Canadian franchises are brewing up coffee and baked goods opportunities from coast to coast
Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the country (and the world), and when it’s paired with a tasty treat, Canadians simply can’t resist the draw of their local coffee shop! It’s no surprise, then, that there are so many successful coffee and baked goods franchises across the country, making it easy for Canadians to get their caffeine fix in their community, no matter where they live.
Here, Franchise Canada introduces you to 20 coffee and baked goods franchises from coast to coast. Beyond the details of what makes each concept unique, we also provide insight into the benefits of each brand for prospective franchisees like you. If you’re interested in taking a sip (or bite) out of the coffee and baked goods sector, read on to filter out the concept that best aligns with your goals and values.
A pioneer of Canada’s coffee culture, Artigiano brought superior coffee, latte art skills, and just a touch of European bravado to Vancouver over 20 years ago. The brand’s dedication to the craft of coffee-making has attracted a very loyal following. Launched as a single, standalone café on Vancouver’s Hornby Street, Artigiano now owns and operates 24 cafés in B.C. and three in Alberta, each one recognized for its sustainability practices, superior coffee, artisanal savoury and sweet goods, and welcoming environment.
The ideal Caffe Artigiano franchisee is highly receptive, possesses great leadership skills, and is passionate about the industry. Franchisees benefit from working with a well-established brand, access to café-specific public relations, connections with key industry suppliers, training and support, and more.
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Au Pain Doré
This French-inspired café maintains the fast service style of the industry, while producing fresh, high-quality product for customers. Known for exceptional service and baked goods, Au Pain Doré is globally regarded as one of the leading French-style cafes. With more than 40 years of experience in the industry, the brand’s expertise in the market is undeniable.
The ideal franchisee with Au Pain Doré is a dedicated and passionate player in the industry. Benefits for franchisees include access to a broad customer base and customized marketing plans, five weeks of hands-on training, exclusive supplier pricing, and ongoing support throughout the duration of the ownership.
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BeaverTails has been a family favourite for more than 40 years, marking milestones with Canadians during some of their sweetest memories. There are more than 190 locations from coast to coast, and BeaverTails serves joy with its iconic pastries, shareable take-home bites and brownie pies, and ice cream treats. This iconic brand looks to remind Canadians that it’s all delicious – “making irresistible treats for life’s irreplaceable memories.”
This popular franchise system provides franchisees with initial training and ongoing support in areas such as recruitment, management, sales analysis, and business development. By investing in the BeaverTails franchise, you’re investing in the security and resources of a well-established, nationally recognized brand.
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Bimbo Canada (Canada Bread Company Ltd.) is the country’s largest and oldest bakery. It produces and distributes more than 1,000 products across 18 brands Canadians know and trust, like: Dempster’s®, Villaggio®, POM®, Bon Matin®, Ben’s®, Stonemill®, and more. In May 2014, Canada Bread was purchased by Grupo Bimbo, the world’s largest baking company, with operations in 33 countries, and rebranded as Bimbo Canada.
The company began franchising in the 1960s and in 2022, Bimbo Canada’s direct store delivery (DSD) model utilizes a vast network of franchisees and distributors, who have acquired or have been assigned rights to sell and distribute its brands. Bimbo Canada currently has more than 1,000 franchisees and distributors operating more than 1,000 routes in Canada.
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Cinnaholic Franchising LLC
Cinnaholic is a 100 per cent vegan dessert shop, which means it can reach consumers with very specific dietary restrictions. Along with the “old-fashioned” rolls the brand is known for, Cinnaholic offers a wide selection of unique flavours made with high-quality ingredients.
Cinnaholic’s mission is to satisfy everyone’s craving. By offering vegan-friendly options, it can reach a demographic that may not have previously had access to delicious desserts. Cinnaholic is looking for franchisees who exhibit a love of baking and a passion for promoting vegan/cruelty-free ingredients. As a franchise owner, you’ll have access to low food and labour costs, while maintaining a flexible business model that promotes socially conscious products that align with modern consumer consumption trends.
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COBS Bread is a trusted national brand with more than 150 bakeries in Canada. It looks to ignite a passion for bread and fresh baked treats through a business model focused on delivering exceptional products, friendly service, and a welcoming environment.
