The match made in heaven I’m referring to is of course, Chocolate and Coffee.
Whether its French Pressed at home or in the office, or ‘Cowboy’ style over a campfire, coffee is in our everyday routine. No time for mochaccinos, frappuccinos, caramel drizzles and whip; In the mountains, we like it straight up. We buy local and organic most often, and grind it fresh every morning. Again, BC shines on the shelves with a few amazing local options. Our go-to for years has been Kicking Horse Coffee, from Invermere BC. They produce fair trade, organic coffee and are committed to building a better community through countless event sponsorships and environmental activism. They kick ass.
We’re pretty stoked on a new emerging coffee roaster from our home town of Kimberley, BC, and though we may be a tad bit biased, we believe that Steam Donkey can go toe to toe with the best of’em. The self proclaimed ‘mom and pop joint’ is the BCs newest coffee roaster and they are already making the Kootenays proud. Their principle is Direct Trade – they go to the source and build relationships with the farmers. They roast their beans in a small factory in downtown Kimberley and sell directly to local merchants. Their ‘Underground’ dark roast is fueling me as it happens. Watch out for Steam Donkey!
A square (or five) of good quality, dark chocolate is the perfect reward at trails’ end. We always have a few bars in our packs and we’ve done our fair share of product testing. It just so happens that our absolute favorites are made right here in British Columbia, these local goodies are a must try!
Denman Island Chocolate Co. on the Gulf Islands of BC makes delicious chocolate with pure cacao and organic ingredients. Aside from the incredible chocolate, we applaud their commitment to the environment, evident in their recycled packaging and low impact production. We love Denman Islands’ – Espresso Chunk, or Razzle Dazzle.
Our other favorite comes from the heart of the BC Rocky Mountains, in Fernie. Beanpod Chocolate produces their treats the old fashioned way. They take every step from buying the cacao beans whole – directly from farmers in South and Central America – to roasting, crushing, and melting the beans in their authentic 100year old machines. If you stop in to Beanpod while in Fernie, prepare to walk out with a stomach full of samples and a bag full of bars. The owners are passionate about their product and will gladly share and demonstrate the chocolate making process, a deliciously educational experience! There are many to chose from but our favorites from Beanpod are the Trans Rockies Bar and the Italian Bar.
Do yourself a favor and try the BC coffee and chocolate that we are crazy about, you wont be sorry!
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