I wouldn’t call myself a coffee connoisseur by any means but after travelling all over the world and tasting everything from espresso from the best cafes in Rome to hot coffee in a can from the vending machines of Hong Kong, I would say that I can probably identify a quality cup of coffee. After a long day of meetings in Canmore a few weeks ago, my boss and I decided to stop by the new coffee shop in town, RAVE Coffee. From the moment you step inside, it’s apparent that RAVE is more than just a coffee shop.
This roastery and cafe features a glass partition separating the coffee bar from the roaster allowing patrons to see the roastery in action. RAVE offers up a broad global selection of coffee beans sourced in small batches from small farms; this means that the farmers are paid more for their coffee and RAVE gets premium quality product.
The business itself is a branch of RAVE Coffee based in Cirencester in the United Kingdom. Dean Smolicz, an eight-year resident of Canmore, worked with the owners, his aunt and uncle, at the U.K. location before deciding to set up the sister roastery in Canmore in August 2014.
With single origin coffee, blends, espresso and more, not to mention a coffee subscription where you can receive a bag of freshly roasted coffee on a monthly basis delivered directly to your doorstep, RAVE is sure to become a staple for all of the Bow Valley’s coffee lovers.
Although the cafe was minutes away from closing when my boss and I stopped in, the staff were friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. This is a big part of RAVE’s vision, a commitment to supporting their staff and providing exceptional customer service. Overall, my experience at RAVE was great, and they definitely delivered a quality cup of coffee.
RAVE is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm and Saturday to Sunday from 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. They are located at 113-702 Bow Valley Trail in Canmore, Alberta. For more info on their coffee, location, subscriptions and more, check out their website at ravecoffee.ca.