Tour Locations

Propeller Coffee Co.

50 Wade Ave Toronto, ON M6H 2Z3

(416) 479-3771

Podcast Available

“We look for unique coffees, and obviously really high scoring, high quality and with no defects. But we’re looking for unique coffees.”

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Single-Origin Pourover (or Single Origin Espresso)

Propeller Coffee Co.

Arvo Coffee

17 Gristmill Lane Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

(647) 352-2786

At Arvo Coffee, one of the main tenets is the emphasis on creativity. The menu features the staples as well as a rotating selection of seasonal beverages that push the boundaries like their Hopped Cold Brew, Hot Date Latte or Cascara Lemonade. Often, these unique drinks are designed by the baristas behind the bar.

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Coffee Cupping

Arvo Coffee

Neo Coffee Bar

100-161 Frederick St Toronto, ONM5A 4P1

(647) 348-8811

“The Neo Blend, we are working with de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters to make the house espresso… It’s trying to find a balance of something that is good with milk but also has the fruitiness and chocolate,” explained Nakagome about their custom blend.

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Cappuccino (or Medium Drip Coffee)

Neo Coffee Bar

Tucana Coffee

1413 Dundas St W Toronto, ON M6J 1Y4

Podcast Available

“You’ll notice in our shop that the baristas manually dose almost every shot that they pull. They use a scale for every shot that they pull and a timer, so they know how that shot is going to taste before they serve it to the customer.”

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Cappucino (or Espresso)

Tucana Coffee

De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters

273 Richmond St W Toronto, ONM5V 1X1

(416) 506-3131

Podcast Available

Pushing the envelope in café design is new to de Mello, who would be more used to stretching themselves on the roasting side with one of the most expansive roasted coffee menus. They are consistently bringing in new coffees for their customers and cafés to dig into.

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12oz Latte (Milk, Soy or Almond Milk)

De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters

Jacked Up Coffee Truck

144 Yorkville Ave Toronto, ON M5R 1C2

(905) 924-0031

The Jacked Up Coffee truck is the brainchild of owner and operator, Jack Provan and very much reflective of his somewhat nomadic nature, as he was a barista in London, Melbourne and finally settled down here in Toronto.

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Flat White (or Americano or Espresso)

Jacked Up Coffee Truck

Sorry Coffee Co.

102 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M5S 1M8

(844) 548-6223

“The variety that’s introduced with our coffee program keeps things fresh and interesting for our staff and our more informed and discerning guests,”

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Flat White (or Cortado or Americano)

Sorry Coffee Co.

Boxcar Social

4 Boulton Ave Toronto, ON M4M 2J3

(647) 344-4530

Podcast Available

“We get excited! When different expressions of Kenyan coffee, Ethiopian coffees seasonally come through. Our whole business model is about sharing that excitement.”

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2 x Pourovers & Cascara Tea (Tasting Flight)

Boxcar Social

The Coffee Lab

333 Bloor St W Toronto, ON M5S 1W7

(647) 212-8817

Tucked into the Annex Willow Books store, Campos has one of the more ambitious coffee programs and is continually bringing in coffee from international roasters – whether it’s Glitch Coffee Roasters from Japan or another roaster that is intriguing him at the moment.

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“The Drop” (or “The 6”) signature drink

The Coffee Lab

Hotblack Coffee

245 Queen St W Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4

(416) 840-6141

Podcast Available

Kishi has quite the storied past with specialty coffee, formerly working at Dark Horse Espresso & Detour Coffee Roasters prior to opening HotBlack Coffee with business partner Jimson Bienenstock. She frequently competed (and did quite well) in barista competitions where competitors are tested on three things: espresso, milk-based drinks and a signature drink.

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“Green Eye” Mint Infused Cold Brew Signature Drink (or Coffee Popsicle, or 12oz Coffee)

Hotblack Coffee

Voodoo Child Espresso

388 College St Toronto, ON M5T 1S7

(647) 748-1011

Podcast Available

Voodoo Child is a multi-roaster café with a menu that always has two espressos on offer. It changes with the seasonality of coffee. However, one choice will feature more of a classic flavour profile and the other will be more adventurous and fruit-forward.

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Espresso

Voodoo Child Espresso

Pilot Coffee Roasters

50 Wagstaff Dr Toronto, ON M4L 3W9

(416) 546-4006

Podcast Available

Brett Johnston, Head of Innovation at Pilot Coffee Roasters was responsible for designing their Cold Brew program and left no stone unturned when trying to develop their recipe and processes : whether it was trying hot brew and a flash chill, a hot bloom and a cold crash of water, using ambient water for 6-12 hours or trying the Japanese Iced Coffee method.

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Cold Brew

Pilot Coffee Roasters

Lit Espresso Bar

1517 Bayview Ave East York, ON M4G 3B5

Podcast Available

“We want to create a coffee that’s super sweet and super balanced. We still want you to taste the notes from origin, but that’s kind of secondary to the balance and sweetness that we want out of our coffees. That’s not to say we want to destroy everything that you should taste in origin, but we think that it’s much more approachable this way.”

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Espresso

Lit Espresso Bar