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White Squirrel Coffee Shop

Posted by Wendy D / Posted on March 4, 2009

Squirrel FrontWhite Squirrel Coffee Shop knows what you need, Trinity Bellwoods. You've got your albino squirrels - fine. Keep 'em. But what you lack is ice cream, dear park, and this new coffee shop is gonna fix that.

Squirrel AboveLet's rewind. Owner David Ginsberg (formerly of Aunties & Uncles) was brainstorming ideas for a new venture. He wanted something simple & good, something involving food. Living in the area, his wife was like, "this park needs ice cream, yo" (those may or may not be her exact words). David was all, "me like coffee". Then a nice wee spot became available at 907 Queen St W, and everything fell into place.

Squirrel TableauxOpen for about 7 weeks so far, White Squirrel Cafe is a sweet little spot with their serving counter downstairs and some seating upstairs. A community table, some high stools and Wi-Fi to pass a lazy afternoon.

Squirrel EmpanadaThe food selection is simple - ready prepared, tasty and easy to eat. Muffins, sandwiches and empanadas (among other things) all made in house. Hand-held breakfast items every morning (breakfast empanadas, strata). And Greg's Ice Cream! Currently they serve up a few flavours (roasted marshmallow, yesssss) but can expect more when the weather stops being such a B.

Squirrel LatteThe coffee is fair trade and organic, the custom roast provided by local company Mountain View Estates. And it's not often you see a "flat white" on a menu, eh? Eh? Good times.

Squirrel SignSo, there may be too many squirrels in the park - but there's definitely room for one more in West Queen West.

=Squirrel Machine

Squirrel Ice Cream

Squirrel Menu

Squirrely Squirrely

Discussion

91 Comments

karen / March 4, 2009 at 11:18 am
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the coffee is disgusting. so gross. horrible. very bad
Alekintoronto / March 4, 2009 at 11:42 am
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I really, really wanted to like this place but sadly have to agree that the coffee that they serve has a really bad burnt, bitter taste. Tried it 2nd time and was just as bad. Sorry White Squirrel!
Kathryn / March 4, 2009 at 12:04 pm
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Really? Did you guys have a latte or drip coffee?

I haven't had the drip yet but their lattes are really good.

Puts Clafouti to shame (blech).
Jerrold / March 4, 2009 at 12:14 pm
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Do they only have one type of brewed coffee? If I were a cafe operator, I'd offer daily dark, medium, and light roasts to please everyone. I think many people equate dark with "burnt" taste, so offering other options would be a good idea.
Alekintoronto / March 4, 2009 at 01:12 pm
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i tried both their brewed and latte, both tasted burned. Did not ask if blend different. The owner is friendly and the place is nice in a cool white, gallery, QW kinda way however not to my taste. Glad other people like it.

btw: Clafouti sucks 2 (what up with their croissants?) that strech of QW needs better coffee pronto!
chenyip / March 4, 2009 at 01:24 pm
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Burnt flavor generally means the beans are stale. Or roasted really poorly. Or are a C-grade bean. Or all of the above.

Man, I tried these guys out and wanted to give them a fair shake but maybe, just maybe, squirrels aren't so adept at making good coffee.
apetimberlake / March 4, 2009 at 01:50 pm
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What a bunch of pussies that comment here.
FOR FUCKS SAKES ITS COFFEEE....IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT...JUST DRINK IT!...DONT WHINE AND BITCH!!!

SteveP / March 4, 2009 at 02:11 pm
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It's so easy to get great locally roasted coffee in Toronto, but who the hell is Mountain View Estates? How many well respected coffee shops use their beans? That beautiful Elektra espresso machine is being put to waste!
Matt / March 4, 2009 at 02:59 pm
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Yeah. The coffee here bummed me out too. Harsh flavour. I Gagged a little.

Oh well.

