Get your buzz on with these 13 Kootenay coffee roasters in honour of National Coffee Day

Kootenay coffee roasters and producers are passionate about the perfect cup of coffee

by Julie Matchett
Large metal kicking horse sculpture in front of Kicking Horse Coffee building.

Kicking Horse Coffee puts a little spring in your step with their quirky-named coffee blends. The company is Canada's #1 best-selling whole bean brand. — Kerry Shellborn photo

Coffee lovers rejoice! September 29 marks National Coffee Day, so it’s a perfect time to hit up your favourite java spot (like we needed a reason to do that, right?). In honour of this buzz-worthy day, here’s some fun facts about coffee:

  • Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world, second only to oil.
  • Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit.
  • Scientists have successfully turned ground coffee into biodiesel, so one day coffee may be fuelling your car.
  • Globally people consume about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.

According to this CBC article, Canadians rank third in the list of Top 10 Coffee Consuming Countries. That’s a lot of coffee aficionados! Thankfully, here in our little corner of the world, there’s no shortage of places to grab a cup of our favourite beverage. There’s also no shortage of dedicated coffee roasters who strive to create the perfect cup of coffee for us to appreciate.

Check out this list of coffee roasters and producers from across the Kootenays:

East Kootenay

Cranbrook

Kootenay Roasting Company: Established in 1999, the Kootenay Roasting Company has a cute little storefront on Baker Street in downtown Cranbrook, with lounge seating and a small sidewalk patio in the warmer months. Sit back and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere while you watch artisan roasters at work. Coffee beans are roasted daily on the premises to ensure quality and freshness.

Where to buy: Whole and ground coffee bean blends can be bought on site at the Kootenay Roasting Company, located at 903 Baker Street in downtown Cranbrook.

Creston

Lark Coffee Roasters: One special cup of coffee and a desire to bring that taste to her hometown led owner Ilana Cameron to open Lark Coffee Roasters in Creston. KootenayBiz chatted with Cameron about her coffee passion—read her story here.

Where to buy: Lark Coffee Roasters is located at 237 - 11th Avenue North in Creston. Lark Coffee can be purchased directly from her roasting studio, online through her website or in retailers in Creston and surrounding towns.

Fernie

Rooftop Coffee Roasters: These guys make coffee culture cool. Rooftop Coffee Roasters manages to meld the hip with the human side of the coffee community—the people. It’s the fellow coffee nerds, the roasters, the baristas and the people they meet at festivals and farmers markets who inspire them every day.

Where to buy: Rooftop Coffee Roasters is located at 492A - 2nd Avenue in Fernie. You can purchase single origin, blends and limited edition blends online through their website. While you’re there, sign up for a Rooftop Subscription box filled with goodies (and coffee, of course!) or a release of their cool “Beats & Beans” box—their tribute to coffee and great Canadian independent music artists.

Close-up of two cups of cappuccino.

Even though their coffee shop is actually located at ground level, Rooftop Coffee Roasters is a hip and happening place to hang. — Photo courtesy Rooftop Coffee Roasters Facebook page

Golden

Purcell Coffee (formerly Bean Bag Coffee Roasters): As a small boutique roaster, Purcell Coffee has been in the brewing business for over 20 years. Ever striving to produce the perfect cup of coffee, their roastmasters are constantly exploring and developing interesting blends to suit every taste.

Where to buy: Purcell Coffee is located at 521 - 9th Avenue North in Golden. Beans can also be ordered online and shipped.

Invermere

Kicking Horse Coffee: What’s a cheeky way to describe an intelligent donkey? Or if you were to boot a donkey in his behind (that’s mean!) and you wanted to describe that action in a less-than-polite way, what would you say? If you can figure that out, you’ll know that Invermere’s Kicking Horse Coffee is all about having fun and not taking themselves too seriously. A homegrown success story for over 20 years, the company is Canada’s #1 best-selling whole bean coffee brand. They were also named Canada’s #1 Best Workplace in 2018, which proves the fun factor.

Where to buy: Selling organic, fair-trade ground and whole coffee beans with quirky monikers from their Invermere-based cafe, the brand is also found in grocery stores and cafes across Canada and the U.S. They are also partners with many well-known online stores, such as Amazon, Walmart, Well.ca and London Drugs. Visit the Kicking Horse Coffee website to find a location near you.

