Location: Ossington Avenue & Queen St. West (map it)
Recommends: Cappuccino and a butter tart
5 Cup Rating: 4 cups
Did You Know: The fourth destination of this Toronto staple borrows its layout from the Kensington location and is a welcome addition to the bustling Ossington strip. From the comfy seating to the open and airy space, the entire menu never disappoints. Perfectly pulled Americanos to frothy, light Cappuccinos, the Queen West crowd will love the offerings this location has to offer. While you’re at it, be sure to pick up some beans too… the Hendrix blend is perfection!
Saveur, famous for their award-winning videos, show us that for Miami’s Cuban community, making coffee is as important as drinking it.
Location: Danforth Avenue & Carlaw Avenue (map it)
Recommends: Americano and a butter tart
5 Cup Rating: 4.5 cups
Did You Know: This is the second outpost of the rapidly expanding coffee shop. Their first location, which opened in Summer 2014, located adjacent to the Donland’s TTC station surprised all and was a welcome addition to the East end morning commute. The new address on Carlaw will no doubt also please Greektown regulars with the perfect morning cup or a post meal dessert.
All it takes is one. One idea, one entrepreneur and some inspiration. Now Wynwood, Miami’s Arts District is thriving thanks to Panther Coffee. This feature by Jimmy Sherfey on Eater shines a spotlight on the impact a great idea can have on a neighbourhood, its art and culture.
A couple years ago I saw a fantastic documentary called Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It captured Jiro’s relentless pursuit in perfecting the art of sushi. Now Idobata Coffee from Kamakura, Japan present us with the peaceful art of creating the perfect cup. The fact that the tiny little coffee stand operates out of the back of a van adds to the intimate, unique art of the pour over cup. Sit back, relax and take in his mastery.
Location: Danforth Avenue & Greenwood (map it)
Recommends: Americano and a lemon cranberry scone
5 Cup Rating: 5 cups
Did You Know: Red Rocket Danforth is actually the franchises original Leslieville location transposed. After 5 successful years on Queen Street East, opposite the TTC’s Russell Carhouse, the local favourite was forced to relocate. Thankfully for us, a change in address hasn’t altered their greatness!
Location: Yonge Street and Gloucester Street (map it)
Recommends: Americano and some made-to-order organic cookies
5 Cup Rating: 4 cups
Did You Know: Their espresso is a unique blend featuring beans from Sumatra, Ethiopia, Guatemala and Nicaragua. Beans are individually roasted and then hand-blended making each cup big in body and tempered by cacao flavour notes.
Location: Yonge Street and Temperance Street (map it)
Recommends: The Cappuccino and Americano
Did You Know: The coffee shop is situated in the historic Dineen Building, which was once home to W. and F. Dineen Co., who originally made fur clothing. The building is one of the oldest structures in Toronto, and is listed as a Toronto Heritage Property.
I’m not exactly sure when it started… when my love for coffee began. As far back as I can remember, it was an essential item in our household. Growing up, the little bean with the mighty aroma was mandatory before the start of every day and often times it capped off the evening. Some of the best conversations with my Mom centered around a perfect cup.
Later I began to appreciate coffee on a deeper level. I started educating myself and understanding farming, plant varieties and bean classification. Then, I took it a step further with some hands-on instruction around roasting and brewing techniques as well as cupping and tasting methods. I still have a lot to learn but those who know me best appreciate my passion for the bean. Many of you have asked questions about my pursuit for the perfect cup which got me thinking: What better way to continue sharing all my great coffee finds then to capture it here. With a little push and plenty of encouragement from my ‘coach’ (and guiding light)… well, here we go!
Grab a cup, settle in and enjoy.