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My favourite haunts that provide a little inspiration…

September 10, 2011

This post is as relevant today as it was the day I originally wrote it (August 10, 2007). Coffee remains to be a mainstay in my world. Although my taste has grown and become a bit more refined, I still visit these great little shops when I get a chance. MaKenzie Coles Coffee is a fabulous knitting/studying/writing shop in Saskatoon and Roca Jack’s is a fabulous experience of eclectic personalities mixed with great service and some of the best java in Regina. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Until next time,

Happy stitching and sipping!

(Next time I shall post some knitting related adventures!)


One of my favourite things to do is to sit back, relax and have a very good cup of steaming hot coffee. The curls of steam finding their way into waiting nostrils signal a euphoric response that is welcomed and embraced, no matter the weather, the temperature or the season. Spring, summer, winter and fall are filled with perfect days for enjoying the nectar of the gods; the breath of life; giver of “awakeness” (insert other cool catch phrases here!). Most of us NEED coffee, we CRAVE coffee and embark on a daily QUEST to get our fix. It might be one of the most addictive substances, but also the most enjoyable.

Since our move to Saskatoon a few years ago, I have taken to embarking on a personal quest to discover this cities caffeinated haunts. As a recent implant to Saskatoon, it is taking a while for me to familiarize myself with all the coffee shops and roasting houses that offer up a delectable selection of the bean of the gods. However, I think I have at least made a dent and to date Mackenzie Cole’s is my favourite – at least in my neighbourhood.

Mackenzie Coles Coffee, 815A Gray Avenue (corner of Gray and Central, just north of the railroad tracks). Saskatoon’s Sutherland subdivision began life as a “CPR Town”, where the trans-continental railroad serviced its locomotives and prepared trains for destinations along the mainline and branch lines. Mackenzie Cole Coffee brings coffee enthusiasts a good place to stop and rest on the east side of the city – much further east and these guys would be out-of-town! They get their coffees from Globe Coffee in Toronto.

Mackenzie Coles Coffee is a great little shop close to my new home which I frequent often. However, whenever I return to Regina, Roca Jack’s is one of my first stops. It will remain forever at the top of my list of great and un-surpassed haunts that offer up a delectable menu of great conversation, not diet-friendly treats and a number of flavours of the bean that we worship. The nice thing about RJ’s is that they also sell the beans they brew and one can leave with a little taste of heaven to enjoy at home on those rare occasions where one is unable to take in the eclectic atmosphere of this quaint little paradise.

There may be other haunts in Saskatoon, but I’ve not enjoyed them as much as that above. My memory is now turning to the places that hold a dear spot in my heart from my true home town, Regina, Saskatchewan.


Roca Jack’s Coffee House, 1939 Scarth Street and another on 13th Avenue and formerly of the University of Regina – location in Campion College. An excellent espresso bar and roastery, situated in the heart of Regina’s downtown, across from scenic Victoria Park and just a block away from the historic Hotel Saskatchewan. Not only will you get a great coffee, you can grab a delicious and healthy lunch or snack at the same time. This is a sure place to indulge your thirst for both coffee and the most eclectic and awesome group of people engaged in conversations ranging from politics to the state of the arts in Saskatchewan. You can find another location on 13th Avenue should that prove a little more convenient. AND SHAME ON THE UNIVERSITY OF REGINA for not renewing the contract for the Campion location of Roca Jack’s. I was very saddened when I heard that Roca Jacks needed to vacate the premises….countless students shall now go coffeeless!!! Although, other coffee bars do exist, none shall come close to the quality of Roca Jacks in many of our hearts.

I hope you enjoyed my editorial upon the need for good coffee and where to get it. As previously mentioned it is a NEED and that should not negate the desire for a good cup of coffee. If you have a favourite shop, please feel free to tell me all about it. I am always on the lookout for good coffee!!!!! Who knows, my next quest may begin in your home town.

Do you have a favourite haunt that inspires you?

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