Transcend scours the world’s top coffee producing regions for raw beans, which it roasts locally. So, Edmontonians can discuss the delicate notes of each brew like wine experts do. On their travels, owner Poul Mark and chef Chad Moss also discovered Latin American street cuisine, and now offer tasty snacks to go with that mildly fruity cup of La Joya. Whether it’s the coxinha (Brazilian chicken dumplings) or pao de queijo (tapioca cheese buns), old cuppa Joe has a new friend. –Steven Sandor
Serving Intelligentsia beans for a smooth single-origin coffee, each cup is freshly ground and individually brewed using the pour-over technique, allowing baristas to customize the taste. The lack of bitterness makes sugar and cream irrelevant here, and Credo Coffee’s adherence to sustainable social and environmental growing practices is apparent in the bean quality.-Caroline Barlott
Credo 104 – 10134 – 104 Street, Edmonton
Credo 124 – 10350 – 124 Street, Edmonton
Credo Enbridge Centre – 10162 – 100A Street, Edmonton
This coffee shop, located in an unremarkable Sherwood Park strip mall, uses Stumptown Coffee Roasters to make its cappuccinos with excellent precision. It serves artisanal sandwiches and pastries, using locally sourced ingredients. The colourfully decorated cafe features local artists’ work, both visual and musical, in a cozy seating, including a renovated vault from the building’s previous life as a bank. Patio seating at Cafe Haven in the summer is at a premium, especially during weekend brunch. –Omar Mouallem.
9 Sioux Rd., Sherwood Park
OK, be honest, have you taken your Christmas decorations down, yet?
57%They're packed away
6%Never had any up in the first place
This article appears in the March 2012 issue of Avenue Edmonton.