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Toronto Coffee Scene

toronto coffee sceneToronto may have been slower than its West Coast counterpart, Vancouver B.C., to adopt the specialty coffee craze, but now it’s making up for lost time. New coffeehouses and roasteries are popping up around the city, and the sipping is better than ever. Here are some highlights of Toronto’s fast-growing bean scene.


B Espresso

B is for barista at this duo of sleek, Italian-inspired espresso bars.

111 Queen St. E., 416-866-2111; 273 Bloor St. W., 416-506-0001



Former barista champion and Bulldog founder Stuart Ross custom roasts a seven-bean, three-origin blend for this serious espresso bar. Not in the mood for a shot? Try the Blanco Bull Dog, a dark-on-white hot chocolate.

89 Granby St., 416-923-3469; 55 Eglinton Ave. E.


Cherry Bomb Coffee

Beans from Toronto’s Dark City Coffee take center stage at this retro-styled coffeehouse and bakery in the Roncesvalles district.

79 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-516-8212


Crema (pictured above)

Owner Geoff Polci has an eye for the technical details—like Clover coffee and perfectly dialed-in espresso—and a taste for beautifully roasted beans like those from Toronto’s Detour Coffee Roasters.

Four locations around Toronto.


Dark Horse Espresso Bar

Serving locally roasted Detour espresso in four gorgeous, modern locations. Home to 2012 Canadian Barista Championship finalist Georgia Henry.

Four locations around Toronto.


Detour Coffee Roasters

This popular local roaster has a café of its own, where it highlights its latest origin coffees and blends.

41 King St. W., 289-238-8360


Fahrenheit Coffee

This spare, airy espresso bar from 2012 Canadian Barista Championship finalist Sameer Mohamed served locally roasted Te Aro coffees brewed five ways.

120 Lombard St., 647-896-1774


Lit Espresso Bar

Stumptown coffee with a side of eclectic-modern style in Little Italy and High Park.

221 Roncesvalles Ave., 416-538-9700; 810 College St., 416-519-1884


Manic Coffee

Intelligentsia coffee brewed on a Clover or espresso-style in Kensington Market.

426 College St., 416-966-3888


Mercury Espresso Bar

This friendly Leslieville coffee bar features premium beans from MadCap Coffee and George Howell Coffee.

915 Queen St. E., 647-435-4779


Sam James Coffee Bar

With three locations, this ultra-hip coffee stop keeps Toronto’s glitterati caffeinated.

Three locations around Toronto.


Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters

With its bags of beans themed after the periodic table of the elements, Sense Appeal’s coffee is recognizable all around the city, and there may be no better place to sample the goods than at the company’s own café.

96 Spadina Ave., 416-907-8524


Te Aro

This New Zealand–inspired coffee roaster specializes in rare origin coffees and artisanal blends.

983 Queen St. E., 416-465-2006; 135 Ossington Ave., 416-465-0273


White Squirrel

Named for the albino squirrels in the adjacent Trinity Bellwoods Park, this quirky, eco-friendly coffee and ice cream shop offers a double dose of cuteness.

907 Queen St. W., 647-428-4478

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