Londoner’s love their coffee and tea. Enjoy, along-side Londoners their long-standing appetite for brewing pots of fairly traded, environmentally responsible, and ethically sourced beverages. If you miss out on these small-batch speciality bean coffee roasters and quality loose-leaf, single-origin tea purveyors, their brews are available at coffeehouses, tea lounges, restaurants and culinary retailers around London.
The independent Black Walnut Bakery Café has grown into a pair of locations in Wortley Village and on Richmond Row at Piccadilly Street. Drop by for in-store hand-batched roasts with diverse flavour profiles and delicious from-scratch baking. Seasonal soups, quiches, scones, squares and savoury meals have made them a home-grown foodie destination. Be sure to try their “Cruffin,” it’s a fusion of croissant and muffin and a huge hit on social media. The friendly and outgoing baristas are knowledgeable and passionate about the culture of Black Walnut and have a strong bond with the community.
Black Walnut Bakery Café
The professionally trained baristas at Locomotive Espresso serve a great selection of handcrafted beverages on a La Marzocco GB5 (handmade in Florence, Italy). The cafe proudly brews coffee from Pilot Coffee Roasters, based out of Toronto. Coffee lovers and first time brewers alike will find a large selection of home-brewing items and a variety of retail whole bean. Visitors will enjoy a variety of locally-sourced products including fresh paninis and wraps catered by Willie's, and baked goods and salads from Northmoore Catering. The cafe features a toast bar including fresh offerings from The Artisan Bakery. There are also organic tea blends from The New New Age, gluten free treats from Bliss Specialty Foods and Organic Works Bakery, and Nepalese chai and granola from Momo’s At The Market.
This stylish refurbished space in Old East Village is accented with reclaimed wood, beams and l architectural accents feature an original sky-light. 10Eighteen coffee bar in the Old East specializes in hand-crafted, fresh pour over coffee and espresso locally roasted by O'Joe in Mt Brydges. The locally-sourced menu offers sandwiches, croissants, butter tarts, charcuterie and cheese boards, craft beer and wine. There is even a suspended bicycle rack at the backdoor for biking enthusiasts.
Hasbeans is known for their personal touch at the Covent Garden Market. Hasbeans has been roasting and shipping fresh, specialty-grade, gourmet coffee across Canada since 1969. Promoting the distinct qualities that each coffee bean develops within its natural environment, Hasbeans has become a market staple for their Fairtrade brew and one-of-a-kind personal touch.
Fire Roasted Coffee Co. features over 35 types of coffee, including 20 single origins, decafs and blends. Owner Dave Cook has established direct trade with producing countries to benefit the growers in meaningful ways with 95% of their coffees being Fairtrade certified. Fire Roasted’s cafés are ideally situated for people watching. Join them at their flagship café in a refurbished downtown heritage building at King and Talbot streets, in Wortley Village, at the London Food Incubator or Saturdays at the Farmers’ and Artisans’ Market at Western Fair.
Fire Roasted Coffee Co.
Located upstairs at the Covent Garden Market, The Tea Haus is the perfect place to unwind and escape the hustle bustle. This premium loose-leaf tea shop features Black, Green, White, Herbal Chai, Fairtrade, Oolong, Organic and Fruit Teas. The kiosk can boast a solid inventory of teaware, and your favourite teas, pots and accessories.
The Tea Haus
Just off Richmond Row on Piccadilly Street, The Tea Lounge offers a high end tea service experience, serving exceptional single-origin teas and tisanes from around the world as well as retailing beautiful tea ware. Guests can sip meticulously-sourced teas while experiencing their choice of traditional or contemporary style tea service in the lounge. Delicious offerings from Petit Paris Creperie & Patisserie, Boombox Bakeshop and Bliss Specialty Foods add an extra dimension to the Tea Lounge experience.
The Tea Lounge
The Wisdom Café, Teashop and Japanese Creperie in Old East Village, offers over 130 loose leaf teas and a large selection of tea pots and accessories. Unlike their French brethren, these savoury crepes are less sweet and are served in a cone shape for easy eating. Try the Applewood smoked ham crepe with turkey melted cheddar and Brie.
Wisdom Café, Teashop and Japanese Creperie
True craft goods cannot be mass-produced: they are limited in quantity and have specific characteristics deemed to be specialty in nature. The trend for locally-made craft beverages by independent artisans is on the rise…
Get Your Raw Juice Fix
The cold-pressed juice movement has garnered the attention of health minded people looking to get their fruits and vegetables in a quick, drinkable form. London’s Pulp & Press Juice Co., makes juice from raw organic fruits and vegetables that are fed through a grinder before the pulp is slowly pressed through an industrial grade, hydraulic cold press juicer. With 3-4 pounds of fresh, organic produce in every 473-millilitre bottle, Pulp & Press delivers a delicious and 100% nutritious juice, every time. With names like Envy, Turbo and Rinse and ReBeet, Pulp & Press mixes everything from cucumber, celery, kale, Swiss chard parsley and spirulina to! Enjoy ginger and turmeric with more traditional juicing fruits and vegetables like beets, apples, oranges and lemons. Be sure to pick some up at their Central Avenue location.
London’s Pulp & Press Juice Co.
The Magical Fermented Elixir
Some call it the elixir of life, but no matter what you call it, kombucha is one of the hottest trends in health beverages. Booch Organic Kombucha is a raw, probiotic beverage handcrafted right here in London. The owners of “Booch” found their calling in brewing kombucha made from fair-trade fermented tea and selling it initially at the Covent Garden Farmers’ Market. Booch now crafts six sensational signature flavour options as well as many small-batches of their seasonally-infused elixirs. They are available at the Booch Brewery Retail location in Old East Village and found in over 70 southwestern Ontario retailers and restaurants. Booch promotes strong core values that set a foundation for their organization’s culture of health promotion, local organic food security, and environmentally sustainable business practices.
Booch Organic Kombucha
This is Vibrant, Feel Good Food that You’ll Want to Eat
Rebel Remedy is a seasonally influenced, locally inspired, London-based food and drink company. At their Fresh Bar on Dundas Street they offer functional foods: traditionally prepared fresh meals, healthy snacks, nourishing bone broths, future-food protein sources (i.e. cricket), and vegan and ‘paleo’ desserts. Specialty direct-trade coffee is sourced from Pilot Espresso. In-house ethically-produced craft kombucha, cold-pressed juices, health elixirs, and mushroom tonics are available. Their supply chains are conscientious and transparent, and all commodity foods like tea, chocolate, and coffee originate from worker owned farms that reap the benefits.
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