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Retailer Spotlight: Kicking Horse Coffee

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Retailer Spotlight: Kicking Horse Coffee, Invermere BC
By Chris Ryan

The town of Invermere isn’t exactly a specialty-coffee powerhouse. Though its location in eastern British Columbia between the Canadian Rockies and the Purcell Mountains provides plenty of picturesque backdrops, the outpost—with a population of 3,000 that swells to about 10,000  when tourists descend in the summer— boasts only a handful of coffee shops.

But one of those is a behemoth. The flagship café for Kicking Horse Coffee serves as home base for the well-established roaster that distributes throughout Canada and much of the Western United States. The unique, high-ceilinged shop is part of the 60,000 square-foot roasting facility Kicking Horse launched in 2003. A retail store wasn’t always the plan, but public demand spurred its 2008 opening. “With so many people knocking at our door wanting to have a tour, we decided we had to do a café,” says Elana Rosenfeld, Kicking Horse’s CEO.

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