There aren’t a lot of people that don’t like coffee. When I first arrived in Toronto there was a bit of chaos with riots, earthquakes, and even a G20 meeting (click here for story). It took me a while to get situated since I was in-between two apartments but I can attest that living in Toronto is amazing. I was very curious about Canadian culture because most people have the impression that they are an extension of Americans which is very far from the truth. There are similarities and differences but they do have parts of their own culture that are very unique (my Canadian friends make me say of course).
Now back to coffee. This is a good a time as ever to introduce you to Tim Horton’s, the Canadian equivalent of Dunkin Donuts, minus the good coffee. There are hundreds of these stores around Toronto and rest of Canada. You can choose from a variety of delicious things to eat but don’t head there for the coffee. A nice cup of medium mud will cost you about $2 at Tim Horton’s. One of the things I found weird is that they ask you how many creams and sugars you want instead of you going to the self service table to the side.
I of course thought there wasn’t enough cream or sugar in my coffee so I easily added 4 packets of each, no luck, still mud. You can roam around Toronto for hours and add great pictures of Canada to your arsenal. As I was roaming I turned the corner and I saw what I love most about American capitalism, Starbucks. At that point Tim Horton’s ceased to exist. I did ask a lot of Canadians about the coffee at Tim Horton’s and two of the most common answers were: “well, I mean its okay its cheap” and “the coffee is disgusting”.
Eventually I got around to going to the famous Caribana Parade, visiting the Christmas Capital of the world in Ottawa, and even attending the great festivities of Canada’s independence during Canada Day. As I roamed and continued to explore Canada I found an excellent third option for coffee, Second Cup. Second Cup is the Canadian version of Starbucks and has delicious coffee! I’d recommend the caramel latte!
So in conclusion stay away from Tim Horton’s (especially since they only accept cash every time I tried to pay with a credit card), and pay the extra dollar or two for good coffee at Starbucks or Second Cup.