Finding Your Black Sun
Coffee culture in “the Hat”
No visit to Medicine Hat would be complete
without a bona fide coffee crawl. As you
explore our beautiful city and all it has to offer,
take time to indulge in a progressive tour of
three out of our five independent coffee shops,
each with its own personality and specialties
of the house and all within walking distance
of each other in our historic city centre.
Chat with a barista as they create cappuccino and latte art or draw you the perfect shot of espresso from locally roasted beans. Travelling from café to café you will feel the rich local culture of the sunniest city in Canada. Dive into our coffee culture and discover what makes each café worth a return trip during your stay.
- Rich and indulgent cappuccino & latte art
- Impeccably drawn single shots of espresso
- French press or pour over of locally roasted beans
Tours would include three of our five unique coffee providers, each offering their own spin on coffee culture.
Begin at Mad Hatter’s Roastery at 10:30am and...
Witness coffee beans freshly roasted and transformed into a cup of coffee before your eyes. Sample three different bean varieties and have an explanation of the roasting process. Have a ‘cupping’ experience of light, medium and dark roasts and learn the differences in their characteristics and taste. What goes along with good coffee? Fresh baking! Nibble on a variety of baked goods over your unique cup of coffee. (30 minutes)
Find your muse at Inspire Café!
This café is a functioning artist studio and gallery. Have a guided tour with the owner and get insightful looks at her paintings as well as those of other local artists. Much of their food is made in-house and there is opportunity to try whatever might be on the menu that day. (20 minutes)
They’re waiting for you at Station Coffee Company.
Have a seat at the long coffee table and be served two caffeinated and two non-caffeinated beverages. Everything is made in-house from the chocolate and vanilla syrup to the baked goods. Hear about how the Station Coffee Company came into being and learn tips and tricks on how to make an exceptional coffee. (20 minutes)
Conclude the tour at the Esplanade. Bring your coffee into the museum and learn about the history of Medicine Hat from railway town to the local engineering of military drones. (30+ minutes)
Along the way and afterward.
After your walk through historical downtown you might feel ready for lunch. We suggest the Heartwood Café for delicious , locally sourced ingredients. Across the bridge is Zucchini Blossom where they serve fresh- made food and have a gourmet grocery too.