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Cold hands and hot coffee!

Thy, November 23, 2023

Credit : La Brulerie d'ici, Rimouski @Mathieu Dupuis

Coffee is always good. But it's even better when your feet are frozen, your nose is dripping and your mood is foggy.

A few drops of espresso are enough to transport us into a second state. If, on top of that, you find yourself in a place with the sweet smell of coffee roasting and vaguely jazz music, then it's guaranteed to warm you up!

Here are few addresses that serve happiness in a cup, and much more!

La Brûlerie d'ici, Rimouski

Am I the only one imagining myself in a French film when I visit this café? Opened 25 years ago, La Brûlerie d'ici has the decor of a European bistro, but in the heart of downtown Rimouski.

Under the dark woodwork, you can sip freshly roasted coffee from meticulously selected beans. This is the kind of place where coffee is not just a drink, but an art.

What's more? Marie-Ève, the owner, is as warm as the bowls she serves (and has been since high school!).

Credit : La Brulerie d'ici, Rimouski @Mathieu Dupuis

Chez Casgrain, Kamouraska

When La Fée gourmande chocolate factory announced its move, Elaine Bossé immediately saw the opportunity to realize her and her partner's dream of opening a café in the courtyard of the magnificent historic house where she'd grown up.

Still in its infancy, Chez Casgrain poured its first full-bodied juice in 2022, but word spreads fast. And not just in the village! In a cosy setting, the couple offers a black nectar from a Rimouski roaster.

As one of the few year-round businesses in Kamouraska, it's the place to go when you want to forget yourself for a few hours.

Credit : Chez Casgrain, Kamouraska

Coco Latté, Rivière-du-Loup

Of course, this playful, family-run café is known to delight the little ones, with its self-service games and hot chocolates covered in multicolored candies. But this Louperiv address doesn't skimp on the quality of the potions it serves to wake up the sleep-deprived moms and dads.

Lovers of creamy lattes and golden milks have long since added Coco Latté to their daily routine or walk down rue Lafontaine. The grown-ups have a right to be pampered, too!

We also go there to grab a healthy snack under the chirping of the little ones.

Credit : Coco Latté, Rivière-du-Loup

Pâtisseries & Gourmandises d'Olivier, Rimouski

The name of this Rimouski business juxtaposes two of my favorite words in the dictionary. It also brings together several of my favorite taste buds. Its menu of pure butter pastries and refined desserts simply doesn't make sense!

Olivier, the French-born baker was a finalist at the last Société des chefs cuisiniers et pâtissiers du Québec gala.

Sober without being cold, the place leaves plenty of room for the nobility of its sweet creations. In any case, you can savor every bite with your eyes closed!

I'll definitely be stopping by before Christmas to try his blackcurrant and chestnut log.

Credit : Pâtisseries et gourmandises d'Olivier, Rimouski

Fée gourmande, Chocolaterie, Kamouraska

In summer, people line up down the street to lick their sorbets and soft creams with decadent dips.

In winter, even with the ice cream machine unplugged, Kamouraska's very friendly la Fée gourmande chocolate shop remains open for gossip with girlfriends, telecommuting sessions or afternoon cravings.

For a change from the traditional "wine and cheese", why not try a "coffee and chocolate" tasting? With so many flavors to discover, your blood caffeine level may well reach a record high.

Watch out for palpitations!

Credit : Fée gourmande Chocolaterie, Kamouraska @JHAphotographie

La Maison de Jean-Baptiste, Saint-Denis-de La Bouteillerie

Among the sacred sites that have benefited from a happy conversion in recent years is the presbytery of Saint-Denis-de La Bouteillerie.

In 2020, an inn opened its doors in the sumptuous white residence, and a coffee shop now operates year-round.

In addition to warming your heart with a steaming beverage from Brûlerie du Kamouraska, you can also enjoy lunch, dinner or a snack.

A must on your list of emergency refreshment points... and places to relax.

Credit : La Maison de Jean-Baptiste, Saint-Denis-de La Bouteillerie

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