Located in a newly restored heritage building, Quantum Coffee opened just over a year ago. This building was better known as the home of the Global Village Backpackers hostel which closed after its owner died. I couldn’t help notice the modern signage tucked into the historic 460 King Street West building so I decided to check it out. What I found was one of the classiest yet unpretentious cafe experiences in the City. Pretty damn cool name too!
Inside, the cafe feels minimalist, clean and spacious. It felt inviting. They use a unique method to manage coffee aficionados. You have one side of the coffee shop to order your coffee, and to pick up your pastries and grinds to take home. At the opposite side of the cafe is where the baristas make their coffee. This appears to contribute to the nice airy feeling when walking into the cafe. It’s not actually a very large space. But by separating the customers placing orders to people waiting for lattes, it seems to reduce crowding. In the back is a lot of seating that converts into a space for events in the evening.
But the most important part is of course, the coffee. The coffee has a sour note and even a hint of natural sweetness. It’s exactly the flavor profile I enjoy when drinking coffee. Quantum Coffee is also one of the only cafes that uses the Pour Steady machine. The flavor of the coffee is supposed to come out more consistent using this machine. The mild flavor that comes out reminds me of the type of coffee I had in Taiwan where the Japanese syphon was popular.
This is definitely a spot to check out if you happen to be in Toronto. There are not very many places that compare to the quality of coffee that I found in Taipei (Taiwan). Taiwan has fast become the best coffee city in the world. But this place is comparable to the quality I found there.