Te Amo, Te Aro

Post by Aine Davis

As a life long coffee lover, I felt like a kid in a candy shop when I moved to Toronto a few months ago. There are so many good things about Toronto cafés: the aroma, the atmosphere, the pastries.

As a recent vegan, I was miffed when it dawned on me that I wouldn’t be able to buy a treat with my coffee as easily as I used to. Vegan baking is difficult and I commend anyone who even attempts it! And yet, here I sit in Te Aro, sipping on a delicious soy cappuccino and chowing down on a tasty, moist, homemade banana rhubarb vegan muffin.

Not only does Te Aro bake their own tasty treats, but they roast their own coffee beans. Way too darn good. They’ve won a slew of awards this year including Roaster of the Year (2013) and Pilot Coffee Roasters. Their coffee? Undeniably amazing.

Te Aro (983 Queen Street East) is located in the quiet and charming neighborhood of Leslieville. It’s set back away from the hustle and bustle of Queen Street, giving it a calm and cozy feel. The interior is beautifully designed featuring slick black counters, hardwood tables and dangling exposed light bulbs. It’s pretty much like you’re sipping a coffee in the coolest log cabin of all time.

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With an ever changing seasonal menu, who needs Starbucks? Just look at all the options!

The kid’s menu is an interesting touch too and brings in quite the cute clientele. A popular drink among Te Aro’s youngest customers is the ‘Vanilla Fluffy’, which is steamed milk with vanilla syrup. Sounds delicious, right? Can adults order from the kid’s menu?! (I have asked and yes, in fact they can.)

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Te Aro offers a ton of different espresso options. You get to choose which espresso blend you would like for your drink. Personal recommendation? Big Bro.

Although I do not live in the east end, I enjoy heading out there to visit Te Aro from time to time. It’s like taking a mini vacation or visiting an old best friend. If you’re ever in the east end, do yourself a favour and stop in for a shot of espresso or two or fifty.