The ideal COBS Bread franchisee will demonstrate a strong work ethic and an admiration for baking, and exhibit strong pride in community building. Franchisees receive hands-on training during a 16-week program, where they’ll learn brand operations, HR, marketing, financial management, and more. Along with training, COBS Bread provides franchise owners with continued support when it comes to lease negotiations, construction, and tracking financial performance.
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Coffee Culture Café and Eatery
Coffee Culture Café & Eatery aims to be more than just the “grab & go” standard of the industry. Its stores are known for a soft and elegant atmosphere, providing patrons a space to sit and relax as they enjoy freshly brewed coffee. The freshness is not only exclusive to the beverages: Coffee Culture offers freshly made pastries, sandwiches, wraps, salads, as well as breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Coffee Culture Café & Eatery values customer relationships and emphasizes the importance of creating a desirable dining atmosphere. Ideal Coffee Culture Café & Eatery franchisees are energetic motivators who are committed to customer service and quality, and are willing to adopt an authentic European culture within their location.
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With almost 40 years of experience in the industry, Coffee Time continues to focus on its customers, products, and business partners. Its new design provides a modern update, while keeping the products and service that established it as a notable national café in the forefront. Most recently, Coffee Time has introduced breakfast to its menu, while continuing to work with chefs to enhance its menu.
Coffee Time offers a robust franchise system to help prepare franchisees for success. The system includes site selection and lease negotiation, a four-week training program, food and equipment sourcing, restaurant opening assistance, research and development, marketing positioning and brand awareness, advertising and promotion, ongoing business development, and pricing and quality controls.
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D Spot Dessert Café
D Spot Dessert Café embraces the joys and excitement of dessert through its vibrant café and plating designs. The café design is reminiscent of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, with décor emulating popular desserts and treats. As the franchise system continues to grow, expanding into international markets, it’s looking to provide its one-of-a-kind desserts to a range of diverse communities.
The ideal D Spot Dessert Café franchisee exemplifies traits of drive, passion, hard work, leadership, and community building. As a franchisee, you’ll be partnered with a recognizable brand with the flexibility of three concept variations. You’ll also have access to an easy-to-use operational system and a unique menu offering.
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Drnk Coffee + Tea
As innovators in the industry, Drnk Coffee + Tea looks for new ways to stay ahead of the curve and consistently re-invent itself. Its skilled team is always testing new drink combinations to find the next popular beverage. Priding itself on innovation, the brand engages with the latest technologies and implements creative marketing strategies.
Drnk Coffee + Tea provides hands-on support to franchisees, starting with an extensive training program that helps franchisees understand the day-to-day operations, including customer service, cost of goods, hiring, and more. Franchisees also receive ongoing support through quarterly franchise meetings that introduce new products, programs, and training.
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Good Earth Coffeehouse
Known for community coffeehouses, Good Earth Coffeehouse has served its customers delicious, ethically sourced coffee since 1991. The devotion to the craft does not stop at coffee; Good Earth Coffeehouse prides itself on the fresh meals that are made in house. The brand’s desire to uplift its community is the driving force behind its ethical choices and long-term commitment to growth.
An ideal Good Earth Coffeehouse franchisee demonstrates a high level of commitment to bringing people together and making them feel good. Franchisees receive support with product research and development, access to ongoing training programs, marketing guidance, and an informative purchasing power program.
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Kekuli Café Indigenous Cuisine
Kekuli Café provides its patrons with authentic Indigenous cuisine at every visit. Its signature bannock, a traditional bread, makes up the menu for breakfast and lunch, as the basis of PowWow FryBread Tacos, Bannock Sandwiches, and more. The fast casual café also serves premium espresso, organic coffee, tea, and Saskatoon berry smoothies. As a sign of respect, Indigenous people acknowledge each other’s presence. This acknowledgement is enforced in every café, so that all the customers feel seen.
This franchise was built with authenticity, and its patrons in mind. Kekuli Café is looking for franchisees who are passionate about the industry, serving their community, and upholding Indigenous values. Franchisees receive extensive training and access to the Kekuli Café system and procedures.
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Since 2016, Maverick’s Donuts has built a name for itself by refining and crafting its donuts and is now one of Canada’s fastest-growing donut brands. Franchisees enjoy growth through exceptional local marketing programs aimed at community sales. With monthly changes to the menu to reflect seasonal flavours and holiday treats, Maverick’s has something for anyone looking for an exciting treat.
