Posted on Jun 03, 2019
Picadilly Coffee Roasters

Our speaker for June 3, 2019, was Elissa Colpitts of Picadilly Coffee Roasters. Elissa was introduced by Stephanie Bickford-Parent. Wife and mother of 3, and the current owner/operator of Picadilly Coffee Roasters. Elissa has a geography degree from Saint Mary’s University and became interested in coffee beans while researching a project that mapped regions and climates where coffee was grown...

­ As a student in a 4th-floor apartment building in Halifax, NS, she began using a popcorn maker to prepare her coffee beans. She did not get into the coffee bean business until making a career change in 2018. She took a 10-week business course and started selling her coffee beans at the local Sussex Farmers Market. By September of 2018, Picadilly Coffee Roasters was officially up and running. Her family has a love for outdoor recreation in Picadilly, which inspired the name.

Elissa’s coffee business has been so successful that she has hired a student this summer and is moving her business out of her home and into a commercial space downtown Sussex, beside Scotiabank.

Elissa will have her coffee for tasting at Brewfest, and it is available for purchase at numerous locations in Sussex at $18 per pound with a $2 discount for bringing a reusable storage container. Businesses carrying her coffee include Pearson’s Corner Market, which has the full spectrum of coffee flavours, Outdoor Elements, Taste and See, The Soap Works, and more. She has now expanded outside Sussex to areas around Saint John and Moncton. Her holiday blend, Jungle Java, sold over 1300 bags in December. Coffee beans have different flavours based on where they come from and the processing methods used.

Elissa has earned the Chamber of Commerce 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year and has been recognized by Excellence NB as a successful entrepreneur. We wish her continued success and appreciate the coffee samples!

Elissa was thanked by Stephanie Bickford-Parent.