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MAIN STREET ALBERTA BREWS A GREAT CUP OF JOE

Author: Joanne Elves

Her grade school report card said Joanne asks a lot of questions. She took that as a compliment and with family in tow, continues to ask as she travels the province in search of exciting adventures and interesting destinations.

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Calling all coffee snobs. Yes, those of you who just can’t buy coffee that was bubbled in a vat or handed through a window. It only takes an extra minute to drive straight to the heart of town to find friendly folks pouring rich, fresh roasted and made-only-for-you coffee. So grab your to-go mug and get your buzz on at these five Main Street coffee shops.

Red Deer: Get a Perfect Daily Dose

DOSE Coffee Company in downtown Red Deer is a full stop. No grab and go. Skilled baristas measure the perfect amount of ethically acquired freshly ground beans to draw that rich caramel coloured crema from the machine. A slow pour of foamy milk creates art. Who can drink such a masterpiece? You can and you will – but ever so slowly to appreciate the subtle flavours.

Lethbridge: the Straight Goods

Opening the door to Cuppers in Lethbridge brings an aromatic wave of freshly roasted coffee. It’s nirvana for coffee freaks! While the magicians concoct your morning fix, wander the rows of mugs, canisters and pots for sale. Or, survey and sip samples of their fresh roasts, representing the best coffee growers in the world. Don’t expect food to nosh on at Cuppers but if you go to their sister store – The Penny Coffee House – the same coffee will accompany delicious pastries or meals.

Cochrane: for Cozy Coffee Lovers

When the fireplace is roaring in the corner and it’s snowing outside, you’ll be hard pressed to give up your table at the Cochrane Coffee Traders. The big log cabin in the heart of Cochrane is great for a catch-up with friends. The upstairs section is a perfectly cozy spot to dig into that book you’ve been dying to read. The food is fantastic, with yummy breakfast and lunch offerings including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free choices. And it’s almost impossible to leave without a bag of their signature Cowboy Coffee.

Camrose: The Coffee and Croissant Connection

Walking through the old purple and red screen door into Fiona’s Coffee Shop in Camrose, it’s your nose that will be the first to thank you. The aroma of warm cinnamon buns and flaky pastries fill the air of this narrow shop with comfy wingback chairs. Fiona’s is a popular locals’ hangout, so it may be standing room only. But you won’t mind. You didn’t come for the chairs – it’s the coffee and croissants you’re craving. Freshly ground and freshly baked.

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