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The Best Americano in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / April 27, 2015

americano torontoThe best Americano in Toronto is simply a diluted espresso, similar in strength to drip coffee but far more delicious. This is an easy drink to screw up, and yet these coffeehouses excel thanks to skilled baristas, filter water systems, and fresh beans roasted from local and/or micro coffee roasters.

Here is where to find the best Americano in Toronto.

See also:

The Best (Drip) Coffee in Toronto
The Best Cappuccino in Toronto

Fahrenheit

Fahrenheit

This coffee house on Lombard uses locally roasted Pilot beans for its espresso-based drinks -- Americano ($2.35) included. While the latte art here is gorgeous, the simple Americano shows off the baristas' ample skill when it comings to pulling the ideal shot. More »

Sam James

Sam James

Count on a great cup of Joe from this chain of indie cafes. Consistent across locations, expect each outpost to pour a smooth double Americano ($2.62) crafted with Sam's signature beans from micro-roaster, Cut Coffee. More »

Te Aro

Te Aro

No Toronto coffee crawl would be complete without a visit to this Leslieville cafe. Get your java fix with a flavorful Americano ($3.25), pulled from double shots of the house label beans from Pilot Coffee Roasters. More »

Boxcar Social

Boxcar Social

The Rosedale cafe keeps the selection of espresso beans fresh, offering quality cups of coffee pulled from beans like Ritual, George Howell, and Phil & Sebastian. The exceptional Americano comes in at $3. More »

Capital Espresso

Capital Espresso

This sundrenched espresso bar in Parkdale pours smooth, well rounded espressos made from beans sourced from roasters like 49 Parallel and Phil & Sebastian. Espresso blends change, meaning the daily selection varies, though the Americano ($3) is consistently delicious. More »

De Mello Palheta

De Mello Palheta

This espresso bar and on-site roastery keeps Yonge and Eg happily caffeinated with house-made blends and single-origin options. Order a proper Americano ($2.25/$2.75) with hot water poured straight into espresso or try the reverse preparation in the form of a Long Black (same price). More »

Crema

Crema

Fuel your day with a smooth double-shot Americano ($3.35) from any of the three outposts from this popular local chain of cafes. Espresso-based drinks showcase freshly roasted beans from Propeller that are extracted and brewed by masterful baristas. More »

Dark Horse

Dark Horse

Dark Horse boasts four locations that pull Americanos for $3.15 (or Mistos for $3.25) carefully curated from local coffee roasters like Detour or 49th Parallel. At the Spadina location, you'll find two distinct blends to choose from daily. More »

Rooster

Rooster

Start your morning at either location of this popular east side cafe. with an Americano ($2.75) using custom blends of reserved beans made exclusively for the shops by Pilot Coffee Roasters. More »

Lit Espresso Bar

Lit Espresso Bar

The location on Roncy pulls a mean Americano ($2.95), showcasing house roasts from Pig Iron Coffee Roasters. Expect friendly service and consistent, quality cups of espresso made from a rotating line-up of single origin beans, as well as staple blend Steel Wheel. More »

Dineen

Dineen

Occupying a prime corner lot in the heart of the Financial District, this cafe attracts a loyal following dependent on consistently delicious espresso-based drinks. The Americano ($2.75/$3.25) is no exception. It's made with Social beans and can be had crowned with steamed milk should you choose to go Misto ($3.25/$3.75). More »

Mercury Espresso

Mercury Espresso

Grab an Americano ($2.75) at this cozy Leslieville cafe which favours George Howell’s Alchemy roast when pulling Americanos, but also offers an ever changing featured brew for those that like to spice things up. More »

Discussion

47 Comments

Phil / April 27, 2015 at 11:50 am
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Surprised Jimmy's or Manic are not on this list.
Dineen has no place on this list unless you are going for decor.
Yuri / April 27, 2015 at 11:53 am
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Why would anyone want to dilute an espresso?
KK / April 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm
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Tandem has the best espresso based drinks in the city hands down.
blackemptiness / April 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm
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I agree with Phil. Dineen has no place on this list. The sub-conscious effects of decor on perceived coffee quality has been studied and I believe it plays a big part in their popularity.

