On August 26, 2014, Burger King purchased Tim Hortons. The chain became a subsidiary of the Oakville-based holding company Restaurant Brands International on December 15, 2014, which is majority-owned by Brazilian investment firm 3G Capital. Like most Canadians we loved our Tim Hortons, but since this we have been searching for alternatives. You can’t go wrong with your local shops so support them.
Founded in 2008 in Toronto, they are a publicly traded company. They have over 150 types of teas, including exclusive blends, limited edition seasonal collections, traditional straight teas and exotic infusions from around the globe. Not to mention the largest collection of organic teas and infusions in North America. They have locations all across Canada.
Founded in 2004 in Victoria BC. Discovery Coffee hand select their green beans from farmers all over the world and roast them in-house, at their freshest. By roasting in small batches and pairing beans to specific brew methods, they introduce their customers to new coffees and unique brews every day. Available in their 5 locations in Victoria BC as well as their online store.
Kicking Horse Coffee
In 1996, two young entrepreneurs moved to Invermere BC and started roasting small batches of good coffee beans in their garage. Their coffee is Organic, Fairtrade, and roasted in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Their coffee can be bought online and across Canada.
John Murchie moved to the West Coast from Scotland and opened their first location in 1894. He became familiar with the types of teas the Queen preferred and as his knowledge of tea grew, he started experimenting with blending teas on his own. The art of blending tea has been passed down along with his dedication to providing the best quality products. With over 130 varieties of tea and 25 coffee roasts, they have something for everyone. It can be bought from 9 locations in the Greater Victoria and Vancouver area as well as their online store.
Second Cup Coffee Co.
Second Cup is the largest Canadian specialty coffee retailer, proudly serving premium coffee and great opportunities since 1975. Their expertly handcrafted beverages are made using the highest grade of specialty Arabica coffees that come from some of the most socially and environmentally conscious farms around the globe. They are headquartered in Mississauga and have stores across Canada.