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Cuisine type

  • Canadian Cuisine,

Dishes

  • Espresso,

Features

  • Restaurant With Wifi Internet,
  • Wheelchair-accessible Restaurant,

Atmosphere

  • Casual,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
Location
221A Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto, ON M6R 2L6
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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Rates:

  • $11 To $25,

Methods of Payment:

  • Credit

Meet the owner

Having coffee at Lit Espresso Bar, a quaint but spacious cafe in the heart of Roncesvalles Village, is akin to a wine tasting. Six different high-quality roasts are on the menu, and all can be ordered for drip coffee or espresso-based drinks. As owner Joe Angellotti explains, “Our coffee is so well developed, you can use it for both."

Lit’s story is one of hard work and natural talent. Joe had zero cafe experience when he opened shop in 2008, but he knew a good cup of coffee when he tasted one. He began competing in barista competitions and, in 2011, opened his own roastery, Pig Iron Coffee Roasters. That year, a Lit barista using Pig Iron’s coffee took home gold at Canada’s Brewer’s Cup and won third place at the World Brewer’s Cup, putting the little Toronto shop on the global stage.

Joe’s secret to the perfect cup? “It’s amazing consistency. On top of that, we source high-quality coffee. So those two things together, it's just a high-quality cup of coffee,” he says.

Read the story of Lit Expresso Bar

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Sip on a cold brew coffee

Sip on a cold brew coffee

About 99 per cent of the product at this Roncesvalles espresso bar is made in-house, including their cold brew coffee, self-roasted beans, and their daily-fresh pastries and baked goods. Stop in at the warm and welcoming spot, which manages simultaneous chic and family-friendly vibes with sleek architectural lighting, an attention-grabbing bar made from thick wooden beams, casual communal tables and a staff that defies the snotty-barista stereotype at every turn.

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Sip on a cold brew coffee at these Toronto cafés

About 99 per cent of the product at this Roncesvalles espresso bar is made in-house, including their cold brew coffee, self-roasted beans, and their daily-fresh pastries and baked goods. Stop in at the warm and welcoming spot, which manages simultaneous chic and family-friendly vibes with sleek architectural lighting, an attention-grabbing bar made from thick wooden beams, casual communal tables and a staff that defies the snotty-barista stereotype at every turn.

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Get brewing: Where to buy coffee beans in Roncesvalles

Get brewing: Where to buy coffee beans in Roncesvalles

You can almost feel the cool air of the Antigua valley, smell the earth of the family-run farms and taste the minerals of the soil where these espresso beans were grown. The small yet satisfyingly diverse selection of beans from the Lit roastery are shipped from South and Central American producers who hand-pick the goods and use processing methods that preserve flavour. Pick up a muffin or pastry to have with your home-ground coffee.

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