San Coffee Room

San Coffee Room

San Coffee Room is named for the word san, meaning three in several Asian languages. This essentially exemplifies the cafe’s approach to minimalism: simplicity, intentional living, and handmade beverages that bring people together.

The cafe is inspired by the world travels of Brodie Vissers, who co-owns the shop with Nigel Wang, executed in a bohemian, Mediterranean style.

San Coffee Room Toronto

The interior formerly home to Crafted matches that influence, seating for roughly ten inside and out provided by cushy couches, easy chairs and benches, encouraging comfort, closeness and creativity. 

San Coffee Room Toronto

San is focused on highlighting little-known hyper-local roasters like Pop Coffee Works, The Library, Java and Hatch.

San Coffee Room Toronto

The cafe employs the Sanremo Cafe Racer for their espresso machine, actually the sponsor of multiple barista competitions and the machine used for lots of them as well.

San Coffee Room Toronto

A Mango Sunrise ($5.20) is one of several seasonal signature beverages that make this cafe stand out. 

A shot of espresso or cold brew is shaken with mango puree and strained and finished off with a dash of grapefruit for a juicy wake-up call.

San Coffee Room Toronto

La Bombilla ($5.50) is named after the straw you drink yerba mate with, a bitter cold brew yerba mate drink balanced out by house honey simple syrup, a fresh ginger solution and house fizzy water made using a Sodastream.

San Coffee Room Toronto

Chrysanthemum + Goji ($3.80) is a simple combination of chrysanthemum and goji brewed together hot, then left to cool and finally stored in the fridge. 

San Coffee Room Toronto

Caffeine-free, it’s a little bit sweet with a strong herbal flavour, actually inspired by a medicinal Asian tea but served cold.

San Coffee Room Toronto

Pour over ($5.50) comes from the “slow bar” section of the butcher paper menu, made with the same stylish Origami dropper the World Brewers Cup Champion uses.

San Coffee Room Toronto

I sample a roast from Pop Coffee Works made using a bean sourced from Yemen, with notes of dried apricot and Shiraz.

San Coffee Room Toronto

Uniquely, pour over coffee can be sampled hot, cold, or both ways at the same time.

San Coffee Room Toronto

To me, the colder version of this coffee brings out a little more of its sweeter side, the hot version a little more nutty and bitter.

San Coffee Room Toronto

Laera is providing a minimal selection of baked goods like cookies and vegan gluten-free brownies.

San Coffee Room Toronto

A breezy, plant-filled back patio is a caps off this cafe with a hidden gem.

San Coffee Room Toronto

The space is equipped with WiFi, and in addition to being a cafe provides a venue for workshops, training, cuppings and other non-coffee related events like portrait sessions. San actually started out doing pop-ups before opening this full-fledged brick and mortar.

San Coffee Room Toronto

Photos by

Hector Vasquez


San Coffee Room

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