In a small store just across the river, Kitchissippi customers are discovering that the path to a healthy life always includes a decent cup of coffee. Now in its twentieth year of business, La Brûlerie in Gatineau serves 72 varieties of coffee, along with a huge selection of health foods, spices, and supplements.
“At the time we moved to this location, we were mostly a fine foods store with coffee, tea and accessories,” says owner Dominique Lauriault. The roastery buys its beans from suppliers in Montreal, who source the coffee from locations all over the world. La Brûlerie roasts over 70 tonnes of coffee per year, selling the beans to local businesses, grocery stores and participating in school fundraisers.
It was a keen interest in health foods and a diagnosis of ulcerative colitis that prompted Dominique to expand his store to include a variety of health and wellness products. Frustrated by the lack of medical treatment options for the disease, Dominique focused instead on nutrition to deal with his symptoms.
“I put an ad in the local newspaper [about my experience] and started having individuals come into the store to ask me how I’d gotten rid of my symptoms,” explains Dominique. Along with the support of Dr. Johanne Bégin, La Brûlerie’s in-house Naturopath, Dominique has helped many individuals recover from Crohn’s disease or colitis.
“The rules for a healthy lifestyle are variety in your diet, along with exercise and stress-control,” says Dominique. “Everything is OK in moderation.”
If variety is the key, then La Brûlerie has it all – delicious local ice cream, teas, fresh herbs and spices, a drool-worthy selection of groceries and even some local craft beers. New offerings include kombucha on tap and a nitrogen-infused cold coffee, the appearance of which resembles a creamy stout. The flavours and aromas, normally oxidized by heat, make this coffee an exquisite tasting experience.
With so many products to choose from, customers can expect helpful and friendly staff to provide guidance and answer questions. La Brûlerie is more than just a health food store – customers travel near and far for the staff’s expert advice, high-quality goods, and a fantastic cup of coffee.
69 Boulevard St. Joseph,
Ph | 819.778.0109
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