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Jimmy's Coffee

Posted by Elizabeth / Posted on February 17, 2010

Jimmy's CoffeeJimmy's Coffee is a cozy little spot that serves as a refreshing hideaway from the more trendy joints found on King West.

10 year coffee veteran Ashleigh "Max" Waters, formerly of Hank's doesn't want you to order off the menu board above the counter. At Jimmy's customer satisfaction is king, so just tell her what you're in the mood for and she works her magic behind a puff of milk steam.

Jimmy's CoffeeUnder the black and white gazes of famous "Jimmy's" (Carter, Hendrix, Morrison et. al), the space evokes a very relaxed, general store attitude. There is lots of seating, arm chairs, bar stools and tables, and a a patio under construction in the back. In addition to sweet offerings from Circles and Squares, lunch-goers can enjoy a soup and scone special for $6.75 (tax included).

Jimmy's CoffeeAt Jimmy's, you don't pay by the size of the drink -- you pay for a single or double shot ($1.67-$2.14) in a cup size of choice. Kids in tow? No problem, Jimmy's charges "kid friendly" prices for smaller versions of their (obviously) non-caffeinated drinks. For the tea lover, a vast selection means you should be able to find something to suit your tastes. While none of Jimmy's coffee's and teas are fair trade, they purchase beans from micro-lot growers, with an eye toward strict quality control.

Jimmy's CoffeeThere's also a community oriented vibe to be found at Jimmy's. The cafe recently held a silent auction of works by local artists with the proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

Jimmy's Coffee ExteriorJimmy's is open Monday to Friday, 7-6, and 8-6 on the weekends.

Discussion

38 Comments

m / January 13, 2010 at 11:06 am
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love, love, love jimmy's! perfect espresso. simple space and service. in a city over saturated with pretentious coffee, jimmy's is an extremely refreshing addition to toronto.
Caitlyn / January 16, 2010 at 02:16 pm
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I stumbled upon this place a couple of days ago and I've been there twice since then. Reasonably priced, friendly service, and great coffee.
Nick W / February 17, 2010 at 09:54 am
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I love Jimmy's: great atmosphere, great coffee, great adaptive reuse of an old Toronto townhouse that desperately needed TLC.
Tony S / February 17, 2010 at 10:37 am
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Jimmy's is great. Max does of a great job of taking the time to make drinks specific for a mood. This place beats the chains hands down.
Jer / February 17, 2010 at 10:39 am
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why? why? why must everything close at 6??? nightlife and after work is when the city should come alive. The vast majority of the population works during the day. Why are we pushing ourselves into a suburbs-type bedroom community daily schedule??
pk / February 17, 2010 at 12:25 pm
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Jer- maybe because it's someones personal business....they are also working during the day and would probably love to have their evening off just as you do. It;s not open strictly for you, and noone else seems to be complaining.

this kind of place is for everything chains are not
stayopenffs / February 17, 2010 at 03:55 pm
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I'll back up Jer and complain that they close at 6pm. You'd think a residential neighbourhood like this could sustain business in the late afternoon, but noooo, we have to be another sleepy town.

Excellent coffee here. The baristas are great.
dobermanmom / February 17, 2010 at 04:13 pm
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haven't been there *yet*, but noticed a sweet spot I can leave my puppy out front, while ordering inside.
I will be checking it out shortly!
madalina / February 17, 2010 at 04:33 pm
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Jason / February 17, 2010 at 08:19 pm
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One of my favourite cafes in the city. The staff are super friendly, and the coffee is excellent. I suggested they improve their baked goods and selections for lunch and they took that to heart. Now they offer soup and wraps in addition to their baked goods! They really care about making customers happy.
truth / February 18, 2010 at 01:29 pm
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Jimmy's is awesome! Super friendly, great coffee, espresso art, good selection of magazines, TVs for news and Olympics... They have a great amount of space, which is the downfall of La Merceria, and are just up from King.

Will be interesting to see what kind of a crowd they get in the spring/summer. The local Starbucks also runs fairly short hours and only really gets evening business Fri/Sat from 905ers and during the summer. King W locals are either working in the evenings or drinking, no serious demand for coffee after 6.
john replying to a comment from truth / February 18, 2010 at 11:48 pm
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They are both serious about coffee, but different styles and type of business.
Taste is very unique at La Merceria.
Kimberlee@ / February 19, 2010 at 08:56 am
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I live right down the street from this place and have yet to check it out, however based on the great comments I am looking forward to enjoying a nice cup soon! Does anyone know if they have WiFi access???? Thanks!
Jay-Dibbly replying to a comment from Kimberlee@ / February 19, 2010 at 10:37 am
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Yes Kimberlee - they do have free wifi and won't hate on you for hanging around to use it.

My admittedly biased opinion is that this is the finest cafe "Max" has ever helmed.
sal / February 19, 2010 at 04:24 pm
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disagree with PK.

