Iconoclast Koffiehuis

by Cindy

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!

Storefront

Storefront

Koffiehuis

Koffiehuis

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.

Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar and Bay Doors

Coffee Bar and Bay Doors

Coffee Bar

Coffee Bar

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.

Pinto Chocolates

Pinto Chocolates

Pinto Chocolates

Pinto Chocolates

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.

Roaster

Roaster

Packaging

Packaging

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.

Iconoclast Coffee

Iconoclast Coffee

Latte and Raspberry Granola Bar

Latte and Raspberry Granola Bar

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!

Chessboard

Chessboard

Justin and Ryan Arcand Playing Ping Pong

Justin and Ryan Arcand Playing Ping Pong

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)
www.iconoclast.com
11807B – 105 Ave
(780) 996-8945

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4 comments

Only Here for the Food » Blog Archive » Food Notes for April 7, 2014 April 7, 2014 - 11:07 PM

[…] Mack and I both have Iconoclast Koffiehuis (11807B 105 Ave) on our list to check out – it was nice to get a peek inside from Cindy. […]

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LET'S OM NOM. - Recap: RGE RD Farm Dinner - Natures Green Acres August 19, 2014 - 7:33 AM

[…] meal finished off with coffee offerings from Iconoclast Koffiehuis (a local fave of mine!) and tea. The whole trip was amazing and a completely different feel from […]

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Kayne December 13, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Just discovered this Shop today. Hidden Gem

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Iconoclast Coffee Sponsors The 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships | Edmonton Table Tennis Club August 25, 2016 - 3:34 PM

[…] We’re happy to announce Iconoclast Coffee as a sponsor for the 2016 Edmonton Open Table Tennis Championships.  Iconoclast is owned and operated by Edmonton Table Tennis Club (ETTC) member and avid ping ponger Ryan Arcand.  We are grateful to Ryan for once again sponsoring (and competing in!) our annual tournament.  Now you can get a great cup of coffee at two locations in Edmonton:  11807B 105 Avenue and 11523 100 Avenue at Le Marchand.  Read more about Iconoclast on the Local Good, Globe and Mail and Let’s Om Nom. […]

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