Supercoffee is the kind of cafe where everybody knows each other by name. Located right in the heart of the Mount Dennis neighbourhood, it’s a sunny reprieve from the busy industrial corner of Eglinton and Weston.
Locals residents and TTC workers from the bus garage next door make up the majority of customers here, adding to the coffee shop’s palpable sense of community.
For Supercoffee owner Cassandra Nicolaou, that was the ultimate goal: to create a space in Mount Dennis – a historically underserved area – where people could gather and enjoy a good cup of coffee.
Owned by Cassandra’s family, this building at the corner of Eglinton and Weston used to house the submarine shop where her father made meatball subs for workers of the Kodak Plant next door. The shop saw its heyday in the 80s before business declined, as did Kodak Heights soon after.
Cassandra decided to repurpose the space in 2014 and oversaw the painting of an award-winning bee mural by Nick Sweetman, thus commemorating the birth of Supercoffee.
Coffee beans here are provided by one of the top roasters in the city, Classic Gourmet. The mellow, rich flavour of their Rufino Super Bar roast is a downtown favourite, and now Mount Dennis residents can buy a bag of ground beans for themselves ($35/1 Kg).
Try their blend with by ordering a cappuccino ($2.75). As a Rufino fan I was bound to enjoy this drink; the foam to beverage ratio was ideal.
Most of the baked goods here come from the Scarborough bakery Circles and Squares. The breakfast cookie ($2.75) has a nice chewy texture and packs a strong punch of cinnamon, making it a good pairing with the cappuccinos ($2.75).
There’s nothing more delightful than a tray of cookies right out of the oven, all baked in house, including their delicious sea salt chocolate chunk cookies ($1.50).
The ginger molasses cookies ($1.50), have a strong ginger kick to them and are equally delightful and soft.
For something more decorative, try the peppermint mocha ($4.50) and enjoy the festive sprinkles before they melt into foamy oblivion. They also offer nanaimo bars ($2.75) and butter tarts ($2.75).
For lunch fare, there’s a variety of panini like cheddar cheese ($4.25) and cheese with pesto and fresh tomato panini ($6.50).