Les Cafés du Moussonneur: Warning: this coffee is addictive!
The first time Sylvain brought home a pack of coffee from this little shop, I couldn't figure out why he was so excited to have me try it. Coffee is coffee, right? So wrong!! After my first cup of "Moussonne des Iles", I was hooked! What makes this coffee's flavour so distinctive and rich is that Richard O'Neill, the owner of the place, had the idea to import green coffee and leave the beans to dry in the field. He was inspired to do so after having heard about the way coffee used to taste back in the early 17th century, when it was imported by boat and benefited from the salty ocean air on its way to Europe. The climate of the Islands is perfect when it comes to recreating that process, and the result is the best coffee I've ever tasted! When you go to Le Moussonneur you can drink coffee on the spot, with your usual selection of espresso, latte, cappuccino, etc. Should you choose to bring some ground coffee back home, be prepared to answer Richard's questions: he's gonna want to grind the beans so as to provide you with the best coffee possible, and that includes making a distinction between permanent and paper filters!
What to buy: They offer different types of coffee beans from all around the world, but you absolutely must try "Le Moussonne des Iles".
What to pay: It comes to about $30 for 500 g of ground coffee, but it's soooo worth it!
Le Madelon: Bring home some island flavour!
Officially, Le Madelon is a bakery, but in reality it's much more than that! On top of their wide selection of bread and delicious pastries, Le Madelon is a great place to go if you wish to buy local products to bring back home or for a fabulous lunch on the beach. They've got it all: cheese (including the Islands' own Pied-de-Vent and Tomme des Demoiselles), cold cuts (including local "Cochons tout ronds" products), hot meals and frozen dishes (including local recipes such as cod cakes and seafood pot pie), and more! In other words, if you can't afford to bring your friends to les Iles-de-la-Madeleine, you can at least bring them a little taste of these wonderful Islands thanks to Le Madelon!
- Food and Dining