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Any day that begins with a cup of locally roasted coffee has the potential to be a great day. Vancouver Island abounds with local coffee roasters, and the Parksville Qualicum Beach region is no exception.
Whether you need to find a new favourite while you’re visiting or pick up some beans to bring home with you to remember your trip by, there are local roasters just around the corner who will start your day just right.
French Press Coffee Roasters is opening their new roastery and cafe location in Parksville, and Qualicum Beach houses their convenient downtown coffee shop location. Owner Jeremy Perkins has over 20 years of experience in the coffee industry—to Jeremy, coffee isn’t just a drink; it’s an art, a science and a passion. (Plus, if you need to make sure you’re always stocked up at home, they offer coffee subscription options.)
If you’re up for a bit of a treasure hunt, Qualicum Coffee Island Roasters is well worth searching out as well. They don’t have a storefront, but they are frequent vendors at markets in the area. The best bet is to check out their Facebook page for updates on the markets they will be attending—and if there is a tea drinker in your midst, they will also be pleased to find that the company also offers varieties of loose leaf tea.
Coyotes Coffee Roastery is a much-loved local favourite. They take their coffee seriously, micro-roasting their small batch coffee every week for guaranteed freshness, and prioritizing green bean sources with fair trade, organic and bird-friendly cultivation.
Creekmore’s Coffee is a family-run business that has been keeping Coombs caffeinated since 2000. They are a small batch, certified organic wholesale roastery, and you can try their coffee at their neighbouring coffee shop and espresso bar. They love sampling new crops from around the world, so while you can count on consistent flavour profiles in their popular blends, you can also look for new and exotic flavours as they experiment.
Karma Coffee is also a roaster in Coombs, and they claim to hold the title as B.C.’s first organic, ethically sourced coffee roasters. Founded in 1997 by two true coffee lovers, you can find their coffee at retailers across the island, or stop in to try and buy at their Coombs roaster location.