Cops donuts Toronto


Cops is a stripped-down project from the people behind Baddies that deals solely in drip coffee and donuts.

That’s right: you won’t find any flat whites or cappuccinos with rippling latte art here, though Aussie brunch spot Baddies is known for epic avocado toasts and hot cakes.

Cops TorontoThat’s not to say an intense level of care isn’t put into every detail of the simplistic concept, right down to the particular shade of pink the entire place is awash in.

Cops Toronto

Owner Alex White wanted more of a blush pink, not exactly a “millennial pink,” not something too clean. He worked with Sarah Lavigne of The Custom Table Company for minimalist custom bleacher benches, shelves, and metal grate “skins” for brewing equipment.

Cops Toronto

White chose to partner with Monogram from Calgary, wishing to showcase a North American roaster having really enjoyed their coffee and wanting to focus on specializing in tasty drip.

Yes, the bags are custom to match Cops’ pink theme, and are $19 to take home.

Notes on them inform me the roast is a washed heirloom variety of bean from Ethiopia, supposedly with jasmine, peach and bergamot flavours.

Cops Toronto

All I taste is full-bodied, roasty coffee ($2.60), maybe a touch of the jasmine and bergamot in the aroma. Thankfully for me drip is perfect for those with simpler tastes, though it’s nice that those with a finer palette and those simply seeking a caffeine boost will be equally satisfied.

Cops Toronto

Donuts ($3.75 for a half dozen, $6.75 for a dozen) are Tiny Tom’s style, made in house.

Cops Toronto

There are always two varieties, cinnamon sugar and a glaze that will rotate.

Cops Toronto

I try a horchata-inspired glaze made with almond and beet, very subtly flavoured but slightly sweet and with, of course, a beautiful ruby pink colour.

Cops Toronto

All donuts are finished off with a hit of Himalayan pink sea salt, which adds just a touch of lip-smacking savoury flavour to the puffy, sweet fried donuts.

Cops TorontoThey also offer “Stakeout Packs” of 60 mini donuts and 10 coffees (3 litres), appropriate for 10 people.

Cops Toronto

Obviously, the idea for Cops goes hand-in-hand with Baddies, and when trying to think of something to pair with coffee and how to conceptualize that, the whole thing just makes sense.

Cops Toronto

Just remember, like Baddies, there’s no WiFi in here (talk to your friends) and they’re closed Sundays.

Cops Toronto

Photos by

Jesse Milns

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