Cherry Bomb is a good cafe. Go there!
SNL / March 4, 2009 at 03:36 pm
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I feel this cafe lay out is comfy and unique. The latte is great and i feel that everyone above who does disagree is just in it to complain..possibly substituting for their shity lives. Yes most espresso or lattes do have an acquired taste but we need to remember this type of coffee is also organic and therefore healthier and much different to lets say tim hortons...hey you dont like it go to timmies! This place also has possibly the best herbal and dark teas i have ever tasted in my life. The marshmellow ice cream is to die for and the snacks are an amazing compliment to any hot beverage.
For those above who have spent a good 5 minutes taking the time to complain about the coffee...WELL DRINK TEA INSTEAD!
Alektoronto / March 4, 2009 at 03:56 pm
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quoting: "The latte is great and i feel that everyone above who does disagree is just in it to complain"

I guess if you really don't like a place and/or its coffee then you cannot voice your opinion or are called a Pussy?

just because someone doesn't like a certain roast means they have to go to Timmie's - get real.
wow some people need to chill - its all just input. It's not like we said the owner eats babies for lunch or something!?!

cheers!
LMC / March 4, 2009 at 04:07 pm
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I LIKE THE WHITE SQUARL....A LOT
/ March 4, 2009 at 04:09 pm
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ps: people are not just saying the don't like the coffee- they are being rude about it!
whitesquirrel replying to a comment from karen / March 4, 2009 at 04:10 pm
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Thanks for the great profile!
For all of you posters who wrote those less than nice things about out coffee, please come in and let me buy you a coffee and you can tell me what it is about it that you don't like. Direct customer feedback is always appreciated.

David
SNL / March 4, 2009 at 04:18 pm
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Alektoronto:
Your comment was very pleasant and in no means am i attacking people who are just making an input o this coffee shop i am however disappointed that some ppl are very rude about it.
That is why i simply said that if you dont like the coffee drink tea or go to timmie. This coffee is organic, it is not your regular type of coffee sold in regular type coffee shops
/ March 4, 2009 at 04:19 pm
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Great customer service!!!!!!!!!!!
/ March 4, 2009 at 04:55 pm
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Is no one going to mention the food? Their egg thing (not the empanada, the other one) is awesome and relatively cheap. Haven't had the sandwich yet...
Heather / March 4, 2009 at 05:31 pm
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Know what should have been the FIRST thing mentioned?

The fact that they have flat whites. Srsly. I didn't even bother reading this until Jesse Brown mentioned in another blogTO article. I shall be there posthaste!
Adrian replying to a comment from SNL / March 4, 2009 at 06:22 pm
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my 2 cents about this whole coffee sucking debate... It is great that they are using organic coffee as this is suppose to be a higher quality better tasting bean. But proper roasting, freshness, and proper brewing all will impact quality of taste. The unpleasant "burnt" coffee taste many have referenced is attributed to its likely very dark roasting profile as well as the freshness of the beans. When was it roasted? Most likely its weeks back at best and the coffee has gone stale resulting in that bitter godawful "charbucks" taste. Also, you can have organic/fair trade/premium estate coffee that will taste terrible/bitter/burnt if its not fresh. Fresh coffee = within 1 week of roasting - 2 weeks is pushing it.
Teena in Toronto / March 4, 2009 at 08:11 pm
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I heard about this place yesterday. I'll have to check it out.
Pam / March 4, 2009 at 09:20 pm
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These guys really do care about their coffee and take it seriously - so if you really think it tastes "burnt" or "stale," then you should definitely say something to them at the shop. I had them redo a latte for me and they were totally cool about it, and it tasted great.

