Mast Coffee Toronto

Mast Coffee

Mast Coffee provides an independent option in an office-y neighbourhood swimming with chains. Mast, pronounced “maast,” is actual a Sufi term for an overwhelming intoxication of spirituality.

The cafe is extremely minimalist and coffee-centric, designed to focus on putting out a smaller range of the best quality products possible.

Mast Coffee Toronto

The space was a total blank canvas when Mast first came in, totally new built. Cafe owner Shawn Rauf (who ran cafes in different areas of Asia and the Middle East for years) had an architect come in for the basics, but did everything else themselves.

Mast Coffee TorontoMast’s intent is to refocus consumers on coffee rather than the variety of blended, specialty drinks and smoothies laden with superfoods that tend to oversaturate the menus of many cafes.

Mast Coffee TorontoTheir own special blend of coffee is locally roasted for them by Propellor, and bags of roasted Mexican, Kenyan and Ethiopian single origin beans are available for sale. They’re using a Synesso espresso machine.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Pourover ($3.95) is typically made with a Kenyan coffee, but they offer me an Ethiopian instead which I find bright, fruity and citrusy.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Sandwiches like a roasted vegetable ($8.95) with roasted zucchini and eggplant, hummus, roma tomato, and caramelized sweet potato are provided by local company Feast.

Mast Coffee Toronto

They do breakfast sandwiches as well.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Pecan butter tarts ($2.75) are just one of several options for baked goods furnished by local bakery Circles and Squares.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Wild blueberry crumble and blackberry orange muffins ($2.35) by the same company fill out the pastry case.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Naturally, they have to also stock their tall, flaky pain au chocolat ($2.50) with a thick dusting of powdered sugar.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Rauf also has a tea business, and those teas are served and retailed here. We try a lovely mango tea with a bold fruit flavour and beautiful bright colour.

Mast Coffee Toronto

A chai latte ($4.05) is made with their own masala chai made without any artificial syrups or flavours.

mast coffee torontoCafe lattes start at $4.10 and are typically made using an espresso blend, a version of Propellor’s that’s been tweaked a little.

Mast Coffee TorontoBooks and magazines scattered in nooks and crannies plus local artwork on the walls lends a true indie cafe feel.

Mast Coffee Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


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