Coffee, Caffe, Café! It doesn’t matter where you come from or how you say it: If there is one thing I can’t go a morning with out this would be it. It’s a good thing I live in the Café rich city of Toronto.
I’ve been a Barista for several years, however, being a new Toronto resident I felt it necessary to do a little Café tour. I wanted to get a good sense of the level of barista training. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety and abundance of Café’s in this great city. If there was one trend I noticed when it comes to Toronto, it would have to be how much Torontonians love there Americano’s (if you want to learn more about coffee training and terminology click here), which I found very interesting seeing as how very different each Café seemed to be.
Machines and Roasters. Every Café in Toronto also seems to have something they want to showcase and be proud of. Whether it be the fact that they roast their own coffee and do it well, or have a brand new high tech espresso machine such as the Slayer. They all have it; and they have the right barista training to prove it.
When it comes to producing quality coffee with a great experience, there is one Café in particular that really stood out it my books. Sense Appeal; not only do they have a stylish Café including an “open bar “ concept allowing customer to have a full view of the beverage the entire time it is being made. They also roast their beans in house. Because of their discerning roasting methods, the quality of their end product is tough to match and their variety is unparalleled when it comes to espresso based beverages.
They now have a new roast each week which, gives customers something new to look forward to every week. Finally, their Baristas seem to truly enjoy their craft. It could be a simple question like: “What blend is pulling well today?” You will always get an enthusiastic answer followed with passion.
This is just one of many different Café’s I have had the pleasure of visiting and there are many, many more to visit.