Redline Coffee and Espresso: The Corktown Sweetheart

by Lauren Ching on August 15, 2011

Redline Coffee and Espresso has taken over a once Savoury Grounds location on Queen and Parliament and added some much needed spunk to the spot. Julie, owner and sole proprietor, immediately makes me feel at home as she greets me with her sunny smile and upbeat and outgoing personality. She tells me that they’re known for their soy and almond milk varietals on traditional beverages, so I grab a caramel soy latte with agave ($3) and I wait for Julie to finish greeting customers. It’s clear that even though Redline has only been open for 8 months, Julie has a growing number of loyal regulars, as she can barely stop to catch a breath between all the customers that come through the doors.

I love the eclectic, mismatched furniture scattered throughout the rectangular space, but this vintage chandelier in the front foyer takes the cake in my eyes.

The variety of local art on the red walls makes for interesting eye candy.

Julie is big on supporting local talent and goods. All the beans at Redline Espresso are Fair Trade Organic sourced from Velvet Sunrise, a local roaster in Stouffville, Ontario, and are sold in dark, medium, and light roast. After the soy caramel latte I grabbed an espresso and started floating on a caffeine high with the smooth flavour with caramel marshmallow finish.

Redline carries David’s Tea, a loose leaf tea company with amazing variety that’s wildly popular in the downtown core. Cora’s Kitchen from Kensington Market and Circles & Squares provide baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and the delicious paninis offered. ($7) Curry chicken, veggie and grilled cheese melts are popular panini picks.

What's a ghetto mocha?! You're going to have to go in and find out for yourself!

In the summer we should look forward to the back patio that seats about 15-20 people, where you can sip on freshly made ice teas and lemonades, sweetened on the spot to your liking. Redline will also offer natural ice creams to bring on the warm weather.

A great little corner to sip on lattes, surf on the net, or chatting with neighbours, Redline Coffee and Espresso is one of its kind in the Cork Town area.

Redline Coffee and Espresso – 354 Queen Street, Toronto, Ontario. (647) 344.3865

Mon-Fri 7a.m.- 5p.m.

Weekends: 8 a.m.- 4p.m.


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