I think if your in the customer service business and particularly the resto business, you need to be open after 6pm in order to compete with other establishments. I only get home after 6pm and being able to stop in for a nice treat and coffee would be wonderful.
Walkertoo replying to a comment from sal / February 20, 2010 at 05:35 pm
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Good thing Jimmy's is in the coffee bar business and not the 'resto' business then, eh?
TOCafeLover / February 21, 2010 at 10:19 am
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I agree with Jer. What's with all the coffee shops closing before dark? i am a King West local, and as much as i love my drinks on a thrus/fri/sat night, there are some nights I much rather sit in cafe with a good espresso and catch up with my New Yorker, and i hate having to go to starbucks to do it.
Kingwester / March 15, 2010 at 06:13 pm
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Aargh! They close at 6:00! I live a five minute walk diwn the street and I can't even have an after-work coffee here :(

very disappointing because the coffee is very good! Spicesafar thankfully stays open after 6, but I like variety.
ED() / March 23, 2010 at 09:14 am
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Boy this place is great. Great coffee, cool little nook of a place and priced right.

I watched the morning crowd roll in and I hope it continues to grow.
Marta Pozniakowski / April 19, 2010 at 11:54 am
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I adore this little coffee shop. Wonderful stuff, nice atmosphere and such a good coffee.
Arby / June 24, 2010 at 01:02 pm
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Visited Jimmys. I quite liked it, although if the shop was busy and I was by myself, I might find it a bit uncomfortable. I could play with a laptop I suppose, but I'd rather chat with staff or make new friends.

Max is down to earth. We talked shop because I'd like to be in the biz and get into coffee more than the average coffee lover. We very much see things - barista championships, brightness of a lot of coffee in TO, approach to the coffee biz generally - the same way. Max is exactly the kind of person who should be doing what she's doing. And she's super friendly.

The shot she pulled for me didn't wow, which isn't a knock on the coffee or her skills, but it was good. It was a blend of quite a few beans. I forget how many. It was a medium bodied coffee with a satisfying chocolatey taste and no bitterness or brightness. As for espresso wowing, as we discussed, That's not so easy to get but it doesn't stop a skilled barista from making a satisfying cup as long as she's working with good coffee and equipment.

This is a nice little spot, physically. I could go without the tv screen, since they are invariably turned on to a sports channel. If you want to kill the vibe of a coffee shop for me, have a tv inside, turned on to a sports channel. Doesn't anyone get sick of sports all the time?! Okay, I still like Jimmy's and forgive Max, since we could ignore the tv whose volume was off.

I also like this nabe. It's not intense but it's happening. It's a great place to bring friends or family, walk around, pick a spot to eat and make your way to Jimmy's. It's 2 minutes from either the King or Queen streetcars. I wish Jimmy's many years of good luck and fun and happiness. The tv not so much. But I guess I'm in a minority on that one.
Emily replying to a comment from Jay-Dibbly / September 23, 2010 at 03:48 pm
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@ Jay-Dibbly

I would agree that Max is hitting her groove helming Jimmy's. =D
I love the personalized "touches" in the baked goods labels, knit cup holders (eco-friendly!) and willingness to craft a drink when you can't decide what you want!

(& If you want them to stay open after 6pm, may I suggest that you offer your services & take the late shift? lol...)
Sam / November 28, 2010 at 12:18 pm
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love it here, amazing coffee. perfect!
Jo / December 19, 2010 at 11:19 am
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Coffee is wonderful, great atmosphere. Music is WAY too loud to sit and have a decent conversation.
Arby / December 20, 2010 at 05:46 pm
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The loud music is a problem in most coffee shops. Either people are deaf or dull. You shouldn't need customers to tell you your music is too loud. And when you're playing music you like, it's certain that at least some of your customers won't like it, because we don't all have the same taste. And if it's loud, that really defeats the idea of a welcoming, indie coffee shop. If the music is at a reaonable level, it can be good or crappy, but at least it won't interfere with you enjoyment. And you can make or recieve cell phone calls.

Other than that, Jimmy's is wonderful.
Bob Mack / June 9, 2011 at 11:05 am
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I've been a Jimmy's Coffee regular customer since they opened but today I am officially not a Jimmy's customer anymore. I ordered an Americano and while the guy was making it, I asked if I could change my order to have it put on ice. He mumbled something about not knowing which cup was mine (which there were cups lined up on the table) and basically ignored my request. I took my Americano and added sugar. Then went back to the counter and asked the lady (who I assume was the owner) if I could get it on ice and was sorry for the inconvenience and would pay more if needed. She proceeded to tell me rudely that I should have asked before while I was paying for it. Jimmy's customer service is terrible, and yes, I changed my order slightly (it's just a cup with ice for god's sake - not a completely different order!). I'm never going back there again.
Sarah replying to a comment from Bob Mack / July 13, 2011 at 01:40 pm
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Hi there, we have attempted to contact you a few times and haven't had a response. At Jimmy's we never have a difficulty with changing up a drink or correcting a mistake.

