I am looking for the best Coffee for Automatic machines. (whole bean coffee). I tried: Café Italia's. Illy's. Brûlerie St Denis. (Arabica flavor).
I'm no expert, but if asked for a recommendation, I would send you to Cafe-Union. They supply a lot of the better coffee places in town.
It took me months after purchasing my Saeco fully automatic espresso machine to find a bean I really loved, and that's consistent from batch to batch.
It's "Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-Op" (Italian Roast). The package claims that this is Canada's first Fair Trade coffee roaster.
I buy mine at a natural foods store in Toronto (a 5-lb bag for $59; smaller bags are available). Get in touch with the company for availability in Montreal (they also sell direct, online). For some reason, they don't include the 5-pound bag in their product line-up.
My preference for espresso is from Faema, on St. Laurent. Try the house blend espresso - they will grind it for you, just let them know the type of machine.