Pop Coffee Works
Pop Coffee Works is the cafe representation of a Mississauga-based roaster by the same name dealing in specialty grade, in-season coffee.
The third-wave cafe aims to make specialty coffee more accessible with pricing that’s a little more competitive on a choice of several brewing methods.
Fresh, crisp interiors by McMillan Design divide the space into a more open main area and a more sequestered nook on one side, plants and concrete creating industrial comfort.
Walls are apparently painted purple in homage to brief Toronto resident Prince, part of the “pop” concept.
They chose the under-counter Mod Bar (now a part of La Marzocco) so that customers can more easily see what the barista is doing without bulky equipment in the way.
A latte ($4.25) is made with their OG Blend Espresso, which combines washed Ethiopia Yirgacheffe, Natural Ethiopia Guji and Washed Colombian Narino. Because Pop uses in-season coffee expect the beans matched to each brewing method to rotate.
Notes of green date, red apple, cranberry and milk chocolate are a little harder to pick out with milk involved, but without it you don’t get any of the expert latte art done here.
Pourover ($3.95) is made with Ecuadorian beans, and though it takes longer this method allows the fruity acidity of the light roast to come through a lot more, with sweet peach, pineapple, guava and caramelized sugar flavours.
They use professional-level Kalita brewing devices and the Marco SP9 for the pourover, a cutting-edge coffee brewer not many cafes have that allows ratios to be pre-programmed for consistent perfection.
Cold brew ($4.50) is made with Ethiopian Guji beans, and is cooled solely by a giant coffee ice cube so it never gets diluted. Tangy juiciness comes through strongly in the cold brew too, with floral hints of mandarin, dried apricot and white tea.
During my visit Pop Coffee was still rotating through options for baked good suppliers, picking up items from La Bamboche as well as stores out in the suburbs, making for an interesting selection including items like hot dog buns ($2).
A ham and cheese bun ($2) only has two little slices of ham rather than chunks throughout, so maybe they should keep the rotation going, though these kinds of buns are soft, fluffy, and golden yellow, certainly enough to get the job done during a long laptop session.
Branded mugs ($10) are available for purchase along with bags of beans ($15) and other coffee accessories so you can recreate the specialty coffee you’ve had here at home.
The shop co-owned by Abe Shen and Lana Shi has free WiFi, the name Pop Coffee Works an allusion to the sweet sound of coffee being roasted.