We start the tour at a Turkish 3rd wave café for Turkish coffee and semites (like a bagel). Here we learn about the history of coffee, its origins and production.
The starting point is in the Plateau Mont-Royal and we will then stroll through the neighbourhood, full of murals, gardens, restaurants, bars and adorable Victorian architecture to the next stop where participants will have a choice of three different cold coffees or coffee-infused drinks. There will be a croissant with the coffee and we will sit in a nearby historical park and talk about the different waves of coffee and coffee’s evolution in Quebec.
Next we will meander to the Mile-End, where we will visit a café with a strong emphasis on design and ephemeral events. Here we will have an espresso martini, some crudities and gluten-free pastries.
Next we start to get into the nerdy part of the tour and we will get a barista 101 course on extraction where we will learn about extraction and compare over, under and perfect extraction. This place also has a pottery studio, so there is much to see.
Lastly, we will finish at a micro-roaster’s and have a course on roasting and watch a batch roast. We will finish with a cupping where we try to match the cups with the flavour profiles.
You will leave this tour with a new understanding appreciation of coffee. You will also understand what third wave means and its emphasis on quality, small scale and ethics.
There are many snacks on the way, but no real meal, so please do not come hungry. You will also need food in your tummy to off-set the high dose of caffeine. We will also help you to offset it through snacks and walking.
We finish the tour very far away from the beginning so we recommend taxis or public transportation to and from the tour.
Once you have booked a tour we will email you with all the tour details.
Yes, tours appropriate for children will have a child ticket option. If you need to have any special accommodation made for them, we can arrange a private tour to work around your family’s needs.
If there are no children ticket options it is because some of our tours visit locations that will only allow those 18 yrs and above because of the law or offer food/beverages that are not suitable to children.
The tours are held rain, shine, or snow. In the event of inclement weather, we will be able to go inside many of the establishments on the tour. We also provide ponchos in case of sudden weather changes or if you do not have your own umbrella. However, we advise to check the weather conditions for your days event and dress appropriately.
You should bring with you a camera and a small bottle of water.
When it’s really hot out, we recommend an application of sunscreen on exposed parts of the body and a lightweight pair of sunglasses.
During the cooler seasons, it’s important to wear an extra layer of clothing and consider bringing gloves.
If it looks like rain we can provide you with a plastic rain poncho.
Since every tour involves moving to several locations wearing comfortable footwear is highly recommended.
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Explore the community behind some of Montreal’s most iconic dishes while learning about their deep roots in Montreal’s growth and history.