The food is AMAZING and those brownies are possibly the best in Toronto!
melissa / March 4, 2009 at 10:05 pm
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I tried a latte on the weekend and it was great. I will go back.
squirrel replying to a comment from Adrian / March 4, 2009 at 10:21 pm
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BTW - our coffee is roasted fresh every week. Guaranteed, and we stand by it. Again, if you don't like something about our coffee, please come by and say something to us about it, rather than making posts filled with malice ("the coffee is disgusting. so gross. horrible. very bad"), and conjecture ("It's so easy to get great locally roasted coffee in Toronto, but who the hell is Mountain View Estates? How many well respected coffee shops use their beans? That beautiful Elektra espresso machine is being put to waste!", "Most likely its weeks back at best and the coffee has gone stale resulting in that bitter godawful "charbucks" taste.")
Michael / March 5, 2009 at 01:07 am
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I have to say how happy I am this place opened. a huge fan of the americano, something I find people cannot get right in this city, I was more than impressed when I ordered one. I can honestly say for the first time after living in the area for more than 10 years that I have found a place I get excited to get a coffee from. They even ask how much water I would like in my cup! Super friendly vibe, and very well priced. The only suggestion I could of had would be to attach something to the outside wall to tie my dog to, but the day I was going to make it, there were already metal handles installed! Kudos to David for opening something so needed across from the park. I look forward to many summer days and ice cream. Until the warmth I will stick with my Americano in the park.
Homeslice Robinson / March 5, 2009 at 01:16 am
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I've eyed it a few times while walking by... definitely had the urge to check it out... will do soon...
n & c / March 5, 2009 at 10:20 am
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i visit the white squirrel most mornings - i have to agree with Michael about how good the Americano is. this fresh brew makes for a great walking companion on my way to work in the morning.

this weekend i tried the aforementioned egg-breakfast treat - it was INCREDIBLE. it was moist, fresh, full of flavour...a medly really -ha!

i have also tried a sandwich...it was tasty from what i remember - not monumental, but still worth the purchase

i really cant see why people are hating on this place - maybe its that most pallettes are not used to a fresh bean? i dont know

either way i shall be returning for my morning americano tomorrow

cheers!
Andrew replying to a comment from squirrel / March 5, 2009 at 11:36 am
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-1 for attacking the feedback and requesting people to say it to your face

Simone replying to a comment from Andrew / March 5, 2009 at 08:43 pm
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Andrew! Shame on you - are you really such a pathetic loser that you have nothing better to do with your time then count points for a coffee shop? Really? Get a life.

I would definitely feel the need to defend myself if I encountered this kind mean feedback.

Suck it! This place ROCKS!
Andrew replying to a comment from Simone / March 5, 2009 at 10:05 pm
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The irony of blasting me for blasting others... sigh.

I can't have much faith in the owner if this is how he treats his customers. I was going to visit this cafe, but I'm glad I read the reviews and decided I will not.

Secondly, 'defending' yourself from feedback is completely delusional and reflects poorly on the owner. Certainly all these people who share the same opinion about the coffee can't be wrong can they? If the owner can't see this, I'll just wait for the next post about this cafe entering the dead pool.

Thanks Simone for sharing your life with us, defending the owner who defends his store against his customers whom I defend is certainly a level I hope to aspire to someday. Also, 'suck it'... really? Is this the 90's? Maybe you can add 'Can you smell what the Rock is cooking'?
/ March 6, 2009 at 08:20 am
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Let me see if I understand this, Andrew. It's OK to slag Simone for slagging you, and it's OK to slag the owner for defending his shop against clearly malicious and uninformed posts, but noone can touch a loser who spends his time monitoring the comments for a cafe he's never been to? I get it. You ROCK Andrew! Keep doing what you do. Do you keep an eye on all posts across the internet, or is it just this one lucky one that is graced with your brave presence?
Ad / March 6, 2009 at 08:39 am
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The beauty of this mode of expression is that you can say your thoughts and nobody has to read them.

I personally find that people always seem to have an agenda. That being said I feel that the initial posters attack seem harsh. A lot of coffee places exist in the area and the new kid on the block will often be looked at as a poacher. I'd rather welcome WS to the area and let them know how I feel face to face. Thus encouraging them to fix what needs to be fixed. Input helps them gain new customers and keep existing ones like me happy.

