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A Station to take a break

Station W is a great coffee shop to start your day in Verdun: friendly staff, high quality coffee served with any kind of treat you can imagine and a relaxed feeling. When I visited Station W for the first time I was so amazed by the decoration and calm atmosphere it had; so much that I wanted to meet the mastermind behind the scenes. Then, I had the chance to meet Simon Defoy, founder of Station W and coffee connoisseur,…

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J’aime mon Café: Quebec’s indie coffee shops week!

Happy caffeinated week! Attention coffee lovers! We know perfectly there is nothing on this earth quite like that first sip of coffee in the morning, we have good news for all of you. On s’en food brings back the second annual week of independent coffee shops: J’aime Mon Café. Craftsmen of coffee from Quebec city, Montreal and many other parts of Quebec will get together to share experiences, products, join the community, and to give as much visibility as possible.…

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Crema est partenaire de la semaine j’aime mon café!

La semaine québécoise du café indépendant a commencé sa première édition l’année dernière ! L’idée est de réunir durant une semaine tous les cafés indépendants de la province et d’organiser des événements autour du café. La dernière journée, tous les cafés participants offrent les cafés sans lait à 1$ et les cafés avec lait à 2$. De quoi vous tenir caféine pour la semaine ! Cette semaine a été imaginée par l’équipe de on s’en food et Café Barista. La dernière édition a été un magnifique succès,…

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Café Code Noir, a place to feel at home.

With its artistic and cultural scene, its vibrant neighborhoods and year round festivals; it’s no wonder Montreal attracts so many young students and entrepreneurs from every corner of the world. Such is the case of Darine Darwich, owner of Café Code Noir, who arrived to Montreal two years ago from Beirut, Lebanon. She stumbled into the coffee business by accident, but fell in love with it. Darine met the previous owners of the café by coincidence. “It was a personal…

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Valentine and La Petite Cuillère

There is something very special about the Montreal coffee community. Perhaps it’s how it brings so many things like local paintings, photography, food, culture, and music together, all for the love of coffee. It’s something that I never experienced in any metropolitan city until coming to Montreal. Or maybe how it’s evolving and growing as more people decide to take part in it. People like Valentine, who six years ago decided to make her mark in Montreal’s coffee community by opening her…

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Meet Ali Inay: Instragram influencer +

Ali Inay (@inayali) is the founder and content creator of #MtlCafeCrawl. Like many of us, the Montreal-based photographer began taking pictures when out working in coffee shops. After a while he decided to start the hashtag to showcase his coffee-related photographs in Montreal to his friends and followers. Soon enough, the hashtag #MtlCafeCrawl caught on and evolved into an unofficial yet influential guide for local coffee shops around the city. Its impossible to deny the vast power of social media today. So what can social media…

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Coffee and more Explore Montreal

Good Coffee, Local Art, and Clean Clothes

After reading an article on CNN about new laundromat-bistros popping up throughout New York City, I decided to find one of these contemporary hybrids in Montreal and check it out. After all, I’ve never been a fan of leaving my clothing unattended in the basement of my apartment building. I randomly came across the coffee shop Le Petit Bas Perdu (The Little Lost Sock) after hearing about it’s local art displays and grilled cheese sandwiches. To my surprise, as I walked deep…

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Louis Philippe, a coffee lover with a dream

Each cup of coffee unfolds a new story. Here is Louis Philippe’s story. Coffee is an acquired taste, but for some of us, it is more than that. Meet Louis Philippe, a coffee lover with a dream: to open a coffee shop.  I decided to write about his story while I was at Saint Henri Micro-torrefacteur and I noticed him reading The Coffee Roaster’s Companion by Scott Rao (Coffee Consultant and Co-founder of your favorite Cafe Myriade). The saying, “you are what you read”…

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5 Drinks you Must try Before is too Late

Spring is here! (Or at least till the next snow storm takes us by surprise). As the flowers blossom, our favorite Mtl coffee shops work on their new spring creations. Here is a selection of 5 delicious drinks you have to try before the season is over!  Maple Syrup Latte Kahwa Café. 331 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P8   Easter Latte Tommy. British Empire Building, 200 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H2Y 1T3   Hot Chocolate Pagaille Café. 101 Rue…

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Le Petit Trianon, Montreal’s Royal Escape.

Who said you had to go all the way to France to find Le Petit Trianon? Closer than you think, there is a small coffee shop with the charm of the French chateau, and croissants to die for. First time I went in, I saw two girls having tea. It felt like I was getting into a dolls house and was just in time for my tea party. Tea time is important, this is why this coffee shop serves quality…

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