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Exploring Toronto’s Coffee

Fahrenheit Coffee

Anyone who knows me knows I love coffee. Making and enjoying coffee has been a vital part of my mornings (and 75% of my afternoons) since college. Perhaps that’s natural considering I hail from a city that prefers espresso to water. At any rate, I do thank God often for the simple pleasures of a good cup of coffee and the time to enjoy it.

While I don’t mind the occasional Starbucks (it tastes like home for me, maybe in the way that Tim Horton’s does for Canadians), I try to support local indie coffeehouses. It’s a fun way to get (usually) better coffee and to explore both familiar and unfamiliar cities.

When I left Toronto in 2007, indie coffeehouses were just starting to pop up. Now they are fairly plentiful; some are excellent. Admittedly, the quality has been a pleasant surprise.

In the interest of helping people find good local coffee (and because I am sort of nerdy), I’ve started a Google map / journal of the places I’ve tried with to update the map as the caffeine exploration continues. If you have recommendations, please let me know!

(Open map in new window)

A few notes:

  • The first time at a cafe I almost always order an Americano (hot) for baseline comparison.
  • I tend to prefer dark-roasted but strong coffee. I’m not a fan of acidic brews.
  • Greens are favorites, reds have been visited, yellows are on my list to try.
  • Click on markers for notes.

(Image: a pre-church Americano at Fahrenheit; original image)

August 6, 2014   No Comments

This. Is. Coffee.

Lovely short, circa 1961, on brewing a good cup of good coffee. Some things don’t change much.

(via Brain Pickings)

June 12, 2012   No Comments

Magna Cüm Latté

This name is so terribly hilarious I had to share. Thanks to my brother Steve for discovering this gem, belonging to an espresso catering business based in Seattle. According to the “About” page,

“Our name “Magna Cüm Latté” is a silly pun based on the latin phrase Magna Cum Laude that means “With great distinction” and is usually associated with education and academics. In 1995 we received federal protection for this name!”

Sadly, they no longer have a storefront or I would so go there to take photos. And start a business named “Summa Cüm Latté” across the street (also my brother’s idea).

November 10, 2011   No Comments

Making coffee the Wendy’s way

An old Wendy’s training video from the 1980s. No words.

November 4, 2011   2 Comments

For National Coffee Day

In honor of National Coffee Day, I point you towards the handy Perfect Pour Coffee Poster by Plaid. It’s been around for over a year now, but I’m partial to it as it was the first piece of wall art I put up in my place. 🙂

Additionally, you could refresh yourself with some John Piper coffee!

See the poster details on Plaid

(Top Image, Bottom image)

September 29, 2011   No Comments

John Piper Coffee


Occasionally I like seeing what search terms people use to find this blog. Some make for a good laugh:

  • Typical wow player
  • Orange idea
  • Strict parents
  • Fear of the sponge
  • Mutual magic massage
  • How to tell if you are a nerd
  • Shepherd triplets
  • Beethoven saves Christmas


Yesterday, the Term of the Day was “John Piper Coffee.” I got to wondering what this person was trying to find. A sermon on why God is glorified when we drink coffee? Piper’s recommendations for caffeine intake?

Or maybe this person thinks John Piper has pulled a David Lynch and introduced his own line of joe.

David Lynch Coffee

What if . . .

John Piper Signature Cup
(Click for larger image)

Could be the new drink of choice for the Restless Reformed.

Enjoy your weekend.


May 14, 2011   4 Comments

Cafe Hopping (1/7)

Weekly roundup of mostly-arts-related chatter around the web:


January 7, 2011   No Comments

Grateful for . . . diversions

Right now I’m on a short tour as part of the Michael W. Smith orchestra. It’ll be an exciting but nonstop few days (with a Christmas service in the middle too), so if you happen to think of it I’d appreciate your prayers!

Meanwhile, here are a few Friday diversions for your surfing pleasure:

December 17, 2010   No Comments

Grateful for . . . the morning routine

I’m what you’d call a fair-weather morning person — literally. I naturally get up with the sun. This means that in the summertime, waking up early is easy and even enjoyable. But for the other nine months of the year — and particularly at this time of the year, mornings pose a challenge.

Fact: short of a miracle, early mornings will never be easy year-round. But I’m grateful for small things that make them more bearable, namely the morning routine.

The key for me is front-load the first 90 minutes of the day (my brain needs that much time to defog) with several simple, enjoyable things to distract myself from thinking, “Waking up is hard to do.”

For me, the perfect morning routine includes the following:

  • Some semi-strenuous aerobic exercise, accompanied by the news
  • Two cups of strong and fully-caffeinated coffee
  • Substantial breakfast, accompanied by some devotional reading and the NY Times crossword
  • A hot shower

Do you have a morning routine? If so, what must it include?


December 16, 2010   No Comments

One Reason Artists Drink Coffee?

“The dignity of the artist lies in his duty of keeping awake the sense of wonder in the world. In this long vigil he often has to vary his methods of stimulation; but in this long vigil he is also himself striving against a continual tendency to sleep.”

-G.K. Chesterton

(Photo: jill meaux)

September 12, 2010   No Comments