I think the food and the coffee are great. Can't wait till the ice cream rolls in with summer.
Andrew replying to a comment from / March 6, 2009 at 09:31 am
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Thanks anonymous, I do rock. I didn't slag anyone.. okay maybe Simone but they deserved it. The posts here are neither malicious or uninformed, they're feedback on the coffee (how can they be uninformed if they came to the cafe and tried their products?). I welcome the feedback because I was planning to make a visit. Then once I read the reviews I was thinking of trying something other than the coffee, but with the owner's ridiculous response ('come say it to my face' - is this 4th grade?) I'll happily go to the many other cafes.
What's the point of reviewing the cafes here if only positive reviews are allowed? This community works very well as people share their experiences and you can plan on where to visit accordingly. A lot of people here warned to stay away from the coffee, they're most likely right.
Also, no I don't keep an eye on all posts on the internet, I click that little box at the bottom that says 'Email me when someone replies to this comment'. Maybe you'd know if that you were a regular poster here, instead of someone who suspiciously only joined to defend the cafe.
/ March 6, 2009 at 11:57 am
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Sorry Andrew - although my response was directed at you, I did not reply to your comment directly, as everyone can see above, so you didn't get an email notifying you of my post. Outing you as a liar puts the rest of your comments into a very good context. That being said, you and others have posted comments about the place without trying it, as the owner pointed out with his use of the word "conjcture", thus my use of the term "uninformed". It's English comprehension, Andrew. "Idiotic" probably would have been more appropriate, but I'm more polite than that. Comprehend?
Andrew / March 6, 2009 at 12:10 pm
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What am I lying about exactly?
/ March 6, 2009 at 12:19 pm
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About the fact that you don't troll the comment and that you got an email notifying you that there had been a response to your post
Andrew / March 6, 2009 at 12:25 pm
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Actually if you click that box you get every comment that is posted beneath you. That is what is meant by 'reply'. Otherwise good job.
Doesn't change the fact that there's a lot of people here that think the coffee isn't good.
Someone / March 6, 2009 at 05:36 pm
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Ducked in here to get a hot chocolate a few weeks ago. Pretty much just tasted like hot milk with a drop of chocolate. Terrible.
Really wanted to like this place as it's so nice and cozy inside.
Jeremy / March 6, 2009 at 10:20 pm
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OK - I can;t be completely objective cause the owner is a friend but I will say he has good taste and is passionate about his coffee. There is no way he is selling stale goods. I felt for him reading some of these comments!

This place has a unique vibe and the two food items I've tried - empanada and sandwiches - were great. The coffee is good too - take him up on his offer and help a small businessman out with a little free research!

David - welcome to the internet : )
Dan / March 7, 2009 at 10:01 am
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Great coffee, great service, great space, great location.

Keep it up.
ian / March 7, 2009 at 05:34 pm
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I have been buying my coffee from Dave since he opened. Both the service and food/drink quality is excellent. Toronto needs more spots like his
c and n / March 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm
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uhmmmmm
not even sure what that means
HB / March 13, 2009 at 01:34 am
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Coffee is delish. Food is delish.
Holly / March 16, 2009 at 07:05 am
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Andrew is the voice of reason here! Also, something about the anonymous comments feels like someone with an ulterior motive to me...
Zach / March 19, 2009 at 12:51 am
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I've known the owners for years. One is an amazing chef and both love good coffee.
Josh / March 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm
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I love this place, been there lots. First of all, their coffee (drip) is great. Also the food there is so good too. I am quite upset when the breakfast empanada is not made, as they change things up all the time. The breakfast quiche ricotta bacon type thing was really good too. The owner is friendly and quite accommodating when I make a confusing order such as a triple americano with only 5/8ths water... I'm really glad this place opened in the neighbourhood and I will be buying myself and my kids many ice creams there this summer! Also its great their paper cups are bio-degradable, unlike some of the other guys you see peppered all over the side of the road.
Josh replying to a comment from karen / March 24, 2009 at 12:24 pm
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compare it please, list what you think are good coffees...
ILOVEQUEENWEST / March 26, 2009 at 11:53 am
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too bad it wasnt a starbucks that opened, right??? queen west certainly needs more of those....lets crush the little guy with a big corporation that makes the best coffee. heck, while you are at it, forget any new business's lets just leave all the storefronts empty with for lease signs...or better yet, develop the park into a smart centre with WalMart...
Tim / March 26, 2009 at 06:17 pm
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PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Some comments have been removed as they were made from the same IP address but using multiple user names within a short time period. This usually indicates that someone is trying to create the appearance that multiple people share their opinion and is not behaviour that we tolerate on the site.
no it was me replying to a comment from Tim / March 26, 2009 at 07:46 pm
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michael / March 26, 2009 at 11:18 pm
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the coffee here is great. the comments here suck.
michael / March 26, 2009 at 11:36 pm
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the coffee here is great. so is the food. go check it out.
Eric Draven / March 27, 2009 at 04:35 pm
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I was in beautiful Toronto on business last week and stumbled into this cafe for a quick latte and treat. Well, I'm from the West Coast, home of some of the best cafes in Canada so my expectations are quite high. I'm afraid to report that not only was the owner not very pleasant but the latte had way too much milk in it. The muffin was substandard.

