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i'm on a coffee kick! where can i get the best example of different cultures' coffee in toronto?

italian espresso-based drinks don't need to be included since espresso is pretty common lately

vietnamese coffee doesn't need to be included since i make a mean cup at home with the proper filter, sweetened condensed milk, and real vietnamese coffee brought back from vietnam.

i have a french press at home although i have no idea if this is how they actually make coffee in france.

i have tried ethiopian coffee in various restaurants around the city and love it.

have never tried turkish coffee - where can i get a good cup?

and other kinds of coffee?

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  1. haven't been in a couple years, but I recall Manic Coffee on College had offered some harder to find beans that you can get brewed with their Clover machine...wonder if they still do that?

    if so, it's not really coffee brewed authentic to a specific culture obviously, but may give exposure to different types of beans brewed with what is supposed to be a good machine (i'm not discerning enough to be able to appreciate a cup that could run upwards of $10-15)

    1. I would recommend the coffee bar in the Longos store at maple leaf square. There is quite a bit variety at this store and I have even bought Kopi Luwak in a small quantity to try (didn't appreciate it though) and the sales person is quite knowledgeable there.

      1. This is Polish Socialist Era coffee:
        Dump regular coffee grounds into glass. Pour on hot water. Let stand a moment and drink, making sure not to get (too many) grounds in your mouth. Add some milk or sugar if desired. Also, always drunk out of a glass. With the economic changes after 1990, this style of coffee has been often replaced with filter or expresso machine coffee in cities.

        1. If you don't mind brewing your own, the Green Beanery has beans, both roasted and green from all over.

          1. Try Coffee Tree (Bloor West Village), they carry beans from different locales.

            Tried a few limited reserves available.

            1. I had a wonderful Thai coffee at Sabai Sabai on Church St today (just opened a week ago). They use a Thai coffee bean that apparently isn't available anywhere else in the city. I had it both black, which was nice, but then with this condensed milk that they stir into the coffee when they make it that makes it a bit sweet. I highly suggest you try it both ways or the latter if you don't like black coffee.

              1. You can find good Greek coffee (which is the same type of preparation as Turkish coffee) at most full service Greek restaurants (Pan, Avli, Mezes, Pantheon, Volos, etc), as well as at Serano Bakery, Athens Pastries and Caffe Frappe. With both Greek and Turkish coffee, the serving size is around the size of an espresso, and when you order the coffee, you order it sweet, medium or with no sugar. Dairy isn't traditionally added to Greek or Turkish coffee. You also can try the Greek-style iced coffee at Athens Pastries and Caffe Frappe, which is called a Frappe, made with Greek Nescafe and evaporated milk (spray-dried rather than freeze-dried).

                Not sure if any of the pide places serve good Turkish coffee. Anatolia in Etobicoke serves Turkish coffee. Haven't dined there in a long time. http://www.anatoliarestaurant.com/

                Te Aro serves NZ-style coffee http://www.te-aro.ca/pages/about-us

                Most of the Portuguese bakeries sell Portuguese-style coffee. I'm not sure which bakery sells the best coffee, since I'm usually more focused on the pastries, but I've often enjoyed the coffee when I stop in for a pastry.

                The Coffee Mill serves Hungarian-style coffee. Krepesz, the palascinta place in Kensington Market, might also be a good source for Hungarian-style coffee. I haven't tried it yet. http://www.krepesz.com/

                Argentinean coffee (as well as yerba mate) at El Almacen http://www.elalmacen.ca http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

                Would think some Columbian bakeries are serving good coffee. The one located just south of Lady Yorke serves coffee.

                I haven't tried Cafe Con Leche yet: http://www.blogto.com/cafes/cafe-con-...

                Would think Barberian's and Tom Jones would good places for Spanish coffee and Irish coffee. ;-)

                1. La Merceria on Adelaide near Portland is an Argentinian owned cafe serving espresso-style drinks like cafe con leche and cortado.

                  Sense Appeal on Spadina just south of Adelaide usually has Turkish coffee on their special drinks menu. They also do a lot of experimenting with blends, roasts and alternate brewing techniques. If you ask nicely they'll probably invite you to join in on their daily cupping session.