|Headquarters||Ottawa, Ontario, Canada|
Bridgehead is a fair trade coffeehouse chain based in Ottawa, Canada. In addition to coffee and organic teas, it sells soups, salads, sandwiches and snacks made in its own kitchen. In November 2006, Bridgehead was voted Ottawa’s “Best Coffee/Tea House” by readers of lifestyle weekly Ottawa XPress. Bridgehead also sells coffee by mail through its website.
Bridgehead was founded in 1981 in Toronto by two United Church ministers and two lay people. A profile of Bridgehead’s post-Oxfam management in the Ottawa Citizen claimed that Oxfam Canada's Bridgehead ultimately failed in the mid-1990s due in part a “lack of sound business practices." Tracey Clark bought the Bridgehead Trading Company in 2000, including its trademarks and customer lists for $30,000. Clark originally relied on financing from family and friends, but by 2002, Bridgehead was owned by 30 investors. Bridgehead expanded from one outlet in 2000 to nine by 2008, and currently operates operates sixteen outlets.
- Coffee Houses Bridgehead website. Retrieved August 13, 2007.
- Ottawa Xpress, 23 November 2006 (The annual "Best of Ottawa" issue)
- Chianello, Joanne (2002) “Bridgehead bounces back: Sticking to your ethics can work as long as the business plan is based on more than good intentions” in Ottawa Citizen  (May 4, 2002), p.H1, H4.
- Chianello, 2002:H4
- Cook, Gay (2000) “Bridgehead Offers Coffee with a Difference” in Ottawa Citizen (July 12, 2000)
- Bridgehead.ca "Locations" at http://www.bridgehead.ca/en/AboutUs/locations.asp