New Thing #348: McCaf?? Cappuccino

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This rash of fast food espresso based drink offerings has to stop. It’s not good people. 

It’s bad enought that Tim Hortons serves lattes and cappuccinos, but this McCafe business takes it to a whole other level.

It’s not like I was expecting much, especially after the completely non-discript Tim Horton’s latte I had a while back, but this thing was just terrible. It wasn’t hot enough, the milk tasted burnt, the beans tasted burnt, and I’m pretty sure it insulted my mother when I wasn’t looking.

I forced myself to take at least four sips of it before completely declaring it crap and that was hard enough.

I’m sure that with the proliferation of coffeeshops these days that your options will never be limited to McDonalds. Please avoid at all costs.

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New Thing #270: Tim Hortons Latte

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Tim Hortons is selling espresso based drinks now. So, yeah, I couldn’t resist trying a latte today from the donut slingers down the street. I think you can safely guess how high my expectations were going into this one.

I’ll say this: Tim Hortons makes a fine cup of warm milk.

For the life of me I couldn’t taste anything resembling coffee in this mechanically made mess. At least the milk wasn’t scalded though, so I could at least treat it like a bland hot chocolate to warm me up on the walk back to the office. And were the chocolate sprinkles really neccessary Nice Lady Behind The Counter? 

So, the good news is that it didn’t make me wretch. The bad news is that it isn’t a latte by any stretch of the imagination.

New Thing #213: Circus Coffee House

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There’s a little storefront on the way to the park from my house that’s been under wraps for months now. And I’ve been anticipating it’s opening since the first time I saw the word coffee on the door.

Unfortunately, it’s not going to replace any of my go to coffee shops. 

I grabbed a latte, and once it had cooled down enough to drink I nursed it on the subway all the way to work. It was ok, but nothing I’m going to go out of my way for in the future. 

However, they do have an extensive list of fresh juices and free-wifi so I might go back for their non-caffeinated fare some day.

New Thing #55: Mako Espresso Bar

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As many of you may know, I have sort of an obsession with my local espesso bar Grinder. But a few months ago a new kid on the block (well, a new kid around the corner) opened up: Mako Espresso Bar. So when I pulled up infront of Grinder today, fingers crossed, and found out that they were closed for Good Friday I decided to test my luck and see if Mako was open. And it was.

Unfortunately though, my expectations seem to have been set a bit high. The staff was friendly and the place was generally nice inside but the coffee just wasn’t up to par. The latte was weak and a bit bitter and I think the milk might have been a little on the burnt side as well. At least it only cost $3.75.

Too bad. I guess I’ll just have to check into Grinder for the 144th time.

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