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Coffee Culture in Algoma

For the Coffee Lover

Updated: By Heather Bot

Enjoy the taste of coffee culture in Algoma at local cafes and coffee shops in the region’s cities and towns. From a simple, freshly brewed coffee from locally roasted beans, or a specialty drink crafted by a talented barista. A place to get your morning jolt to start the day, or the afternoon pick-me-up. A trendy place for date night. A quiet corner to catch up with old friends.

The Voyageurs’ Lodge, Batchawana Bay

Enjoy a freshly brewed cup of coffee with their famous apple fritters overlooking beautiful Batchawana Bay, Lake Superior. Or, walk across the highway to the sandy beach to a picnic table. The café serves fresh sandwiches, salads, daily hot specials and desserts. Open seasonally from early spring to early October.

The Carver Cafe, Pancake Bay
Newly opened at Agawa Crafts and the Canadian Carver, the Cafe brews up hot and cold beverages, including Drinks of the Week. While stopping in for a coffee, check out the retail for home decor items and more. Open seasonally from early spring to early October.

The Copper Bean Café, Bruce Mines
We like their outdoor patio to enjoy our coffee and a tasty sandwich. This is a nice spot to enjoy a cup on a rainy day indoors as the atmosphere is hip and relaxed. This café serves hot and cold coffee on the menu using locally roasted coffee beans. Stop in for lunch for fresh soups, sandwiches and salads, and desserts, made from locally sourced ingredients.

 

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The Black Bear Café & Eatery, St. Joseph Island
Situated at Kents Corners, enjoy a tasty selection of butter tarts, cookies and sticky buns with one of the hot or cold coffees. Their hot meals include pizza, daily soup and sandwich specials, and satisfying entrees. Make this a stop when you’re driving or cycling around the Island.

Elliot Lake Blossoms Fresh Fruit Arrangements & Bistro, Elliot Lake
Not just a fresh fruit arrangement! This shop serves your favourite hot and cold brews. A tasty menu includes charcuterie, soups, salads, sandwiches, wraps, and what should be everyone’s favourite meal of the day: breakfast!

Rumours café, Hearst
You’ll like this one: Rumours serves decadent cupcakes and cookies with a delicious hot and cold coffee menu with seasonal drinks like Pumpkin Spice or Frosty the Snowman Latte. The café also sells coffee products, mugs, and gourmet coffee syrups.

 

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Chapleau Hub, Chapleau
A unique place to get a hot or cold brew is located at St. John’s Anglican Church. It’s the oldest public building in Chapleau and is still a place of worship during the week. The lower level hosts a licensed restaurant. Add a favourite flavour shot, too!

 

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The Well – Coffee Shop and Youth Centre, Blind River
Supporting a local coffee shop can also help support local causes; proceeds from The Well support local youth initiatives in the community. The menu includes lattes, espresso and cappuccino, hot tea drinks, and cold brew options. Add a sandwich or a baked good like cinnamon buns, or a butter croissant.


Sault Ste. Marie’s Coffee Scene

The city has some great coffee shops so we’ve put them together in a handy list.

HOME Bakehouse & café
A tasty selection of sourdough bread and buns is baked fresh daily while you’re selecting from the espresso bar. This café offers exclusive drinks, monthly drink specials and a menu if you want to stay for lunch. Purchase locally made products and St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters coffee.

Sweet Greetings
A coffee bar that’s been around for many years serving specialty coffees, hot chocolate, and delicious handmade Godiva chocolate counter. Sweet Greetings Coffee Bars are found in IDAs in the city with a lovely gift shop for home décor. If you’re looking for something special, Sweet Greetings creates beautiful gift baskets.

Scott Coffee Co.
This coffee shop has pop-up hours so check their Facebook page for hours of operation! Located in uptown Sault Ste. Marie, Scott Coffee Co. offers coffee and specialty espresso drinks like lattes, tea lattes or cold brews. Enjoy yummy desserts like cheesecakes, cookies, biscotti, or brownies.

The Queen’s Tarts
If you love coffee and butter tarts, this is a must-stop. The Queen’s Tarts has the most extensive list of butter tart flavours in the city, maybe in the region. It could quite possibly be in all of Northern Ontario! Get a latte or a cappuccino then select a tasty tart to go with it. Some favourite tart flavours are whiskey maple bacon, sea salt and dark chocolate.

 

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Q Café
A local favourite made a comeback to Queen Street. Order a simple cup of coffee or a seasonal drink special like an Eggnog or Pumpkin Pie Latte. Each day features a new soup of the day and tasty lunch options. Add a little side of sweetness with a cupcake, cookie, blueberry scone, or fudgy brownie.

Ernie’s Coffee Shop
A favourite spot for Saultites! Ernie’s Coffee Shop has been serving up a good cup of coffee and a big slice of coconut cream pie for decades. Try the Spanish Cheesecake. Order a specialty coffee Spanish, Irish or Monte Cristo. The menu rotates using in-season ingredients, locally sourced and unique flavours in this cafe. Stay for lunch or dinner.

Café Express
This coffee shop in the Cambrian Mall uses whole-bean coffee which is freshly ground every day. Order a variety of espresso drinks from the menu or a flavoured coffee. Grab a sandwich to go or get a tasty baked good on the side. A nice stop after some shopping.


Feeding Your Soul Cafe
Enjoy locally roasted coffee and a homemade dessert. This cafe offers vegan and gluten-free options too: cupcakes, tasty squares, and even cake by the slice! A great menu for everyone to enjoy wraps, soups, or sandwiches.

Local Coffee Roasters

St. Joseph Island Coffee Roasters
Offering organic fair trade fresh air-roasted coffee and loose-leaf tea. You’ll find some shops not only use locally roasted coffee in their menus but also sell bags of coffee for you to make your own at home. Find out how to buy here: sjicoffeeroasters.ca

Coffin Valley Supply Co.
Located in Leeburn, once known as the bustling town of Coffin in the late 1880s. The company brews in small batches, and wholesale beans are available by request.
Shop Online at: www.coffinvalleysupply.co

About Heather Bot

I'm a member of the Algoma Country Travel staff. I hope my blogs entice you to visit the beautiful region that I call home.

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