Niche Latte

Lacklustre Lattes?

Alright Toronto, what is up with your lattes lately? There has been a plummet in quality in the last few I've had. I'm not even setting the bar terribly high. I'm just looking for it to be warm, and for the milk to be nicely steamed. Tiny bubbles.

But there's a style of latte emerging in Toronto that I am not loving. It's not even a latte. It's best described as a warm(ish) milky(ish) coffee. These "lattes" (oh yeah, I'm whipping out the scare quotes) were so thin, that serving them with a spoon was an insult. "I defy you to try and use this."

The consistency of the milk hadn't even changed. It's like the steamer was busted and they thought we wouldn't notice. Being presented with these watery insults to the good name of lattes at places all over the city and in rapid succession, has me worried.

One was on the Danforth, one on West Queen West, and one around Yonge & Eglinton. I won't slander specific places (yet), but the West Queen West offender was a place that used to make consistently excellent lattes. Sadness is.

My latte consumption is pretty modest. I have two, maybe three a week. So when it's a dud, it smarts.

What's going on? Tired cooks at clubs slash brunch spots? A shortage of espresso-machine repairmen?

Is this a fluke, or are your lattes looking a little less luscious too? Where do you recommend for a guaranteed perfect cup?


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