Calling all coffee addicts. Need your caffeine fix? Ontario's Southwest local coffee shops and roasters are here to save the day and warm you up during this chilly season! These are my favourite ones from across the region. Each one of these locations has made accommodations so you can visit, shop, and sip safely.
Commonwealth Coffee Co/ Boxcar Donuts, London
Head downtown London and check out Commonwealth Coffee Co. This spacious cafe welcomes you with a smile from the very moment you enter. You'll want to stay there all day as you warm up with their deliciously brewed local coffee. We 100% recommend trying the Nitro Brew (coffee infused with nitrogen and served cool from a tap).You can pre-order donuts and beverages for curbside pickup - just head to their website to order.
Located in the heart of Old East Village, this cafe focuses on excellent customer service, handcrafted beverages, and vegan and gluten-free baked goods made in-house or by local businesses. Enjoy their specialties - pour-over coffee and espresso, each one hand-crafted. 10Eighteen is open for in-store visits and offer online pre-ordering for pickup the following day.
Cafe March 21, Windsor
Siphon, pour-over, and cold brew are a few of the brewing methods Cafe March 21 uses to make their cafe stand out from the crowd. Their uniquely crafted drinks such as; Nutella Latte, Raspberry Latte, and Coffee Beer (Shakerato) will keep you coming back just to try something new! This cafe also offers freshly baked goods that are essential to pair with their popular brews.
Caffeine + Co, Amherstburg
Located right in the heart of Amherstburg is the high-end coffee shop, Caffeine + Co. This cafe has all sorts of mouth-watering baked goods - all of which will have you wish you ordered more to go along with their delicious line-up of coffee beverages. They accept pre-orders through their Instagram page too!
These are just two of the amazing coffee shops in the Windsor Essex area. Click here to learn more about the area's amazing coffee culture through local roasters and shops.
Streamliners Espresso Bar, St. Thomas
Right in the heart of Railway City, you'll discover Streamliners Espresso Bar. This coffee shop has a bright and open feel and serves award-winning coffee from Las Chicas coffee - roasted right in St. Thomas. Streamliners is sure to fill all your coffee desires with their Double Americano. Coffee isn't the only thing to keep you coming back. They have multiple desserts, open mic nights, and a welcoming atmosphere you're sure to love. Streamliners is open for takeout and curb-side service to serve you. If you want the premium coffee beans for your home brewing, you can order Las Chicas Del Cafe products online too.
Early Bird Coffee, Oxford
Take a trip to Early Bird Coffee in Woodstock. This roaster and cafe offers freshly roasted beans, roasted on site, hot or cold specialty drinks, and a cozy place to enjoy a cup or two of coffee. Locals can sign up for a coffee subscription that delivers their high-quality beans right to your door.
If you want to increase your coffee knowledge, book a Roasting Lab experience with your group at Early Bird Coffee. You'll have a coffee tasting to learn about flavours and watch Master Roaster, Elio Caporicci, create a fresh roast right before your eyes that you'll get to take home to enjoy.
Blackwater Coffee Co, Sarnia
This coffee joint in Sarnia is worth the trip as their signature blends stand out from your everyday brew. Start out your day with the local favourite; Three Gringos brew (a full city roast that offers a bold taste). Treat yourself further and add on the highly recommended blueberry cheesecake!
The Carolinian Cafe, Cayuga
This cafe emphasizes that for their menu they source locally from fresh greens and seasonal fruits to live-edge wood aesthetics. This cafe is local through and through! Their Canadian coffee roasters will thrill all coffee lovers as they have touches of chocolate and fruit! Carolinian Cafe has online ordering, simply select what you want, and stop in to pick it up.
The Urban Parisian, Port Dover
Quaint, authentic, and welcoming are the feelings you get the moment you enter Port Dover`s French bakery, The Urban Parisian. Enjoy their line-up of french pastries, bread, and of course rich bold coffee. Order ahead on their website and pick up for takeout.
Sam's Percolator, Chatham
In the heart of downtown Chatham, you will find Sam's Percolator. They believe in making only real, delicious food, handcrafting amazing coffee from the finest beans. Tea lovers will love their premium loose leaf teas too!
Beantown Coffee, Woodstock
This downtown cafe has a friendly atmosphere and only the finest fair-trade coffees and teas! Have no regrets as you try their Affogato (Italian coffee-based dessert.) Feeling like a cold beverage? No worries! They have frozen lattes, mochas, and hot chocolates.
Muggs Coffee Bar & Clay Room, Strathroy
This local gem serves artisan made, pour over coffee that is pure joy. And if you're a brunch fan, you are in luck! Their take-out brunch menu is now available Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Businesses are taking all the precautions to help you enjoy their products and stay safe. To learn more about what you can expect when exploring Ontario’s Southwest, how businesses are helping keep you safe and following government guidelines, click here.