I do think M Square Coffee Co. deserves to be on this list though. They use excellent fresh beans and always make a great espresso. The Clever drip can be excellent depending on the beans in stock
S replying to a comment from blackemptiness / April 27, 2015 at 12:46 pm
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And they replaced my favourite chinese food place in the City :(
. / April 27, 2015 at 12:54 pm
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Bar Buca is the only espresso that can wake me up
Rick / April 27, 2015 at 12:55 pm
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McDonalds has an Americano for $3.00 and it's pretty damn good.
Did you also know their cups are double walled? Why the hell isn't this available at all chain shops?
Americana / April 27, 2015 at 12:59 pm
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Americano=watered down espresso for mangia cakes who can't handle the real thing.
gary / April 27, 2015 at 01:09 pm
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I was in Capital Espresso yesterday and realized there were more moustaches than drink options
DMack / April 27, 2015 at 01:17 pm
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Lit? Are you kidding me?! How is The Common not on this list????
chester replying to a comment from Yuri / April 27, 2015 at 01:17 pm
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Americans.
andy / April 27, 2015 at 01:53 pm
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Dineen is beneath the BlogTO offices, which is probably why its on this list. Just sayin'.
Martin / April 27, 2015 at 04:09 pm
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I'll have to give Farenheit a try. I've passed that spot a thousand times and never knew they were there. How about some window signage or more than a big letter F on your a-frame sign? Just a thought.

I was excited to try Dineen shortly after they opened. Americano is my usual order. I've never gone back, because it was such an oddly demoralizing experience. The server who took my order was talking to her co-worker and did not say a single word to me or even look at me when putting my coffee down in front of me. Some people just shouldn't work in customer service.

Mercury has some awesome coffee. I look forward to when I have a meeting in Leslieville just for the chance to stop there for a coffee.
the lemur replying to a comment from Yuri / April 27, 2015 at 04:18 pm
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Precisely. The most pointless coffee variant ever, named for the spoiled whiners who demanded it when they discovered that coffee in Italy was not like coffee in the US: 'It's too strong! The cup is too small!'.
the mongoose replying to a comment from the lemur / April 27, 2015 at 04:22 pm
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You are incorrect, albeit the name of the beverage is unfortunate. It is still a more enjoyable variation than the abomination that is drip coffee.
steve / April 27, 2015 at 06:30 pm
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So many pompous and elitist people. If an Americano is not your drink so what. You are no better then the next person. Ignorant sods.
pj / April 27, 2015 at 08:36 pm
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Fahrenheit's is so good cos they dont over dilute it with water and serve it in a smaller cup. Most places put way too much water in.
irishinTO / April 27, 2015 at 10:01 pm
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Little Nicky's
Tacko Tuesday / April 27, 2015 at 10:56 pm
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The Good Neighbour.
Americano / April 28, 2015 at 12:51 am
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Hey GARY! You're going to talk about Moustaches at Capital? really? Are you also going to comment that there are too many "blacks", and "gays", and "hipsters" there as well? How about this, instead of going back to Capital, you grab a double double and go back to Parry Sound where you came from.
Amy / April 28, 2015 at 08:23 am
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Wow Gary makes one observation and your turning him into a biggot that should be shipped out? Really? Really? Is it Gary's fault beards have become trendy?
Canadiano / April 28, 2015 at 08:25 am
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Who makes the best Canadiano? Why isn't there a Canadiano?
Doug / April 28, 2015 at 08:28 am
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Capital has more moustaches than drink options is fine. Approved! Nothing wrong with people trying to conform to fashion trends. If we all had unique distinct looks it would look sloppy and messy like mismatched furniture. Conformity is fine.
lou / April 28, 2015 at 08:37 am
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Casa Coffee in kensington hands down
wendy / April 28, 2015 at 08:42 am
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Marketing at its best!
Funny how adding an "O" on the end makes you all think you're ordering something special. If it was the same drink just called American would you feel the same about ordering an American coffee...
Canadiano / April 28, 2015 at 09:11 am
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Who makes the best Canadiano? Why isn't there a Canadiano?
Rosie / April 28, 2015 at 10:10 am
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The Brockton Haunt :)
dnocuz / April 28, 2015 at 10:34 am
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There are a lot of great independent coffee shops in Toronto. Crema isn't one of them. Each time I've been there, their espresso/americano have been terrible. Broadview Espresso, Little Nicky's & Merchants of Green Coffee are more than worthy mentions.
Tammy / April 28, 2015 at 10:46 am
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Where's Cherry Bomb on Roncesvalles??? Every person I've sent there agrees their Americanos really are the bomb.
Rory replying to a comment from Tammy / April 28, 2015 at 11:59 am
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They might just be telling you what you want to hear because your going on and on and on about how great it is. Then after they're done your asking "wasn't it amazing? The bomb?"

