5 Elements Espresso
5 Elements Espresso has replaced Seven Grams on Avenue Road in Yorkville. True to its name, this Italian-inspired cafe focuses on the five elements of espresso (more on that in a second) as well as a variety of matcha and grab-and-go snacks.
Owners Rose Lamanna and Carmelina Luke have rebranded the space with a fresh look, complete with three levels of seating, plenty of snacks and lunch items to keep Yorkville patrons coming back for more caffeinated beverages.
"The name is rooted in the five elements of espresso," Lamanna explains. "It's written in Italian, and the elements translate to blend, grinder, machine, barista skill and the maintenance of equipment". It's a cute story, and compliments a space that's vibrant, warm and smells like the bakery at Whole Foods.
For those looking for healthy snack alternatives, 5 Elements searched far and wide to curate a menu that's health-focused with gluten-free and other varieties for customers with food sensitivities. The gluten-free Matcha Almond Cookie ($3) stands out off the menu and is a must-have with 5 Element's featured Organic Matcha Latte ($4.25).
Brewing Pilot Roasters, 5 Elements Espresso boasts an Academy brew that's a Central American and East African blend with hints of caramel, citrus, and chocolate. There's the standard espresso-based mix of double shot espresso ($3), Americano ($3.25), Macchiato ($3.30), and extras like Chai Tea Latte ($4.25). It's still early days of the menu, and the owners plan to expand the menu with more seasonal drinks.
With a handful of in-house items baked every morning, including snacks like Protein Balls ($2.50), Energy Cookies ($3.50) and house-made Panini with bocconcini and tomato basil ($8.75), it's a little pricey for a coffee shop but smells intoxicating.
Adding to a health-centric menu of house made specialties, 5 Elements Espresso brings a wide-ranging selection of Sloan Teas, organic and gluten-free baked goods from Circles + Squares, and fresh snacks from La Bamboche. Keep in mind, there are plenty of snack pairings to choose from if you're hungry and looking for a quick blast of energy.
With matcha as the centerpiece of the menu, spillover traffic from neighbouring Whole Foods will rejoice in the health-centric green theme in this menu. Matcha! Matcha! Matcha!
Photos by Hector Vasquez.