Toronto indie coffee roasters for caffeine lovers

With the rise of the indie cafe, Torontonians have become schooled in the art of the coffee bean and all it can offer. As demand has increased, so have the available options for caffeine lovers. Here’s the lowdown on where to get a great cup of freshly roasted coffee or a bag of beans to grind at home.

I Deal Coffee

84 Nassau St, Toronto, ON M5T 1M5

I Deal Coffee specializes in roasting small batch, organic, fairly traded coffee and its beans consistently deliver complex and delicious coffee. With three cafes covering the west end, one in midtown, and an abundance of retail shops that carry its brand, this is definitely the biggest roaster on the list, but we think it’s because the coffee tastes so darned good!

Dark City Coffee

12-3480U McNicoll Ave, Scarborough, ON M1V 5A6

Dark City Coffee has been roasting since 1987, which makes it a veteran in the coffee biz. These guys roast their beans to order (you can order by the pound) and deliver them, too. They guarantee that you'll love the coffee you make with their beans, whether it's one of the certified organic or conventional offerings. Trust me, you will definitely love it.

2354194 On Inc

2489 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2H6

This shop is located just north of Eglinton on Yonge Street, where brothers Felix and Won Cha roast their beans in the back of their street front cafe. Their beans are all fair trade, although not organic, and the fragrance of coffee roasting in the back while you throw back an espresso can’t be beat.

Social Coffee Co Ltd

55 West Beaver Creek Rd, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1K5

Although based out of Richmond Hill, Social Coffee Tea Company is worth the hike. Offering a wide variety of blends and single origin coffee beans, it has a strong modus operandi and has won several prizes in world coffee roasting competitions. If you were still looking for a reason to try these guys out, you can’t beat that.

Moonbean Coffee Company

30 St Andrew St, Scarborough, ON M1M 3H2

This is a local favourite, shipping beans across Canada and to the U.S., with a cafe that serves espresso-based drinks, as well as a selection of more than 30 loose leaf teas. Moonbean provides certified Fair Trade and organic beans, as well as conventional, and its Kensington Market cafe is worth a visit, too.

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