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I have a coffee every day? Do you? I have a coffee card for Tim Hortons, Second Cup and Starbucks and I use them regularly. I love independent coffee shops too. Some of my favortites include: Manic, Sam James, Ezras Pound, Jimmys and Dark Horse Espresso Bar.

Coffee is my chance:

-sit down for a minute and read a book or a newspaper

-to meet a friend and catch up

Unlike the photo to the left…I just have a normal black coffee!! No special lattes.

I seriously think about what it would be like NOT to have a coffee every day. Not sure I could do it. Could you? Lately I have been grating ginger into boiling water and I am completely enjoying it. However I still have this NEED to have a coffee.

I’m known sometimes as the “friend who delivers coffee” as I often drop off coffee to friends who cant get out of the house cause they are sick, or their kids are sick, or they are in mourning over a loss, or just had a baby etc.  It’s a small act of kindness but  I love knowing this small gesture makes a difference in their day.

So as I write this..I’m wondering when Tim Hortons is starting their Roll up and Win campaign. I’m already looking forward to it.  Wonder if this year, I might win a bit more often. Wishful thinking. I know.

If you ever want to do a “coffee crawl”…here’s the information for those independent coffee shops listed above:

Manic Coffee…426 College

Sam James Coffee Bar...297 Harbord St.

Dark Horse Espresso…215 Spadina or 682 Queen East (thanks @climbguy)

Ezras Pound…238 Dupont St. or 913 Dundas St. West

Jimmy’s Coffee…107 Portland St.

Aroma...500 Bloor West, Promenade Shopping Centre, Yonge/Eglinton and more…

Tell me about your coffee habits. Are you loyal to one chain? do you have a coffee a day? do you only make coffee at home? do you ever go to independent coffee stores?

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6 Responses to “I Need My Coffee. Do you?”

  1. Bronwyn
    January 3rd, 2011 at 02:57 | #1

    I am very lucky as I get a DIVINE cappucino made for me every single morning by my wonderful husband – couldn’t start my day without it!

  2. Karen
    January 3rd, 2011 at 07:01 | #2

    Definitely love my coffee every morning…But only need one black 3 shot espresso americano (hot or iced depending on the day)- that’s all for the day…i visit one specific Starbucks because when I hand them my mug they just ask hot or cold today?

    I buy Equator Coffee (from Almonte, Ontario) – Algonquin blend is my favorite, for home where I make it in my french press. I learned my love of coffee from my parents who drink it strong and black but my teens so far, haven’t acquired the taste or the habit.

  3. January 3rd, 2011 at 07:41 | #3

    Ah, but is it the caffeine or the ritual for you? I’m not a fan of caffeine addiction because a) it’s an addiction and b) If one NEEDS coffee to wake up or whatever it indicates that their overall health is out of balance.

    The ritual is a good point but could be accomplished with tea, no?

  4. January 3rd, 2011 at 09:48 | #4

    Must have my Timmy’s every day! At Christmas I do go to the dark side and get Egg Nog Lattes from Starbucks — but only during the holidays. Damn you, now I’m thinking about leaving my nice warm house with no kids today just to get a Timmy’s : )

  5. January 3rd, 2011 at 14:15 | #5

    Coffee each morning is MANDATORY in my household as is my favorite creamer. My husband can drink it black, I can’t. I’ve tried.

    Since there is a Starbucks right across the street from out apartment complex we (okay, I) often go there for a quick drink. If I am out and about and want to try something new I will go to independent shops. Sometimes I’d rather support the smaller shops than support java giants like Starbucks. A helping hand to the little guy who is only a local small business means giving back to my community, not putting more into the coffers of the CEO living large.

    As long as I have my caffeine fix, I’m happy. =)

  6. Erica
    January 6th, 2011 at 22:58 | #6

    Thanks for your list! 🙂

    As delicious as all of the above (better in my humble opinion) is SENSEAPPEAL at 96 Spadina. It’s between Queen St W and King St W on the west side of Spadina.

    They are exert coffee roasters first and foremost plus they have 4 different types of espressos (something for every taste).

    Let me know when you have tried it.

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