The 14,000 square foot Nespresso Toronto Boutique Bar opened in November on Yorkville Avenue, one of only two in Canada. I ventured in today to take a look inside this great coffee tasting salon and machine showroom.
It’s Monday, December 30 in the middle of the afternoon and lots tables available.
The showroom is busy with after Christmas shoppers, using gift cards, I suspect.
I pick a seat in the centre of the store to get the best view of this massively bright, coffee emporium in Yorkville.
Clad in the usual black attire, the staff is well versed in explaining the concept. The Nespresso Bar offers a coffee and light sandwich and sweet menu. Each light offering intended to be “paired” with, if you will, the various Nespresso coffee blend. The cappuccino and two small pastries is $9.00. For downtown, and for Yorkville, it’s reasonable.
The cappuccino foam is extreme cream and looks lovely as everyone knows, in a glass mug. It’s delicious too. I had requested a bolder blend but it wasn’t as strong as I would’ve liked, but overall pretty good.
Let’s be clear, this boutique isn’t about the food, it’s a showroom for Nespresso capsules and high-end machines. The museum walls showcase the various levels of machines as well as only the best accessories.
Nespresso introduced the Pixie in the summer at less than $200.00. You get a sampler of 16 of the 19 flavours to try. On another day when I have time, I will go back again and try another.
When it comes to owning one, I’m not sure whether buying yet another coffee machine, one which requires individual pods is something I want to commit to. I will keep my twenty-year old French press and continue enjoying the work of baristas who love crafting a perfect drink.