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Seven Grams

Posted by Robyn Urback / Posted on May 30, 2011

Seven Grams TorontoSeven Grams Espresso Bar offers more than just the option of espresso or drip. On Avenue Road just south of Davenport, the new cafe is striking in appearance, and not just because of the strange coffee contraptions displayed on its bar. But more about that later. Upon entering the former gallery, I'm greeted by three massive orange chairs that look perfect for curling up, albeit a bit too close to the entrance to comfortably sink away.

Seven Grams TorontoSo I head up a few orange steps to the orange and black espresso bar, adjacent to a wooden communal table where a couple of customers are chatting away. Adam, one of Seven Grams' baristas, finds me there, and he begins telling me about the coffee offered at the new Yorkville café.

Seven Grams Toronto"We're always experimenting with different coffees, different amounts, and different methods of preparation," he tells me. "It's about finding the combination that works."

Seven Grams TorontoSeven Grams gets its locally roasted beans from Te Aro in Leslieville. Its collection includes Ethiopian, Peruvian, Kenyan, Brazilian and other coffees, as well as teas sourced from the Tea Emporium. But it's Seven's methods of preparation that make it unlike other coffee spots nearby.

Seven Grams Toronto"Of course, we have drip coffee ($1.75) and espresso drinks ($2.75/espresso)," Adam says. "But this," he says motioning toward a glass contraption that looked better suited to a laboratory than a café, "this is for our cold drip." I had seen a cold brew device before, yet never actually in action.

Seven Grams Toronto"We brew it about twice a day," he says. "The result is a very smooth coffee, a little thicker than normal." He pours me some Brazilian over ice ($3.50). "It's almost like a scotch."

Seven Grams TorontoWhile, disappointingly, I didn't get that scotch buzz, the coffee did have a very smooth flavour; not acidic at all and it went down quite easily.

Seven Grams TorontoNext, we moved onto pour over coffee ($4.00), where the extraction is controlled by the barista pouring hot water in a deliberate motion over the coffee. "It takes about two minutes," Adam says. "The oils are removed, and the taste is very clean."

Seven Grams TorontoLastly was something called a trifeca coffee ($4.25), made in the only Bunn Trifecta coffee brewer in use by a café in Toronto (according to Adam, who notes that Crema's Clover is similar). The single-cup brewer makes the coffee using pressurized systems of water and air, stirring as it brews. The result reminded me of the type of cup you'd get from a French press, but cleaner, crisp and fruity.

Seven Grams TorontoSeven Grams also offers treats from local bakeries including the ubiquitous Circles and Squares, truffles by an independent supplier, free WiFi, and soy and lactose-free milk at no extra charge.

Seven Grams TorontoSeven Grams TorontoSeven Grams TorontoSeven Grams is open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Photos by Dennis Marciniak



Alex / May 23, 2011 at 04:47 pm
The drip coffee here is amazing - it's so smooth, the best I've had in the city. Haven't tried the espresso drinks, but I live close by and this will be my new regular. keep up the great work.
Another coffee geek / May 30, 2011 at 12:12 pm
Really good coffee here. They know what they're doing.
I had a smooth pour-over coffee that was as smooth as a tea, and Adam pulled a great shot of Te Aro's Big Brother as a straight espresso.

This is the coffee shop to go to if you're in the Yorkville area. Better than Crema at Yonge and Bloor, better than Bulldog Coffee if you're heading south on Yonge, better than anything within Yorkville.
Ryan / May 30, 2011 at 01:05 pm
I'm curious, what's in the "drinking jar"?
crazy beans / May 30, 2011 at 01:16 pm
Great coffee,friendly staff,nice ambience,tasty treats!
The only issue seems to be that IPad till.
If we could only order and get served in under 12 minutes,that would be awesome!
@patbateman_ / May 30, 2011 at 01:45 pm
banging 7 gram rocks
Dennis Marciniak replying to a comment from Ryan / May 30, 2011 at 04:50 pm
It's Raspberry Tea!

Not sure of the other one though, but it is some kind of iced tea.
Chubs / May 30, 2011 at 09:40 pm
It's a great place! Great work on expanding the Indie coffee network in Toronto! Had the latte and the baked good was great too!
Coffee Nerd / May 30, 2011 at 10:29 pm
What's up with the dude drinking an iced latte behind the bar?
Elizabeth / May 31, 2011 at 01:42 am
This is the best coffee shop in town. And the handmade truffles made by Tina Belanger are absolutely to die for!
mike / May 31, 2011 at 06:04 pm
Stopped by today, this place is fantastic. Great coffee, great space.
the lemur replying to a comment from Coffee Nerd / June 1, 2011 at 09:39 am
He could be off-duty and/or sampling the merch - most people who make coffee drink coffee too, if only for quality control.
Sara / June 9, 2011 at 04:51 pm
I just went to Seven Grams today and had an iced Americano, it was delicious and refreshing, perfect for a hot day.

The place had such a great atmosphere, clean design, cool tunes, definitely going back.
Cat / June 14, 2011 at 12:16 am
Love this place! It's sooo worth the trek to get up there!
Meizer / December 10, 2011 at 11:51 pm
One of the best places to get lattes! They're great every time! I wish they had better pastries and treats though, not to mention fresher looking sandwiches. At least the coffee is good.
B / December 11, 2011 at 09:53 am
I came here with a friend to try their cappucino; left very unsatisfied. The female baristas attempt at milk sharing and latte art were amateur at best. Our cappucinos had less than a centermeter of foam! Overall: 2/5. You're better off getting coffee that's more quality consistent elsewhere.
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ted / June 5, 2012 at 09:48 pm
the place looks nice
the staff was pleasant
the coffee was 6/10 ( Americano was very weak )
where they really failed was the "treats"...... the absolute worst scones we ever tasted?
one was a dry,flavourless blueberry , and the other a herb/cheese which tasted like an undercooked,doughy, sponge with a stale herb after taste ?
overall, pretty disappointing experience.
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Melissa / February 18, 2013 at 04:00 pm
Seven Grams Espresso Bar has such great ambience and thank God it has two floors! I especially like this espresso bar because of it's unique brewing methods - siphon, trifecta, pour over, French press, and cold drip coffee. Seven Grams is holding a special closed-door event on Saturday, March 23rd, 2013 for those interested in doing some coffee tasting with these brewing methods:
Bean brain / May 16, 2013 at 11:41 pm
Hate to admit it but this place has it right. 9/10. One point off cause its TOO nice.
Jing Sytsylt / August 14, 2013 at 10:20 am
I came here yesterday with a friend because we were looking for cafes that serve almond milk. I was very surprised by what the little door led me into! What a beautiful cafe! I ordered a cappuccino with almond milk and my friend ordered a matcha green tea latte, we had a wonderful afternoon chatting away in their clean and comfortable basement. Not to mention their friendly staff and great choice of music. Can't wait to go back!
Sara kh / August 26, 2013 at 01:29 am
Coffee is good , atmosphere is nice , everybody is pleasant but just slow like molasses in January .
z / October 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm
best chai latte in toronto. Coffee is great too. Baristas are all suspiciously pretty. Atmosphere is really cold and insincere like a staged open house. but if you sit on the patio you can ignore that.
Chris McLeod / September 15, 2014 at 02:09 pm
I wish everyone would stay away from this wonderful coffee shop so I could guarantee my favourite chair being empty. Best in T.O. - no! I didn't say that and the orange chair is mine!
vzakon / September 18, 2014 at 07:30 am
One of the best places to get lattes! They're great every time! I wish they had better pastries and treats though, not to mention fresher looking sandwiches. At least the coffee is good.

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