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OCT-NOV 2018

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39 which is perfect for day trips or afternoons in the park. As for Seth Taylor, my advice is to drink any- thing by him that you possibly can. My luggage runneth over with his Ecuadorian Rancho Tio Emilio and his Colombian Finca La Primavera. I purposely hunted him down later in my trip and had the pleasure of sharing a train ride and a fan- tastic conversation about his journey in coffee. Seth got his start in the coffee world in Victo- ria, British Columbia, and went on to coach the 2010 Canadian Barista Champion; train baristas while living in England; work as a roaster for Reunion Island; and play with the idea of bottling nut milks. Oh, and he roasts coffee. He roasts really freaking good coffee. On my way home one evening, I popped into Early Bird Coffee & Kitchen, which is in the pro- cess of opening a second location on Bay Street. The original sleek, modern café is, I found, always full, and offers fun roasters from around Canada and the world including Edmonton-based Tran- scend Coffee (try their Ethiopian Wote Konga) and Copenhagen's Coffee Collective, as well as Toronto's gourmet chocolatier CXBO (Chocolates by Brandon Olsen). I started the next morning at perhaps the world's smallest coffee shop, The Coffee Lab. In just 18 square feet, this storefront coffee cubicle's owner Joshua Campos slings coffee much bigger than one would think his space would allow. Formerly an offi ce space display window, the shop houses an espresso machine, grinder, refrigerator, sink, hot-water tower, and an impressive menu. Queue up at the window and place your order. Espresso changes weekly and comes from around the world. Even in such a small space, no detail is overlooked: While I waited for my cortado, Joshua passed me sparkling water in a chilled beaker. Boxcar Social is known for cafés that blend The Gooderham Building, also called the Flatiron building, is located on the eastern edge of Toronto's fi nancial district. The building now houses offi ces but historically has served as a distillery and later off ered banking services. According to local history buff s, it was nicknamed the Flatiron building given its resemblance to an old-fashioned clothes iron. The building's triangular shape was built to fi t at the intersection of Wellington and Front streets along a diagonal route, which followed the 19th-century Toronto waterfront.

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