In this instance, if we put a hot beverage into an organic cup, made of corn and meant for cold beverages, it would have melted and fallen apart. It is more than a cup concern. It was a concern for the flavour and quality of your beverage.

We tried to get the opportunity to remake it, but you walked out without allowing us to explain the reason.

We love our customers and wish everyone the best coffee and experience at Jimmy's.
NM replying to a comment from Bob Mack / July 13, 2011 at 02:17 pm
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oh booooob. silly thing. Jimmy's coffee is pretty much the best thing there is.

It's the kind of place you only bring a date to if it's serious. you don't bring flings here. they will not be able to stay away and then you'll have to run into them there drinking wonderful coffee and chatting up your favourite sassy barista.

maybe thats what happened here. Maybe you changed your order during peak time because the heat of your coffee reminded you that you had been burned by love before and the heartache was too much. But the staff at Jimmy's knows better. they not only make great coffee, they pay attention to their customers and kno just what you need. I bet that sassy barista saw the sad glimmer of rememberance in your eye and decided not to let you put your heart and your coffee on ice.

or maybe they were just busy making everyone elses drinks that didn't change their orders
Mike / October 18, 2011 at 12:45 am
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I walked in one evening for the first time. A woman was making a drink behind the counter for the one other customer who was in there while two employees stood by watching. I came up to the counter and looked at everyone hoping to place an order. None of the three people working even bothered to look at me or say a simple hello. I stood there for a few minutes and still not a peep! That would be my last time there as well. Thank god for Starbucks! There's a lot be said about the big corporate places, they at least act as though they give a crap about your business.
Sarah replying to a comment from Mike / October 18, 2011 at 06:05 pm
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Hi Mike, We are sorry for your experience. We really do care for your business and want to ensure you have a great coffee every time. Please write us (Max/Sarah) at jimmy@jimmyscoffee.ca and we will attempt to make this right.
ANDREW / January 20, 2012 at 12:19 pm
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Think the Americano is good? Have it with Jimmy's butter tarts.
m@ / August 10, 2012 at 02:36 pm
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I just wanted to confirm that there is some comfy seating.
I don't see any in the pics but it mentions in the write up.
Matt / December 11, 2012 at 05:22 pm
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What a lovely spot. If you want to avoid the douchery of King West escape to this coffee cavern immediately!
Max / March 24, 2013 at 09:18 am
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Crap attitude from the children behind the counter. Better coffee on Queen St. Anywhere.
Most reviews are from friends/staff. Especially Yelp on the new location.
They don't make/bake anything on site... baked goods are from the pastry/bakery shop whole sale supply factory that sells mass produced garbage.

I have seen the owner and manager in other cafe's in the area snooping around to see what everyone else is making and selling.

Nothing but copy cat bullshit with attitude.
Stop passing everything off as your own.

FYI. Way better coffee places out there.
Jimmy replying to a comment from Max / December 20, 2013 at 07:56 pm
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Sorry, you feel that way.

Crap attitude from the children behind the counter. Better coffee on Queen St. Anywhere.
- Actually our staff are all about customer service first.

Most reviews are from friends/staff. Especially Yelp on the new location.
- We have a great many friends - that is true! And they all started as customers.

They don't make/bake anything on site... baked goods are from the pastry/bakery shop whole sale supply factory that sells mass produced garbage.
- Yes, that is true. We aren't bakers. We work with 2 local bakers that supply other coffee shops as well.


I have seen the owner and manager in other cafe's in the area snooping around to see what everyone else is making and selling.
- Our people go to all the other businesses in our neighbourhoods, because we are good neighbours.


Nothing but copy cat bullshit with attitude.
Stop passing everything off as your own.
- If you mean making coffee - this is true, there are other businesses that have made coffee. If you mean customer service, we are sure there are great customer service businesses out there. Our attitude is kind.

FYI. Way better coffee places out there.
- We have tasted it too in other cafes in the city. But we do our best to make the best coffee we can and give the best service we can.
Andrew / January 5, 2014 at 08:43 pm
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Came today for the first time. They were really busy but the service was friendly, and the coffee was excellent. Had a great cappuccino, one of the best I've had in Canada.
Not sure why some of the reviews are so emotional, it seems like if your reasonable the busy staff do their best to serve a great experience.
Grant / April 30, 2014 at 06:05 pm
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I was at the Kensington location. Coffee (latte) and snack (Choc chip scone) were very good. Vibe was cool - staff friendly, helpful and relaxed. Very good experience (my first time). A bonus would have been access to Android charger but no big deal.
Julia / June 27, 2014 at 10:09 am
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What happened to Jimmy's Croissants?! I Love Jimmy's coffee and staff but whats kept me loyal has been their Nutella Croissants - Honestly the best croissant in the city. Suddenly their excellently buttery decadent Croissants have been replaced by terribly bland, dry, flaky, generic seeming ones. Why the Change? Where can I get the old version?

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