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Sam James Coffee Bar in the Financial District?!

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AverageJo Dec 20, 2011 07:27 AM

Walking to St. Andrew station through the Sun Life concourse, I spotted a sign on one of the vacant storefronts: Coming soon Sam James Coffee Bar.

Knock me down with a feather. I never would have expected to see an independent high-end coffee bar in the PATH. But this is good news. I look forward to buying some decent espressos without having to take the TTC to his other stores.

  1. Sarah_G Dec 20, 2011 10:30 AM

    That is awesome news! I get off at King but the Sun Life building is a few short blocks away from my office so I am definitely looking forward to checking this place out!

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      EarlyDrive Jan 1, 2012 04:52 PM

      This is indeed excellent news. The spot will be in the PATH, below the new(ish) Earls. Likely to be March before it's open.

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        EarlyDrive Jun 3, 2012 01:34 PM

        Tomorrow, June 4. It'll be open at 7 a.m. Yay!

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          julesrules Jun 4, 2012 07:54 AM

          Thanks for the tip I just went :)
          Verdict: great addition to the PATH. In addition to coffees they have baked goods and some sandwiches/salads from Delica Kitchen.
          My latte is smooth (I actually would have expected stronger flavour) and my 3-cheese/rosemary muffin has great flavour, if some texture issues. I'm not super close by and I don't often indulge in a $7 coffee break, but I can definitely see trying out the baked goods over time as they have some interesting options (almond butter chocolate chip cookie with maldon, etc).

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            AverageJo Jun 4, 2012 08:06 AM

            Thanks for the alert! I've been watching the space develop slowly the past few months. I could see it would be opening soon but never expected it to be this week! Got a latte and almond butter cookie this morning. Just as good as I remembered.

      2. jlunar Dec 20, 2011 10:26 AM

        Holy moly. Smart move on his part. Brand recog (and good product, of course!) will make him a hot sell in the path.

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          peppermint pate Dec 20, 2011 08:27 AM

          Wow, that is surprising but stellar news indeed.

          1. Manybears Dec 20, 2011 08:14 AM

            Ooooooh this is exciting news indeed!

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