For those of you who have been long-time readers of Stops Along the Way, you may remember Coastal Coffee from our stories in the Zurich section. About a year-and-a-half ago in the late winter, early spring of 2019, owner Ben Gingerich began a search for a rural property where he could scale up production of the roastery and combine it with a family home. At the same time, a unique structure, the former Ashfield Presbyterian Church, came on the market and intrigued the Gingerich family.
After purchasing the structure, Gingerich began the renovation process. When complete, the old church will be an interesting combination of production roasting facilities, retail location and family headquarters located on the rural Kintail Line north of Goderich.
Gingerich is passionate about exceptional coffee and founded Coastal Coffee as a specialty roasting company, concentrating on small batches fresh each week. He has developed relationships with growers and imports his coffee based on flavour profiles coming from good farms. Through this “journey of tasting” he has created a portfolio of coffees with notes ranging from honey to brown sugar to blueberries to hazelnuts and beyond. This passion and knowledge about coffee has made Coastal Coffee a household name in Huron County and beyond, with its coffee available in restaurants and markets across the region.
The retail shop is currently open at 86252 Kintail Line about 20 minutes north of Goderich via Highway 21 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and is the destination of a great fall drive. Or you can order online and arrange curbside pick-up at either the Kintail Line location or at Square Brew in Goderich. Delivery is available for a nominal fee. Visitcoastalcoffeecompany.ca to order.