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article imageOp-Ed: Karma Coffee Canada — A Vancouver Island success story

By C. Schroeder     Aug 1, 2012 in Business
While Coombs may be famous for its Goats on the Roof, the sweet smell of success radiating from Coombs these days is coming straight from the Karma Coffee House - aka Karma Coffee Canada.
Founded in 1997, rave reviews for this locally owned coffee roastery are spreading across Canada. Long known on Vancouver Island as the coffee connoisseurs with a conscience, Karma Coffee Canada’s popularity has been growing by leaps and bounds as of late. Staunch supporters of the Salvation Army (every like of their Facebook page increases their donations to the Salvation Army), the Nepal Library Foundation, and Child Haven International, Karma Coffee Canada is finding fans from Tofino to Charlottetown to the Northwest Territories.
As word spreads of their Canadian certified organic, ethically sourced quirky blends, fans have been flocking to find Karma Coffee Canada in their own neighborhoods. From Edmonton’s hottest new vegan cafe The Clever Rabbit to the sea sailors at Tofino Sea Kayaking, Canadians are embracing the aromatic blends coming out of the tiny town of Coombs. With bravado blends like their Karma Xtreme or their milder medium dark Canuck blend, it is no wonder that Vancouver Islanders are turning to Karma Coffee Canada to pump them up (caffeine speaking, of course). Rob and Melanie, the team behind Karma Coffee Canada even create specialty roasts only available when you come to the roastery. If you have a special event or fundraiser, they can create blends to your specifications!
Tours of Karma Coffee Canada s roasting facility are available
Tours of Karma Coffee Canada's roasting facility are available
Image Courtesy of Karma Coffee Canada
Not only are the beans Karma uses certified organic, so is their roasting facility in Coombs. Each year the Karma Coffee Canada roasting facility undergoes a rigorous audit to ensure they are exceeding Canadian organic standards. From the time their beans leave the farmers’ fields until they are retailed from Karma Coffee Canada’s roasting facility, each step of the distribution process is 100% certified organic. How many coffee creators can boast such attention to detail? Their use of beans that are either shade grown, bird friendly, frog friendly, or fair trade is truly evidence of a commitment to excellence. Their 'transparent' approach to business, even conducting tours of their facility, makes them refreshingly unique.
Karma Coffee Canada s old fashioned outdoor patio; a nod to the way Coombs used to be.
Karma Coffee Canada's old fashioned outdoor patio; a nod to the way Coombs used to be.
Image Courtesy of Karma Coffee Canada
With a superb product, a commitment to their community, and a quirky coffee shop that is an experience all on its own (antique pumps perfect for picture poses), it is no wonder that word is spreading of this Vancouver Island success story. Watching them roasting your next bag of coffee while you are sipping on your favorite brew in their coffee house is enough to make you an instant fan. If those goats on the roof in Coombs are looking a little jumpier than usual, it very well could be that they have been inhaling the delicious coffee fumes emanating from Karma Coffee Canada.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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