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Mar 9, 2007 03:06 AM

Coffee roasters in Toronto?

New to the city, with a quality-caffeine addiction from years of JJBean in Vancouver and Toi,Moi&Café in Montreal (both thoroughly recommended, by the way: JJB for some of the best coffee and people-watching in Van and TMC for the best coffee and desserts in Mtl).

A search of the archives here turned up a 2005 thread that recommended Ideal Coffee, Balzac's in the Distillery district, and a couple stalls in the St Lawrence(?) market. Any comments on the roasted coffee beans from those shops, or any other recommendations?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. There was a thread on coffee beans about a month back but I can't find it now. (probably the CH police removed it to some other obscure board as they have a tendency to )
    Some other places that were mentioned are
    - Merchants of Green
    - Greenbeanery
    - Dark City Coffee
    and a few others.


    1. Dark City is really fabulous. You can order it over the phone. They roast it day 1 and you get it delivered to your house the next day.

      1. The coffee at Balzacs is excellent! I just got some of their Medium Dark Ethiopian and I find the flavour is just lovely.

        Personally I am not a fan of the one at St. Lawrence, I find that it tends to have a burnt flavour to it. Also, I have heard excellent things about Dark City but I personally don't use enough coffee to justify it.

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        1. re: Otonabee

          Have to second Balzacs! Try the Balzac blend with a white pepper walnut biscotti on the side... heaven....

        2. Moonbeans in Kensington roasts their own. Not sure of their roasting schedule.

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          1. re: Yongeman

            I was in Moonbeans today. They were roasting. They told me that they roast every 2 or 3 days.

          2. I also don't care for the beans at the St Lawrence Market. Alternative Grounds on Roncesvale has great coffee. I love the beans from Just Us, I know you can get them at the Big Carrot.

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            1. re: cheesymama

              I think Cherry Bomb on Roncesvalles roasts their own beans, too. Their coffee is amazing. I think Tinto on Ronces' does, too.

              1. re: mummy2Luna

                Second for the coffee at Cherry Bomb, which is excellent, and mostly fair trade and organic. I love hanging out at Tinto, but don't think their coffee is quite as good.