The Best Americano in Toronto
The best Americano in Toronto is what I use to fuel my day. Not particular to frothy drinks or snorted addictive substances, I have the prospect of a fresh pull and a warm cup helping me lift my head from the pillow each morning. A barista once told me that the Americano was created for people who can't pull a decent shot. "By diluting it," he said, "you minimize the mistake." True or not, I know I can always tell a good Americano from a bad; the best are consistently flavourful, smooth, and well-rounded.
Here are some places in Toronto where you can count on a good cup.
Perhaps it's the consistency of its pulls or the feeling of seclusion it provides in the busy downtown core, but Jimmy's is simply one of the best places to grab an Americano in Toronto. Some might call it sacrilegious that Jimmy's offers the option of a single-shot Americano (before storming away in their suede keds..) but I appreciate the opportunity to have a half-jolt at the end of the day when I'm already three coffees in. Jimmy's uses Classic Gourmet, at $2.25 for a single or $2.75 for a double. More »
Capital Espresso took over the former home of Vice magazine a little over one year ago and has since been keeping Parkdale residents happily caffeinated. Using Social Coffee & Tea Company beans, a roaster from Richmond Hill, Capital is always switching up its espresso blend (though keeping with the same roaster), meaning you might get a different tasting Americano from one day to the next. Consensus says "delicious," however. $2.50 More »
Yes, this is the place that has offered a $15 cup of coffee. But if you look past that attention-seeking little Joe you'll find a quality Americano offered on a consistent basis. Typically pulled using Intelligentsia Black Cat, the cup is $2.90 and best paired with a baked good from Wanda's. More »
There are many remarkable things about Thor. Owners Patrick and Tom, for one, their nifty Slayer espresso machine, and the sidewalk show inevitably occurring outside the nearby Thompson Hotel. Thor is my choice place for an Americano on lower Bathurst, even if it is one of the only places for an Americano on lower Bathurst. The espresso is typically a single-origin blend from Social Coffee. More »
You know Crema must be doing something right with their Americanos, because they keep making them available at more and more spots around Toronto. Of course, if that logic were indeed true, we could deduce that Starbucks pulls some the best shots in the world. In any case, I'm always satisfied with Crema's Americanos at whichever location I may find them. Each drink is made with a double shot of 49th Parallel roasted beans. $3.10 More »
Mercury Espresso Bar just has a great vibe, which is part of the reason why I always find myself wandering in for an Americano when in Leslieville. The espresso drink is no longer available in a large cup size and typically uses the Alchemy blend roasted by George Howell Terroir. $2.75 More »
Anyone who has talked to Sam knows that he's passionate (to say the least) about coffee, which is probably why his pulls are always top-notch. He uses laser-cut metal filter baskets for his portafilter, purifies his water with a reverse osmosis filtration system , and he is always updating and improving his methods. The result is a smooth and flavourful Americano made with Ethiopian beans from Montreal's Toi et Moi. $2.50 More »
R Squared is a relative newbie on the scene, but it has quickly become my personal favourite for a quality Americano. The baristas tend to really know what they're doing, and some, actually, have gone competitive with their skills. In the humble Queen West shop, however, they're pulling double shots of Social Coffee beans, priced at $2.79 for an Americano. More »
Using Stumptown Direct Trade Coffee, both the Roncy and College Street Lit cafes are known to make a quality, consistent Americano. I've always had friendly service, to boot, and you can't beat one of Lit's fresh panini to go alongside its standard double. $2.95 More »
When I asked the barista at Cafe Pamenar which espresso beans are used in the cafe's Americano, he responded with a cool, "I don't have to give you that information," leaving me to deduce, it must be Illy! Did I say a bad word? In any case, if a cup shrouded in mystery is your thing, you'll get that at Pamenar in Kensington. $2.38 More »
Doubles come standard for Sense Appeal's Americano, and they are usually offered using Ethiopian, Brazilian, or Guatemalan beans. The great atmosphere and tasty treats are just bonuses, but it's the locally roasted beans and skillful pulls that have distinguished this shop from others in the King and Spadina area. $2.55 More »
Formerly of Sense Appeal, Fahrenheit owner Sameer Mohamed ventured out on his own to open this cafe, first on the Esplanade, now on Lombard. Sameer uses a blend of Kenyan, Brazilian, and/or Colombian beans, locally roasted at Te Aro, for his espresso drinks (Americano, included). And last time I checked, there was no drip on hand. While it's a shame to miss out on the latte art, Sameer's Americano ($2.25) is certainly delicious. More »