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Fahrenheit Coffee

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 26, 2011

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoFahrenheit Coffee is committed to the perfect coffee experience. That's because owner Sameer Mohamed has long been judged on his ability to serve the perfect cup. Literally judged, that is.

"Yes, those are my awards," he says when I ask him about the trophies displayed in his new cafe on the Esplanade. "I've competed in barista championships both regionally and nationally. And I'm training my staff to compete as well."

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoThat's why Mohamed, who placed second overall in the Canadian Eastern Regional Barista Championships last year, decided Fahrenheit's bar would be white. "It shows every little spill," he says.

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoMohamed, who hails from Montreal but was born and raised in Kenya, discovered his love for coffee working at a roaster part time while studying finance in university. He started working for Sense Appeal when he moved to Toronto, then finally decided to take the plunge and open his own cafe. And now, when he's not pulling shots or impressing customers with his latte art, Mohamed also teaches classes with the Canadian Barista & Coffee Academy.

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoFahrenheit Coffee shares its space with COAG Grinding & Brewing, a company, Mohamed tells me, that has graciously sponsored Fahrenheit in the form of its equipment, including its prized Dalla Corte DC Pro espresso machine. And we put the machine to work on the afternoon I drop by. The first taste: a shot ($2.25) of Diablo, a blend of Brazilian and Colombian beans roasted locally at Te Aro.

Fahrenheit Coffee Toronto"There's an immediate brightness to this one," Mohamed says, giving the shot a swirl. "It's full of body and volume." The espresso has a lovely dark chocolate finish, lingering with a bit of sweetness.

Mohamed then prepares a shot of his Kenya Kandara, which hints of sundried tomato and a bit of fruitiness. "The last sip is honey," he says, taking it down.

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoWhile there's no drip coffee to be found on the premises, Fahrenheit offers Americanos ($2.25), cappuccinos ($3.25), lattes ($3.75), teas from Metropolitan Tea and more, as well as baked goods from Circles and Squares. Soymilk is available at no extra charge, but, alas, extra space (and seating, except for a few barstools) is not.

Fahrenheit Coffee TorontoFahrenheit Coffee TorontoPhotos by Dennis Marciniak



Coffee Nerd / May 26, 2011 at 10:16 am
"It's full of body & volume."

Huh? Is that what they are teaching at the Academy?
Sameer Mohamed / May 26, 2011 at 11:44 am
Hi there Coffee Nerd,

Thank you for your comment. The Barista Academy is dedicated to helping people produce a quality cup every time. I would encourage you to come by and allow me to talk you through our 3 different coffees. You are a coffee nerd and so am I. I would love to discuss what we have with you.

As for the quote, I understand your concern about "body and volume." Volume is definitely not something I look for in an espresso and that may have been lost in translation. What was meant by that comment is that the body of the espresso fills and coats your entire palette. Hope to see you soon.


Sameer from Fahrenheit
Another coffee geek / May 26, 2011 at 12:17 pm
Fantastic coffee at this place. One of the only places in the city that knows how to use their equipment and pull a great shot of espresso.

Sameer was more than willing to explain the complexities of the shot when I was there. Great shot. Great barista.

*THE* coffee shop to go to in the Esplanade / Distillery / St. Lawerence Market area.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Another coffee geek / May 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Thanks for the Shout-out Another Coffee Geek.

Hope we see you soon!!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Jon Snow / May 26, 2011 at 12:38 pm
Great job Sameer...I have tried the Kenyan Kandara (thanks Brad for the hook-up) and it took me back to a week I spent at the sloping hill views at Karen Blixen's camp. Keep up the good work and please do not pay much heed to internet trolls. I hope to get to the store to grab a second Kandara and pick your brains for free :D
Byron Barista / May 26, 2011 at 12:44 pm
You will be hard pressed to find someone as enthusiastic and welcoming as Sameer. He knows good coffee and wants to share it with you. Fahrenheit Coffee is a reflection of dedication and hard work.

A beautiful space with smiling baristas and nice espresso cups. And, amazing coffee.
Sameer replying to a comment from Byron Barista / May 26, 2011 at 03:29 pm
Hey Byron and Jon,

Thanks for the support guys. Will see you soon hopefully

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Chris K / May 26, 2011 at 04:33 pm
SO glad that a quality espresso joint has opened up down on the Esplanade. As a local resident, I've been waiting for this for a long time! Hopefully more high-quality merchants will come to the strip to help bridge the gap between St Lawrence and the Distillery.

