Italian Sodas are simple to make right at home, with the same ingredients that high end coffee shops like Second Cup or Starbucks use. While simple to make, they’re undeniably refreshing and very versatile – they can be enjoyed at just about any time of day.

While you might end up paying $4.50 at a cafe for a glass or cup, the exact same thing can be made at home for about $0.50. If you’re from Canada, you can get Italian Soda Syrups from


Italian Soda Recipe

  • 3/4 Ice Cubes
  • 1 ounceĀ  Flavoured Syrup (4 pumps, or 2 tablespoons)
  • Glass Club Soda or Sparkling Water

There are a couple flavoured syrup options on the market, with high end brands like Torani and Monin leading the way. The small squeeze bottles you can find in the grocery stores typically have a terrible flavour compared to the real syrups.

Lime Refresher

A refresher is simply a chilled green tea with a bit of carbonation and the same flavourings you use in the Italian Sodas. They’re similar to the Italian Soda with the exception of a bit of caffeine from the tea. Quite simple to make, they’re made from:

  1. Ice (3/4 glass)
  2. Flavoured Syrup (1 ounce)
  3. Green Tea (1/2 glass with ice)
  4. Club Soda or Sparkling Water (1/2 glass with ice)

Feeling adventurous? You can use black tea instead of green tea, which works well with flavours like Vanilla or Coconut. White teas go great with lighter, fruity flavours like Blueberry.

The Dominican has a unique climate that is actually close to Jamaica, with nearly-ideal conditions for growing high-quality, flavourful coffee. This tropical paradise has some of the best-developed beans in the world, with rich soil, proper sunlight and cross-winds that nourish the coffee trees. All this means the beans develop lots of flavour.

Dominican Fair Trade Organic Coffee BeansCanadians are becoming more conscientious of social and health issues as time comes on, and this Fair Trade Certified ensures that the farmer is being better compensated than typical commodity coffee, and the Organic certification ensures that the coffee has less unhealthy pesticides and herbicides. All this makes for a delicious cup of coffee, better than what you would find at most cafes in Canada.

For more varieties, see our selection of Fair Trade Coffees in Canada.

Fair Trade Products SoldWe’re proud to be a part of the Fair Trade movement, which sees millions of pounds of coffee bought at above-market-rates every year.

Chai Teas come in a variety of forms – whether pure black tea that you can add your own spices to, or pre-made liquids like Oregon Chai and Chai Co, or David Rio’s delicious powdered tea – there’s something for everyone in Canada.

When looking at your options for chai teas, you need to decide how much you want done for you before hand, and how you’ll be preparing it. If you’re a chai-addict (or a chaiddict) you’ll want premium organic black tea and your own cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. For cafes, the pre-portioned liquids are quick and easy and taste absolutely amazing, while being a bit more expensive, they make up for it with the speed that you can make it. Finally, powdered Chai Teas like David Rio tend to give you the best bang for your buck, with low costs-per-serving and minimal shipping weight because they’re dehydrated.

Find Organic Chai in Canada

We’ve put together an exhaustive list of cinnamon products (that we carry anyways) that are available right now to Canadians across the country, see:

The list is comprised of teas, coffees and syrups that can be added to the coffee or tea, you have lots of choice to suit your needs.

We always recommend the cinnamon syrups to accommodate all the members of your household – you can have regular green tea, black tea or coffee for everyone, and the cinnamon lover can add as much or as little as they want to their own cups without infringing on everyone else. It also leaves a lot of room for alterations – combining multiple syrups and flavours for something that works just right for you.

Bigelow Cinnamon Stick TeaBigelow Sweetheart Cinnamon Herbal TeaCafe Escapes Chai LatteNovus Spiced Chai TeaChai Company Chai TeaCinnamon Hazelnut Flavoured CoffeeTorani Cinnamon Syrups

Brazilian Coffees have a reputation for being a lower quality Arabica bean, but over the past decade (or so) the country as a whole has improved their crops and cultivation, and created a rather good coffee bean. Combined with the huge volume being exported, Brazil coffee beans are some of the least expensive on the market. The priceImage combined with the recently improved flavour makes it a great daily drinker.

Brazil coffee beans are an all-around bean – not too strong on any quality, with a mild body and a pleasant aroma.

Priced at just $11.21 per pound (by the pound), there are also bulk discounts for more than 6 pounds ($10.00/lb) and over 10 pounds ($9.00/lb), making it one of the least expensive coffees around. We offer the option to have the coffee beans roasted to your likes (Medium or Dark) as well as ground specifically for your machine.

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