SJCB x Robinson Bread
SJCB x Robinson Bread is a coffee bar and bakery in collaboration from Sam James and Patti Robinson.
James is known for his chain of minimalist coffee shops with locations all over the city, and Robinson started out selling her bread and baked goods at Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market, wholesaling to places like Burdock and eventually producing and selling out of Paris Paris.
This space is now her headquarters and dedicated bakery.
An open concept layout with transparent walls lets customers in on every aspect of production.
The cafe is complete with James' signature steps for sitting on, as well as a mural by Jeremy Jansen.
Visitors can spy on the prepping, preserve and jam production, pastry making and more happening in the modular space.
Robinson is known for her sourdough, which is typically available in several varieties for around $6.50 to $7, including country white, seeded light multigrain, whole spelt, corn, and whole hard red spring sourdough.
Sourdough is available as free form boules or pan-formed loaves.
Focaccia ($10) is available occasionally with a variety of toppings, such as caramelized shallot and tomato.
Croissants ($3.50) are made with organic white wheat and are nothing short of classic - very crunchy and flaky on the outside with lots of thin layers, then buttery and tender on the inside.
If you're lucky, you might happen upon other croissant varieties like hazelnut and jam, a creation made with house cranberry jam and a hazelnut frangipane of sorts inspired by an almond croissant.
Danishes ($3.81) are made with seasonal fruit - today's is a poached quince with a quince glaze and a delicate, slightly floral flavour.
The blueberry corn cake ($3.81) is salty, sweet and dense, made with yellow flint corn and organic whole emmer. The fruit rotates in these as well.
A brown butter financier ($1.90) with pecan and cranberry is naturally gluten-free.
Cookies come in varieties like double chocolate, peanut butter and spelt chocolate chip.
A cardamom coffee cake ($3.57) is made with organic white wheat, organic whole emmer, James' espresso and vanilla, and is extremely comforting dipped in a cup of coffee.
Espresso starts at $3.33, with an upcharge for extra shots, ice or alternative milks. Sam James' own Butter Knife is the default for all espresso-based beverages.
A cappuccino ($3.99) has a toasty flavour with a slight bitter undertone and a silky crema floating on top.
Drip coffee starts at $2.62, made with rotating single origin filter roasted coffees from James' Cut Coffee roastery, which are also available by the bag ($18.50 - $19.50).
Nothing is guaranteed here, so don't come seeking anything specific, or just try to arrive early. Popular items like brown butter cinnamon buns tend to sell out before noon.