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Best Brewed Coffee in Toronto?

jmeggs Jul 4, 2011 01:50 PM

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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    Idas RE: jmeggs Jul 4, 2011 06:49 PM

    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. PoppiYYZ RE: jmeggs Oct 30, 2011 02:19 PM

      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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        autopi RE: PoppiYYZ Oct 30, 2011 02:51 PM

        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.

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          jmeggs RE: autopi Oct 30, 2011 04:15 PM

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

          3079 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6P1Z9, CA

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            mobirose RE: autopi Oct 30, 2011 06:29 PM

            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

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              jmeggs RE: mobirose Oct 31, 2011 07:10 AM

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

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            PoppiYYZ RE: PoppiYYZ Oct 31, 2011 06:10 PM

            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.

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            VP of Feeling Groovy RE: jmeggs Oct 31, 2011 07:25 AM

            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

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              peppermint pate RE: jmeggs Oct 31, 2011 07:47 AM

              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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                kingsway RE: peppermint pate Oct 31, 2011 04:49 PM

                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

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                  jmeggs RE: kingsway Nov 1, 2011 06:13 AM

                  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!

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