Skip to main content

Canadian Coffee Chain Second Cup Sees Second Life in Cannabis

second cup coffee toronto

Second Cup Coffee. File photo.

Canada’s third largest coffee retailer, Second Cup, has announced broad intentions to convert existing cafes to recreational cannabis stores under the brand name Meta Cannabis Supply Co. (Meta) beginning as early as April 2019.

The plan is in partnership with Ottawa, Ontario-based medical cannabis supplier National Access Cannabis Corp. (NAC), and it follows the Canadian Senate’s June vote that lifted a nearly century-old cannabis prohibition. By Oct. 17 of this year, it will no longer be illegal for Canadians age 19 or older to use recreational marijuana. The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, last week unveiled a retail model for private cannabis sellers that will take effect April 1, 2019.

NAC and Second Cup said today they plan to develop a network of cannabis-and-coffee stores in provinces where legally permissible, and reviews of potential locations in Ontario are underway.

meta cannabis canada

Meta Cannabis Supply Co. suggested Retail Environment, released by NAC earlier this Spring

“Our strategic alliance with National Access Cannabis allows Second Cup to leverage our real estate assets to increase value for our franchisee partners and our shareholders while maintaining focus on our primary objective of being the specialty coffee brand of choice across Canada,” Garry Macdonald, Second Cup’s president and CEO, said in an announcement today. “NAC has developed a strong reputation as a leading operator in the cannabis industry and the opportunity to activate our partnership in Ontario, Second Cup’s largest region, is a strong growth opportunity for our two businesses.”

With more than 130 locations across Ontario alone, Second Cup in 2015 began rolling out rebranded stores, featuring many of the quality-focused trappings typically associated with coffee’s Third Wave movement. Meanwhile, NAC is one of only four companies through a provincial RFP process in the Western Provinces that will be licensed to sell cannabis in a retail setting. The company said it is targeting some 50-70 Meta-brand store openings in 2018 alone.


1 Comment

Ravi Rupani


We at Seven Horses specialize in wholesale export of Green Coffee Beans from Robusta and Arabica types. We also deal in Arabica Organic Green Coffee Beans. All our merchandise are hand picked from our own plantations and carefully processed for quality retention.
We produce and have in stock all the grades of coffee beans from both Robusta and Arabica variety which are AA , A , B , C , PB grades.
In Arabica organic coffee beans we have in stock washed clean bulk , and washed full ripe cherry.
Kindly let us know your interest in our merchandise so we can provide you with samples for your quality check.
We offer both the terms of shipping i.e FOB and CIF depending on the requirement of our clients.
Also our prices are very competitive and rock-bottom that enables us to get into venture very effectively.

Thanking you 
Marketing Team​
Head Office : G-17 Hirapanna Shopping Centre,
Besides Maheshwari Bhawan,
Surat 395007,Gujarat, India 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *