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Happy Goat jump-starts the Sandy Hill coffee scene

By Jennifer Cavanagh on January 11, 2017

Happy 2017 indeed, as Happy Goat Coffee opens its doors this week in Sandy Hill.

The coffee shop at the corner of Wilbrod and Friel has rung in the New Year with a makeover and brand-new lease on life, with the arrival of Happy Goat.


A local Ottawa business committed to fair trade practices, Happy Goat sources from small-crop farmers in Africa, Asia, Central and South America. The focus on small scale farmers supports ecological crop diversity a providing a truly varied selection for the artisan roaster – I’m particularly excited by their Ethiopian beans as it was this east-African country where I had my best cup.

Aside from the original Happy Goat in Wellington West – though many Ottawa restaurants serve their brew – this is only their second location, and they are jump-starting its opening while the renovations and installations are still in progress.

We’re Open 🎉 Come meet your local sandy goats 🐐and enjoy today’s brew The ‘G’ ! Photocreds: @alex_legault #goats #happy

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On opening day seating had yet to arrive (note: the latter is expected imminently) and coffee, tea and beans are the only items on offer. However, as at their Laurel St location, the menu will include fresh baked goods, a sandwich bar and varied treats once the kitchen equipment is connected.

Alongside international coffee expertise, Happy Goat brings a commitment to community, as illustrated by their integration in the fabric of the Wellington West community. Support Local and drink coffee: welcome to Sandy Hill, Happy Goat!

Happy Goat Coffee’s new Sandy Hill location is at  317 Wilbrod St. (corner Friel), and is open  7:30am – 8pm. For more on Happy Goat, visit their website, or find them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.