After reading Toronto Life’s article about Toronto’s coffee mini-empires, it made me think. With the domination of any particular market (in this case, the independent coffee market), small players will pop up to fill an underserved market. In this case, it’s Torontonians who have been subjected to shitty coffee. Right now it feels like there’s a free for all when it comes to getting a good cup of coffee in a neighbourhood near you.
But over the last few years, there have been the usual suspects in Toronto that have carved out mindshare in terms of who makes the best coffee I feel the players in the market are: Crema Coffee Co, Dark Horse Espresso Bar, Lit Espresso Bar, Sam James Coffee Bar and Te Aro Roasted.
We’re already seeing fragmentation in the independent coffee scene, especially with the likes of Snakes & Lattes (a cleverly named board game café, doncha think??).
My prediction is that there will be cafes revolving around certain themes or catering to specific communities.
Good coffee on the go – Sam James Coffee Bar Knitting and Coffee – The Knit Cafe
What about :
Comics and coffee?
Video games and coffee?
You see books and coffee is already being demonstrated on the big box level with Indigo and Chapters with an adjoining Starbucks. We’ve got coding and coffee (freelancers downtown) over at Cloud Espresso Bar.
I wonder when a ballsy enough coffee entrepreneur would be willing to go so far as opening up a “Hooters of coffee” in Toronto such as these guys in the video embedded below