What is it with Canadians and filtered coffee? Where ever you go in Canada the primary option for coffee is a cup of brown liquid that is to coffee what Justin Bieber is to music.
Sampling an espresso from any one of the numerous chains (Tim Horton’s, Second Cup, Starbucks) will leave you disappointed. There is a tendency to burn the milk or the coffee – and often both. If you do find yourself in with access to only a chain coffee shop ask for a ‘double shot’ as more caffeine can at lest mitigate some of the disappointment of substandard beans and pleasant, yet inefficacious, baristas.
I’m something of a coffee snob. I only have one cup a day so it has to be perfect. Enter Balzac’s.
Located in The Distillery – an easy walk from Toronto’s Downtown\Entertainment districts – this establishment serves great coffee that is crafted from good beans and assembled by baristas whose intimate relationships with their machines produces a beverage where the milk and coffee achieve a synergy unknown in the larger establishments.
There are, no doubt, other great coffee houses in Toronto (Dark Horse is worth an honourable mention) but if you’re chasing the bean Balzac’s is THE place to go.
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