5 Best Specialty Coffee Roasters in Montréal (Ranked & Rated)

There is an abundance of wonderful and freshly roasted specialty coffee to be explored across Montréal. Dozens of coffee roasters are using their craft to serve Montréal with some of the best single origin coffee in the world.

Here are the five best coffee roasters in Montréal that every coffee enthusiast must try. We’ve taken into consideration the roaster’s specialty selection variety and overall customer satisfaction.

Coffee roasterNo. of single origin coffeesNo. of cultivarsNo. of origin countries
Escape Coffee Roasters161410
Zab Coffee Roaster8137
Dispatch Coffee9155
Brûlerie FARO1079
CANAL Roasters675

1. Escape Coffee Roasters

Escape Coffee Roasters undoubtedly offers the best selection of specialty coffee in Montréal. Specifically, coffee lovers get to choose from 16 single origin roasts, including 5 natural, 9 washed and 2 honey processed. There’s something for everyone.

They also source more than a dozen unique cultivars, which is more than most coffee roasters you’ll find in the city or across the country.

We appreciate the variety of subscription packages that allow customers to add some personalization to their order while still experiencing the huge selection of coffee Escape offers.

Coffee recommendation

We recommend El Capitain from El Salvador. It’s a Red Bourbon varietal made using an anaerobic natural processing method, which brings out tasty fruit-packed flavours and aromas, such as apricot and clementine.

Average rating5.0 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coffee bag sizes300g, 1.5kg, 3kg
Price range$21.00-$182.00 CAD
Processing methodsWashed, Yellow Honey, Natural Anaerobic, Washed & Fermented, Honey, Natural Carbonic Maceration
Bean cultivarsTypica, Red Bourbon, Heirloom, Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai, SL28, SL34, Ruiru 11, Batian, Bourbon, Caturra, Mundo Novo, Maragogype, Colombia
Number of cultivars14
Bean originsGuatemala, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, Kenya, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Honduras, Peru
Number of origins10
Number of single origins16 total (5 natural, 9 washed, 2 honey)
Subscription availableYes, starting from $50.00 CAD
Address1420 Notre-Dame St W, Montreal, Quebec H3C 1K9
Emaildavid@escape.cafe
Phone514-246-5634
Websitehttps://www.escape.cafe/
Operating hoursWeekdays: 8am-5pm
Weekends: 9am-5pm

Reviews

The best coffe shop in Griffin town, these guys put a love in how they prepare your coffee. There’s a super chill and cool vibe in the store. Don’t get fooled by the store it self THIS is the place for you real coffe needs.

Arkid, from Google

Such an incredible location, along with some of the best specialty coffee in town.

Simon, from Google

2. Zab Coffee Roaster

Zab Coffee Roaster is without question one of the top specialty coffee roasters in Montréal. They offer an impressive number of cultivar varieties for coffee lovers to try – 13 to be exact.

Whether you enjoy washed or natural coffee, Zab has something for everyone. It doesn’t hurt that they are the highest rated coffee roaster in the city as well. Customers agree that Zab is a must-visit.

We love the incredible degree of transparency they share around their source producers. You can easily learn the official cupping score for each source coffee, FAB, farmgate price and duration of their relationship with each producer.

It’s also a nice feature that they offer 17 grind sizes for each specific brewing device. For example, you can order ground for V60, Kalitta or filter coffee.

Coffee recommendation

We recommend Mariano Blanco from Costa Rica. It’s a naturally processed Gesha and SL28 cultivar that pops with peach and vanilla. This high-altitude coffee scored an incredibly high 89 quality score. It’s not easy finding something this tasty anywhere.

Average rating5.0 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coffee bag sizes340g, 2lb, 5lb
Price range$19.50-$135.00 CAD
Processing methodsFully Washed, Natural
Bean cultivarsPache San Ramon, Gesha, SL28, Heirloom, Red Catuai, Yellow Catuai, Mundo Novo, Caturra, Maragogype, Colombia, Castillo, Batian, Ruiru 11
Number of cultivars13
Bean originsGuatemala, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Brazil, Nicaragua, Colombia, Kenya
Number of origins7
Number of single origins8 total (3 natural, 5 washed)
Subscription availableYes, starting from $19.50 CAD
Address6201 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2S 2R8
Emailshop@zabcafe.com
Phone514-357-8437
Websitehttps://zabcafe.com/
Operating hoursWeekdays: 8am-5pm
Weekends: 9am-5pm

Reviews

After seeing their beans around town I decided to pay a visit to their cafe. Not disappointed – the service was great, they had an interesting selection of espresso dialled in, and their staff were very knowledgeable and friendly.

Jakin, from Google

Microroaster with great beans. They have a small selection or light snacks but as a coffeeshop this is one you go to for the coffee. Beans are also available in bulk if you bring your own container.

Peter, from Google

3. Dispatch Coffee

Dispatch Coffee is an excellent roastery and cafe located throughout Montréal. They source beans from an impressive 9 origin countries, with more than a dozen unique cultivars.

This means coffee lovers have a good selection to try. However, only one of the 9 single origin roasts is processed naturally. This may be a drawback for specialty coffee fans who love a fruity and floral morning cup.

We appreciate Dispatch’s exceptional transparency with regards to where their beans are sourced from. Customers get to learn when the beans arrived at Dispatch, how long the producer has been a Dispatch partner. Plus, detailed and thoughtful stories about each partner producer.

