The thing about good coffee is that once you have a taste of it, you can’t go back. When using the right beans prepared the right way, it’s a downright indulgent experience that propels you in a never-ending search for the next great cup. Smooth and aromatic, rich and full-bodied or crisp and light, the varieties are endless. My preference usually leans towards beans that have a natural sweetness, but I like to be surprised. Of course, there’s always the inevitable bad cup, but this usually just means gaining immense admiration for those who have perfected their craft.
In this case, I couldn’t be happier to have finally visited Mercury Espresso Bar in Leslieville.
They take their coffee very seriously there. The menu board is a piece of work with a list of all the beans available for each type of brewing method with the tasting notes. Then there’s a siphon-like contraption for their cold brew coffee, a six hour extraction process that I’m convinced yields something extraordinary…or not.
I got the flat white and Leo went for the americano, which looked luscious – it’s a word I don’t use a lot, but seriously, it looked so good. The beans used were the Brazilian and Costa Rican roasts. They were both flavourful and rich in the way dark chocolate can be, leaning towards the mellow side. We liked it. Leo liked it so much he didn’t even dump some ungodly amount of sugar into his americano!