Morning Owl's owner, Jordan O'Leary, has family roots in Abruzzese, and you can see the distinct Italian influence in his love of a perfectly brewed cup. Their espresso and cappuccino are flawless. If you're looking for something a bit more decadent try their Sweetbird latte, which come in indulgent, flavours like Snickers, Peppermint Patty, Crème Caramel, and Nutella.
As a member of Northern America's Cooperative Coffees, you can be sure their products come from small-scale farms, are fairtrade and 100% organic. They also work with SchoolBOX, an Almonte-based charity that helps make education possible for children in Central America. Ten cents from every pound of Equator coffee sold goes to this initiative.
Located on Dalhousie, you'll often find university students flocking to this trendy, barebones café. With canvas bags of beans overflowing in the corners, you can tell they have a passion for their product. With around eight different blends to choose from including espresso, light organic, and dark roast, there's certainly something you'll enjoy. Try the iced latte with coffee ice cubes for an extra bit of java without watering down your favourite drink.
The roastery in Little Italy is a testament to the growth and success of the company, and its beautiful and expansive industrial space is a community hub for those looking to learn about the roasting process. The roastery imports green beans from co-ops across the world and roasts about 6000lbs of fairtrade, organic coffee every week. Tours and workshops are available, and the staff are always willing to chat with you about the roasting process.
The owner, Miriam, welcomes customers with her trademark smile and sunny personality, and the food is wholesome and delicious. Try the Café Maya made with espresso, cocoa, spices and steamed milk, or the beloved Baires featuring espresso, dulche de leche, steamed milk and coconut. It's also worth noting that this café has some of the city's most authentic empanadas, so be sure to sample one on your trip.
Happy Goat has been providing Ottawa area food shops and restaurants with high quality, organic, fair trade coffee since 2009. In addition to a passion for supporting small-scale farmers, they are also enthusiastic about coffee education. Find their coffee at various shops around the city including Herb and Spice, The Piggy Market and Nature's Buzz, and sip it by the cup at restaurants like Fresco Bistro Italiano, Aperitivo and Chez Edgar.
Easily one of the city's trendiest coffee shops, Ministry may be small, but their knowledge of coffee, and the drinks they serve are impressive. One of the first places in the city to jump on the cold brew train, their nitrogen-infused coffee is pulled from a stout faucet and is perfect for September sipping. This Elgin Street business also makes their vanilla bean and chocolate syrup in house, so rest assured that your vanilla latte and mocha are preservative free, and made with love.