Earlier this week a new small coffee place quietly opened on the Esplanade, on the eastern end towards Berkeley Castle. Fahrenheit is a serious espresso spot, run by Sameer Mohamed who was one of the original founders of Sense Appeal coffee on Spadina. The tiny front space is just a counter and some stools -- it's all about the coffee, not a place to hang out and work on a laptop. In the back is a classroom area with multiple espresso machines that will be used to teach classes.
There's quite a bit of coffee available in the neighbourhood but none that focus so much on the quality of the coffee itself, so it's exciting to have this nearby. Sameer's enthusiasm for coffee is unparalleled, and he's more than happy to share it with anyone in the vicinity. While I'm no espresso expert myself, I've certainly paid too much for barely palatable coffee over the years at places that claim to know better: but after trying all three bean variations currently on offer I can confirm that this is tasty stuff, head and shoulders above some of the other nearby places. The location is a bit off the beaten path but worth hunting down. There's no sign yet, look for the green awning.
A recent online review gives some more details and photos: http://bit.ly/lMJb4E
96 Spadina Ave, Toronto, ON , CA