Kaffeeklatsch | Coffee + Gossip | Calgary

Web Name: Kaffeeklatsch | Coffee + Gossip | Calgary

WebSite: http://www.kaffeeklatsch.ca






German: Kaffee (Coffee)
Klatsch (Gossip/Noise)

A Kaffeeklatsch is a meeting between friends to exchange gossip over coffee. The term allegedly originated sometime around the 1900s, when German women would gather to drink coffee, eat cake, and chat.

Taking inspiration from this remarkable word, Jessica McCarrel created her cafe, Kaffeeklatsch: a place where both the coffee and the conversation matter.

Kaffeeklatsch serves notable coffee in unique and unexpected places to facilitate social connections. We are dedicated to offering extraordinary coffee for Calgarians to share and delight in.

Unlike the conventional cafe—which often serves no more purpose than a glorified take-out window or vending machine—Kaffeeklatsch encourages each coffee to become an invitation to chat.

Serving remarkable coffee out of places where it doesn’t normally exist provokes unique social interactions. It creates opportunities for new encounters and dialogue. Each new situation elicits different responses. At our best, we provide a platform for participation and honest communication. We are inspired to promote conviviality through the display and service of food and drink.





Founder and Owner Jessica Mccarrel


In August of 2014, owner/worker Jessica McCarrel took a 25 square-foot storage closet and transformed it into a bespoke coffee nook. The original Kaffeeklatsch—nestled within a non-profit social service building on 12 Ave SW—served extraordinary coffee in this unusual, unexpected space for two years.

Because of its small size, Kaffeeklatsch has always doubled as a mobile cafe. Jessica built an espresso cart to travel across Calgary and serve notable coffee in unique and surprising spaces, fostering social connections. With each new setting, we temporarily install the cafe using the existing conditions of the space. This tiny coffee shop, lodged into a small, often awkward location, invites interest as much as the aroma of coffee does. The unexpected nature of the cafe itself sparks conversation and connection.

Furthering both the mobile and unpredictable nature of Kaffeeklatsch’s pop-ups, Jessica created a cold brew coffee trike in June of 2015. This amazing cycle has appeared throughout downtown Calgary, serving exquisite cold brew coffee in the heat of summer.

Four years later, in August 2018, Kaffeeklatsch was approached by the management of the Cambrian Wellness Centre and asked to provide the building’s tenants with coffee and food. The building’s strange street location and the challenging layout of its lobby made sense for us. It was another interesting, unusual space to install a cafe.

We started serving tenants with our mobile coffee cart while the Centre built the kiosk. They completed the cafe space in mid-December, and Kaffeeklatsch now serves coffee, pastries, sandwiches, and soups in this permanent location.

This Centre is home to EFW Radiology, Regional Fertility Program, Rocky Mountain Health, and CBC/Radio-Canada, all of whom we serve weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm. Finding amazing coffee and food in a health complex is rare; we are delighted to share this experience with the engaging tenants and clients of the Cambrian Wellness Centre.

However, the Centre itself is in a difficult location for the public to access, and situated in such a manner that Kaffeeklatsch hasn't been able to build and support communities in the way that we dream of.


The Mobile Kaffeeklatsch

In the summer of 2020, we found the perfect additional home for a Kaffeeklatsch that is neither cart nor kiosk, but a lovely cafe space. A space located just a few blocks away from where we started at 1205 1st SW. This Beltline, Victoria Park area has a rich history in the social fabric of Calgary. Prior to being occupied by its current owner, Tokyo Smoke, it was the Bamboo Lounge space of the Drum ’n’ Monkey.

This small stretch of street is overflowing with the history of Calgary’s nightlife, as well as having played a prominent role in its music and art scenes. In the 1980s, the northern tip of this street formed part of Electric Avenue, the most notorious stretch of nightclubs in Canada at that point in time. At the south end of the block, the huge Castle Pub sat throughout the 1990s and early 2000s like a foundation, carrying the weight of the numerous clubs on the strip, places like Venom and the Night Gallery.

The Night Gallery is notable not only for being the birthplace of another Calgary institution, Tubby Dog, but for housing a giant, familiar statue for all of its nineteen years. Our restaurateur neighbours on this strip named themselves in honour of this famous statue: Ten Foot Henry.

It is in this Victoria Park neighbourhood, with its exciting cultural history and amazing small businesses, that Kaffeeklatsch can build a place for the community Jessica knows and lives in. A place where we co-host engaging events with its residents.

Most importantly, Kaffeeklatsch is and will always be a safe place for all communities; people of all abilities, ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities are welcome here.




Beltline Cafe

1205 1st Street SW


7 am

3 pm


7 am

8 pm


9 am

8 pm


9 am

5 pm

*open late for events



Kiosk at the Cambrian Wellness Centre

2000 Veterans Pl NW


8 am

3 pm







Designed by The Bread & Butter Club

In the spirit of respect, reconciliation, and truth, we honour and acknowledge that we live, play and work upon the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta.

We remain ever mindful of the ongoing impact of colonization and land rights, here as well as in the multitude of indigenous communities entangled globally in the agribusiness of coffee.

We hope people of all genders, abilities, ages, cultures and sexualities feel welcome here. As such, any form of discrimination will not be tolerated. This can include, but is not limited to:

Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, fatphobic or ableist comments

Sexual harassment


Patrons should consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner. Impaired and intoxicated guests will be removed in a prompt and safe manner.

Kaffeeklatsch will not tolerate violence, theft, vandalism or any other harmful acts.

We reserve the right to remove any patron creating an unsafe environment.

We wish to make Kaffeeklatsch a safe, welcoming and fun space for patrons, employees and performers alike. If at any time you are made to feel uncomfortable or unsafe, please let an employee know or email us at kaffee@kaffeeklatsch.ca.


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