Nava Social offers colourful lattes and an elevated coffee experience to the people of St. Clair West.
As the third installment of the coffee brand that got its start in Corktown, it's up to par with the earlier locations when it comes to the interior design and attention to detail for all things coffee.
Owner and coffee mastermind Gabriel Navarro has been in the industry for 12 years. Working as a barista at Thor Espresso Bar when he first came to the city propelled his coffee career.
Navarro went on to oversee coffee quality control at Soho House, which allowed him to travel the world to learn more about coffee. Since then, he's helped create names like Sorry Coffee and Back Roads Coffee Roasters through his coffee consultant agency, Napoleons Hat.
Along with his team, Navarro is also constantly bringing in new drips by other local roasters like Hatch, Seth Taylor and Ethica made with beans from around the world including Ethiopia, Nicaragua and Colombia.
Espresso pours from a Slayer espresso machine and thought is given to every detail including the water it pulls from. Navarro had a filtration system custom-made for all of the locations, which balances the minerals and produces the highest quality water.
Important, considering a cup of coffee is actually about 98 percent water.
There's also an automated pump that does the pressing down of the ground coffee before it attaches to the espresso machine. Plus, pre-infusion capabilities on the machine to gently soak before applying the full desired brewing pressure for an even pour.
Both help for consistent extraction, and a dependably good cup of espresso every time ($3.75).
They also offer two milk alternatives including Minor Figures oat milk, a revered dairy-free option among baristas and pea milk from Sproud (cortado: $4.50).
Matcha latte ($5.50) is made with ceremonial grade powder from the local Pluck Tea. The bright green colour and sweet, yet grassy flavour give it away as being top quality.
Equally as vibrant as the matcha is the butterfly pea latte ($5.50), also from Pluck and infused with a homemade vanilla syrup.
Made by one of Navarro's former baristas named Blythe is the selection of baked goods. The banana bread is moist throughout with vanilla meringue buttercream and cacao nibs on top ($4.95).
You'll be hardpressed to choose between the matcha white chocolate chip and brown butter pecan chocolate chip cookie ($3.45), made with a combination of 70 percent dark and light milk chocolate.
Butter, almond, raspberry and Nutella croissants are also available by Gouter, and brunch offerings will soon be too out of this latest location.