park.  They've been working hard on this project for quite a while and will likely be pulling magnificent shots from the get go!
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