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Jul 4, 2011 01:50 PM

Best Brewed Coffee in Toronto?

I know there's been a lot written on the best cafes/best espresso in the city, but what about straight up brewed coffee. I notice a lof the cafes in the city now don't even do brewed coffee. So I'd love to know where to find the best brewed (non-espresso) coffees in the city. For instance, Balzac's has terrific brewed coffee.

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  1. Good post!!
    I like the Moon Bean in Kensingon Market though not enough to say it is the "best" I have had in Toronto. I don't get there as much as I like but when I do, it has had reliably good brew and I buy my fresh beans from them for the week.

    (I seldom drink espresso but are we doomed to convert with the espresso exclusivity happening?)

    I have had so many bad drip coffee's our there, I am coffee-shy and buy beans for grinding and brewing in my Chemex glass drip brewer at home. I brew 90 % of my own coffee now.

    The great brewed coffee accessibility is getting me to consider getting a bean roaster unless we hear from some chowhounders... (pretty please!)

    I will try Balzac's soon. Looking forward to other poster's flushing out some great drip out there!

    1. Recently addicted to Starbuck's Sumatra. If you ask nice, they'll grind it fresh and make you a french press since it won't likely be pre-brewed. Not a fan of the chain, but love that coffee...

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      1. re: PoppiYYZ

        do the starbucks here in toronto use the clover brewing machine? i don't care for starbucks extra dark roast, but that machine is capable of some very fine brews.

        1. re: autopi

          None of them yet, that I know of. Crema Coffee does though, amd maybe Manic?

          3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

          1. re: autopi

            The Starbucks on Yonge just north of Bloor has a Clover. There's also a Clover at the Crema on Bloor, east of Yonge if you want to do a side-by-side tasting.

            3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

            1. re: mobirose

              Do you happen to know what Starbucks is charging for their Clover in relation to its normal brewed coffee?

          2. re: PoppiYYZ

            BTW, In the lower level of the SLM (NW corner) you can get Sumatra Mandheling and also buy beans (at $14.95/lb which is IMHO heinous), but it is a very good jolt to enhance your shopping pleasure.

          3. My fave spots to buy beans for home brewed coffee are Te Aro, Balzac's and iDeal coffee. I've had good coffee, both brewed and espresso-based, at all of them. The common thread? All roast their own beans.

            Te Aro
            983 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M1K2, CA

            1. I'm definitely more of an espresso/americano drinker myself BUT the one kind of brewed coffee I really like is the one from Merchants of Green Coffee. I've never been to their store but the coffee they serve at the Brickworks Farmer's Market has a really deep, rich flavour - this weekend, I particularly enjoyed it alongside the churros from the churros competition. They roast their own.

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              1. re: peppermint pate

                SB has Clover at York Mills and Leslie and Forest Hill Village.

                I am hooked...prices fluctuate for the Reserve blends, but they will brew you the regular hooch for less

                1. re: kingsway

                  According to Starbucks' website, the following have Clover machines:

                  York Mills & Lesmill
                  Yonge & Davisville
                  Spadina & Thelma
                  Bloor just north of Yonge

                  According to their nutritional info, the Venti has 415 mg of caffeine, 15 miligrams more than the regular brewed coffee!