Canadian consumers most enjoy sipping specialty coffees

According to Technomic’s MenuMonitor database, specialty coffee is the top type of non‐frozen, non‐alcohol beverage found on Canadian menus. With 578 appearances, specialty coffee encompasses a wide range of varieties, such as flavoured cappuccinos and lattes. Some popular flavours found in specialty coffees on Canadian menus include mocha, caramel, chocolate, vanilla and hazelnut. For example, Coffee Culture Café & Eatery serves a white chocolate mocha, a caramel latte and a Fredoccino (made with coffee, caramel and mocha).


Soft drinks/fountain drinks are a primary non‐alcohol beverage offering at most restaurants in Canada. Appearing 438 times on menus, these refreshments are a staple of beverage menus. Drinks in this category may be canned, bottled or offered as a fountain drink. The category includes a wide range of options, including varieties from major soft drink brands – from cola to root beer, cream soda and ginger ale.

Hot tea is another popular type of non‐frozen beverage on Canadian menus, appearing 383 times. According to MenuMonitor, some of the top flavours featured in hot teas on Canadian menus are orange, chai, mint, lemon and vanilla. The most popular brands of hot teas offered on these menus are Mighty Leaf, Tazo, Flowers, Bombay Dry, Imperial and Rose’s. Specialty hot teas are also becoming popular, with operators introducing their own tea blends such as Blenz Coffee’s signature Citrus Twist Dragon Well – an organic whole‐leaf green tea made with orange blossoms, dried lemon and grapefruit.

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