Stolen Church Coffee Co.: By roasting premium, ethically-sourced coffee beans from around the world in micro-sized batches, the Stolen Church Coffee Co. ensures the ultimate in freshness and taste. Their focus is on unique single origin and limited blends of coffees. A locally-owned and family-run business, the cafe also specializes in homemade sorbets and gelatos, house-made soups and sandwiches.

Where to buy: Stolen Church Gelato & Coffee is located at 1045 - 7th Avenue, Invermere. You can also order coffee by emailing the company at [email protected].

Kimberley

Chaos Coffee Roasters: Locally-made, hand-crafted coffee with heart, created using single-origin beans in small batches. Chaos Coffee Roasters strives to bring you the freshest coffee possible, full of flavour and aroma.

Where to buy: Chaos Coffee Roasters currently sells their products at local farmers markets in Kimberley, Cranbrook and Fernie. Online sales are coming soon.

Northstar Roasting Company: Looking for “damn good coffee”? Look no further than Northstar Roasting Company, a dream come true for owner Brian Conn who jumped into action when Kimberley’s Steam Donkey Coffee closed their doors. With names like “Chapman Camp Medium” and “Townsite Blend” given to his signature creations, Conn tips a hat to his community of Kimberley.

Where to buy: Northstar Roasting Company’s blends are available through select retailers in Kimberley and beyond.

West Kootenay

Kaslo

Kaslo Bean Roasting: For serious coffee lovers, it’s a natural progression to go from simply drinking coffee to roasting your own beans and developing specific flavours you enjoy. This is how family-owned and -operated Kaslo Bean Roasting came to be—a simple love of great coffee and the desire to share that enjoyment with others.

Where to buy: Whole beans are available to order online from Kaslo Bean Company’s website. You can also buy their products from select retailers in Kaslo and Nelson.

Nelson

No 6 Coffee Co.: The No 6 Coffee Co. is a modern boutique coffee-roasting company focused on an educational approach to java appreciation. Everyone has their own unique flavour preferences when it comes to coffee—a tasting bar at the No 6 Coffee Co. helps you to discover what makes the perfect cup of coffee for you.

Where to buy: Limited release and filter blends are available at the No. 6 Coffee Co. storefront, located at 511 Front Street in Nelson. You can also buy blends, coffee equipment and cool swag online through their website.

Oso Negro Coffee: Lovingly crafted coffee blends created with an artistic sensibility and an artisan’s hand is at the heart of Oso Negro Coffee in Nelson. Using a vintage 1954 Probat coffee roaster, beans are roasted five days a week to the highest quality standards. A coffee aficionado’s dream, there are over 20 different blends to choose from.

Where to buy: The Oso Negro Cafe is located at 604 Ward Street in Nelson. Blends can be purchased online and are available at select retailers across B.C.

Close-up of Oso Negro Coffee building.

Soak up Oso Negro Coffee's quaint and whimsical atmosphere while sipping on one of their many sweet selections. — Kerry Shellborn photo

Revelstoke

Stoke Roasted Coffee Company: Making a positive impact is what drives the Stoke Roasted Coffee Company. From using biodegradable packaging to ensuring that their coffee beans are certified organic and fair trade, their goal is harm reduction . . . and, of course, a great cup of coffee.

Where to buy: Stoke Roasted Coffee is sold and served at select retailers and dining establishments across B.C. and Alberta. You can also find them at the local farmers markets in Revelstoke. Online sales are coming soon!

Rossland

Seven Summits Coffee Company: A passion for great coffee led to the creation of the Seven Summits Coffee Company back in 2010. A hip little spot, the cafe features unique blends of small-batch, freshly-roasted coffee in whole bean format, as well as Nitro Cold brew.

Where to buy: Seven Summits Coffee Company is located at 1807 Columbia Avenue in Rossland. Products can also be ordered online and picked up locally. Freshly roasted beans are also available from select retailers in the West Kootenay area.

If we missed adding your coffee roaster/producer to this list and you would like to be included, please send us a message: [email protected].

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