Your excitement is intoxicating and people don't quant to let you down. It's easier to agree then debate.
Earl / April 28, 2015 at 12:04 pm
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Tammy I guess you and your friends should've voted for Cherry Bomb then when the poll was open. Not coming in after the fact saying I didn't vote why isn't it on the list.
Sasha replying to a comment from steve / April 28, 2015 at 12:10 pm
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Hey Steve

FYI - I am better than someone that drinks Americano I drink smoothies and a caffeine free diet is much better for you. I don't need the uppers and downers that you do e.g. Caffeine in the morn and afternoon alcohol in the evening and night. I'm cleansed.
topdog / April 28, 2015 at 04:15 pm
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Home Baking Co. In Bloordale! The smoothness of the flavour is incomparable to any other Americano I have ever had. Also, everything else they sell there (cookies, the chocolate cake is the best in the city, ice cream) is top notch.
Canadiano / April 28, 2015 at 06:40 pm
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Canadiano anyone?
Rich / April 28, 2015 at 09:38 pm
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Tandem is the best
go people......
Shy Ronnie / April 29, 2015 at 05:23 am
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What was the outcome of the Sam James' criminal charge for throwing hot coffee on those anti-abortion protestors?
Kenny Bania / April 29, 2015 at 10:19 am
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The best, Jerry - the BEST!
Jen / April 29, 2015 at 11:13 am
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Serendipity in Baby Point. Definately best Americano in the west.
Americana replying to a comment from chester / April 29, 2015 at 09:41 pm
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Speak for yourself. This American has been drinking quads probably since you were in diapers!
Canadiano / April 29, 2015 at 10:43 pm
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Canadiano?
Băng cản nước / April 30, 2015 at 09:47 am
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Tandem is the best...
Bobo replying to a comment from wendy / April 30, 2015 at 01:02 pm
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But it's not an American coffee Wendy. Rather than drip coffee, it's espresso with hot water. So, not marketing, but an Italian invention that is superior to the item that inspired it.
Baby O / May 4, 2015 at 09:24 am
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I always enjoy the Americano at Ezra's Pound on Dupont. Pairs wonderfully with their salted chocolate chip cookies.
Veronica / May 4, 2015 at 03:00 pm
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The best Americano, I've ever had, comes from Afterglo. Not only was it amazing the price was under $2. I'd recommend it to anyone.
Mia / May 10, 2015 at 08:41 am
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Cannonball Coffee on Queen St East
Still lurking / June 14, 2015 at 11:28 pm
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This place is beautiful but pricey:
http://bit.ly/1GncXso
Balzac's in the Distillery
dnocuz / June 24, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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Fahrenheit is largely overrated in my opinion. The majority of times I have been there, I've found their americanos to have a sour/bitter taste. Which can often mean that the espresso is over-extracted, coarsely ground or stale. I don't understand how they keep getting voted best americano in TO.

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