In my continuing quest for the best coffee in Toronto, or maybe I should say the most Seattle-like coffee experience in Toronto, the current title-holder is Dark Horse. They have all the right ingredients:
*Cute, slightly geeky baristas who perk up at the opportunity to muse aloud about the best beans (Dark City, Intelligentsia, 49th Parallel?), are more than happy to gossip about the latest addition to the local independent coffee scene (Manic Coffee) and only have good things to say about the owner (Mike Lee);
*A slightly hip, slightly irreverent atmosphere, clean but not immaculate, with newspapers strewn about;
*A chrome, high-end espresso machine (ok, I can't remember which brand, not being a true geek myself);
*Simple white cups and saucers; and
*A perfectly pulled espresso, with a thick crema and a slightly chocolately, slightly sweet flavor
Yeah, I'd say they have it down.