Fair Trade CoffeeI enjoy a good cup of coffee. I am not talking about the over roasted, burnt tasting stuff that they try to pass off as coffee at Tim Hortons or Starbucks, I mean a good cup of coffee. A cup of coffee that makes you site back and go “ahh”.

A couple of places that I have found a real good cup of coffee include the Broadway Roastery in Saskatoon and in Rosthern you should check out the Station Arts Centre Tearoom.

Since moving back to Regina I have not gone hunting for the best place to get a real good cup of coffee, but there is a new place that has opened not far from the Home Depot here in the north end. Got a flyer in the mail for it recently. It is locally owned and I would prefer to support a local person and their business.

The best place that I have found to get a real good cup of coffee no matter where I have lived is at the Cafe Robertson. We buy fair trade coffee from Level Ground Trading and I have been very pleased with how good it tastes. That first cup in the morning just makes me feel nice and warm all over. Not only does it taste good, I can feel like I have helped do a small part in supporting fair trade and the people that grow and produce such a great cup of coffee. If you want a great cup of coffee give fair trade coffee a try from Level Ground.


Lee – I understand your statement about Starbucks, but including Tim Horton’s in the same breath should be a crime. Down here in Buffalo, Tim Horton’s is becoming a local treasure. I brew it at home, and even when we go on vacation (including camping), I bring a can with me.

I believe a good cup of coffee is like a good glass of wine: the quality of the drink is important, but the circumstances in which you drink it is even more important. For instance, enjoying a Sunday brunch with your family would create a wonderfully tasting cup of coffee, while downing a glass at 2am because a computer bug still isn’t fixed won’t taste good, no matter what blend you’re drinking.

Maybe I just don’t know what I’m missing out on… I’ll hunt for some Level Ground and give it a shot.

Haha – I knew that someone would take exception to me including Tim Hortons in the same breath as Starbucks. That aside you are correct that circumstances are important and even the best cup of coffee on the world will leave a bad taste under bad circumstances. Some of the best cups of coffee I can recall have been because of the good places and people I have been with. A hot cup of coffee on a cool morning on a canoe trip is almost certain to give you that ahh feeling.

There are other fair trade coffee companies, Level Ground is the one that we consistently come back to. We usually buy it at the Ten Thousand Villages store, you could try finding it there. http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/ I find it does not have that over roasted burnt taste that I mentioned, but it is a nice strong cup of coffee that is nice and smooth. Compared to the local grocery store coffee it does cost a little more, but it is probably about the same price as the Tim Hortons stuff, and it does a little bit of good somewhere else in the world at the same time.

You’re right. There is nothing nicer than starting the day with a good cup of coffee. A friend of mine who does consulting abroad brought me back some coffee beans from Columbia. It was the best coffee I’ve ever had. Unfortunately, I’m almost finished with it already. I hope he goes traveling again soon. My cup runneth low.

That would be good coffee. We went to Costa Rica several years ago and brought back coffee. That was fantastic from what I remember. That was when we were still grinding our own beans.

Maybe you will have to go and get some more beans instead of waiting.

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