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GTA Coffee (Toronto and Surrounding Area)

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did a search based on espresso only, didnt yield much.

Looking for Toronto suggestions, downtown or west-end, but also interested in anything along the QEW corridor anywhere from Buffalo to Toronto... even off the 407 or 401 recommendations would be appreciated.

don't say starbucks please... and Tim Horton's... it should go without saying...

Best espresso i've had is right across the street from my office but it's in a little italian social club... so i basically can't go in there unless escorted by my italian colleagues. I dont know what it is, but those working class Italian dudes in there make a mean ass drink for a buck and a quarter...
 

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Though my coffee shop visits in Toronto are quite limited as I haven't lived here long, my favourite espresso is in Parkdale and it's called Capital Espresso (used to be Blondie's). I've gone to a lot of other indie coffee shops downtown, but this one has probably been the best I've tried so far.
 

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I would suggest The Green Beanery. Its on Bloor West, quite a bit west actually, past Spadina. They roast their own beans and make great espresso and variations of the same.

They also sell a wide range of equipment for roasting, grinding and making espresso (although if you are interested in buying equipment, I would shop online - the place on Bloor is more of a coffeeshop than a store).
 

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move to europe for best ice coffee, expresso and turkish coffee(most common in the south east of europe)

north americans tend to fuck it up
 

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Funny, I was going to suggest a place called The Green Bean in Oakville, off the QEW at Trafalgar. It's in the town square of downtown Oakville and has a great atmosphere. -to the far right in the picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/7859392...n/photostream/
Originally Posted by TheButler
I would suggest The Green Beanery. Its on Bloor West, quite a bit west actually, past Spadina. They roast their own beans and make great espresso and variations of the same. They also sell a wide range of equipment for roasting, grinding and making espresso (although if you are interested in buying equipment, I would shop online - the place on Bloor is more of a coffeeshop than a store).
 

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I've had many an espresso in Toronto. The absolute best espresso and espresso-based drinks are at the relatively new Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters on Spadina between King and Adelaide. The dudes working there are very "bro"-ish but take the coffee very seriously. Certainly the most well-sourced, well-roasted beans in the whole city (I have a La Pavoni machine and Baratza grinder and have tried beans from everywhere: online at Counter Culture and Intelligentsia, and locally at Green Beanery, 49th Parallel, Bulldog, Balzac's, Te Aro, etc...and Sense Appeal's beans are by far the best).

Honourable mentions to Dark Horse and Te Aro. I've had horrible espresso at Green Beanery and was also not impressed by the staff, which was unhelpful and disinterested while I was trying to buy beans.
 

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My father, who is a fairly large coffee snob, swears by a place called Moonbeam in Kensington Market, just off of Spadina. I, however, don't drink the stuff and have no idea.
 

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Originally Posted by leftover_salmon
I've had many an espresso in Toronto. The absolute best espresso and espresso-based drinks are at the relatively new Sense Appeal Coffee Roasters on Spadina between King and Adelaide.

I'll give that one a try

Originally Posted by leftover_salmon
Honourable mentions to Dark Horse

been there once, just had a latte, it was decent.

Originally Posted by Marcellionheart
My father, who is a fairly large coffee snob, swears by a place called Moonbeam in Kensington Market, just off of Spadina. I, however, don't drink the stuff and have no idea.

I'm 90% sure my brother took me here a couple weeks ago. It was decent as well... but didnt blow my mind. I'll give it a couple more tries though.
 

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Originally Posted by prep333
Funny, I was going to suggest a place called The Green Bean in Oakville, off the QEW at Trafalgar. It's in the town square of downtown Oakville and has a great atmosphere. -to the far right in the picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/7859392...n/photostream/
Was going to suggest this as well. Has good espresso as well as some pretty creative espresso based beverages.
Originally Posted by Marcellionheart
My father, who is a fairly large coffee snob, swears by a place called Moonbeam in Kensington Market, just off of Spadina. I, however, don't drink the stuff and have no idea.
+1 to this as well. Very good coffee shop
 

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Originally Posted by prep333
Funny, I was going to suggest a place called The Green Bean in Oakville, off the QEW at Trafalgar. It's in the town square of downtown Oakville and has a great atmosphere. -to the far right in the picture http://www.flickr.com/photos/7859392...n/photostream/
Been there. Great coffee. In downtown Toronto, I love Dark Horse. EDIT: Is everyone on this site that's from Ontario, from Oakville? It'd explain a lot...
 

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