Coffee Gals Podcast

Ottawa Coffee Fest

The Coffee Gals podcast is brought to you by the team behind the Ottawa Coffee Fest. Every few weeks, we’ll be speaking with different people within the coffee industry so you can get to know more about your favourite local roasters and coffee shops. We’ll be discussing all things coffee, from bean to cup, along with entrepreneurial successes and hardships that Ottawa-based coffee businesses have gone through. Available on coffeegals.ca, Spotify, Apple and Google.

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In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Bhavik Mistry and Chris Matias, co-owners of Carlington Coffee House, an independent coffee shop located on Merivale Road in the Carlington neighbourhood in Ottawa. Their café, which opened in 2020, is a converted residential war home originally built in the 1940s. Their goal was simple: Bhavik wanted to have an independent café that served delicious coffee (and authentic ginger masala chai!) within walking distance from where he lived! So they made it happen. We chatted with them about their impressive DIY renovations, the hoops they’ve had to jump through to obtain city permits (turns out, it’s much harder than it seems to convert a house into a café!) and the implementation of some of their ongoing sustainable projects, like their #secondhandsaturday initiative and Grounds for Giving program. Bhavik and Chris also wanted to give a shout out to the talented Ryan Smeeton for offering to put up a beautiful art installation in the front of their shop!

Jun 18

33 min 19 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Jessie Duffy, owner of Arlington Five, a small coffee shop tucked behind Wilf & Ada's scratch diner in Ottawa’s Centretown. Jessie talks to us about A5’s journey and the multiple times they’ve reinvented themselves since first opening their doors in 2016. In the past 5 years, they’ve changed ownership a few times, switched house roasters (now serving the delicious LULO Coffee in house!), introduced different activities to incorporate creativity in the space and lastly, had to deal with the COVID blow. Jessie’s energy and determination really comes through this episode as she recounts these stories. Don’t miss it! Note: This episode was recorded back in April, when A5 was taking a break to regroup and regain energy. They have since reopened and are back in full force! Things have changed with the Cooking for a Cause program on hold, but A5 is still working with the Parkdale Food Centre to explore the next chapter.

Jun 4

33 min 44 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we chatted with Sam Mazella, trader and licensed Arabica Q Grader at RGC Coffee, a third-generation green coffee importer based in Montreal, QC, and Founder and President of East Coast Coffee Madness, a coffee event in Montreal where industry professionals and coffee lovers ‘meet + learn + grow’ once a year. We learn about how their coffee event came to life since it was first founded in 2015 with some key roasters and coffee enthusiasts in Montreal and how they’ve grown and adapted since then. We also chat about how the pandemic has impacted the coffee industry and what we see will lie in the future of coffee events.

Apr 29

31 min 5 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Tara Perera, co-owner of Animated Coffee, a small batch coffee roaster in Ottawa. Established in 2014, Tara and her husband/lead roaster, Ryan, set out to provide high quality and responsibly sourced coffee while also supporting animal rescue charities (hence the name Animated = Animal + Caffeinated!). In fact, 25% of their proceeds are distributed to animal rescue partner organizations such as Parrot Partners, The Avery Foundation, Holly's Haven, The Sweet Sanctuary and Ned's Wish.

Mar 27

22 min 1 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Josh and Lisa, owners of Ottawa Valley Coffee, a new café opening in Renfrew, a town located about an hour drive west from downtown Ottawa. Josh and Lisa pride themselves on making sustainability, quality, community and consistency a big part of their core values for their café set to open up in March 2021. They want to become that one stop shop for people to enjoy high quality coffee, buy local goods and eventually, listen to live music with friends and family. Learn about the ways that they incorporated those values when they were in the process of selecting a roaster, creating partnerships with local makers and crafters as well as how they are building their beautiful space made entirely of recycled and repurposed building materials found around their area. We also chat with Lisa about her side-business, Valley Child Clothing, making children’s sustainable and eco-friendly clothing.

Feb 26

36 min 12 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Eric Saumure, CPA, CA and Principal at Zenbooks, Canada's go-to cloud accounting firm and one of OCF’s trusted partners. Are you interested in learning how to start and operate your own profitable coffee shop or coffee-related business? Well then this episode is for you!From providing insight on how to build out financial projections to sharing tips on what to consider when looking for a space, Eric shares some valuable big picture knowledge on how to plan ahead to ensure financial success when starting out a coffee shop.Resources mentioned in this episode: The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael E. GerberNote for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Feb 11

34 min

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Miguel Mateo, Commercial Manager at Manos Campesinas, a fair trade coffee exporting cooperative in Guatemala and Felipe Gurdián, Sourcing Manager at Cooperative Coffees, an organization that imports coffee directly from producer-partners. During our chat, we cover a variety of important topics within the coffee trade industry, including how COVID-19 is impacting the lives of people who work and live in coffee-producing countries and what’s being done to address some of these issues. There’s a lot of information to take away from this episode. As consumers, it’s important to be aware of the complete coffee journey, from bean to cup, and to continue to frequent roasters who source their coffee in sustainable ways. In addition, when we educate ourselves on some of the issues affecting the global coffee industry, we can make more informed purchasing decisions. Thank you to Equator Coffee Roasters for making this episode possible.

