Thunder Bay·Northern Nosh

Meet the Thunder Bay mapmaker who turned a passion for coffee into a full-time business

Jamie Nichols was working in geomatics when he started Rose N Crantz Roasting Company.

Rose N Crantz Roasting Company started as a side project for Jamie Nichols

Jamie Nichols is the owner and roast master at Rose N Crantz Roasting Company. (Sociable Thunder Bay)

"[I] didn't intend to have a business ... but ended up getting a business," Jamie Nichols says with a laugh.

Nichols is the owner and roast master behind Rose N Crantz Roasting Company, a coffee business in Thunder Bay named after Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, one of his favourite plays.

Nichols with a fresh pot of coffee. (Rose N Crantz Roasting Company)

Trained in the field of geomatics, Nichols started roasting coffee at home as a hobby after moving back to Thunder Bay from the Northwest Territories.

Tap on the player to hear Nichols' conversation with Jonathan Pinto for this week's edition of Northern Nosh.

On this week's edition of Northern Nosh, we learned how a Thunder Bay map maker turned his passion for good coffee into a full time business. Jonathan spoke with Jamie Nichols, owner and roast master of Rose N Crantz Roasting Company.

You can find Rose N Crantz coffee at shops across northern Ontario. They also ship across Canada from their website.

Northern Nosh is a weekly feature on Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for northern Ontario. If you know a food producer you think would make a great story, get in touch! 

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Jonathan Pinto is the host of Up North, CBC Radio One's regional afternoon show for Northern Ontario and is based in Sudbury. He was formerly a reporter/editor and an associate producer at CBC Windsor. Email


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