Address: 1021 Gerrard St. E.
Store Hours: Mon-Sat 7 AM - 4 PM, Sun 8 AM - 4 PM
Study Appropriate?: Yes
Stamp Cards?: No
Drinks - Soy/Almond/Lactose-Free Options?: Yes to all
- Offers rooibos latte
- Offers Mexican hot chocolate
- Offers fruit smoothies
- Offers italian soda
- Sells 12 types of coffee beans, $12 for one bag (1/2 pound) or $20 for 2 bags
Food - Vegan/Vegetarian/Gluten-Free?: Vegetarian and gluten-free only
- Fresh salads available daily
- Breakfast options available
- Sandwich options available
- Fresh ingredients purchased from St. Lawrence Market
Drink of Choice: Chai Latte, $4.20
Grinder Coffee is a quiet cafe at the corner of a neighbourhood block in Leslieville. Considering that it's not a tiny space, I wished the cafe had one or two bigger tables rather than the singular round ones. Usually when arriving to a cafe I have yet to review, I would ask the barista right away if I could do a interview. The barista said if it could be done quickly because she wanted to get back to chatting with her father since she never had the time to spend it with him. Although she wasn't outright rude, I found this to be off-putting because I was the one and only customer there at the time. She had plenty of time to speak with her father, which she did afterwards when she was done with my order. Being from a business background, you don't tell a customer to hurry up because you have something else you want to do that is not related to work. That just gives a customer a bad image of your company.
Rant aside, I did quite enjoy the chai latte I ordered. It was a bit too much on the sweetness but I rather have it sweet than not. When I came back again a few days later, I ordered the same drink again because it really appealed to the sweet tooth in me.