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The Best Coffee in Toronto

The best coffee in Toronto can be found at indie cafes utilizing ideal roasted beans and water-to-grounds ratio for a painstaking cup of caffeine. They’re usually more affordable that the average espresso-based beverage, and arguably just as good.

Here's the best coffee in Toronto.


Boxcar Social on Temperance
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Boxcar Social on Temperance

Leading the way for coffee brewers in the city is this growing brand with locations at Harbourfront, Summerhill, Riverside, Temperance Street as well as a roastery near the Junction. They also do liquor but their coffee program runs the show, with a rotating list of roasters from around the world.

Pilot Coffee on Ossington
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Pilot Coffee on Ossington

More than a few cafes around the city use beans from this popular roaster. You can find them on Ossington, in First Canadian Place, Union Station, and their original location in Leslieville where they still go by the name Te Aro.


de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters
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de Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters

You’ve probably drank de Mello’s drip at several coffee purveyors around the city. Their cafe and roastery near Yonge and Eglinton is where you can try all of their brews, including their Dancing Goats blend, which is definitely a best-seller.

Hot Black Coffee
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Hot Black Coffee

This Queen West coffee shop with no Wifi is concentrating on something more important than Internet: how to bring us the perfect drip. They use Detour Coffee beans, and a high-tech reverse osmosis water system for their hot black.


Reunion Island
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Reunion Island

Head to Roncy for drips from single origins beans that are part of a seasonally rotating roster from around the world. Their beans are direct trade, organic, and certified, though their Colombia Las Hermosas and Guatemala La Soledad roasts are best for drip.


Propeller Coffee
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Propeller Coffee

This roastery and cafe in the Junction Triangle looks for high-quality, zero-defect, unique coffees to feature. The cafe even boasts a Clover brewing system, which produces one cup of coffee at a time, coaxing the best possible flavour profile out of the beans.

Hale Coffee
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Hale Coffee

Taking over part of the Clock Factoy building in the Junction Triangle is this beautiful industrial roastery that roasts its own green beans and transforms them in their massive Diedrich. The result are well-balanced beans that are perfect for the drip process.


Quantum Coffee
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Quantum Coffee

Occupying a restored heritage building at King & Spadina, this high-tech coffee shop that shares space with BrainStation offers reliable brewed coffee in addition to its impressive automated Poursteady pour-overs and espresso-based beverages.

Early Bird (Brookfield Place)
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Early Bird (Brookfield Place)

This busy coffee shop has location on Queen West and in the Financial District. Go here for local and international roasters. Its medium-roast brewed coffee is the way to go when you’re craving something simple and uncomplicated.

Lead photo by

Hector Vasquez at Early Bird, @belovedlindarose of Boxcar, @ealybirdespresso

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