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Fahrenheit Coffee (Lombard)

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on December 1, 2011

Fahrenheit CoffeeFahrenheit Coffee has reemerged, though there are surely hoards of the under-caffeinated still wandering around the Esplanade. Move north, friends; for Fahrenheit already has.

In October, we noted that Fahrenheit's former Esplanade home had been gutted and boarded up. Ransacked by rogue tea-drinkers? Not entirely. Owner Sameer Mohamed told us then that the reason was "landlord issues," and that's the story he sticks with when I drop by Fahrenheit-the-new at Lombard and Jarvis. "It was political--anyway, now we're here."

Fahrenheit Coffee"Here" is actually a former salon that was transformed in three weeks to something not unlike Fahrenheit's original space. There is no seating, but rather, a couple of bars for tasting, as well as lots of pale wood and, of course, some Barista championship plaques (including one for second place in the latest regional event) on the wall.

Fahrenheit CoffeeThe coffee is the same (supplied by Te Aro) and I indulge in a latte ($3.75) prepared by Sameer himself. The latte art is impressive--some sort of heart-design thing--and I futility try to preserve it as I take my first sip. When I initially met Sameer, it was abundantly clear he knew his coffee, and he offers to walk me through my first Fahrenheit (Lombard) cup.

"The first sip," he says, "is orange zest, especially on the linger."

"The second sip--" I interrupt: "Caramel?"

"Yes, butterscotch," he replies. "That's totally it. And then, you'll finish with a sort of dark chocolate."

Fahrenheit CoffeeThe blend is a full-bodied Kenyan and it goes down incredibly smooth. Needless to say, for my own selfish reasons, I'm glad Fahrenheit has moved a little further north.

Fahrenheit CoffeeThe one main difference will be Fahrenheit's baked goods, which are no longer sourced from Circles and Squares. They will now be prepared fresh onsite by Nesreen Mroueh, a French pastry chef who Sameer actually met at his favourite sheesha place. "We'll have some croissants, some tarts--ah, it'll be great," Sameer says.

Fahrenheit CoffeeFahrenheit CoffeePhotos by Morris Lum

Discussion

49 Comments

scott / December 1, 2011 at 09:38 am
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Extremely welcome addition to the neighbourhood.
lowrez / December 1, 2011 at 10:25 am
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Seriously good espresso.
lowrez / December 1, 2011 at 10:26 am
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Why are there no stars on this review? I want to give it a lot of stars.
Sarah / December 1, 2011 at 01:58 pm
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The few times I've been in I've been really impressed by the atmosphere. I feel welcomed! Feels like a place to chat with friendly neighbours. Looking forward to the addition of treats!
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from scott / December 1, 2011 at 07:47 pm
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Appreciate the welcome Scott. Thank you!
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from lowrez / December 1, 2011 at 07:48 pm
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Hey Lowrez,

Thank you for the compliments. Will see you soon!

Sameer from Fahreheit
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Sarah / December 1, 2011 at 07:50 pm
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Sarah,

You will always feel welcomed! Your feedback on this post and the Places to Eat and Drink around George Brown were truly appreciated. Come in and have a coffee on me!!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Annonymous / December 1, 2011 at 09:01 pm
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I'm not positive but do you occasionally work at Sense Appeal on Spadina Sameer? I think you made my macchiato this one time and it was the best I've had! Will def have to check out your cafe sometime soon
222 The Esplanade / December 1, 2011 at 09:24 pm
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sad to see you leave :( but will definitely drop by.
i thought it was you at sense appeal last friday! it was such an amazing coffee!!!!
Becca / December 2, 2011 at 11:24 am
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The combo. of Sameer making the drinks + beans from Te Aro is pure magic. Incredible coffee, and really well-made.
Sameer replying to a comment from Annonymous / December 2, 2011 at 12:32 pm
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Hey anonymous,

I was running the coffee program at sense appeal when the first started. I then moved on to open Fahrenheit on the esplanade before finding a permanent spot here on Lombard. Appreciate the positive response! Hope to see you soon!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Sameer replying to a comment from 222 The Esplanade / December 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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Hey 222 the esplanade,

That was not me at sense. Been busy on Lombard. When you coming by?

