I first tried No. 6 coffee originally when I was at The Beltliner in Calgary. They had No.6 as their feature roaster for the month. I enjoyed the coffee so much I bought a few bags of it. So when we decided to head to Nelson, I knew we had to stop by and check them out.
Our first stop when we arrived in Nelson was No. 6 Coffee Co., when we walked into their location it smelt so delicious. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly roasted beans.
When you walk in you first notice a very minimal vibe going on. White walls with murals and a splash of color in one corner. Very simple clean lines everywhere. The murals were done by Chelsea Freyta, an artist that has some serious skill.
They have a couple shelves of product for sale just on the left side when you enter, on the right side there is a small seating area with the bar. They are a stay and enjoy your beverage kind of place, they don’t have any to-go cups in their shop. At the back to the left there is a bunch of un-roasted beans with their roasting machine and their packaging area to the right.
Denis told us that they were celebrating their second year in this location and before that they roasted in an apartment. Currently they roast two days a week and then they do a cupping on the second day. They really do this because they love what they do and it all started by roasting using a popcorn machine and working their way up to the roaster that they now use.
I ordered an Ethiopian Pour Over for $3.25 and it was absolutely delicious. As we were talking with Denis, we had the opportunity to sample their Cold Brew and it was so deliciously smooth. It looks like it is Nitro-infused but it is not. It was extremely refreshing.
Nor my daughter or I have ever been a fan of Cold Brew and this was so good that we both could have drank a whole glass.
I did buy some beans to take home with me. I bought the following:
Backcountry Espresso (Brazil • Colombia • Ethiopia natural • India)
The espresso proved a bit on the darker side, with flavors of cloves, and honey, though I’m not one who has much love for darker roasts, this espresso actually grew on me and proved overall delicious.
Nouveau Espresso (Brazil • Sumatra • Ethiopia natural • Honduras)
This espresso proved to be on the sweeter side of things. I found this one a lot creamier than the Backcountry espresso. The tastes were more subtle in this one. More chocolate tones with a hint of vanilla.
They only roast the highest quality coffee sourced from family run farms and independent co-ops. Paying above and beyond Fair Trade minimums.
When we arrived Denis was roasting and answered our questions between doing things. It was so nice being able to hear their store of where they started to where they are now and where they want to be in the future. As we were talking we noticed that a bunch of people would come in and enjoy a beverage and then leave, but as they were leaving more would come in, it was nice and steady.
Monday to Wednesday – 9:00AM – 2:00PM
Thursday to Saturday – 9:00AM – 3:00PM
Sunday – Closed
There are a limited amount of spots in their little parking lot. If you are driving a big truck like I do, it was very tight. So maybe park down the street.
I am thankful that we were able to sit and take some time and talk to Denis and his guys about their story and be able to try their coffee right from the source. They are truly an amazing company and if you have the chance to try their coffee, do it, you won’t regret it.
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