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Harrisonb | Oct 28, 200808:39 AM     101

Cafe Myriade is the latest player in the Montreal coffee scene. The cafe is owned and operated by Chowhounder, Canadian National Barista Championship finalist and former Veritas-fixture Anthony Benda and his partner Scott Rao, himself a coffee guru and author "The Professional Barista's Handbook". A few hounds have already discussed it here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/469576 but I think this place merits its own thread.

Myriade is offering a wide range of single-origin beans and blends from Canada's top roaster, 49th Parallel. In addition to espresso-based beverages from their Mirage machine (the only one in Canada!) and bevy of Anfim grinders, you can have your coffee brewed using french-press, siphon pot or Eva Solo techniques, each of which offers a unique way of coaxing different flavours out of the beans. Clearly Myriade is a place that takes their coffee very seriously.
For those less coffee-inclined, they are also serving excellent hot chocolate and offer an impressive range of high-end teas. They were also offering chocolates and a few pastries during my visit yesterday though I did not try any of them.
Basically, I can't recommend this place highly enough. The espresso I had yesterday may have been the best I have ever had-no small claim considering the recent growth of espresso options in our fair city. I think Myriade is a welcome addition to this growth. They treat coffee as a culinary art-form without any of the pretentiousness that can sometimes turn casual customers off.
I'm sorry if this review sounds a little bit too enthusiastic but I honestly cannot think of anything negative to say about the place. I look forward to visiting Myriade again and again as they definitely offer something unique within the Montreal coffee scene. I wish Anthony and his team every success and I look forward to reading about what others think of the place.

Cafe Myriade: 1432 Mackay St. (between St. Catherine and de Maisonneuve)

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