Monday, March 22, 2010

I Like-A Your Latte

That first morning sip sends a tingling wave of calm through my body like nothing else can. Any attempt I have made to cut ties with the heavenly brew has always resulted in a massive, throbbing headache. That, and the occasional coffee-related trembling of my hands, might make you think that I am a little addicted.

But, in my defense, I think that there are worse things to be addicted to, no?

In any event, I am making a half-hearted effort effort to reduce the amount of coffee I guzzle in a day. If I can't do that, at the very least I can ensure that the coffee I do drink is worthwhile. Some of my favourites*:

Cafe Castel (1015 Sherbrooke St. W.)
The lattes here are divine. The coffee is rich and has an almost savory quality. The baristas are friendly, skilled artists who have a knack for creating the prettiest designs in the white peaks of foam floating on the surface of your cup.

Art Java (857 Ave. du Mont Royal and 645 du President Kennedy)
When you walk into this cozy cafe, you are greeted by the most delightful aroma of freshly roasted coffee. I think that this pleasant and welcoming atmosphere contributes to what makes Art Java's latte such an utterly enjoyable experience.

Shaika Cafe (5526 Sherbrooke St. W.)
The cutest cafe. I love the patterned tin ceiling, the windows that face NDG park and the mismatched tables and chairs. The latte is tasty and reasonably-priced. The large comes in the most perfect oversized bowl of a mug. The sandwiches are good too. The perfect place to while away an afternoon.

Cafe Santropol (3990 Rue St. Urbain)
Sitting at one of the tables in the leafy backyard terrace is a quintessential part of Summer. I nearly always order the Midnight Spread sandwich (with strawberries, no lettuce). They roast the organic, fair trade coffee themselves and this makes all the difference. For the non-coffee drinkers out there, the Humani-Tea and chai lattes are also lovely.

*I wouldn't have discovered most of these places if it wasn't for Jill!

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