Cafe: i deal coffee (Kensington)
Address: 84 Nassau St.
Store Hours: Mon-Sun 9 AM - 7 PM
Study Appropriate?: Yes
Stamp Cards?: No
Same menu from i deal coffee (Ossington) review
Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Soy and Almond
- No syrups offered
- Extra 25 cents for paper cup to go
- i deal coffee roasts their own coffee for sale
- $8.50/half pound of coffee and $9 for coffee of the week
- $16/pound of coffee and $18 for coffee of the week
Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Vegan and Gluten-Free
- Gluten-free macaroons
- Muffins, scones, and squares
- All baked goods from Desmond and Beatrice
Regular Cafe Mocha, $4.25
Regular Rooibos Masala Chai Tea, $2.25
Drink of Choice: Latte, $3.75
I mentioned briefly in my previous review for i deal coffee (Ossington) that I preferred that location over this one. I take that back.
During my previous experience when this i deal coffee was the FIRST cafe I had ever been to in Toronto, I wasn't fond of it at the time. This day, I arrived around 4 PM, when the winter night arrived much sooner. The two previous visits I had with the cafe, it was during the day. So when I got inside the cafe, the atmosphere was much more different than I last remembered. The inside was illuminated in red and had such an intimate atmosphere. I actually wanted to stay and experience the ambience because it was so nice. Unfortunately, it was incredibly packed and had absolutely no available seats (except for a couple of stools, but there was not enough space for me to sit and study). I was disappointed that I didn't get the chance to immerse myself at this location to fully re-evaluate my opinions on it.
The popularity of i deal coffee could definitely be seen with the mad rush I experienced. It took maybe ten minutes before I had the chance to quickly talk to the barista, Stefania, about the cafe.
The food and drinks served are the same at both this and the Ossington's location. This is the first location out of the three in Toronto (with Yonge and Lawrence as the third) to be opened about seven years ago. About a couple of months ago, this location decided to post art pieces from local Toronto artists on the walls. They change it up about once every month and have up whatever images they feel fit with the cafe's environment.
This location has a front patio with benches and seats, some made out of tree trunks. Despite winter dawning, there were a few people that still sat outside in front of the cafe and enjoyed their coffee.