Sameer from Fahrenheit.
Sameer replying to a comment from Becca / December 2, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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Becca. You're too nice!

Sameer from Fahrenheit.
little dude / December 2, 2011 at 06:37 pm
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is there any seats at this place? cant tell from the pics
Sameer replying to a comment from little dude / December 5, 2011 at 12:23 am
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Hey little dude,

We don't have seating as yet. We will be lookin at getting seating soon though.
Cheers

Sameer from Fahrenheit.
Hassan Asaria / December 6, 2011 at 03:14 am
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yam hon sameer:

you sure are entreprenuer of decade. the professionals make big buck, there is limit. however, there no limit for entreprenuer. as long as there is perseverance, falling down is not a setback.

if at this tender age if you have so much vision and spirit and could do so much single handed with little means, no doubt sky is limit. All this while on the side having abubundance of romantic life. CONGRATUALTION ... Hassan
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Hassan Asaria / December 6, 2011 at 08:18 pm
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Thank you Hassan for your kind words and encouragement! I sincerely appreciate the support! Hope to see you at the cafe in the near future.

Best,

Sameer From Fahrenheit
Jo / December 14, 2011 at 01:13 pm
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Congrats, Sameer!
We miss you on the Esplanade. I hope to come into the new place soon. Glad to see you thriving wherever you are.
All the best.
Jesse / December 14, 2011 at 06:52 pm
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Living on Lombard, I'm very thankful that Sameer decided to re-open Fahrenheit on my street! The lattes (and latte art) are brilliant and he's created a cozy vibe since opening.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Jo / December 16, 2011 at 12:10 am
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Hi Jo, we miss you too!! Would be awesome to see you again before the new year! Say hello to the gang!!
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Jesse / December 16, 2011 at 12:11 am
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Hi Jesse,

We found out what street you lived on, and decided that we would open there!! ;)

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Rolland / December 18, 2011 at 02:22 am
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This is an great article Sameer, and your new place looks fantastic.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Rolland / December 18, 2011 at 11:02 am
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Hi Rolland, glad you like the new digs! Will probably see you when you get some time off!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
G Money G / December 21, 2011 at 11:40 am
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I hate coffee. That is, until I met Sameer. Now only his coffee will do. And despite this caffeine epiphany, the baked goods at Fahrenheit border on genius. The super moist cranberry cake, the ridiculous chocolate chip cookies, and by god those Madeleines! Keep it up!
drypemarvel / December 23, 2011 at 09:43 pm
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look at for more detail , just clicks away
Andrea / January 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm
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Sameer, your coffee is divine.

I tried this place on a couple of recommendations and I am so happy I did. I can tell how much of your heart you are putting into your business and your product. I wish you many years of great success!!
Malcolm J / February 14, 2012 at 09:12 am
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Sameer and Nesreen: please never leave.
Sameer replying to a comment from Andrea / February 15, 2012 at 07:44 pm
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Hi Adrea,

Thank you for your kind words. We don't plan on going anywhere! See you soon!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Sameer replying to a comment from Sameer / February 15, 2012 at 07:46 pm
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Hey Malcolm,

It is and will always be a pleasure to make your lattes.

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Ana / July 17, 2012 at 11:39 am
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I live just down the street from Fahrenheit and I am so happy to be mere 2 minutes away from the best and smoothest coffee in the entire city of Toronto.
Justine / July 20, 2012 at 01:21 pm
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Lattes here always put a smile on my face.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Ana / July 30, 2012 at 08:15 pm
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Hi Ana,

Thanks for the shout outs!!

Sameer
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Justine / July 30, 2012 at 08:16 pm
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Hey Justine,

Thanks for your kindestest words!! next time I'll put a smile in your latte.. for real! Make sure you remind me!

