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The Tampered Press

Posted by Amanda DiPasquale / Posted on April 9, 2010

The Tampered PressThe Tampered Press is a hybrid café combining health with hot cups of coffee. Mismatched wooden chairs in a sea of soft green line the different sized tables, while bookshelves hold board games and empty glass water bottles. The space has lots of natural light, WiFi and a comfy, homey feel. Owner Caitlyn Pask opened shop about two weeks ago and runs her own business with the help of her mom, boyfriend and friends.

The Tampered PressThe Tampered Press offers classic gourmet coffee beans that come from Concord. All the treats are organically baked (either in-house or by friends) and there are gluten-free options such as the gluten-free chocolate chip cookies ($1.50).

The Tampered PressI order a single shot espresso macchiato ($2.00) and Cory orders a smooth cappuccino ($3.14). For dessert we try Awesomes, which are oversized, soft homemade Oreo cookies ($2.25). When Pask asked what I thought, I responded with the only thing that made sense, "Awesome."

The Tampered PressWe also tried a lemon square ($1.00) perfect for a little zing of flavour. Other beverage options include a classic Americano ($2.52) or a cup of loose-leaf tea ($1.76). Soy or specialty milk is ($.50) unless provided at the sugar and spoon table.

The Tampered PressThe Tampered Press combines Pask's first love of coffee with her second passion of healthy living. As a registered nutritionist, with a personal training background Pask offers information seminars on food trends and health on Sundays at the café. Customers (around 10 at a time) can sign up for topics such as eating healthy on a budget, or how to pull the perfect espresso at home.

The Tampered PressThe café gets its name from the tamper, a device that uses pressure to prepare and manipulate coffee beans to make espresso. Pask says she wants to "tamper" with the idea of what a conventional café should be.

The Tampered Press is open from 7a.m - 8p.m Monday to Friday, Saturday 8a.m- 7p.m and Sunday 9a.m- 6p.m.

The Tampered PressI'm now following @TamperedPress on Twitter and can't wait to see what will evolve of this cozy, cholesterol-lowering café. Pask says she may also foray into healthy sandwiches and foods of sustenance as the weeks go by. I know my waistline and espresso addiction will thank me.

Photos by Cory Vanderploeg



Dan / April 12, 2010 at 10:26 am
great review! look forward to sipping and snacking at Tampered
Lisa Ghaffari / April 12, 2010 at 01:47 pm
What is their phone number and / or email address?
The Tampered Press / April 12, 2010 at 02:12 pm
The cafe's phone number is 416-534-9739, email is

Thanks for asking!
D / April 12, 2010 at 03:31 pm
I stumbled upon this place last weekend and fell completely in love with it! I've already told lots of people about it too!! Yay!
ChrisToronto / April 12, 2010 at 04:17 pm
I have to add my voice of complaint to this pageview goosing; the first click should take me to the review and it's frustrating that it doesn't. Please put the user experience first!
C. Pollard replying to a comment from ChrisToronto / April 13, 2010 at 08:29 am
chris, thank you! i was about to come into comments to say the same thing. get rid of the page that the first click takes me to. you can put the lede at the beginning of the actual review.
Christina T / April 13, 2010 at 11:39 pm
This place looks like it has soo much character! Very cute. And that cookie looks amazing!
Arby / July 19, 2010 at 09:23 pm
I really liked this space. It's very nice, although they may have to revisit the placement of one table under their dripping air conditioner. It wasn't serious dripping, but who wants even one drop of that in their coffee.

I met Kyle, who displayed passion, professionalism and a knowledge, sure to grow, of coffee. (I guess he must be the boyfriend of the owner.) He even passed me a book on coffee when we hit on some subject or another that was addressed in the book.

I guess folks aren't buying the bean salad, for which reason they weren't carrying much of it. The price was right and I hope they don't drop that. I like eating in small dollops actually. My body likes that better too. And when I'm crawling coffee shops, I don't want to be heavy from too much food. And maybe I'll like to try eats at more than one spot.

I highly recommend The Tampered Press. And their choice of coffee supplier.
Margot / November 24, 2011 at 03:37 pm
I'm a fan of this place. Unpretentious, high quality coffee, and a nice location across from Trinity Bellwoods park.
zencyannamarie / December 25, 2011 at 05:30 pm
you will like with low price for more detail
suzanne / April 18, 2012 at 08:54 pm
Hello, I was just reading Dwell magazine's article "Design for Humankind" (May Issue, p54) and was inspired to share an idea with you. I've noticed for many months that the step outside your front door is the only thing stopping you from being a wheelchair accessible cafe. In our fair city universal access is limited. It would be great to see you be an example and build a small ramp for your door. It would also help folks with baby strollers. Wishing you the best in your business.
Hope to see a ramp soon!
RayRay / August 8, 2012 at 07:23 pm
If you want a calm, focus not so quiet place to study or catch up with a friend, then this is a place to go. Not only is the espresso enjoyable but the real treasures are the teas and samosas! The teas are calm and relaxing and gives you a warm feeling like you are at home and why not treat yourself to a small but filling snack like a samoses. The service is amazing and you will always meet a kind individual who will give you a smile or a comment about the area.

I recommend trying it out for yourself
AL DEMERS / March 17, 2013 at 08:49 am
KNiine / January 18, 2014 at 03:25 pm
I've been studying here everyday for the past week and it has been THE BEST place to go to. Hopefully me saying this won't backfire and it becomes super saturated but there's always a good balance of people coming in and out. The coffee and teas are great for the prices (which I find very fare). The staff is friendly, great background music, not so overwhelming that if you put your earphones on, you can hear it or that if you don't it'd bother you. Also great spacing inside. You'll have enough room to spread out your stuff without bothering others. Also wifi is strong and the staff are great!

Azucar / May 3, 2014 at 11:41 am
After reading all the reviews, I decided to try the place. I couldn't believe how crowded it was at 2ish in the afternoon. It looked dark but then I realized that the space uses natural light and it was a cloudy day.

I was taking my order to go. The owner was very friendly and I ordered a coffee and their chocolate chip cookie and cornbread cookie. Never in my life have I ever tasted a fantastic chocolate chip cookie!!! I had to turn around and buy another. The cornbread cookie was not dry and perfectly sweet. I will seriously call them about buying their cookies by the dozen.

This is quite the gem. I want to take my boys with me to enjoy the space. It's a bit cramped and very quiet so I hope that patrons won't get snooty with their laptops when there is some activity called conversation. I don't think the owner would have a problem; I mean for goodness sake, the Tampered Press has board games (which I love).

On my list of favourites!!

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