It's Possible to Buy Local, Even When It Comes to Coffee!

Winter is finally over (Yay!), and as you know, Quebec's climate does not provide ideal conditions for proper growth of coffee trees. Cocoa or pineapple also prefer warm and steamy temperatures.

Local businesses need to source elsewhere so we can enjoy these delicious ingredients in products that are well-thought-out and designed in Quebec. Café Napoléon is a family business based in Montreal. Since 1983, they have developed expertise in coffee selection and roasting. Learn more about the remarkable know-how of this local micro-roaster!

1. Harvest

Since coffee beans are not available in Quebec, the Café Napoléon team has carefully chosen the quality of its green coffees, harvested from different plantations around the world.


2. Roasting

Roasting is the art of broiling coffee beans to the right degree according to the aroma wanted. Lighter roasts such as brown coffee got fruit, flower or nut aromas, while dark coffees have notes of cocoa, smoke or toasted nuts. Café Napoléon’s expertise lies in blending flavours through different degrees of roasting to obtain unique and tasty blends.

3. Standards and Certifications

This is where Aliments du Québec comes into play, certifying their products “Aliments préparés au Québec” since they are processed and packaged here in our province. Their main ingredients also come from Quebec when they are available in sufficient quantities. The exception applies to "exotic" ingredients such as coffee beans, cocoa or pineapple. Café Napoléon also has a range of organic products certified “Aliments préparés au Québec - bio” and a range certified Rainforest Alliance, which makes them among the first roasters in Quebec to join this alliance for sustainable development.

4. Find Your Mix

On your hand, there is nothing simpler than to choose the Napoleon coffee that best suits your tastes! Forerunner of coffee categorization in Quebec, Café Napoléon classifies each of their coffees according to its own intensity levels: the Napoleon Index, which varies from dark to mild. Explore here.