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The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2014

The best new cafes in Toronto provide us fuel for the seemingly endless desire to get jolted with an uptake of caffeine. As Toronto blossomed into a real mecca for coffee - on par with Melbourne, Portland, New York - each new place seems to up the ante further on what we should be expecting from a humble cup. Beans are sourced, roasted and tested, ground and extracted, brewed, every grain poured (get it?) over with attention and detail. The enthusiasm and efforts of the latest Toronto cafes is truly infectious - customers come out in droves.

Here are the best new cafes in Toronto.

See also:

The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2013
The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2012
The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2011
The Best New Cafes in Toronto, 2010



Pilot Coffee Roasters
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Pilot Coffee Roasters

The launch of Pilot Coffee Roasters new facilities on Wagstaff may have been the finest thing to happen to coffee consumption in Toronto. The tasting bar (open limited hours, weekdays only) with modular espresso maker alone is top class - not to mention their award-winning Pilot beans.

Propeller Coffee
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Propeller Coffee

Crema coffee's new roasting headquarters took over an old industrial building on Wade. The building was transformed into Propeller's roastery and cafe, to the point you wouldn't even recognize it - it's now a cavernous concrete spot that doubles as an event space.


Istanbul Cafe
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Istanbul Cafe

With the opening of Istanbul Cafe, Toronto got a touch of the exotic thanks to the intoxicating aromas of Turkish coffee, baked goods and savoury delights wafting around the cozy Eglinton and Redpath shop.


Louie Craft Coffee
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Louie Craft Coffee

Louie Craft Coffee took over a spot in one of the beautiful old brick buildings in Liberty Village. Between the tumbling vines covering the outside walls, and the delish coffee inside, you've got yourself one charming spot.


Boxcar Social
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Boxcar Social

Summerhill was wanting for some young energy, and got it with the opening of Boxcar Social. Fabulous coffee shop by day, chill booze can by night - the boys behind the place did right by the neighbourhood.

M Square Coffee
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M Square Coffee

Financiers and other PATH regulars love to get properly caffeinated. Unlike SJCB, which is best for a quick pit stop, M Square has room to sit and linger over your brew and baked good, and maybe take a meeting or two.



Portland Variety
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Portland Variety

If you ever tasted the double thick cookies at La Gourmand, you won't soon forget it. So folks were very pleased when the same owner opened Portland Variety on the corner of Portland and King - plus, now there's fabulous coffee to dunk those cookies into.

9 Bars
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9 Bars

The gents at 9 Bars take their coffee seriously, and make a mean cappuccino. Their coffee joint has really brightened an otherwise cold corner of St. Clair East and brought some tasty java to the hood.


Extra Butter
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Extra Butter

Roncesvalles needed a good place to work, drink coffee and snack on some homemade goodies. This year they got Extra Butter, and it went down like a pat of you-know-what on a hot biscuit.


Bud's Coffee Bar
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Bud's Coffee Bar

The Beaches welcomed Bud's, a straight shooting espresso bar using Cut Coffee and treats from Desmond and Beatrice and Queen B Pastry, and it suits the neighbourhood just fine.


Tandem Coffee
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Tandem Coffee

Tandem Coffee owners Eugene and Michie bring subtle design, charm and enthusiasm to their Corktown venture. Using a revolving list of roasters and beans, they brew a mighty cup.

Outpost Coffee Roasters
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Outpost Coffee Roasters

Small batch, local roasters are the wave of the future. Outpost Coffee Roasters leads the way, using single origin beans for their brew and espresso-based drinks.



Kaffebar
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Kaffebar

Norwegian minimalism and cardamom-infused treats set Kaffebar apart from the other Junction cafes. Owner Kim makes the baked goods and pulls each espresso herself, making it a real passion project.

Marvel Coffee
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Marvel Coffee

Just outside the Donlands subways you'll find Marvel coffee, a great addition to the area. Great coffee - brewed or pulled - plus fine snacks give it its superhero status.


Goat Coffee Co.
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Goat Coffee Co.

Pape welcomed Goat Coffee Co this past fall, and with its token Edison bulbs, reclaimed wood and exposed brick, it quickly identified itself as an indie cafe, serving Ruffino espresso beans for the drinks and house-made sandwiches.

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