I remember the first time I had a cortado. I think it was the best coffee I ever had. Since starting to work in downtown Toronto, I have found myself falling into the habit of getting a coffee or tea for myself at least once a day. At one point in time, I didn’t even leave my desk to get one. Then, it became an alternating Tim Horton’s Earl Grey tea or a Starbucks Chai Tea Latte habit. I have tried to lay off on the coffee just because the coffee at these places doesn’t make me feel that great. Instead, I’ve been going for smoothies, which leave me feeling more refreshed than chain store brews.
I enjoy having a coffee while I’m not in a rush. It’s the sitting down amidst the hustle and bustle of the busy city and not feeling like I need to run off to something else. These are the moments when I really save my coffee savouring for. Having said that, I am not a coffee fanatic in any way. I don’t really know how to appreciate or enjoy an espresso. Whether that’s because I have yet to have a good one or not is up for debate.
In any case, on this somewhat gloomy Sunday, I found myself with time on my hands and the perfect opportunity to sit down at Dineen Coffee to try out their cortado. I have had my eye on this coffee shop since they were renovating. It has not been a mistake to wait. I would have wanted to sit here for longer than a coffee break at work would allow me to do. I’m on my second cortado at the moment and from my window seat in the shop, I’ve been able to watch the colourful umbrellas (and even a pride flag) pass me by. I fell in love with this coffee shop from the moment I stepped in. From the jazz playing in the background to the 60s style floor tiles to the exposed brick wall on one side of this cozy joint and leather couches along the other side.
I tried to order another drink when I got up to the barista. I really did. But in the end, I went back to ordering my beloved cortado. I’ll be back for more. That’s for sure.