Sameer
Shawn / August 12, 2012 at 04:28 pm
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Myself and a friend were looking for a new cafe to try and I found Fahrenheit Coffee through this Blog. When we arrived, the location was temporarily closed for training. Initially a bit disappointed, I was in the midst of trying to think of another alternative when Sameer opened the door and warmly invited us in for a coffee anyways. He was very accommodating and friendly, just what I was hoping for. The coffee was beautifully crafted and tasted excellent.

Thank you for the wonderful experience Sameer. I will be back for sure. Best of luck in Nationals! =)
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Shawn / August 21, 2012 at 10:48 pm
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Hi Shawn,

I must thank YOU for making the effort to come by the shop! Thanks for the wishes for the Nationals and I hope you stop by soon!

Sameer From Fahrenheit
mr_kitty / September 1, 2012 at 09:47 am
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I was in yesterday morning after reading such wonderful reviews, and was not disappointed. Sameer made me an amazing latte, and Brad made me a second one as well -- and I have pretty damn high standards.

To describe the staff as welcoming doesn't begin; I've never seen such a friendly crew anywhere.

Completely awesome shop. Must go.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from mr_kitty / September 13, 2012 at 10:33 pm
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Hi ther Mr Kitty,

Thank you for your kind words. Look forward to seeing you pronto!

Cheers

Sameer From Fahrenheit
Ana / November 27, 2012 at 02:45 pm
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I couldn't resist and had to write my second comment here. Happy Birthday, guys!!! We hope to celebrate many more of your birthdays and grow old with Fahrenheit. We love you.
mq / February 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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Only just discovered this place recently, but will be frequenting it often from now on. I come here partly for the coffee (which is wonderful) and partly for the amazing staff who never fail to put a huge smile on my face!
Sameer / February 23, 2013 at 08:33 pm
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Hey mq, thanks for your kind words. Hope to see you on the regular!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Allen / June 3, 2013 at 03:55 pm
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That fact that Fahrenheit refuses to sell cortados and macchiatos to go is ridiculous. They claim it affects the taste.

I get that they take their coffee seriously (I do as well) but there's a fine line between caring about coffee and coming across completely pretentious.

I'd rather take my business down the street to Rooster.
Sameer Mohamed / June 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm
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Hi there Allen,

I am sorry that you believe us to be pretentious. I would like to invite you to do a side by side comparison of a cortado to go and a cortado served to stay, just to see what we are on about. Hope to see you soon

Sameer from Fahrenheit.
p replying to a comment from Allen / February 3, 2014 at 04:55 pm
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.. not sure what the pretense is here, they just serve a great product. Also, I'll bet you're fun at parties.
Edmond / May 12, 2014 at 10:14 am
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After frequenting numerous independent coffee shops in Toronto, I am happy to say that Fahrenheit has THE BEST espresso/macchiato/cortado/Aeropress in town :) On top of that, the owner Sameer is a friendly and knowledgeable guy who will gladly explain to you the nuts and bolts of their coffee. For those working in the financial district, this place is surely worth the stroll to the east end.
Sameer / June 29, 2014 at 08:55 pm
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Hi Edmond,

Thank you for being such a rockstar. Look forward to seeing you soon!
Best,

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Roohi / July 14, 2014 at 12:49 pm
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I love Farenheit!
Dean / August 3, 2014 at 08:12 pm
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This place sounds like one of the best cafés in Toronto, judging by the number of positive reviews it has received compared to many other of the establishments that have been scrutinized by BlogTo visitors. Can't wait to pay a visit in the next few days, hopefully. Just one question; is there much in the way of seating and tables?
Sameer replying to a comment from Roohi / October 1, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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Love making your Lattes Roohi
Sameer replying to a comment from Dean / October 1, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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Hi there Dean,

Not sure if you made it in. If you did, hope you enjoyed yourself

Sameer from Fahrenheit

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