Find local treats, high-octane coffee drinks and community at B.C.’s indie coffee shops.
CAFE TALIA, SALT SPRING ISLAND
Salt Spring Island is known as much for its natural beauty as it is for its colourful, bustling Saturday market. Whether kayaking or shopping, a satisfying cup of coffee fuels the day: find it at Café Talia, the most charming little spot in Ganges. Located in the island’s original century-old telephone exchange building, the coffee shop has vaulted ceilings and exposed wooden beams. Organic beans come from Mount Maxwell Coffee Roasters, which operates out of a yurt in the Cranberry Valley.
Sip beetroot and cacao-turmeric lattes, plus espresso-based drinks infused with indulgent housemade vanilla and caramel syrups. Delicious baked goods come from Jana’s Bake Shop and Laughing Daughters Gluten-Free Foods, both local favourites. TRY: A Fragrant lavender mocha.
KICKING HORSE COFFEE, INVERMERE
Started in the founders’ Invermere garage in 1996, Kicking Horse got a caffeinated shot from Italian espresso giant Lavazza (which bought an 80 per cent stake of the company, valued at $215-million) in 2017. But the best place to enjoy a cup of Kick Ass, Smart Ass or other signature grinds is where it all began.
Surrounded by a boardwalk-style patio lined with Prairie grasses, Kicking Horse Cafe is adjacent to the roaster’s Rocky Mountain headquarters. Inside is a sleek, contemporary space, with rich “counter culture”–from espresso drinks and cold brews to eats like energy balls, jar salads, breakfast wraps and jumbo muffins. TRY: The Red Eye, a brewed coffee topped with a double shot of Cliff Hanger Espresso.
By Gail Johnson