Coffee recommendation

We recommend Santa Margarita from Guatemala. It’s a single origin Gesha varietal from a moderately high altitude of about 1,700 MASL. This results in the bean bursting with mouthwatering floral and fruity flavours.

The Gesha cultivar can’t be produced at a very large scale, making it a sought-after coffee for enthusiasts to get their hands on.

Average rating4.5 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coffee bag sizes180g, 333g
Price range$19.50-$24.50 CAD
Processing methodsWashed, Natural
Bean cultivarsGesha, Caturra, Colombia, Castillo, Typica, Heirloom, IH-90, Pluma Hidalgo, Catimor, Sarchimor, Pacas, Ihcafe-90, Lempira, Parainnema, Catuai
Number of cultivars15
Bean originsGuatemala, Colombia, Honduras, Ethiopia, Mexico
Number of origins5
Number of single origins9 total (1 natural, 8 washed)
Subscription availableYes, starting at $126.00 CAD
Address267 Rue St. Zotique O, Montreal QC H2V 1A4
EmailUnknown
Phone514-504-2351
Websitehttps://dispatchcoffee.ca/
Operating hoursVaries by location

Reviews

Roasted on premises coffee!! How can you not ♥️ that? I had two different Ethiopian coffees prepared two ways (filter drip and cortado), both superb! The aromas of fresh roasted coffee while also drinking coffee was a sensory overload, but amazing for a coffee lover. The staff is super friendly and I enjoyed talking about coffee with them!

Matt, from Google

Simply the best coffee in the city. Ethically sourced and perfectly made new wave style coffee. The cafe itself is like the corner of a coffee roasting factory because that’s what it is but it’s always bustling and offers a nice patio during the warm season.

Andrew, from Google

4. Brûlerie FARO Roasting Houses

Brûlerie FARO Roasting Houses is an excellent roaster that offers a great variety of single origin beans for specialty coffee lovers.

Of their 10 single origin coffees, two are naturally processed and two are honey processed, the rest are washed. This gives every coffee enthusiast something to enjoy.

We also love how Brûlerie FARO sources some beans from women producers of AMACA.

Coffee recommendation

We recommend Sabanilla De Alajuela from Costa Rica. They’re black honey processed beans, which means they were fermented with the mucilage intact. This brings out naturally sweet and fresh fruit flavours, such as strawberries and raspberries.

Average rating4.7 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coffee bag sizes454g, 908g
Price range$20.90-$34.00 CAD
Processing methodsWashed, Natural, Black Honey, Yellow Honey
Bean cultivarsColombia, Castillo, Caturra, Catuai, Bourbon, Pacamara, Typica
Number of cultivars7
Bean originsColombia, Ethiopia, Burundi, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Peru
Number of origins9
Number of single origins10 total (2 natural, 6 washed, 2 honey)
Subscription availableYes, starting at $19.86 CAD
Address930 Rue Blais, Sherbrooke Quebec, J1K2B7 Canada
Emailsupport@cafefaro.com
Phone877-564-8844
Websitehttps://bruleriesfaro.com/
Operating hoursWeekdays: 8am-8pm
Weekends: 10am-6pm

Reviews

I never get disappointed here, have bought coffee to go or beans or even say down there for a nice cuppa. I messed up the order and barista was very kind to humour my request. Must go there if you are around the area or just visit for some nice cup of coffee and some delicious looking treats.

Piyush, from Google

Very great ambiance and great variety mix of coffee beans. The staff are really nice and friendly. I love to get my coffee beans there if I am in the area. Don’t forget to bring the bag back to get a discount on certain coffee beans.

Maggie, from Google

5. CANAL Roasters

CANAL Roasters is one of the newer coffee roasters in Montréal, started by three friends with experience in the cafe business. They offer a variety of excellent roasts that are quickly positioning them among Montréal’s top roasters.

Their coffee selection is not as large as other more established roasters. But what they have done is curated an excellent roster of single origin beans that are roasted to near perfection.

Fruity and floral coffee fans will love that four of their six single origin coffees are naturally processed. CANAL is a highly recommended choice among locals and worth the visit.

Coffee recommendation

We recommend Arrayan from Colombia. This naturally processed Caturra is packed with red berry aromas and flavours. It’s a delicious single origin sourced from 1850 MASL in the Caldas region.

Average rating5.0 stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Coffee bag sizes300g, 1kg
Price range$16.00-$63.00 CAD
Processing methodsNatural, Washed
Bean cultivarsYellow Catuai, Caturra, Heirloom, Bourbon, Geisha, Javanica, Pache
Number of cultivars7
Bean originsBrazil, Colombia, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Honduras
Number of origins5
Number of single origins6 total (4 natural, 2 washed)
Subscription availableNo
Address3780 Saint-Patrick St., Montreal, Quebec H4E 1A2
Emailinfo@cafecanal.ca
Phone438-395-1545
Websitehttps://cafecanal.ca/
Operating hoursUnknown

Reviews

The Grand Trunk is my current daily drink (Chemex or Aeropress both make for a great cup), with the Bellatrix alternating in when I’m feeling it. Both are nice black, cut a splash of milk brilliantly, and the consistency between batches has been good.

Garrett, from Google

Some of the most delicious coffee I have tasted. Currently drinking the Lily & Oli blend. Fantastic!

Daniel, from Google

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