Maverick’s Donuts has an exceptional team of specialists that will be there to assist with all franchisees’ needs and concerns. Franchisees have full access to the brand’s system of operations, along with extensive product and management training. Franchisees also receive extensive hands-on training, as well as ongoing support and guidance for any operations, marketing, HR, and bookkeeping aspects of the business.
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This unique franchise takes the typical structure of a café and combines it with wellness. Along with freshly made coffees and baked goods, Mixed Senses offers retail health and beauty products like skincare, soap, and gift baskets. It also houses a skincare spa that offers body treatments.
Mixed Senses embraces its distinct position in the market. The brand’s hope is to attract customers who are interested in coffee and self-care, replenishing the body internally and externally. Franchisees receive help with lease and location negotiations, as well as ongoing guidance with training, marketing, operations, and purchasing power decisions.
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This Parisian-inspired café serves expertly crafted coffee and baked goods and focuses on providing customers with excellent and memorable service. The brand’s motto, “Happy to see you. Happier to serve you” illustrates the dedication to its customers. Paris Baguette offers a selection of treats and beverages including cakes, breads, salads, sandwiches, coffee, tea, and seasonal beverages.
At its core, Paris Baguette wants to build connections within the community. Its central values include: have heart, rise to the occasion, nourish community, and spread joy. This is exactly the set of values they look for in franchisees. Paris Baguette delivers support at each critical step, including help with site selection, store design and construction, training, operations, product development, distribution, and more.
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Presse Café is known for its dynamic atmosphere, exclusive coffee recipes, and delicious food, ranging from muffins, pastries, and full breakfasts to delicious artisanal sandwiches, salads, soups, and desserts. Presse Café’s menu is set to please all day long. Presse Café is now expanding across Canada. The cornerstone of its success is based on the expertise of its team, the innovative quality of its concept and products, as well as the commitment of its dedicated franchisees.
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For more than 40 years, Robin’s Donuts has established itself as a go-to donut shop in Eastern and Western Canada. After opening its first location in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Robin’s has grown a dedicated following with its flavourful donuts and sincere service. This proudly Canadian franchise serves freshly made coffees and pastries and has recently added breakfast to the menu.
Franchisees are expected to provide customers with the same level of service that Robin’s has built its name on for the last four decades. In turn, the franchising system provides a four-week training program, along with site selection and lease negotiations, ongoing business development, price and quality control supervision, research, marketing and brand awareness tools, and so much more.
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Second Cup Café
Proudly Canadian. It’s at the core of Second Cup Café’s values and with good reason; from its humble beginnings as a mall kiosk, it has grown to become the largest Canadian specialty coffee retailer. In those 47 years, it’s always aimed to be the best and to continue to focus on quality and innovation.
Second Cup Café has gotten a makeover, with its signature bright yellow cups and sleek, welcoming design, serving up a wide selection of specialty coffee, tea, and other innovative drinks, enjoyed by customers from coast to coast at its approximately 200 locations.
Second Cup Café is Canada’s specialty coffee retailer, bringing people together and serving top-quality drinks to Canadians where they live, learn, and work.
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After launching its first store in Duncan, British Columbia in 1994, Serious Coffee took the time to listen to its patrons and evolve the coffee it served. The brand’s philosophy is to make the freshest coffee available. By using high-quality Arabica beans and implementing air roasting methods, this franchise makes it a mission to stay consistent with the brand’s promise.
Serious Coffee has grown to 16 locations across Canada, and prides itself on the quality of its products and the relationships built with its customers. This brand is looking for franchisees with strong leadership and communication qualities, as well as a sincere passion for the industry.
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Since 1964, this iconic Canadian quick service restaurant has become one of the most recognizable brands in the nation. With more than 4,000 locations from coast to coast to coast in Canada, Tim Hortons is more than a coffee and bake shop. Tim Hortons is part of the Canadian fabric and guests can enjoy hot and cold specialty beverages—including lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, teas, and famous Iced Capps®—alongside delicious breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, soups, and more.
The proudly Canadian brand is continually expanding its reach and with its continued expansion into the North American and international market, they are looking for like-minded franchisees with strong interpersonal skills. Franchisees are given step-by-step training in the brand’s business operational and procedural model.
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