Bridgehead Coffee

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Founded 1981
Headquarters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Area served
Products coffee, tea

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.[1] In November 2006, Bridgehead was voted Ottawa’s “Best Coffee/Tea House” by readers of lifestyle weekly Ottawa XPress.[2] 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."[3] 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.[4] Bridgehead expanded from one outlet in 2000[5] to nine by 2008,[6] and currently operates operates sixteen outlets.[7]

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  1. ^ Coffee Houses Bridgehead website. Retrieved August 13, 2007.
  2. ^ Ottawa Xpress, 23 November 2006 (The annual "Best of Ottawa" issue)[1]
  3. ^ 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 [2] (May 4, 2002), p.H1, H4.
  4. ^ Chianello, 2002:H4
  5. ^ Cook, Gay (2000) “Bridgehead Offers Coffee with a Difference” in Ottawa Citizen (July 12, 2000)
  6. ^ "Locations" at [3]
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Coordinates: 45°23′29″N 75°45′17″W / 45.39150°N 75.75465°W / 45.39150; -75.75465