The Canadian Business Journal: Kicking Horse Cafe

Kicking Horse Coffee - Kicks it up a notch

The Canadian Business Journal

At the time of writing, Invermere, B.C., home to Kicking Horse Coffee, the No. 1 purveyor of organic fair trade coffee in the country, was blanketed in two feet of fresh snow. Specifically, the Rocky Mountains surrounding the area is blanketed, causing visitors and locals alike to strap on their skis and head to the hills. For the drive up, and afterwards in the ski chalet, warm cups of Kicking Horse Coffee are filled and enjoyed by those who know their coffee.

KICKING HORSE COFFEE has been a mainstay of Invermere, B.C., since the company started in 1996. Not only is it the base for the 90,000 square foot production facility, it is home to the company’s flagship (and only) Kicking Horse Café, where fans of the brew can get a close up look at the operation that has married both ethical trade and enviable business success.

Starting from a need to find good coffee for themselves—when grocery stores only stocked commercial ground brands—Kicking Horse Coffee founders Elana Rosenfeld and Leo Johnson kick-started the trend for whole bean, organic, fair trade coffee.

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