Montréal coffee roasters

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

This article was updated on October 5, 2020.

The proliferation of independent coffee shops in Montréal has been increasing in the past few years. Therefore, Montréal is now seeing an increase in micro and Nano coffee roasters. Most of these local roasters purchase their beans at the source by visiting producers or buying from private imports or cooperatives when it’s not possible. Below is a list of some of the roasters who are offering more depth and knowledge with every cup (and as a bonus, they sell their coffee online!).

Saint-Henri micro-torréfacteur

Saint-Henri micro-torréfacteur is one of the first coffee roasters in Montréal. It roasts and serves coffee and sustenance to its legion of fans at its state-of-the-art headquarters in the Mile-Ex. It also offers several courses, from home coffee making to more professional ones.

Le Brûloir

Le Brûloir has been around for almost a decade now. Its Ahuntsic roasting “Labo” strives to roast the best beans, which it serves at its two charming cafés as well as at quite a few spots around town, such as Café Bloom, Pâtisserie Bicyclette, Arhoma and more. Keep an eye on its social media channels for its cupping events. You can purchase its coffee from its website. Le Brûloir delivers for free in Laval and certain Montréal neighbourhoods.

Dispatch

What started out as Montréal’s first coffee truck is now a brick and mortar business with three shops, a roaster and a coffee subscription program through its site. Dispatch is committed to building a sustainable future for coffee since the current demands and climate change are looking ominous for the plant and the people who harvest it.

Café Pista

Café Pista started out as a mobile bicycle coffee service powered by human stamina. It is now a beautiful Rosemont café serving a sustainable cup and beautiful food. It started roasting its own sourced beans at the Canadian Roasting Society in November 2018 but has since moved to its own facilities in Rosemont. You can taste its beans at its café or purchase them online via its website.

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Zab and Paquebot Café

The partnership between micro-roaster Zab and independent Paquebot Café is a dreamy one resulting in one of the best cups of coffee in Montréal, and isn’t that what it’s all about? The passionate partners’ carefully selected beans are prepared with perfection at the three Paquebot locations. You can also purchase their coffee or a subscription on their website.

Barista

If you’re a café aficionado in Montréal, you’ve probably already tasted Barista’s roasted beans. It specializes in white label, 100% custom made blends designed for specific cafés. You can also purchase its own beans, coffee subscriptions or a coffee course at its National Barista Institute.

94 Celcius

94 Celcius started roasting in its Ahuntsic facility in 2017. You can taste its coffees at Café Zézin, Café Les Renards, Les Faiseurs or Arhoma, among others. You can purchase its coffees from its site, where it also sells cascara, the dried coffee cherry that is often discarded but makes an excellent tea or addition to drinks.

Kittel atelier de café

Named after founder Guillaume Kittel-Ouimet, Kittel atelier de café has been roasting carefully selected beans in its Rosemont workshop since 2011. You can find its coffee in many Montréal shops and cafés, including Café Parvis, Mère Grand and the Bernice pastry shop. It delivers its coffee by bicycle and does free cupping events that are open to the public every first Friday of the month.

The Canadian Roasting Society co-roasting facility

The Canadian Roasting Society was founded by Andrew Kyres (Tunnel Espresso) and Scott Rao (consultant and founder of Myriade). The Verdun space counts two state-of-the-art roasters that allow micro and Nano roasters to roast their own beans without incurring the cost of buying the pricey equipment. It’s also a space to mingle, share and learn from like-minded individuals who are just as passionate about the business of producing the best cup of coffee in the most sustainable way possible. Kyres and Bao’s great reputations in the coffee industry have helped in ushering a few of Montréal’s cafés and micro-roasters to become members of the CRS.

CANAL ROASTERS and, of course, Tunnel Espresso Bar (co-founder Andrew Kyres’ café) are members of the CRS.

Traffic

Traffic roast micro and Nano lots and were the first roasters to commit to the Canadian Roasting Society right from the beginning. You can taste its coffee at Café Melbourne, Gypsy, Léché Desserts, L’or en Grain, Nocturne Café, Méchants Pinsons and more. You can also purchase its beans via their website.

Structure Coffee Roasters

Structure Coffee Roasters started roasting at Kaito in Hudson in 2018 before eventually moving to the Canadian Roasting Society facilities. You can find their coffee at their own Old Montréal spot as well as at some of the city’s best cafés, such as Café In Gamba, Yo & Co Espresso Bar, Cordova and the Four Seasons Hotel as well as on their website.

Monkland Coffee Roasters

Working hand in hand with farmers and importers, Monkland Coffee Roasters strive to assure their customers that every cup they drink is a sustainable and ethical one. What started out as roasting coffee in a home oven for one of the co-founders has blossomed into an entire team of individuals passionate about their craft. Monkland Coffee offers subscriptions and wholesale purchases via their website.

Escape

Established in Montréal since August 2018, Escape has been present in New Zealand for the past 10 years (established by one of the founders’ brother). They’ve been roasting at the Canadian Roasting Society since its opening. Escape practices the green ways it preaches by sourcing sustainable beans, shipping them only locally within Québec (and delivering by bike on the island of Montréal) and packaging them in compostable bags.

Roasted Bean Box

Thanks to its founder’s background in artificial intelligence, Roasted Bean Box offers a personalized AI-driven coffee experience where consumers rate their preferences in order to receive a more accurate coffee box. The beans are roasted in Montréal and delivered fresh every month. The bags are biodegradable and the company limits deliveries to the Greater Montréal area in an effort to stay environmentally friendly.

Deluis

The Deluis story is a great family one that directly connects coffee producing farmers with consumers. It is indeed impossible to have a more direct connection, unless you’re growing the beans yourself. Nicolas Mejia’s dad Luis grows the beans on the family farm in Colombia while Nicolas roasts them over here in Montréal. The family has had coffee plantations for years, with a break from 1999 to 2013. Inspired by conversations with his son and the desire to grow single origin beans that tell a story, the Deluis coffee brand was born again. You can purchase their beans online or at L’amour du pain.

Colorfull Coffee Corp

Colorfull just launched its first roast and it’s a decaf one! While that choice might seem unusual, the Colorfull coffee beans make for a most perfect after dinner cup. Its high-altitude beans are sourced from Inzà, a remote town in the Cauca department of Colombia. You can purchase the Colorfull beans in very colourful bags on its website.

Mayssam Samaha

Mayssam Samaha is a food and travel writer and blogger and the founder behind the blog Will Travel for Food. She travels the world in search of the next culinary discovery. From Iceland to South Africa, she’s already visited over 30 countries and there’s nothing she enjoys more than wandering around a farmers’ market in a foreign city. She is also the founder of the SAISONS intimate dinner series highlighting Québec products and chefs.

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