New Thing #42: The Remarkable Bean

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Don’t let the name of this place fool you. If some intrepid street artist decided to add an “un” to this coffee shop’s sign they’d be doing people a favour.

The Remarkable Bean was doing a brisk business and it’s exterior was littered with local coffee drinkers so I went in expecting something pretty, well, remarkable. Add to it that they roast their own fair trade beans on site and I thought I had lucked into something special as we explored the eastern end of the Beaches.

Unfortunately the espresso was thin, the crema was almost non-existant and I was reminded of my moments of desperation at my old office when I’d settle for a shot from the Second Cup.

I hate saying bad things about a place, and maybe I just got a bad cup, but I don’t think I’ll be going back any time soon.

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New Thing #38: Jet Fuel Coffee

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Jet Fuel Coffee is one of those coffee shops I’ve known of since moving here but never gotten around to visiting. Honestly, I don’t find myself in down Parliament Street all that often and when I used to live in the area I wasn’t into espresso yet. Believe it or not I’ve only been drinking the stuff for a few years now.

I also remember being told that it’s the place where Toronto bike couriers hang out, which might account for all the biking paraphernalia.

I love how unpretentious the place is too. It’s just a place to stop and get a decent caffeine fix in the neighbourhood. And it kills me that the Starbucks across the street was doing more business than them tonight. A shame. 

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New Thing #31: ZaZa Espresso Bar

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ZaZa is a little espresso joint in the heart of Yorkville (emphasis on little). I didn’t even know it was there until my partner at work mentioned it.

I dropped in after work tonight for a well needed pick me up and ordered a double espresso, short. Soon I was sitting atop a stool enjoying a rich, strong crema topped shot. As an added bonus I didn’t even have to ask for a glass of water with my coffee.

And so begins my journey of trying all the independent espresso shops in Toronto before this whole crazy experiment is done.

In retrospect though, I should have waited until it was a little warmer to try this one. The window seat offers a great people watching view.

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