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(Posted 10 a.m., April 15)
Popular Orléans coffee shop a latte above the crowd

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

You don’t have to talk to Café Latte Cino owner Susan Fahel very long before you realize she truly loves what she does.

“It has it’ s challenges sometimes, but we have such great customers and local suppliers that I really look forward to coming into work each morning,” says Fahel who bought the Innes Road coffee shop with her husband Sam in August, 2012 and has been going strong every since.

Susan and Sam Fahel are the proud owners of Café Latte Cino in the Farm Boy plaza 2020 Tenth Line Rd. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Besides making a great cup of coffee, Café Latte Cino also makes the best Belgian waffles in town which they serve all day along with a wide variety of delicious entrées and pastries.

For lunch and dinner and everything in between they have a fresh salad bar, real fruit smoothies, homemade gelato, a variety of soups, lox and cream cheese bagels, crepes and sandwiches that are prepared on the premises using only fresh produce.

The Fahels make a concerted effort to support local and environmentally conscious producers and suppliers, and they hold Sip & Shop events to promote local artisans.

They are also licensed so you can enjoy a Bailey’s with those Belgian waffles while you surf their Internet free Wi-Fi.

At the centre of it all, though, is the coffee. They offer six different varieties which are fresh roasted to order, so their customers can be sure of its freshness.

The Fahels also support a number of great causes. Two in particular are the Humane Society and CHEO.

Every year on the final weekend of February they take part in National Cupcake Day which is held to support of SPCAs and Humane Societies across the country. The event was so popular this year the coffee shop ran out of cupcakes by mid-afternoon on the Saturday.

“We have five local bakers who donate a minimum of four dozen cupcakes each, and we were all sold out by 2 p.m.,” says Susan, noting that this year’s event raised nearly $800.

The Fahels youngest daughter Lilia helped out this year, as she has done the past three years. The 11-year-old also organizes the coffee shop’s Great Canadian Lemonade Standemonium every June in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation with her siblings Alexa 18 and Jason, 15.

The trio takes turns manning a lemon-ade stand and making the lemonade. The cookies and other treats are supplied by their mother.

“It’s important they are involved and learn how important fundraising is in giving back to the community, and that a little effort can make a big difference,” says Fahel.

Giving back to the community is not just a philosophy at Café Latte Cino, it is the cornerstone of their business.

“We realized from very early on what an amazing community we live and work in. So we decided that we would do whatever we could to help support local organizations like CHEO and the Humane Society and our local suppliers and producers,” explains Fahel.

Is it any wonder that Café Latte Cino bills itself as, “A coffee shop like no other”.

Operating in one of the most highly competitve markets in Canada, Café Latte Cino truly stands out from a crowded field that is dominated by the corporate players and they’re doing just fine as evident by their inclusion on Narcity.com’s list of the 13 Best Coffee Shops by Neighbourhood; and the 8 Best Places in Ottawa to Take a Date if They Have a Serious Sweet Tooth.

To find out more about Café Latte Cino you can visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/CafeLatteCino. Or better yet you can drop by the coffee shop at Tenth Line and Innes Road in the Farm Boy plaza.

(This story was made possible thanks to their generous support of our local business partners.)


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