Would not recommend this place... sorry. 3 out 10

Cheers,

Eric
sharethewealth / March 27, 2009 at 09:12 pm
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i go to both, not all of us are so angry

/ March 28, 2009 at 09:56 pm
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Smells like disgruntled croissants in here...

sharethewealth / March 29, 2009 at 11:19 am
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smells like insurgent tactics in here , grasping at straws..The criossants need not fear the infidels
mjmama / April 3, 2009 at 02:04 pm
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love the squirrel. great tea and hand held egg dish. a really nice addition to a great strip across from the park. i can't wait to bring my kids here for ice cream!
Bob / April 4, 2009 at 09:19 am
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I went to the squirrel on a date and loved it. Thought the coffee was great as well as the atmosphere
Betty Yasskin / April 4, 2009 at 09:50 am
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Loved the White Squirrel. Great lattes including lactose free. The brownies and cookies were divinely delicisous. Very relaxing afternoon break
James / April 4, 2009 at 07:50 pm
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It is incredible that a coffee shop can generate this much talk. Must be the great coffee fueling the debate.

I am happy to support a local, small business that has been able to bring so much life to a moribund topic - the tasty coffee and treats are a wonderful addition.
Jake / April 6, 2009 at 02:24 pm
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The Flat Whites are so yummy. It's about time this neighbourhood had some GREAT coffee without any Queen Street attitude. Thanks for opening here.
Bree / April 8, 2009 at 01:12 pm
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Our 'substandard' coffee culture is one littered by the Tim Horton's and Starbuck’s of the world ... the 'double double' has joined the likes of the 'frappuccino' in the mainstream Canadian vernacular and it's quite sad. The 'wannabe baristas' (Starbuck's use automatic, pre-portioned grinders and espresso machines - the “electric barista” - due to the lack of skilled labour) have nothing on those that appreciate the art of good coffee/espresso and those that are willing to take the time to do it right. Kudos to those that are passionate about good coffee and at the same time are taking the steps toward sustainable business practices and some social responsibility...

Let's help independent, local businesses succeed and stop the hate.

Great coffee starts with passion and excellence ... the White Squirrel exudes copious amounts of both...

Drink up Toronto!
DownTheStreet / June 9, 2009 at 04:58 pm
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Their ginger cookies are delicious. The cafe is okay, I hope it survives! It's a rough life being next to claffouti, but the two establishments are very different. It's too bad the sidewalks aren't wide enough for a patio across from the park. Dreams!
ngreene / July 22, 2009 at 03:28 pm
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REPOST FROM URBANSPOON

I live in the neighborhood and I wanted to love White Squirrel. They have everything going for them: right across from Trinity Bellwoods park; a convenient "walk-up" window for people with dogs who can't go inside; unique offerings that create a niche for the neighborhood ... and they've licensed Greg's Ice Cream.
I had one good experience with this place shortly after they first opened and I've been going back trying to get that same experience, but after today I am finally giving up.
I generally find a dispassionate attitude from the staff so I've accepted that I should not accept over the top service from White Squirrel.
The coffee, which was once tasty, now tastes sour ... which is usually indicative of brewing equipment that has not been cleaned properly.
Their baked goods are generally overly dry, with the exception of the "strata" muffins that they offer. Unfortunately, the strata muffins are often sold out.
Many of my friends from the neighborhood have had similar experiences and have given up on this place, but I kept going, hoping for what I first saw.
Today, I visited twice. I ended up throwing my coffee away after the first visit because it tasted so bad it was actually undrinkable. I would have written them off right then and there, but I later had a craving for my favourite Greg's Ice Cream.
The male staff member was rude to one of the members of my party because he asked a question before he was addressed to be served and we ended up bailing from the line entirely in favour of spending our money elsewhere.
Goodbye White Squirrel ... you have failed me too many times.
tony wilson / July 28, 2009 at 11:09 pm
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white squirrel has the best coffee in town. ngreene...arent you the same guy that gave blowjobs a bad review?
Ngreene / July 28, 2009 at 11:32 pm
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I get it now Tony ... White squirrel coffee must taste like semen ... That's why you like it so much, eh.

