Reunion Island
By Christine Ottoni

Specialty Coffee Finds a Home on Roncy

Reunion Island is a welcoming, airy café located on the north end of Roncesvalles. With a rich history and a roasting program that was founded in 1995, Reunion Island builds on a long-standing tradition of partnering with farmers to provide a truly quality cup of coffee.

Adam Pesce is the owner of Reunion Island’s flagship location, which opened its doors in May of 2015. “We wanted to create a space where the staff is really welcoming and people are comfortable asking questions about our coffee,” explains Adam. “Specialty coffee has a lot to offer. We want to be really genuine with our customers.”

Reunion Island doubles as a chill workspace for students, remote types and freelancers during the week and a busy hot spot on the weekends. Coffee is the main focus here, with a few treats and baked goods to take the edge off a caffeine-fuelled afternoon at the keyboard. If you’re looking for a friendly, cool space to kill some time with a book and get your coffee fix, this is the place.

Specialty coffee has a lot to offer. We want to be really genuine with our customers. - Adam Pesce, owner
Adam Pesce is the owner of Reunion Island.
Adam Pesce at Reunion Island on Roncesvalles
Reunion Island is a laid-back community café offering excellent service.

Welcome to Friendship Island

Reunion Island is a bright space with a white tiled bar and wood-panelled menu board. Leafy plants and cacti decorate the café in terracotta pots and artfully arranged glass baubles. There’s lots of stroller space on the floor and big tables for working and meeting up with people. The café also offers bright bar seating in the front window for afternoons spent people watching along the hip north end of Roncy.

Customers sip lattes and cappuccinos out of Reunion Island's red cups and saucers, which provide distinct pops of colour throughout the white café. Reunion Island pulls shots with the Modbar, an espresso machine where the hardware is hidden below the bar, opening up space for customers and staff to interact over the counter.

And it's no surprise that happens often here, considering the staff work to foster a sense of community on Roncesvalles, welcoming everyone who comes through their doors. “Cafés are a great space for communication,” says Adam. It also helps that Reunion Island cultivates a relaxed vibe, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends, settle down with the paper or start up a casual conversation with visitors sitting at the table next to you.

Reunion Island is a laid-back community café offering excellent service.
Reunion Island doubles as a chill workspace for students, remote types and freelancers during the week and a busy hot spot on the weekends.

Cultivating Coffee Skills

The coffee program at Reunion Island leaves nothing to the imagination thanks to a solid repertoire of café classics done right. They use two different processes for their espresso bar drinks: washed coffee and natural coffee. Washed coffee is used for Reunion Island espresso and americanos while natural coffee is used for milk-based drinks. Washed coffee is a process whereby fruits covering the seeds and beans are removed before the beans are dried, resulting in a cleaner, brighter flavour. With natural coffee, natural skins are dried on the bean and hulled off after the fact. The skin contact results in a higher degree of sugars, bringing out naturally sweet and juicy berry flavours. These coffees pair exceptionally well with Reunion Island’s milk of choice, Harmony Organic, which is expertly steamed to a sweet, smooth consistency.

Reunion Island also offers a specialty drink every month over one weekend so keep an eye out for what the staff are brewing. Past specialty drinks include Reunion Island’s Fruit and Nut Mocha and the Peppermint Mocha made with Benchmark Tea.

In addition to crafting delicious drinks, staff members are constantly updating and reevaluating their coffee skills. When visit Reunion Island, you’re going to get a great cup of coffee with a lot of thought and care put into it. “Our biggest challenge was finding the right people to represent us and who had a desire to learn more about coffee,” explains Adam. “We work with our staff to get better and we’ve found some really amazing people.”

Reunion Island is located on Roncesvalles.
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