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Toronto’s Pilot Coffee Roasters Acquiring Bridgehead Coffee for $3.6 Million

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A Bridgehead Coffee location at the Ottawa Hydro Electric Company Building at 109 Bank Street. Photo by Matti Blume. Shared through Creative Commons license (CC BY-SA 4.0).

Toronto, Ontario-based specialty coffee roaster and retailer Pilot Coffee Roasters is acquiring Ottawa-based Bridgehead Coffee in a deal worth approximately US$3.6 million. 

Bridgehead, which has 21 coffee shop locations throughout the Ottawa area, has been operating as a subsidiary of Aegis Brands since a $7.1 million acquisition in 2019. A restaurant-focused conglomerate, Aegis was formerly known as Second Cup. The group sold its Second Cup coffee business to franchise specialist Foodtastic for $11 million in 2021. 

The sale of the Bridgehead Coffee business to Pilot includes the roasting, wholesale and coffee shop business, “excluding certain specified assets,” according to an announcement from the company yesterday. The specified assets have not been publicly specified. The Pilot and Bridgehead brands will remain distinct. 

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Pilot Coffee Roasters logo.

Pilot Coffee, a Roast 2013 Roaster of the Year and a pioneering force in the contemporary coffee movement throughout Canada, operates 11 branded locations throughout the Toronto area. The company maintains a direct trade program designed to support long-term purchasing relationships with coffee producers while resulting in high-quality coffees. 

“Bridgehead and Pilot Coffee Roasters share the same core values of offering customers world-leading specialty coffee and giving back into the communities in which they serve, both locally and globally,” Pilot Coffee Roasters CEO Bruce Miller said in yesterday’s announcement. “With Bridgehead’s focus on organic coffee, it will strengthen even more our exceptional range of specialty coffee products and services to our customers across Canada.” 

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