The Best Coffee Roasters in Toronto


The best coffee roasters in Toronto know how to keep caffeine fiends happy, with knowledgeably and responsibly sourced beans that are expertly roasted locally. These aromatic goods can be found in better indie coffee shops around town touting hometown pride, although most of these roasters also have cafes of their own, where everything is prepared exactly the way they intended it to be – perfect.

Here are the best coffee roasters in Toronto.

Cut Coffee
Sam James, a.k.a. Toronto’s coffee king, is the man behind these lovingly roasted beans used in all his eponymous shops around town. Bags of these seasonal single-origin beans and espresso blends (decaf, too) can be purchased at each outpost, and trust me, once you’ve tried the stuff, you’ll want a bag (or 10).

Pilot Coffee
A beloved coffee brand and bean-provider-of-choice at many an indie cafe around the city (it’s well known for its Big Bro espresso blend), Pilot offers two-bags-per-month subscriptions for true addicts. It also has its own coffee shops: Te Aro in Leslieville, Crafted on Ossington, a kiosk at Union Station and a state-of-the-art tasting bar at its roastery in the east end.

Propeller Coffee
This roaster, affiliated with the Crema cafes, is relatively newer to the coffee bean scene and was named 2016 Micro-Roaster of the Year by Roast Magazine. The roastery, housed in a former metal factory, is located in the Junction Triangle and doubles as a cafe and event space.

Hale Coffee
Another roaster that’s now found in the Junction Triangle, Hale’s wares can be consumed at the pour-over-centric Clockwork in the Financial District, Crosstown at Yonge & Eg, Cafe Moi in Yorkville or in your own home through its online shop, where beans are roasted per order.

De Mello Palheta
In addition to its eponymous cafe near Yonge & Eg, these select beans (roasted at the back of the shop) are used to make coffee at some of the finer java establishments in the 6ix, including Neo Coffee Bar, Sorry Coffee Co. and Tokyo Smoke. A couple of Melbourne-trained brothers are the masterminds behind this brand named after a Portuguese coffee purveyor.

Social Coffee
With espresso names like People’s Liberation and Farmer’s Collective, it’s not surprising that Richmond Hill-based roaster Social Coffee & Tea Co. is serious about its socially conscious coffee. It’s also serious about meticulously roasting and cupping its beans to ensure the highest quality, of which you can judge for yourself at the various cafes it supplies.

Classic Gourmet/Rufino Espresso
If you visit enough coffee establishments around this city, there is a 100% chance you will encounter John Rufino’s Classic Gourmet Rufino Espresso, as it’s the go-to bean for many here (these are just a few drops in the bucket). It’s been around since 1974, and it’s known for its environmentally friendlier custom roasting technology.

My all time cup of healing-Espresso

All my life, I have held the belief that a shot of thick, sweet, concentrated coffee can cure almost all of my daily problems. A shot of espresso is all I need to get ‘back on my feet.’
Waking up at five in the morning, my head spinning, my eyes aching, bones are like on strike, can not even move my head off the pillow, completely off the hook. All I do is just raise my hand to put off the alarm. The next thing that crosses my mind is that memory of the last thing that I touched the previous night just before I lay my body right where it is right now; my companion-espresso maker. Using the little energy left, I crawl to the kitchen, take good hold of my single boiler, dual use, pump driven espresso maker. Heat up the water in the thermoblock and brew my healing concoction. Take a sip and my nerves are all eased up, refreshened bones, rejuvenated strength…and my day has began! That is what normally happens each and every morning.

I attribute my jovial attitude to each and every sip of espresso that goes down my internal digestive pipeline. And all the credit goes to the best home espresso maker for a beginner.

Personally, I would recommend the super-automatic, single boiler, dual use, pump driven espresso maker to any person that has a high liking for concentrated coffee as I am. The best brand being the Elektra Microcasa. The reason behind this that you only have one machine that is multifunctional. One chamber that does all what you ask it to do, the boiling, the brewing, the steaming. Of course, not all at the same time.

There are other espresso makers that can be useful just in case you need to try something different. The most recent being the air-pump-driven espresso maker which are smaller and lighter and often hand held and portable. Dating backwards, you may find the piston-driven espresso maker which requires along handle to produce a ‘shot’ of espresso. And there is the steam-driven espresso maker which uses steam or steam pressure to make the espresso cheaply.

The best thing to do while shopping for a good espresso maker is to consider your preference of automatic or manual machines, and do not forget to take a review of your budget.