Dineen Coffee Co
I missed Dineen coffee the last time around, but was close enough this time for it to be my first stop. The warm Bay Area weather made being outside in Toronto a bit of a challenge. But I layered up on three jackets and borrowed a hat and felt alright.
You’re greeted by a busy floor, large brass chandeliers, and elegant columns. This place looks like a classic hotel lobby from the 1920s.
They had a selection of pastries and parfaits and sandwiches, and also a nice wall of syrups, coffees and teas available for purchase.
The espresso tasted classic, much like the vibe of the cafe. The baristas were especially friendly here, and while I was taking photos reminded me to tag them if I put mine up on Instagram. And I did!
Milano Espresso Bar
Milano Espresso Bar just opened about a week ago. They have a neat space on Adelaide St that felt.. springlike. I wouldn’t have known it existed if I hadn’t seen their A-frame sign out on the sidewalk.
Christian walked us through the blends that they had available. We opted to try both La Futurra and .. the other one. I can’t remember the name now. Both shots were well-balanced with a more traditional Italian roast profile. We had missed them while on our trip in Vancouver, where Milano Espresso had originated.
Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters
Early Bird Espresso
My favorite spot of the trip was Early Bird Espresso on Queen Street West. I was excited to see that they had espresso from Pilot (a place that I definitely need to see next time) and it was the best I had all trip. It was fairly bright, with a citrusy fruity punch. The wooden serving plate and demitasse were a really nice touch as well. It was quite crowded in there but we were still able to find a table to sit for a few minutes.
I wish I’d known about this place earlier. It’s a little cafe at the entrance to the Frank and Oak store on Queen Street West. I saw people doing a cupping through the window and had to stop in out of curiousity. They do cuppings ever Sunday morning. They serve Stumptown but I also saw that they were cupping some 49th Parallel beans. Beautiful aesthetics in there and friendly folks.
There was bike stuff too.
There were a lot of people on their bikes despite the weather, which apparently did not go above freezing for the entirety of February. This bike looks pretty stuck: