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Cafe Myriade is the latest player in the Montreal coffee scene. The cafe is owned and operated by Chowhounder, Canadian National Barista Championship finalist and former Veritas-fixture Anthony Benda and his partner Scott Rao, himself a coffee guru and author "The Professional Barista's Handbook". A few hounds have already discussed it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/469576 but I think this place merits its own thread.

Myriade is offering a wide range of single-origin beans and blends from Canada's top roaster, 49th Parallel. In addition to espresso-based beverages from their Mirage machine (the only one in Canada!) and bevy of Anfim grinders, you can have your coffee brewed using french-press, siphon pot or Eva Solo techniques, each of which offers a unique way of coaxing different flavours out of the beans. Clearly Myriade is a place that takes their coffee very seriously.
For those less coffee-inclined, they are also serving excellent hot chocolate and offer an impressive range of high-end teas. They were also offering chocolates and a few pastries during my visit yesterday though I did not try any of them.
Basically, I can't recommend this place highly enough. The espresso I had yesterday may have been the best I have ever had-no small claim considering the recent growth of espresso options in our fair city. I think Myriade is a welcome addition to this growth. They treat coffee as a culinary art-form without any of the pretentiousness that can sometimes turn casual customers off.
I'm sorry if this review sounds a little bit too enthusiastic but I honestly cannot think of anything negative to say about the place. I look forward to visiting Myriade again and again as they definitely offer something unique within the Montreal coffee scene. I wish Anthony and his team every success and I look forward to reading about what others think of the place.

Cafe Myriade: 1432 Mackay St. (between St. Catherine and de Maisonneuve)

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  1. I am by no means and expert but I had a delightful cappucino there this morning. They made coffee art in my milk.

    I'm very excited to finally have good coffee in the Concordia ghetto and will definitely be passing up Java U, Cafe Depot, Second Cup and Starbucks in favour of Myriade.

    1. Count me as another fan. Just had a single shot after my lunch, and the taste is still lingering. Slightly acidic, mildly fruity coffee with amazing body and crema. Zero bitterness, nothing like crappy bitter overextracted espressos I had to endure in the environs. The tea list also look very interesting. Friendly people to boot.

      Good news is the place was 3/4 full already, and I hope they will never have to close. It would be impossible to go back to any of the semi-crappy coffee places in town.

      1. The teas are from Camellia Senensis (www.camellia-sinensis.com in Montreal) and Rishi (www.rishi-tea.com in Milwaukee), the chocolate from Soma (www.somachocolate.com in Toronto), which Anthony says is excellent and better than anything he's been able to find locally, and the pastries from Première Moisson (the fallback after Fous Desserts and other artisanal suppliers didn't pan out; Myriade would probably be open to suggestions for other high-quality sources). Based on Anthony's track record (he's pulled some of the best shots I've ever encountered anywhere), the involvement of Scott Rao, the obvious dedication to quality, the stupendous machine and the pre-opening drinks I tasted (not made with 49th Parallel beans, however) -- not to mention the smart location (near a university, a densely populated residential district, downtown office buildings and a public transit nexus) -- I predict success. Here's hoping it inspires others and pushes local coffee culture to the next level.

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        1. re: carswell

          Will they sell baked goods from Reema? Pretty please!

          1. re: emerilcantcook

            Do you mean "cocoa locale"? If so, I'll visit in the next few days and try it; delivery is pretty important, however, and she may not deliver. thanks for the suggestion.
            -Scott from Myriade

            1. re: bigabeano

              I don't know how she would deliver. She's a one-person operation doing everything.

              1. re: bigabeano

                Yep, Cocoa Locale. But I kind of agree with BLM that delivery will be tough... On a second thought, it might be better for me if you guys don't carry her baked goods. A brownie/cupcake a day will definitely be my demise.

                Thanks for opening the shop. You guys really made my workday better, and this is only after one visit.

            2. re: carswell

              Thanks for listing his sources. When I went there yesterday, I didn't see the Soma chocolates, although their hot chocolate machine using Soma chocolates was up & running.

              1. re: BLM

                Re Soma: I was referring to the hot chocolate. If they're going to carry Soma bonbons, it's news to me.

                1. re: carswell

                  We don't have the truffles but we do have two of their packaged bars, the 'Dark Fire" and the 'Hispaniola'. Not sure how well the truffles would travel or keep.

                2. re: BLM

                  It turns out I did see the Soma bars Monday morning, but I didn't realize then they were chocolate bars. I was back at Cafe Myriade yesterday. Scott clarified things for me. They also have Fairmount bagels which I didn't see Monday. Going to Cafe Myriade has been great for me, in learning to know more about tasting coffee.

              2. Looks like Myriade has a website, though it's a placeholder for now: www.cafemyriade.com

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                1. re: carswell

                  Anthony told me their Cafe Myriade website should be up & running in about 3 weeks.

                2. wow! their espresso is sensational! so far much more consistent than gamba. this place is a winner.

                  1. Dropped by this afternoon and enjoyed a flawless allongé and a beautiful syphon pot of El Salvador that, strangely and wonderfully, got better and better as it cooled. Haven't seen a true syphon system in a local coffee house since the short-lived Japanese-run syphon bar in the Cours Montréal closed shop many moons ago. Myriade heats the water not with a flame but with a halogen lamp (looks way cool and takes about one minute to reach boiling). www.sweetmarias.com/yama_images/yama_...

                    Syphon coffee is more labour-intensive and time-consuming to brew and thus pricier. Myriade also offers single origins in French press and Eva Solo -- www.evasolo.com/products-cafesolo.html -- pots for about half the bucks.

                    And in addition to pastries, they have bagels, which you can have toasted and spread with butter, cream cheese and/or jam.

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                    1. re: carswell

                      The Syphon coffee with the El Salvador beans really rocks! This may be the best cup of coffee I have had in a long time. Absolutely no bitterness, just a haunting, fruity coffee flavour, smooth as silk. And feeling very buzzy...

                      1. re: moh

                        It's good coffee, but unless you have a money tree in your backyard, I don't think it's worth the bucks.

                        1. re: SnackHappy

                          SnackHappy, no money tree, but it is no more than a bad cocktail in many Montreal bars. I agree it isn't going to be your everyday cuppa java, but it is a real treat once in a while.

                          I am not a coffee addict, so I don't have to drink the stuff every day. I just save up all the moola I would spend on overly sucky double doubles and it doesn't seem so bad.

                          I see coffee like I see chocolate: quality not quantity. I'd rather have a small amount of great stuff than a large amount of garbage.

                          But I do see your point! If I had to have several hits every day, this could turn into an expensive habit.

                          1. re: moh

                            ive been going everyday and blowing my student loan there. worth every pretty penny

                            1. re: moh

                              Trust me it is...
                              But when I compare it to wine collecting, restaurant hopping, and my other habits, I'd say it's relatively cheap.

                              I once had a person tell me that what's great about certain commodities (such as coffee) is that the base product is cheap. Therefore, one can sample, or even consume great quality of this product without breaking the bank.

                              A pound of intelligentsia coffee will set you back about 20$ in Montreal, less if you order it online. In terms of quality, those coffees are the equivalent of a grand cru classé in Bordeaux wines, or some of the best DOCG italian ones...

                              In my opinion, totally worth it...

                              J.

                              1. re: Jhn

                                I feel a bit awkward posting in this thread, but I felt the need to share something that current barista champion said at our competition a couple weeks ago, in the vein of what Jhn is saying. He said that coffee is the foodie bargain of the world right now, and while it may not last that way forever it's a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of it right now. Thank you all for the feedback, it's been so nice to meet those of you who have introduced yourselves.

                                1. re: Anth

                                  dont forget that people regularly shell out $5 for a drink at starbucks. and thats freaking starbucks!!! $3.25 for an exquisite espresso is worth every penny. how many coffee shops serve swill $3 for a double

                                  1. re: celfie

                                    posting from Myriade, their menu says $2 for the espresso which is double I think?

                                    1. re: espprod

                                      Umm, nope- $ 2 is for a single shot espresso - at least that's what it was last Friday when I was there - but trust me, that is a $2 well spent. Well well well spent. So well spent....

                                      1. re: maisonbistro

                                        For heaven's sake, people!

                                        I never said the coffee at Myriade was too expensive. It's quite reasonably priced. I just said that the siphon coffee I had did not give me nine dollars worth of rock my world. It just tasted like a really good filter coffee to me and nothing more. I probably just don't have the fine palate that's needed to appreciate its finer points.

                                        Otherwise, Myriade has some of the best coffee in town served up by some very lovely people, and it's not at all overpriced.

                                        1. re: SnackHappy

                                          I was acutally correcting Espprod who said the $2 was for a double. It's for a single.

                                          Good coffee is good coffee. I'm sure your palate is just fine LOL

                                          1. re: maisonbistro

                                            I asked, and Myriade's 'single' uses 17g of coffee in a double basket, to produce about an ounce and a half of (delicious) espresso. That's what most places would call a double, I believe. If you order an extra shot (it's on the menu as an extra called 'espresso double'), you'd technically be getting a quad -- and that's only $1 more. So four shots of espresso for $3, bargain. :-)

                                            1. re: espprod

                                              I went to myriade yesterday for the first time.
                                              Let me tell you, I had amazing coffee...

                                              The espresso Anthony poured me really impressed me. I was never a fan of 49th parallel epic's espresso blend, but I must say that yesterday really made me reconsider my opinion on this blend.

                                              For those of you who went and took espressos, I don't know what was you opinion about it, but I must say that the one I had was great. I remember reading a post on home-barista by Dan Kenh's explaining how they rate an espresso based on visual presentation and he showed pictures of different crema colours / intensity with the associated score it would receive. Looking at the pictures of espresso yielding 8-9 scores, I thought to myself wow, I never had a crema that dark and intense before.

                                              Now I drink a lot of espresso, consider myself a good barista, and had what I considered the occasional godshot. But yesterday's shot really made me question my definition of it. Anthony said that he pours the shot a bit colder than Jf at InGamba. Depending on the blend I also tend to pull my shots on the lower temperature band of my rancilio since I find it usually positively affects taste and texture. I also consider InGamba's espresso to be poured a little bit on the high temperature side.

                                              To make this story short, the espresso I sampled yesterday was the first espresso I drank that I would rate an 8.5. The crema was red dark, and uniform as opposed to the nutbrown with tiger stripping spots I get from my setup. In short, It was amazing...

                                              Oh, and did I mention that they sell the coffee beans at a really cheap price 13 to 19$ for a pound of 49th parallel. All in all, I definitely recommend this coffee joint. And i'd like to thank Anthony for the experience. I hope they do well in the future.

                                              J.

                                              1. re: Jhn

                                                I had maybe 9-10 espressos at Myriade since they've opened and they have been consistently amazing; never came across a dud, even when it wasn't Anthony that was pulling the shot.

                                                I also tried their impossibly rich hot chocolate demi tasse today. I am not 100% certain, but it must have been pure chocolate, melted, with nothing added. So rich, so complex, so satisfying.

                                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                  My coffee drinking friend had the allongé which he said is above average. I had the demitasse hot chocolate and it was good but my friend thinks they mix granulated sugar in.

                                                  1. re: marblebag

                                                    I'm pretty sure they don't. I was told the chocolate is essentially melted chocolate bars.

                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                      There is a slightly crystalline texture to the hot chocolate, but I didn't think it was granulated sugar.

                        2. I went this week and had an amazing expresso. The only thing that turned me off was speaking to the barrista in French and being responded to in English, the whole time I was there. I understand that they have mostly english speaking customers but I'm just wondering why it's so hard for people to make an effort. My mom speaks no english and I had to translate the whole conversation for her.

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                          1. re: isa1

                            isa1 I'll take responsibility and take pains to make sure it won't happen again.

                          2. I've been staring at their tea board every time I go but I'm a bit mesmerized by it and don't know what to choose. Anyone had tea there yet? Which ones should I try?

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                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                              Ask Scott or Anthony for tea suggestions(that's what I did). I can't remember what tea I got from them(it was a Chinese tea).

                            2. I sincerely think that Myriade has a triggering effect on Montreal's coffee scene and that coffee will now take its rightful place in the city's culinary scene.

                              Disclaimer of sorts: I do consider myself a friend of Anthony's (Anth). So I admit that I'm somewhat biased in my evaluation of Myriade's offerings. But the reason I've made friends with Anthony is based on his passion for coffee. I first saw him at a coffee jam at ArtJava (arguably the first Third Wave espresso place in town). Along with other Montreal coffee geeks, I then followed him to Veritas. Caffè in Gamba opened afterwards (first heard about it during an espresso jam that Anthony hosted at Veritas) and the interaction between the two has been excellent. I was ecstatic when I heard that Anth would open is own café. Waited anxiously for it to open. Haven't been disappointed.
                              I might be overly enthusiastic, but I really think momentum is building and Myriade is the right place for it to build.

                              I've been to the first two Sunday tasting sessions and both were stimulating experiences. Scott Rao (bigabeano) has exactly the attitude needed for these kinds of things. Open-minded and authoritative, instructor-like and friendly.

                              What Stephen Morrissey about coffee's place in the current financial climate makes special sense in the Chowhound context. Coffee is about experience, true hedonism.

                              Myriade is enabling.

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                              1. re: Enkerli

                                the place is great, amazing, unbelievable BUT, it's been open for what, 3 weeks now? what could it have possibly triggered in that time? i think the only thing it has managed to do so far is get me to spend way too much money.

                                1. re: celfie

                                  I agree with Enkerli's assessment of Myriade's role in "triggering" the coffee scene in Montreal. Maybe three weeks is too short of a time-frame to see the results of this effect but I definitely feel it happening in terms of educating the average coffee customer and encouraging the progressive geekdom of those of us already coffee-obsessed.
                                  In particular, I think that the "Sunday Tasting Sessions" are and will continue to develop knowledge of and respect for the coffee and tea that Anthony and Scott take so much pride in. To me the "third wave" of coffee that people talk about, is really about "respecting" coffee and treating it as more than a simple caffeine-delivery system, basically putting coffee on the same level as other culinary pursuits. I agree that this is particularly relevant in a chowhound context, as coffee as a commodity is indeed inexpensive enough to be truly appreciated in its finest form by your average hound.
                                  I think that places like Cafe Art Java, Cafe Veritas and Caffe in Gamba have done a lot to educate Montrealers about coffee and turn them on to drinking much better coffee than they had perhaps experienced before. I really believe that Myriade is the next logical step in this process and though it's only been three weeks I think the "triggering effect" has indeed started.
                                  I definitely understand your comment about Myriade's existence causing you to spend too much money though. I heard somewhere that coffee is addictive. I think for me, it's truly great coffee that is addictive.
                                  Kudos to Myriade. Please keep up the good work.

                                  1. re: Harrisonb

                                    Memory's vague but I seem to recall Anthony mentioning that another resto or bar owner was so impressed with Myriade's Mirage machine that they've decided to order one, too. If so, the café's already had a positive impact on the Montreal, Quebec or Canadian scene.

                                    1. re: Harrisonb

                                      Just wanted to add my vote for this impressive cafe. From Halifax for an extended weekend in Montreal. Had hunted this place down shortly after landing in Mtl after reading the reviews on this board. The coffee verdict? In a word: excellent. Couldn't resist trying the syphon (1. Kenyan, 2. Mexican, both on recco by Anth and both memorable). Also tried Soy Chai Latte and Mocha. Addictive. Owners are welcoming and we already miss Myriade. Our sightseeing was exclusively planned around our new fav java addiction...

                                2. There's one thing I absolutely HATE about Cafe Myriade:

                                  it's too damned far away from my house!

                                  I made the trek last weekend finally, to sample the much-talked about siphon pots, and a cappucino made by Anthony. It brought back many memories of sitting at the coffee bar at Veritas! Definitely still my favourite cappuccino maker by far.

                                  The siphon pot was fantastic for the novelty, though I prefer the cappuccino: rich, no bitterness, perfect, as always when Anthony's at the helm.

                                  For those wondering about the Soma chocolate bars, I bought one of each and gobbled them greedily over the course of a week; absolutely delicious.

                                  If anyone has any hesitations about travelling out to see the new place, get over it and go! It was well worth the trip on the metro and the walk through the rain for the perfect cappuccino.

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                                  1. re: phedre

                                    you might as well start taking some classes while you're at it. going to school has never been more enjoyable.

                                  2. just posted in another thread about Myriad.

                                    Montrealers should be jumping for joy to have a high-caliber espresso joint in the heart of downtown.
                                    Pricewise - drinks are 25% cheaper than what I'm paying in Toronto.
                                    Tastewise - excellent lattes. Seriously excellent. Great bean selection, bold and full of flavour and still silky smooth.
                                    Was only in Mtl for 2 days and i am not a French press coffee fan, but i was incredibly intruiged by the syphon method they were using.
                                    staff was great.

                                    Myriad's a smaller version of the coffee utopia that exists in Portland, Oregon which, to my understanding, many coffee houses try to emulate. Enjoy what you have in Montreal, guys, because its fab!

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                                    1. re: atomeyes

                                      I've been to Café Myriade twice during the last few days. Shared a siphon with my friend Cam, prepared by Scott; had a latté prepared by (I believe) Anthony. Both: outstanding. I don't know how to express my excitement about this place. Scott handed us a bunch of cards, and I've been gleefully handing them out to friends to try. I'm also passing on the word-of-mouth as much as possible. Première Moisson pastries are nothing to sneeze at; they may not be quite as high-end as the rest of the café, but they do the trick, and hey it's helping out another local spot and Québec original. I live 5 blocks away and work 8 blocks away and whenever I can stop in, this is now MY café...or MYriade, as it were. Looking forward to Anthony and Scott's creations and to learning more about the wonders of fantastic coffee-making. Thanks guys, see you soon!

                                       
                                      1. re: ShoeG

                                        Re: pastries

                                        They may start to carry a very nice apple cake regularly, from the same people who make their muffins. It is similar to a coffee cake in structure. Very tasty with a nice latte. If you see it, and you like apples, it is definitely worth a try!

                                        1. re: moh

                                          that is certainly the best apple cake. myriad never stops delivering.

                                          1. re: moh

                                            I didn't know they offered muffins(I was there today(Friday)). Who's their supplier?

                                            1. re: BLM

                                              I haven't always seen the muffins, it is from time to time I see them. I don't know who the supplier is! Just that Anth mentioned the connection between the coffee cake and the muffins.

                                              1. re: moh

                                                Just checked with Cafe Myriade, their muffins & coffee cakes(& even more different baked stuff coming), are made for them by a friend of theirs, who bakes out of her home. Since it's a very small operation(home cook), they might not always have daily the muffins & etc. at Cafe Myriade.

                                                1. re: BLM

                                                  You might not want to publicize this - could get them into trouble. (i.e. food sold commercially cooked in someone's residence == perhaps not entirely "kosher" according to city regs)

                                                  1. re: kpzoo

                                                    well I'll clear this up, it's a personal friend of mine who very much does have a commercial operation, roughly the "size" of a home kitchen. Sorry about the confusion, Steve, didn't mean to mislead you.

                                          2. re: ShoeG

                                            Their croissants and chocolatines are now being made for them by Art Java, I hear.

                                        2. Cafe Myriade will be closed over the holidays, so you may want to stock up on beans! They will be open the morning of Dec. 24 only, then only reopen on Dec. 30. I'll be cramming in coffee trips...

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                                          1. re: moh

                                            Thanks for the info! Hey, maybe we should start a "What's closed over the holidays" thread - could be useful...

                                            1. re: moh

                                              I wanted to go over during our holidays to share a cuppa or three with my coffee-obsessed sweetie.

                                              From what you wrote, should I understand that Myriade will only be open on Tuesday Dec. 30, and be closed on the 26, 27, 28, 29, 31? When do they reopen in January? I'd like to go there on a weekday, when I'm not working...

                                              1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                Ideally this info would be on their Web site ;-) but since it's not, why not just give a call and get the info directly from the horse's mouth:

                                                514-939-1717

                                                http://www.cafemyriade.com/

                                                1. re: kpzoo

                                                  No answer, no message. I think the owners have split -- Anth is definitely in Vancouver -- and the threads on other boards and blogs don't deliver the info. Will try to pass by the store to see if they've posted the dates on the door.

                                                  1. re: carswell

                                                    Zackly... I did try their site earlier and Anth's blog gives out no info either. I sent an email. Maybe they will look at it from wherever they are!

                                                    And thanks!
                                                    EDIT:
                                                    AH! Found a Facebook group where they posted the hours (what an odd spot to do it)

                                                    HOLIDAY HOURS:

                                                    Sun Dec 21 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Mon Dec 22 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Tues Dec 23 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Wed Dec 24 9AM - 1PM
                                                    Thu Dec 25 - Dec 30 CLOSED
                                                    Wed Dec 31 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Thu Jan 1 CLOSED
                                                    Fri Jan 2 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Sat Jan 3 9AM - 5PM
                                                    Sun Jan 4 9AM - 5PM

                                                  2. re: kpzoo

                                                    In response to "chiding" from "angry Chowhounders," a chastened Anthony (tongue firmly in cheek, one assumes) has created a Café Myriade blog.
                                                    http://cafemyriade.wordpress.com/

                                                    1. re: carswell

                                                      :) It will be followed by month's end by something more cohesive, I promise. Sorry for any confusion!

                                              2. I finally made it to Cafe Myriade although I had tried some of Anthony's creations at his earlier situations.

                                                I had a filtered Kenyan. I forgot how good a really good filtre can be. Extremely intense without a hint of bitterness. It actually improved as it sat and cooled downed and breathed. It was a bit quiet on that bizzardly afternoon: So I got a chance to have all the various brewing methods explained and illustrated. This is definitely a "destination" location for Chowhounders! A true shrine to coffee consumption.

                                                I was surprised by the steady stream of people looking for tea and they were taken equally seriously and all seemed happy.

                                                I was back the next day to try out the Eva Solo brewing method. Unfortunately his grinder had stopped working. I ordered a latte that was absolutely perfect: light but intense without the slightest trace of bitterness. Shortly thereafter the grinder was working and Anthony offered me a cup of a Eva Solo brewed Costa Rican. It had an amazingly light and pure texture with this brewing method.

                                                This place is a coffee lovers dream.

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                                                1. re: Fritzy

                                                  Ok, I might be the only one but... Went to myriade twice, and both time had the latte (once deca, once regular). It was great, except this almost spicy taste... it's like cinamon... I can't find the right expression in english, but at the end "ça me tombe sur le coeur"! I just coun't finish it... what's wrong with me?

                                                2. Just went to Myriade this afternoon - best mocha I've had since I lived in Oregon, by FAR. Perfectly smooth (taste-wise and texture too) and not too hot - pure silky deliciousness! SO happy to have a place like this in Montreal!

                                                  1. In case you missed it: http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/c...

                                                    Nice to see a chow favourite get some mainstream attention. Kudos to Anthony, Scott and team.

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                                                    1. re: Harrisonb

                                                      Just went for my first coffee there. (All the others from the Cafe had been brought to me by friends) Great atmosphere and brilliant coffee!!!!!

                                                      1. re: bigfellow

                                                        I was back at work in the neighbourhood this week and had to drop by every morning. I'm afraid I need to revise my monthly coffee budget because of them.

                                                    2. This place sounds really interesting. I'm a student at Concordia and I've been looking for a good coffee spot and this place seems to fit the bill.

                                                      How big is this cafe? Is there room to sit and does it get really packed weekdays? I'm usually reluctant to go into new places where I don't know the "system".

                                                      Is it a order your coffee and sit type place, or do they serve you? Good spot for a coffee date?

                                                      Is it one of those snobby cafes that will look at you funny if you don't order some exotic coffee blend originally brewed by ancient Columbian nuns?

                                                      Gonna check this place out later this week.

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                                                      1. re: systm

                                                        it's like any coffee shop. you order at the counter and then you move over and wait for your drink. the space is small, you can go walk by - it's right beside the EV building. There is a big window. It is a casual place but small. Some people sit there doing work, but I wouldn't exactly encourage you to stay there for hours the way people do at chains.

                                                        1. re: systm

                                                          It gets super busy on weekdays around lunch time and stays that way for a few hours. When I'm there before 9:00 a.m. there are usually only a handful of people there. When I try to go around 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. I sometimes can't get a seat. Usually in the evenings it's a bit quieter.

                                                          I wouldn't want to sit there to study for a long time because I would start to feel guilty that I was taking up space other patrons could be using.

                                                        2. As I was freezing and had some stuff to do, I went to Café Myriade last Friday. I ordered a double espresso and it is the best that I've had in Montreal, barely edging one that I enjoyed at Caffe in Gamba last month. Really, really good stuff.

                                                          I will definitely go back when I am in the city. Keep it up guys!

                                                          1. Myriade is, hands down, the best espresso in town. My only complaint with the place is the staff. The last few times I've gone in, the baristas always seem to be on the verge of having a panic attack. Actually, they've messed up my order the last three times because of lack of communication with the cashier and the barista. Given the space and popularity of the place, I can understand their tension. However, they could really benefit from some organization. But, back to my original statement, this is really some incredibly delicious coffee. Their teas and muffins are also definitely worth checking out.

                                                            1. A friend of mine has reported that starting tomorrow they will have a new format for their cappuccino. From what i understand it will be less of the "mini latte" format it is now. I look forward to giving it a try. Not sure if they'll continue to offer the old style as well.

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                                                              1. re: blond_america

                                                                from what I gather, they will.

                                                                1. re: Anth

                                                                  Hey Anth, the last bag of Epic Espresso I bought is just not as good as what I got back in February. More bitter, less crema. I was hankering for it, and now I'm desolate.

                                                                  Any other espresso beans at Myriade you'd suggest?

                                                                  1. re: TheSnowpea

                                                                    We usually bring in half a dozen bags of the Organic Espresso Blend from 49th as well, next time you're in if you're comfortable introduce yourself and I'll walk you through it. We've drastically changed how we've been extracting Epic over the last month or so as well in response to the changes we tasted as well.

                                                                    --Anth [directly affiliated with Cafe Myriade, reader discretion advised]

                                                              2. I hereby like to make a public suggestion knowing that various people of Myriade read this board. Not sure if this is possible (limited counter space, daily delivery constraints, etc), but it while stuffing my face with some powdery plum paczki from Wawel the other day, I had this idea of having my favorite fried sugary thing alongside my favorite coffee. I can always takeout, but why not? You would elevate the concept of coffee and donuts to a higher level.

                                                                PS: the new cappuccino is fantastic.

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                                                                1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                  Looks like your dreams have come true! Yesterday in the morning the counter was brimming with paczki (all three kinds)! And when we went back in the afternoon there were only two left.

                                                                  1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                    Oh I should I have wished for a million dollars. <Glee>This is fantastic!</Glee>

                                                                    1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                      they don't have any today
                                                                      only a few assorted premiere moisson items

                                                                      1. re: celfie

                                                                        Wouldn't be surprising if Wawel's St-Marc outlet were closed today.

                                                                    2. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                      like I needed another excuse to go there!

                                                                      1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                        I want to give a heads up for the paczki situation and inform hounds that they are not a part of standard offerings yet. Apparently, Myriade tried purchasing the paczki in retail to test them out, but eventually they hope to have a steady wholesale supply. From my understanding, Wawel people need to visit the site and get convinced to commit into a steady supply. Or something like that.

                                                                        1. re: emerilcantcook

                                                                          Finally. I made it to café Myriade this morning , I was sceptical that it would be that great ( that's my nature when I hear a lot of hype), all I can say is a big WOW, I requested a cappucino on the dry side, it was an amazing treat.
                                                                          I walked along ste catherine street sipping and smiling, it was that perfect
                                                                          moment.

                                                                          I will try a decaf next time, hopefully it will be as good.

                                                                          1. re: superbossmom

                                                                            I was at café myriade this morning for an espresso to go and as usual it was fantastic. only one complaint i can make is the price, it is stupidly low, i really dont get it, why are they selling there product at such dollar store prices??? high end product should sell at higher prices, i am ready to pay at least 3$ for that superior espresso, i hope café myriade is listening. bonne Journée!

                                                                            1. re: chocofab

                                                                              hey hey!!! no, Myriade, DON'T listen!
                                                                              I am a student and am more than happy about your prices. I am glad that for once, spending less does not mean getting less deliciousness.

                                                                              1. re: alixium

                                                                                I've been going back for decaf, it's as amazing as the regular cap,
                                                                                they redefined coffee for me.

                                                                    3. The Myriade blog reports that the café has just got a terrasse permit and plans to have an outdoor space up and running by month's end. Will add some welcome colour and life to that concrete canyon of a block.

                                                                      Current business hours are:
                                                                      Weekdays: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
                                                                      Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
                                                                      Sundays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

                                                                      Also, the new website should be up Real Soon Now. www.cafemyriade.com

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                                                                      1. re: carswell

                                                                        Too bad there's not more sunshine on that block, eh?

                                                                      2. Myriade has started serving very nice iced coffee drinks! I had an iced cappucino, a shot of espresso in milk, and a cap of foam. No sugar whatsoever, just milk and pure coffee flavour. It is a real nice change from the overly sweet syrup concoctions at most of the big coffee chains. They also have other iced drinks, like ice latte (more milk) and also regular iced brewed coffee. Now we need more summer...

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                                                                        1. re: moh

                                                                          This may be a food board, but I'll second that ''we need more summer'' Moh.

                                                                          1. re: moh

                                                                            Moh, Boston hound here. Took my wife there Sunday after reading all the comments on this board. OMG, what a gem. Wish we had one at home on our block.
                                                                            Best mocha I have ever had, and wife agreed. Then took 2 more iced drinks for the road on the way to Atwater Market. Met the owners outside playing Scrabble. They are using a Toddy cold brewing system to make the filtered iced coffee. The concentrate created, even when diluted, makes for a less acidic , less bitter cup.
                                                                            Now my wife wants one of those chocolate mixers that dispenses the liquified chocolate for our kitchen counter at home.

                                                                            1. re: Lighthousehunter

                                                                              Lighthousehunter, I'll have to try the ice mocha next! They do have great hot chocolate.

                                                                              It is quite possible I was there the same time you were! I saw them start their scrabble game, and by the time we left they were quite a way through.

                                                                              re: hot chocolate: I noticed a package filled with little morsels of chocolate near the cash register. It is a bag meant to make hot chocolate at home, made by the same company that makes their liquified chocolate. You add the little chocolatey bits to warm milk on a stove. This is the first time I'd noticed this package, and I don't know how it compares to the stuff they serve at the shop. But it looks promising! I'll have to ask how it is next time I am in the shop.

                                                                              They really do not compromise on the quality of their drinks. That is why they are so great. And yet the prices are reasonable.

                                                                              They had a great tea tasting on Sunday, led by Scott. It was extremely informative and interesting. It was great to taste the teas one after the other. They have the new crop of teas in, and the quality is fabulous. If people like tea, they really need to go in and try some of these teas.

                                                                              1. re: moh

                                                                                Moh, we bought one of those chocolate packages and took it home. Haven't broken it open yet. After the barista's (maybe Anthony, not sure) comments about using the Toddy coffeemaker (cold brew)for their ice coffee, we have taken our Toddy out of the cabinet for the summer. We may "sacrifice" a pound of the Cuban Black beans for ice coffee since we will be returning to Montreal for Just for Laughs in July.

                                                                          2. Has anyone tried their new brownies?

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                                                                            1. re: mainsqueeze

                                                                              Yup! Nice and crispy crust, soft, chocolatey inside, very tasty! It is a good study in brownie textures. It is made by the same person who makes the delicious apple cake.

                                                                            2. Construction has started on their new terrace.

                                                                              1. I am so glad that we wandered off St. Catherine and found this treasure. It is the best looking and best tasting latte I've ever had.

                                                                                Thanks Anthony for the dark horse rec here in TO, will be sure to try it. we'll definitely return next time in Montreal.

                                                                                1. Hey everyone! Congratulations are in order. Anth placed first in the Eastern Regional Barista Competition last weekend, and is headed to the Canadian Championships in 6 weeks! And Alex placed third! Congratulations to both of you, and we hope the Canadian competition will go well.

                                                                                  1. Myriade is now open later during the week: until 9 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

                                                                                    1. The new terrace is nice. A lot more seating room. I am sad though because I missed a tasting there this Sunday (I think the plan was to go over the drinks for the upcoming competition) due to being a degenerate...