coffee talk

Have you been? Finally Queen West West gets a coffee shop worth talking about (I don't mean to offend). I've been waiting for a coffee spot just like this one to pop up and here it is. I'm talking about the newly opened Crafted by Te Aro at 135 Ossington Ave. between Queen and Dundas. I've never been much of an I Deal Coffee fan so this new place makes me happy (smiley face).

Why do I like it? It's quiet, relaxed, clean, airy, bright, the baristas are friendly, the coffee and especially the chai lattes are fab and they offer classes on making a decent cup of Joe (I could go on). What's not to like?

One cool thing they have is this cold drip coffee maker contraption (it looks like a science experiment) that makes a strong/smooth iced coffee. It takes up to 8 hours to brew; every couple of seconds, a  drop of ice water falls from the top jar, soaking through the coffee grounds and winding through a glass tube before dripping into the pot. Not exactly a daily morning ritual but worth the trek to Crafted.

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August 18, 2010 — Alanna Banks