Espresso yourselfPublished on March 5, 2018

  • Brian Tong
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Whitney Enns, with daughter Aria
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Jen Zaret, with daughter Marlowe
    Photo by: Katie Hession

  • Emma Rose Fox
    Photo by: Katie Hession

Ottawa’s independent coffee scene is percolating with new cafes and small-batch roasters, and there are some very knowledgeable, artistic baristas in town. We even have an annual latte art competition in March! We caught up with some Ottawa caffeine lovers in their favourite local coffee shops and asked them what keeps bringing them back for more.

“Having a cup of coffee at Ministry of Coffee is like a hug from the inside. I find the food, drinks and late-night vibe so calming. Beyond the amazing baristas, staff and ambience, to me, it has become a symbol of new beginnings in this neighbourhood that I grew up in.”

WHO: Brian Tong, Professional Dance/
Creative Director
WHERE: Ministry of Coffee (Hintonburg)

“I really appreciate how Bridgehead Coffee caters to different dietary preferences and I’m a huge fan of their soy lattes and quinoa and sweet-potato wrap. The food is so fresh and made with such great ingredients that you feel like you’re eating right from someone’s kitchen at home.”

WHO: Whitney Enns, with daughter Aria
WHERE: Bridgehead on Carling

“Arlington Five has been a favourite spot since it first opened. The warm and cozy environment is inviting and the staff are incredibly friendly. Although the hot drinks are always great, it’s the baked goods and delicious sandwiches that keep us coming back. They are out of this world! ”

WHO: Jen Zaret, with daughter Marlowe
WHERE: Arlington Five

“Common Eatery is definitely one of my most favorite places to go in the city. Whether it be for a latte on a Monday morning or a cocktail on a Friday evening, it offers such a nice mix of daytime and night-time space to relax and inspire the soul. I fell in love with it because of the vibe and aesthetic it has, a combination of artsy and unique. Totally my style and my kind of place!”

WHO: Emma Rose Fox, Student
WHERE: Common Eatery

Katie Hession

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