I've never given so I couldn't comment.
tonywilson / July 29, 2009 at 02:01 pm
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ngreene, are you really howie mandel in disguise because that joke was hilarious. actually, it tastes like good coffee. obviously someone that sees the word blowjob and thinks about giving them has never received one.
ngreene / July 29, 2009 at 03:37 pm
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Thanks ... I love Howie Mandel! To be compared to one of the greats is truly an honour.

The fact is that I gave a truthful and realistic review of a quick service restaurant that is not living up to the expectations of it's customers.

That you chose to turn this into a personal commentary speaks volumes to your motivation. Let me guess ... you are an investor? No wait ... a friend of an investor.

How many other names are you on this forum?

Anon replying to a comment from tonywilson / July 29, 2009 at 04:20 pm
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I'd like to stay away from the BJ references, but would agree that although the White Squirrel may have tasty treats the poor service put an end to that. I actually opted for 7-11 ice cream out of spite.
tony wilson / July 29, 2009 at 08:44 pm
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urban elites with high standards by ngreene

ngreene / July 30, 2009 at 02:05 pm
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More like:

Neighborhood Locals Who Refuse To Put Up With Bad Service and Crappy Products

by ngreene (the uber-elite park monkey)
L. Topfer / August 1, 2009 at 09:58 pm
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Love the Greg's Ice cream ... but the ice tea with the cinnamon was awful, why mess with perfection tea, lemon, sugar ... it's pretty simple! Try Rooibos tea with lemon and agave nectar if you wants something different.
Fleur / August 24, 2009 at 04:49 pm
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I went in early one morning last week, and I found the common table a little creepy. It was so early, and there was one guy sitting there. I went up the stairs, and the two of us sat uncomfortably at the same table for a few minutes before i left. It was too secluded and he was a creeper.

Dark Horse has the right idea with a common table: out in the open, lots of light, no awkwardness.

