A gig as a barista in Edinburgh, Scotland led Taylor Epp to open The Mad Hatter Coffee Community Café in Inglewood. The large and whimsical cafe focuses on reducing waste, community collaborations and sustainable practices. Paradise Mountain Organic Coffee, roasted in Calgary, is served in a variety of options including take-home beans in your own container, ground onsite or at home. Bring in your own mug and receive a discount, or take your coffee or tea to go in a compostable bamboo cup. Since opening in September, Mad Hatter has started doing evening events like art nights that allow you to paint on the walls. A small selection of art supplies is available at no cost, board games are free to use in the cafe and the Cheshire Market featuring Alberta-made products offers some great finds for holiday gifting. But that’s not all. A delicious, simple vegetarian breakfast and lunch menu with rotating soups du jour has been created by local chef, farmer and mushroom forager Rodrigo Campos, who has extensive experience in vegan and vegetarian cooking. Campos forages on behalf of local chefs, works with Untamed Feast and creates recipes for Just Bite Me, a healthy meal-prep service where he and Epp first met. We dropped in this fall for a coffee and a chat to learn all about this cool new concept. The daily soup and salted caramel affogato (made with Noto Gelato) knocked our socks off. Great food, delicious beverages, specials, deals and happy-hour prices are just a few of the reasons we’ll be back.
The Mad Hatter Coffee Community | 917 9th Ave. S.E. | themadhatteryyc.com
Editor’s note: The Mad Hatter Coffee Community has temporarily closed (early 2023)