Toronto's Danforth espresso shops

It’s great to go out and enjoy a cup of espresso on a patio on the Danforth, but that can start to be costly. Save money and make sure your cup is brewed just right every time by getting your own espresso beans to brew at home.

The Big Carrot Wholistic Dispensary

320 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1N8

This is one of the best places in the city to go for healthy food and drink, and espresso beans are no different. You can stock up on organic fair trade beans in either tins or bulk. And, if you get thirsty during your shopping, take a break with some Birds and Beans coffee. As a bonus, they also stock Presso espresso makers.

The Only Cafe

972 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

You’ll probably want to stock up on your espresso beans before enjoying a pint at this place’s anchoring bar, The Only, where they have dozens of craft beers on tap and hundreds more in bottles. Whether you enjoy some libations during your trip or just make it a quick visit, you’ll be rewarded with great espresso beans. They stock Intelligentsia, a premier brand of beans that smell so good, you’ll want to eat them straight out of the bag.

Si Espresso Bar

748 Broadview Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 2P1

Just a two-second walk from Broadview Station, this is the perfect place to drop by after work and pick up a bag of espresso beans for the next morning. Americano is their signature drink, a beverage that reaches an art form in the hands of their baristas. When you pop in, make sure you set aside a couple of coins for one of their mouth-watering butter pecan tarts. They’re the perfect partner for your cup of espresso.

Marvel Coffee Company

990 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1L9

The inside looks a bit like a futuristic museum, with a grey and white colour scheme that strips everything down to the basics. There’s no fancy stuff going on here, just an honest way to put the best stuff possible into your cup. You can get Social Coffee beans to take home with you and if you’ve never had them before, try them out before buying. Just ask for Sam and he’ll help you.

Mocha Mocha

489 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1P5

You’re buying espresso beans to brew at home so you can save money and customize the flavour, but it’d be positively sinful not to indulge in some of the awesome fusion food while you’re here. They take a little bit of Japanese, Peruvian and Croatian cuisines and blend them together, creating an incredibly unique menu. Alternatively, you can pack up your food to go and eat it at home while your beans are brewing.

Red Rocket Coffee

1364 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1M9

Instead of staying with the same brand of beans all the time, Red Rocket mixes things up regularly so you always get the latest in espresso and coffee trends. Although you can pick up your beans anytime you like, you may want to carve out Saturday evenings on your calendar. That’s when they have their weekly comedy nights at 8 p. m., giving you a chance to score some laughs along with some of the best espresso beans in the city.

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