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Montana Coffee Traders
Ranked #1 of 8 Coffee & Tea in Whitefish
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast
Reviewed March 3, 2013

This is one of the better coffee houses with consistant quality. MTT buys free trade coffee and roasts it locally. They also have some good lunch foods and pastries. It can sometimes get pretty busy because of it's popularity.

Thank JMLinne
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Reviewed March 2, 2013

This local roaster did the job right. Each location is different. I would have given them a 5, but they don't have a full kitchen and I love the food at Columbia Falls and Kalispell. Drink their coffee, though. Fair trade and they really support our community.

Thank Dana C
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Reviewed February 14, 2013 via mobile

Great place to meet friends. A little noisy for doing business unless you come at off hours. Fun and funky gifts. Everyone that lives here passes through at some point in the day! Healthy eats and a great cup of locally brewed coffee!

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Thank MontanaLaura
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Reviewed February 11, 2013

To start with, you have to understand that anybody who has anything to actually DO in Whitefish is in a car and getting their coffee at one of the little drive thru stands you see all over town. Anyone who is in MCT is not in a hurry (with few exceptions) and the staff knows this, and so doesn't fret themselves on time.

They are all very sweet and I am certain, have the best intentions, they may on occasion come off as pretentious, but it's really just that nobody told them they need to be efficient, or smiley. If you want them to smile at you, tell them a joke. But not while they are trying to ring you up, then it will just take longer.

I sometimes speculate that their computer registers don't actually have anything on them except MS Paint and all that clicking they do to ring you up is a collaborative/improvisational art project, they reenact every day.

Another reviewer was wrong about one thing - locals don't just sit in the back. Locals who are working in groups, or want to be left alone, will sit in the back. There are several groups of regulars/locals who occupy front tables so as to greet anyone and everyone they know, or think they know, or think they know their friend knows, who comes through the door. Sitting at the little tables in the front corner and watching these groups interact is better than two hours of Discovery Channel any day.

I used to work as a barrista in a coffee bar/bakery, in a resort town, I know what they're doing back there when they fiddle around with various pieces of equipment, and had I taken as long as they do, I would have been fired within the month. But some of these lovely MCT folks have been there for years... it's just the way they are.

Fun fact: if often takes longer to get your drinks the shorter the line is. Instead of always going at their comfortably patrician pace, they actually slow down when they are less busy. It's like watching sloths... so cute, and yet, I'm now late for work.

Another Fun Fact: Their is an inverse relationship between the number of employees and the speed with which you get your drink. The fewer employees the quicker you'll get it. The fewer employees, the fewer people your barrista has to have a conversation with before they get to making your drink! Simple math!

Just hope a manager isn't around... the manager/supervisors seem to always have something they need to talk about, and they don't have any problem talking to the employee who is helping you... while they are helping you... while you are talking to them... why managers think it is appropriate to talk to employees about unrelated work matters while they are actively helping customers is beyond me. Maybe because MCT is so popular that there is never a time when an employee is on shift and not helping someone, there is practically always someone in line waiting for something.

That is just the way MCT in Whitefish is! The other MCTs in Kalispell and Columbia Falls have different feels to them, try them out, they serve hot breakfast!

But with the exception of making the drive to Polebridge you won't find a yummier scone, or cookie, or cake, or coffee. And just remember, they're not thumbing their noses at you, they just don't know any better!

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1  Thank MChenMT
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Reviewed February 10, 2013

Great selection of coffee and very fun atmosphere. A great place to hang out and people watch. Service was excellant and the staff care about the coffee.

Thank codchicago
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