Cafe: The Grind House
Address: 281 Augusta Ave.
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 9 AM - 7 PM, Sun 10 AM - 7 PM
Study Appropriate?: Yes
Stamp Cards?: No
Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Offers white chocolate mocha
- Organic fair trade and single origin coffee beans
- Roasted coffee beans from Fair Grounds
Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Offers gluten-free and vegan Nanaimo bars
- Baked goods from Wildflours and Whisk Bakery & Creamy
- Offers gelato in the summer
Regular Latte, $3.57
Drink of Choice: Regular White Mocha Latte, $3.75
I remember stopping by The Grind House this past summer when I was with my cousins browsing Kensington Market. We saw that they were selling gelato and decided to drop in. I got a small cup of gelato and even though I don't recall what I got, I think it is pretty cool to find a cafe that sells them during the warmer season. However, I didn't get the chance to actually sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee there at the time.
I got to speak with one of the owners, Irene, regarding their menu when I arrived with my Indie Coffee Passport. As you can see, they have an extensive menu that any hunger you may have coming in would definitely be satisfied. They mainly outsource their baked goods from Wildflours and Whisk Bakery from Etobicoke. They also use Clover, a brewing system that makes French press coffee.
It has a comfortable atmosphere and overall a really nice place to sit down in. They also sell art from local artists, which they do not take any commission on, so the artists get 100% of the selling price. If you happen to really love The Grind House, you can buy a t-shirt for only $15! If all the other cafes could jump on board with selling their own t-shirts, I think that would be wicked.
The drink I chose was the white mocha latte. It wasn't sweet but it was one of the lattes where I didn't have to add any more sugar to make it bearable. I definitely liked how it looked, even though there was no latte art. What can I say, I like pretty looking drinks.