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Crema (Spadina)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on October 6, 2011

Crema Coffee SpadinaCrema at Spadina and Richmond is a familiar incarnation of its older sister to the west. Not too far west — think Crema at Yonge and Bloor.

Again sharing space with Freshii, this newest and fourth Crema location is strategically placed where the Fashion and Entertainment districts meet. There's plenty of competition in the area, including the Starbucks directly across the street and Le Gourmand just a few paces north, but after just its second day, this newest Crema is already reporting lots of action.

Crema Coffee"I think people were waiting for us to open," the barista says as she prepares me my usual Americano ($3.10). "They knew they were moving into this spot."

Crema CoffeeIndeed, the last time I spoke with Crema owner Geoff Polci was at the opening of his Danforth shop, and he hinted that Crema Spadina was in the works. That was fourth months ago and the venture is indeed very much complete, though Geoff wasn't in when I stopped by to fill me in on the details.

Crema CoffeeNot that there is much room to chat — Crema room, that is. Like the Bloor shop, Crema on Spadina just occupies a tiny nook of a larger Freshii, stocking its espresso machine, tea canisters, and pastry rack all in close quarters. The differences between this Crema and the others, the barista tells me, are miniscule. Same 49th Parallel coffee, same Circles & Squares treats, same list of drinks.

Crema CoffeeSame prices? Unless my not-yet caffeinated eyes were deceiving me, it looked like an extra dime was tagged onto some drinks on the list. Americanos were $3.10, not $3.00 like I remember; same with the cappuccino here listed for $3.35. Of course, it's entirely possible that all the Crema shops upped the tab ever so slightly since my last visit.

Crema CoffeeBut nevermind the dime, my Americano here is an old faithful. Balanced, smooth, and slightly fruity; it's a familiar taste to the Crema Americanos of my past. Crema Spadina is just about up to regular operating hours (Mon-Fri 7a.m. to 8p.m., Sat -Sun 8a.m. to 8p.m.), and is poised to receive a shiny new Clover sometime soon. Until next time, Crema — or else, your next location.

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Crema Coffee SpadinaPhotos by Jesse Milns



susan / October 6, 2011 at 01:45 pm
at what point is "indie" no longer "indie"? this appears to be a successful corporation with 4 branches.
Erik / October 6, 2011 at 01:53 pm
The freshii store was already too crowded.
Maxer / October 6, 2011 at 02:18 pm
So happy this place opened...the quality at nearby Sense Appeal has been hit or miss... mostly miss.
JoeParez / October 6, 2011 at 02:24 pm
"Rumour has is that a Clover is on it's way".

Clover? As in the Clover Food Labs/Clover Food Truck?
Janet / October 6, 2011 at 02:37 pm
Looks sleek. But a new Clover? I thought that wasn't possible since Starbucks bought the brand? Maybe a used one?
MrsPotato replying to a comment from susan / October 6, 2011 at 02:51 pm
i agree with Susan.
Paul replying to a comment from susan / October 6, 2011 at 02:57 pm
Successful, yes, but how does that equal "corporate"? I assume Crema runs as a sole-proprietor business, it's just one guy after all. That still counts as independent in my books.
bikeroo replying to a comment from Janet / October 6, 2011 at 04:36 pm
yep, starbucks took the clover but there is something similar called the Trifecta, if I recall 7 Grams Cafe has one so perhaps this Crema location will too.
Darren / October 6, 2011 at 07:14 pm
I think Crema has two Clovers, one that works well, and one that works not so so. The so so one is coming to Spadina.
susan / October 6, 2011 at 08:57 pm
Paul, they're called "Crema Coffee Co." -- to legally use "co." in their name, they must be incorporated.

I don't actually have a problem with this; i'm just tired of people who rail against 'corporations' or valorize things that are 'indie', without really having any idea what a corporation is. The owner would have to be a moron to run 4 shops and not be incorporated.
Paul replying to a comment from susan / October 6, 2011 at 09:46 pm
Well regardless of the business structure, the fact remains that it's owned and operated by one person, versus a multi-national, NYSE-traded corporation, so I'd still call that independent. It's owned by a guy I know. Not Nestle, not Pepsi. So, go Geoff go.
chris replying to a comment from Paul / October 6, 2011 at 10:05 pm
Agreed, successful does not equal 'corporate', just as unsuccessful does not equate with 'indie'. Great to see a homegrown business succeed. And their coffee is pretty damn good! And Susan 'inc.' is the abbreviation for incorporated btw, 'co.' in this case stands for company. Have a cup of coffee and wake up will ya.
Steve replying to a comment from susan / October 10, 2011 at 08:51 pm
The 'co.' in Crema Coffee co. is supposed to stand for company, not corporation.
Daniel / October 12, 2011 at 10:16 am
Great to see a small local company build a legit brand based on a QUALITY product and not just expanding for the sake of expansion. We should all be applauding a great local Toronto product that has the guts to challenge the big boys (not debating whether they qualify as "indie" anymore). Let's hope we see many more Crema's popping up around the place in years to come!!
Jon replying to a comment from susan / November 28, 2011 at 02:14 pm
u jelly?
Aaron / November 11, 2012 at 07:24 am
'Co' does not legally mean corporation. You can call your company whatever you want, but you cannot use 'Inc' unless your are 'Inc'orperated.

And having 4 locations doesn't make him an idiot not to incorporate. There are obvious benefits to being incorporated but as a small business you will lose all control of your company and it costs a lot more to run a business that is incorporated than private.
Sean / March 19, 2013 at 09:45 pm
Inspected on: March 14, 2013
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 2 (Significant: 2).
Crucial infractions include: N/A

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