The Library Specialty Coffee
The Library Specialty Coffee is an Aussie-style coffee shop serving espresso-based and pour over coffees.
This entails minimalist design with unconventional seating and an emphasis on presentation, and this is not the first cafe of its kind to hit Toronto.
Such unconventional furnishings include stumps for chairs at miniscule tables adorned with roses, nooks with teensy ledges, and milk crates.
A cappuccino ($4) introduces the Australian style of coffee nicely.
Immaculate latte art is set off nicely by a whimsical sprinkling of chocolate that has the added effect of imparting a tiny bit of extra sweetness to the coffee.
Library is the only cafe in Toronto use high-end Sweet Bloom beans from Denver. Espresso-based beverages use their Hometown blend, actually the only coffee from Sweet Bloom that isn’t single origin.
We get a pour over ($4.50) made with Sweet Bloom’s rare pink bourbon cultivar from producer Rodrigo Sanchez in Colombia.
It’s got a juicy fruit punch/cherry acidity combined with a rounded maple syrup sweetness.
Pour over ceremonies all take place at a special cupping station at the back, and it truly is a ritual that takes several minutes. A roasting area lies beyond this in the back of the cafe.
At this station vials are filled with different coffee beans so they can be inspected by customers and easily accessed by the barista. Styles of beans available rotate.
The filter is properly wet and an individual portion of beans are ground.
The coffee is bloomed and brewed according to clockwork timing specifications.
Something called a piccolo latte is exactly what it sounds like: a four-ounce version of a latte.
Could be perfect for those that crave lattes but can’t handle too much caffeine or dairy...or just those that want to order a really cute coffee.
They also carry specialty teas such as a ceremonial grade Kato matcha from Uji with notes of fresh cut grass, used in a matcha latte ($4.70).
Baked goods are apparently provided by a company started by a former employee of Blackbird. Croissants include an almond chocolate option ($3.75) and a popular pistachio ($4.25).
The Pitchii pitchers ($38) used for pour over and bags of Sweet Bloom ($23) are available for purchase.
Jeffrey Ji’s DIY design mimics an Australian cafe to the letter, down to the tiling outside the door that’s a near exact replica of tiling that reads “Standing Room Only” at Melbourne’s famous cafe Patricia. He would know, seeing as he used to be a Melbourne resident himself.