I've read over the coffee complaints, and got a few good chuckles. As someone who only drinks Timmies when I'm out of Toronto, I drink a lot of good coffee: ideal, manic, etc. and white squirrel was pretty much the same.
Roger / October 18, 2009 at 04:51 pm
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For more of the story behind the white squirrels that this café is named after, see <a href="http://www.blogto.com/travel/2009/10/the_white_squirrels_of_exeter/index.php";>this story</a>.
Aaron / November 11, 2009 at 12:12 am
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Cute pic of the cafe's namesake here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dailysights/4093972121/
tom / February 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm
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great coffee...especially in the last few months
Brooks / March 11, 2010 at 12:32 pm
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This place has become one of my favorite spots. Great coffee, location, service, and atmosphere. The free wifi is nice as well! I look forward to trying their ice cream this summer.
Alessandra / June 3, 2010 at 11:14 am
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I have been wanting to go to this cafe for a long while and I finally did... well, I really do not want to be rude - but it was just not very good and the people in there... why the attitude? If there is one thing I stay away from and cannot stand is attitude and people who have a stone face. No, no... I'm spending money in your cafe - drop the attitude.
priscilla / July 2, 2010 at 09:41 am
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Why is the georgy girl who works here such a pill? Even though they are one of the few places in TO that serve flat white I now go elsewhere.
Sugar / September 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm
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Stay home, make your own: it's cheaper, and you can sit around complaining about poor coffee service to your heart's desire
Shaveandahaircut / October 26, 2010 at 02:21 am
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Used to not go there because of the service. Rude and snobby girls that made a shit cup. Seem to be turning a corner, we'll see.
nufn / November 19, 2010 at 07:12 pm
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i think the coffee is great and the service is excellent. i used to work at a coffee shop and what we dont reolize is, these people go to alot of effort to make your drinks and prepare your foods, yet they are rarely or poorly tiped. its a shit job and they have to put up with alot of know it alls who dont reolize how early these employees have to start their shift and spend all day running around for min. wage.
give them a break. get over your egos. few people in the service industry are paid to be nice. and instead of complaining that they were rude and being upset you should wonder if you treated them any differently. i find you get what you give.
Cindy / November 21, 2010 at 07:54 pm
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I was excited to try a new coffee spot this morning. Alas, that all changed during the drink ordering phase! I'm pretty sure my husband and I were not rude to the young women making our drinks so I'm not sure why we were treated to such an attitude. I was so disappointed and couldn't wait to finish my coffee and get out of there, even though the americano was good.
I'm not sure that just because you choose to take a low paying job that it's your right to be rude to people. Generally we tip very well, but only for pleasant, efficient service and today I just couldn't bring myself to hand over any sort of tip. Unfortunately.
Needless to say, we will never visit this spot again.
Nancy / January 29, 2011 at 08:28 pm
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White Squirrel is hands down the best coffee shop in the queen west area. @Bree is right! For those who are complaining about the taste of White Squirrel's coffee tasting burnt, how much of a coffee connoisseur are you? What can you tell me about roasting and freshness? What is considered a good cup of coffee to you?

I'm all for independent, local businesses who is contributing to social responsibility and making fantastic cup of coffee (especially their americano)

Keep on doing what you're doing David! For those who are complaining about David asking feedback from his customers are cowards that knows nothing about running a business and customer service.

kevin sean / January 29, 2011 at 08:30 pm
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White Squirrel is my favourite coffee joint in Toronto. How can you go wrong with a $2 americano? I actually walk by a number of other establishments (Ideal, Crafted, Union, and Clafouti) just to drink the coffee from White Squirrel. I go by in the morning and if there is no line, my americano is already in the works. For everyone that thinks the service here is horrible, maybe you should get to know the people who are making your coffee. It's also amazing that i can grab a glass and do a little walk around the neighborhood, then return it later on. The best stoop to sit and chat with strangers along the whole queen west corridor. I love this place so much that I wish they were located nearer to my place of work.
SH / March 1, 2011 at 04:36 pm
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Coffee seems so subjective, but personally, my tastebuds and the WS americano are a match made in heaven. I dream of White Squirrel americanos. I don't live in this neighbourhood, but in the summer I bike over especially to enjoy this treat. I have a meeting on Queen West this week, I will leave early so I can stop by the White Squirrel.
Earl / September 19, 2011 at 01:58 am
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I guess I know what people mean when they complain of "bitter, burnt flavour", but many upscale espresso shops seem to have that-- including the "venerable" Dark Horse a few blocks east.
Give these guys a break: it's all just coffee, and these guys make it alongside ice cream and tasty desserts. It's not cheap, but their prices are on par with any other espresso bar. And it is nice and convenient to have a little coffee/ice cream/baked goods shop so close to the park. So I go there all the time, regardless of the "burnt taste" (ok, aren't coffee beans roasted anyway?).
lilbthebasedgod / November 11, 2011 at 01:16 pm
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1 dollar cookies... amazing ice cream... pastries made in house cheap coffee, lots of options, lots of cool and weirdo regulars to chat with...non pretentious vibe or non-douche bag vibe unlike many coffee shops in this area *cough* dark horse and Rsquared *cough*.... cute friendly staff that keep it real...this place is awesome
please / July 8, 2012 at 01:40 am
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you guys have nothing better to do!
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Erica / August 19, 2014 at 10:05 am
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I would definitely go in there to try the coffee however I would definitely not recommend this place for Ice cream sandwiches….The cookies used to make them are so stale.

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