Oh, and fantastic Americanos, and among the top 2 cappuccinos I've ever consumed.
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Chris K / May 26, 2011 at 04:56 pm
Thanks Chris, Stop by and try a different coffee in your Cappuccino. The Kenya Kandara is very different.

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Polaris / May 26, 2011 at 05:14 pm

May I suggest including opening and closing times when reviewing these establishments?
Enrico Pallazzo / May 26, 2011 at 08:59 pm
Welcome to the neighborhood, Sameer! I was not aware of your shop until I read this, but I'll certainly be out to try your wares soon!
d.c.k. / May 26, 2011 at 11:43 pm
He loves what he does, he does it with passion and the product shows it! I'm a 'graduate' from one of his barista classes and have experienced his knowledge and dedication first hand. Needless to say and thanks to him, my own espresso and cappuccino etc. at home have improved significantly since. Check him out, you won't be disappointed!
Sameer Mohamed replying to a comment from Polaris / May 27, 2011 at 07:54 am
Hi there Polaris,

Our Hours are:
Mon-Fri: 7am-6pm
Sat - 9am-5pm
Sun - Closed for Classes


Sameer from Fahrenheit

Rosemary / May 28, 2011 at 01:05 pm
Looks great. We're out of town, but next time we're in TO can't wait to come in to try out what sounds like a fabulous cup of coffee, and the kids, no doubt will greatly enjoy the other treats in store. ALSO, looking forward to seeing my neice Brittney at her new job!! Congrats Britt!!!
j. / July 7, 2011 at 03:12 pm
This is such awesome news. I met sameer at sense appeal and he might well have been the friendliest guy I've ever met. Took me all of 2 seconds to appreciate his immense passion for coffee and life - he's never too busy to talk to you about both.

I will most certainly be stopping by.

All the best Sameer, see you soon.
Sameer replying to a comment from j. / July 8, 2011 at 02:37 pm
Hey J

Thanks for the shout-out. See you soon!

Sameer from Fahrenheit.
Alex / July 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm
I finally made it to Fahrenheit this morning and had a pleasure of meeting Sameer and Ben. I go out of my way to get a good cup of coffee in T.O. since i live in a sterile 'starbucks/second cup/timothy' occupied neighborhood. Our weekend mornings and afternoons revolve around where to go for coffee. We've regulars in other quality coffee places downtown but as of today the life will never be the same again :) Fahrenheit not only has the best cup of coffee we've ever had, it provides what other places are seriously lacking: friendliness and personality that greets you from the moment you step in. What a breath of fresh air! You simply have to go there and experience it in order to understand it. We've all grown accustomed to not being treated that way and that's sad.
And coffee, ahhhhh the coffee. If you've never worshiped it before, Fahrenheit will convert you. Be ware :)
Sameer replying to a comment from Alex / July 16, 2011 at 01:25 pm
Hi Alex,

Thank you so much for coming in and being so kind! Look forward to seeing you soon!

Sameer from Fahrenheit
Gloria Garvie / August 14, 2011 at 07:03 pm
Hi to THE BEST BARISTA and owner and maker of THE BEST CAPPUCCINO/coffee around Ontario! You may remember me by the fact that I drive all the way from Whitby as often as possible to savour your Diablo cappuccinos(love the Ethiopian too :) usually with a friend or family member in tow :). I see that Meg and I are not the only addicts to your brews! I'm NOT surprised!!
I did forget to ask you the last time we were there, what make a model of expresso maker for the average home you would recommend? I know it won't totally compare with yours of course, but that will just keep me coming back in between. :) Does brand and price really matter???
Thanks Sameer. I will be in asap, ha, ha!
Gloria Garvie / August 14, 2011 at 07:04 pm
Oh something else...what are the hours of Fahrenheit?
Sameer replying to a comment from Gloria Garvie / August 14, 2011 at 07:27 pm
Hi there Gloria,

Thank you for your immense flattery! We are open from Monday to Friday from 7am to 6pm, and on Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Closed on Sunday. As for your espresso machine, we can talk about that in detail when you come in.


Sameer from Fahrenheit.
JP / September 20, 2011 at 11:41 am
Place is now close. Did you move?
Sameer replying to a comment from JP / September 23, 2011 at 01:04 am
Hey JP,

We are in the process of relocating! Will make sure you know where we are as soon as we do! Follow us on Tiwtter and Facebook for immediate updates!


Sameer from Fahrenheit
Viktoria / October 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

I noticed that you are opening a new location at 120 Lombard. When do you expect to open?

bikeroo replying to a comment from Viktoria / November 28, 2011 at 10:38 am
Fahrenheit opened last week!
Tim / December 1, 2011 at 12:22 pm
Check out the new location here:

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