Jan 14

46 min 39 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Shann Bosnell, President, and Christiaan Jonker, Head of Operations and Roasting, at Brown Bag Coffee Roasters in Aylmer, QC. Shann, a former IT professional, talks about how his background in tech and business translated well into owning a roastery while Christiaan, originally from South Africa, explains how the two met and where his passion for roasting began. We also learn how BBCR is striving to make Ottawa’s coffee community more accessible for all and the meaning behind their logo. Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Dec 2020

29 min 38 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke to Kevin Joanisse from LULO Coffee, a new nano-roastery based out of Alrington Five in Centretown. After traveling to countries like Costa Rica and Colombia to deal directly with coffee farmers, Kevin explains that it was clear to him that LULO's business model would need to be one built around complete transparency and fair wages for everyone involved in the coffee supply chain. Tune in to learn more about Kevin’s passion for coffee and the story behind their different roasts. Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Dec 2020

24 min 1 sec

On this episode of Coffee Gals, we went on a coffee exploration journey with Cierra Campeau, Co-Founder and Creative Director of www.MOJOE.coffee, an adventure-filled coffee subscription service based right here in the YOW. Cierra discusses how their business has taken off since launching in 2019 and what makes their subscription model unique in Canada. When you #GETYOURMOJOE, you get to taste adventure and experience a travel inspired coffee tour around the world, delivered right to your door. And just in time for the holidays, the Ground Crew is kindly providing our listeners with a special promo code for your next order. Tune in to get the offer!Get FREE SHIPPING across Canada on any order at www.mojoe.coffee with the following promo code: COFFEEGALSMOJOE Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Dec 2020

23 min 32 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke with Jarryd Lee, Co-Owner and Roaster of the recently launched Mighty Valley Coffee in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Specializing in lighter and small batch roasting, Jarryd talks about their journey into the roasting business and shares some helpful advice for others who are interested in getting into the coffee industry. Resources mentioned in this episode: Green BeaneryModulating the Flavor Profile of Coffee, by Rob HoosScott Rao booksMill City Roasters YouTube Channelfarmscore.caNote for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Nov 2020

21 min 23 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke with Paige Watts, Owner Wild Child Coffee Project in Westboro. Paige discusses what inspired this playful child-friendly café and the need for more inclusive spaces in our community. We also talk about how the team is pivoting in unique ways to adapt to the pandemic and remain open. Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Nov 2020

19 min 33 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we spoke with Karin Rabuka, Owner of No Go Coffee Co. Currently celebrating 10 years in the coffee roasting business, Karin reflects on how the company started, some of the lessons learned throughout the process and where things are going next. We also chat about No Go’s lineup of coffee and espresso. Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Oct 2020

19 min 6 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we chat with Francis Buekert, owner of Cloud Forest Coffee. We uncover the meaning behind their name, the source of their Ecuadorian beans and the tumultuous history of the community that lives in the area. We also touch upon what’s unique about their coffee and where to find it in Ottawa to try it for yourself.Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Oct 2020

26 min 10 sec

In this episode of Coffee Gals, we sat down with one of the owners of Happy Goat, Henry Assad, to discuss HG’s origins, their expanding business and upcoming projects, how they’re adapting during the covid pandemic and of course, their delicious coffee.Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Sep 2020

45 min 19 sec

In our first ever episode of the Coffee Gals, we're speaking with Deborah Ntawigirira, Co-Founder and Managing Director of IZERE Coffee about the meaning of IZERE, her journey in Ottawa's coffee community and the unique nature of the Burundian coffee bean.Note for mobile Apple devices: Please take phone off silent/vibrate for audio to work.

Sep 2020

20 min 55 sec

The Coffee Gals podcast is brought to you by the team behind the Ottawa Coffee Fest. Every few weeks, we’ll be speaking with different people within the coffee industry so you can get to know more about your favourite local roasters and coffee shops. We’ll be discussing all things coffee, from bean to cup, along with entrepreneurial successes and hardships that Ottawa-based coffee businesses have gone through. Available on coffeegals.ca, Spotify, Apple and Google.

Aug 2020

42 sec