Iconoclast Koffiehuis (or Iconoclast Coffee for sake of spelling) is Edmonton’s newest cafe. I had a chance to visit the shop last week and talk to the owner, Ryan Arcand, about the coffee, the space, and Edmonton’s growing food scene. The space is open to the public and Ryan expects to be fully functioning by their grand opening date, May 3. There’s so much to write about, I don’t even know where to start!
Let’s start with Iconoclast. It’s not new to Edmonton by any means, its previous roasting location on 118 Ave. The local roast had been almost exclusively sold to Cafe Leva up until last November, and now has its own coffee bar right behind the Staples in Oliver Square. There’s only one road to get to the industrial-style building, so make sure you make that turn onto 105 Ave! Currently their coffee can be found in numerous restaurants including (but not limited to): the Culina family, Blue Plate Diner, Cafe Bicyclette, and RGE RD. Work is being done on selling the roast at groceries stores Family Foods on Jasper and Wild Earth Foods in the future.
Walking into the shop, I was immediately surprised by how big the space was. It’s essentially a warehouse! Front and center is the coffee bar, made of fully reclaimed materials. Two large roll-up bay windows let in beautiful natural light and Ryan plans to open up the doors during summer hours. Would make for a fantastic space to relax! Open ceilings and concrete floors add to the industrial feel.
A few customers were grabbing coffees to go, mostly workers next door or in the area. Word hasn’t gotten too far that the space is open yet! In the mean time, I checked out the display of Pinto chocolates and truffles. Gorgeous, and equally delicious as I bought a box of 4 to eat later. Business partner, and girlfriend, Sjoukje Bouma, studied in Belgium and will be selling bean-to-bar items in the space. A corner in the back of the warehouse is already in the works to become her designated work area. Another section of the space is currently being rented to the food truck, Local Omnivore. By May, they will be offering breakfast and lunch items (sandwiches and soups) for Iconoclast Coffee.
One of the neatest corners of the space is the roasting facility! Ryan plans to keep everything open so patrons can see exactly what’s going on. Coffee beans will be shipping in and roasts will be coming out as you drink your coffee, making the whole coffee experience really unique.
I’m not a coffee connoisseur, (not by a long shot!) but I know I definitely enjoyed their latte and raspberry granola bar. When the placed cleared of customers, Ryan and I had a good chat about Edmonton’s growing food scene. Having only moved to Edmonton in 2007, he’s noticed quite the change: the continued growth of 104 St and Whyte Ave (both anchored by farmer’s markets) and most recently, the expansion of restaurants and businesses in Oliver Square, 124 St, and down over to Boonie Doon (opening of Cafe Bicyclette). Along with that, we talked about Edmonton’s local roasts, few compared to the likes of Calgary and Vancouver. I’m glad to hear that more restaurants are partnering with Iconoclast Coffee! Supporting local food and businesses is what helps the city grow!
With a few tables set up already, you can come enjoy a cup of the local roast! Or play a game of chess or darts. Or maybe challenge Ryan to a game of ping pong, the table given to them from the Culina Family. Absolutely loved the relaxed feel of the space. Iconoclast Coffee will host private events, such as weddings, working with Culina Family for catering services. The space can hold up to 150 people, making what I predict will be the next Mercer! Really hope it will be used for food events! Super excited for their grand opening, scheduled for May 3, 2014. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter for details!Iconoclast Koffiehuis (Iconoclast Coffee)
11807B – 105 Ave