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Espresso Hunt: Little Italy

Posted by Amil / February 13, 2006

Cafe Diplomatico:  Were it not for the streetcars outside, and the lack of Euros, and the regular operating hours, and the table service, and the lack of Olympic sports in the proximety, this could be Torino
After a long hiatus, I'm out for espressos again - and bringing my camera to prove it. Today brought me to Cafe Diplomatico, in the heart of Little Italy.

The coffee suffered from the same problem I find in so many other bars around town - they put too much in it. Part of this is my fault - I forgot to ask for it to be very short - but I suspect a bit of it is also an attempt to provide some sort of 'value for money' to the general public who want more of a drink than a shot.

The espresso itself was good. A nice thick crema that stuck to the sides of the cup, and a rounded, sweet flavour, with none of the bitterness that could be experiences with old roasted beans. Were I to find a downside, the cups themselves were rather cold, which sucked the heat right out of the coffee.

Ahh well, live and learn.



Gary / February 13, 2006 at 04:13 pm
This espresso hunt is a fun read. But what I really want to know... is there anywhere in this city that you can get coffee in a bodum..?
St Dan / February 13, 2006 at 10:29 pm
I'm not sure. Tell you what though: once I find my perfect espresso, I'll start a bodum hunt.
Greg Sherwin / February 14, 2006 at 11:58 am
Good luck on your espresso hunt in Toronto. I have yet to explore the city for its finest, so I'll be sure to monitor your findings here for any upcoming travels.

FWIW, I've developed my own espresso hunt obsession, focusing primarily on my home town of San Francisco. You should not be surprised to learn that here -- as in most everywhere in North America -- the #1 sin is over-extracting the shot.

Fight the power -- and may the espresso peasants revolt. ;)
Sintra / March 3, 2006 at 11:47 pm
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