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Meet Max Vezina owner of La Distributrice

What I enjoy the most of writing about coffee shops is getting to know the people behind the bar. Last Friday, I had the pleasure of meeting Max Vezina, owner of the smallest coffee shop in Montreal, La Distributrice. With some great tunes playing in the back, I sat inside his very small, yet charming space, and interviewed him over a latte. How did you get into the coffee business? I started in Australia, I traveled there for a year…

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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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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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Ali, @Clementine Café

Each Barista has a story. Here is Ali’s story. Ali is a barista and a young intellectual woman passionate about outdoor activities, religion, and women’s studies. She started her journey as a barista 3 years ago at Kafeine Café-Bar and now delights palates at Clementine Café while thinking about pursuing a master in Feminism and Religion in India. The enjoyable and relaxed environment in coffee shops drowned her to the coffee world. Ali enjoys learning how to get the perfect…

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Aunja Café, Where the Magic Happens

Coffee, music, tea, paintings, food, photographs and so much more come together into Café Aunja’s magical coffee shop. Some of the specialties include a variety of tisanes that look like magic potions able to make you feel relaxed, cured you from all winter colds and even soothe your soul.  The best part of it is that you can create your own magic potion with its mix and match tea selection. But don’t jump out of the boat coffee lovers! There is…

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Fanny, @LeMoineauMasqué

Each Barista has a story. Here is Fanny’s story. Fanny is a daring and determined woman who goes after her dreams. After her studies in law in France, she arrived 7 years ago in Montréal and fell in love with the city. She learned the art of making coffee by working as a barista for a few years before deciding  to open her own coffee shop in the Plateau. So was born le Moineau Masqué in only two-month’s time. Fanny likes to…

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Mike, @Rapido Espresso Bar

Each Barista has a story. Here is Fanny’s story. “For me, a nice coffee is the equivalent of having a nice whisky” Mike is a professional Barista at Rapido Espresso Bar. He started his career at the Café Art Java near Mcgill Metro and decided to become a professional Barista when he realized that instead of being a student who worked at a coffee shop, he was a barista studying on a side. For Mike, having a cup of coffee is…

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Kahwa Café – le voyage

Walking on Mont-Royal Avenue you cannot miss the warm-yellow shopfront of Kahwa Café. The fierce white sculpted rhinoceros heads welcome you to come on board for an exotic adventure. The owner of Kahwa Café is from Tunisia, so in his coffee shop, you will feel the warmth of Africa. You can choose between their organic and fair-traded Arabica coffees, mint teas or fresh home-made soups. Try their Marple Syrup Latte, it will make you feel relax at the first sip. At lunch…

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