I love coffee, and I love independent, locally owned coffee shops. Regular readers might be experiencing a tinge of déjà vu after digesting that statement, as I’ve written a few times about my disdain for Starbucks and their quiet attempt to saturate downtown Kingston with their overpriced, over-hyped brand. While Starbucks hasn’t added another store to the Limestone City’s core in quiet some time, I wouldn’t put it past them to do so, nor would I put it past many Kingstonians to support another franchise. But I digress… Coffee in Kingston has so much more to offer than the twin-tailed siren, or the people’s always fresh brand. Accordingly, this week’s poll asks:
Who serves the best cup of coffee in Kingston?
- Coffeeco (50%, 77 Votes)
- The Sleepless Goat (18%, 27 Votes)
- Coffee and Company (14%, 22 Votes)
- Other (10%, 15 Votes)
- Common Ground (5%, 8 Votes)
- Mug and Truffle (2%, 3 Votes)
- Sipps (1%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 154
To be clear, this week’s poll is searching for the best brewed coffee, rather than the extraordinary iced frappe espresso topped with choc-infused maple syrup. When trying to determine where exactly I prefer to get a straight forward cup of joe in Kingston, I took into account tasting terms such as acidity, body, aroma and flavour. In doing so, I realised that I prefer bold roasts, something that is sharp, earthy and slightly bitter. The type of coffee that you take of sip of in the morning, and you are instantly transformed from a semi-conscious robot into hyper-aware super hero. Only a select a few of this week’s poll choices offer exactly this sort of coffee done right; Coffeeco and the Goat. Is that because so few of our local coffee shops actually roast their own beans?
If you were asked by a complete stranger where to go for the best cup of coffee in Kingston, where would you recommend and why? Do you frequently establishments who roast their own ethically-sourced beans and guarantee freshness, or does that sort of thing not matter to you so long as the coffee is good? Please drop off your comments below.
Thanks to Mykl Roventine for today`s photo.