Subject: La p'tite Brulerie
Location: Deschambault, QC
Rating: 5+ [see key]
While living in Montana and Syracuse, I really began to appreciate the offerings of small villages. Not only are they typically rich in history, but the retail establishments tend to be more authentic and unique. This trend held true along the St. Lawrence river, with numerous quaint settlements bordering the riverfront. One particular village of Deschambault yielded my favorite find of the lot, a coffee roaster called La p'tite Brulerie.
Sharing a small house with a chocolatier, the shop boasts a front porch bar as well as a lovely interior outfitted with natural woods and white paint. As for furniture, there are several tables in the front as well as a couch off to the right side.
When it comes to their coffee, they roast on a drum roaster in the rear of the shop. For my order that afternoon, I ordered an espresso of a Mexico single origin and filtered brew of a Colombian. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, smacked of chocolate, cherry candy, corn chip, buttermilk biscuit and a little licorice, making for a deep yet deliciously sweet infusion. The drip brew of the Colombian also proved delicious, with notes of honey, bran, green apple, nougat, sesame seeds and prune in a medium body.
Needless to say, any town would be lucky to harbor such an establishment as La p'tite Brulerie. If you're ever near the greater Quebec City region, pass through Deschambault for some great coffee.