Ten years of hard work paying off for local coffee company

Staff Reporter

Barry’s Bay- When Neil and Sarah Wright first began roasting coffee at home, they attracted a loyal following of friends and acquaintances who appreciated the superior flavour of the coffee they produced. It was not long before demand for that coffee lead to the establishment of Madawaska Coffee Co. Now thanks to lots and lots of hard work, some good planning and a growing talent pool of loyal, customer service oriented staff, Neil and Sarah have together grown the once fledgling company into a thriving business that now ships coffee worldwide.

At present, the company offers fifteen different types of small batch roasted coffee including various light, dark, bold, and decaf varieties. A few of the varieties with names like “Confluence” and “Tributaries” offer an homage to the river culture of the Madawaska Valley, while others like Uganda Bugisu Mount Elgon, and Tanzania Arusha Mount Kilimanjaro hint at the international nature of their coffee sourcing.

Most people locally are aware of their coffee shop on Opeongo Line in Barry’s Bay. Tucked behind that location is an understated but very successful small commercial roastery that supplies the coffee enjoyed by retail and wholesale customers.

In addition to the steady stream of coffee lovers who have been visiting the café each day since it opened in May of 2019, the Wrights and their team have grown a wholesale operation that supplies 250 commercial clients from across Ontario and around the world.

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  • terryvnd May 4, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    congrats! Wonderful neighbours too.