It’s been a while since I’ve gone on a coffee adventure; sometimes life gets in the way. Between work, school, family, and my social life, I’ve been a busy bambino. But one thing is for sure, although I haven’t been navigating the city for caffès, I’ve certainly been enjoying my coffee on a (sometimes thrice) daily basis.
But yesterday I told myself it was a great day to get out there and try a new caffè… and that’s exactly what I did!
My caffe of the week is Caffè Furbo located at 12 Case Goods Lane in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.
On a side-note, the Distillery District itself has a very European feel to it. The area was already fully-dressed with its holiday furnishings, making it seem especially European… except, the Northern kind of European, not Italian. But, in any case, the area is super fetch with cool shops that sell artisanal products, Toronto souvenirs, art galleries filled with local artists’ work, and funky restaurants and bars. There are a few caffès in the area, but Furbo seemed to call my name, for you see, “furbo” in Italian, has a few different meanings. It could mean smart, sly, cunning, crafty or astute, to name a few. It’s a word used very frequently because Italians in general are quite ________ (insert one of those meanings here). I actually think that if every culture/country had an adjective that could describe its people, “furbo” would probably be a choice word for Italians. Obviously I mean that in the most positive way possible.
Anyway, back to the coffee. I must say that although the area is a pedestrian’s paradise and the caffè itself could be a local favourite among residents in the adjacent condos, it is quite tucked away, making it almost inaccessible/impractical for people that aren’t out on the hunt for coffee (like yours truly) or just in the Distillery District in general. The space itself was very cute but I felt like more could have been done with the interior to make it seem more authentically Italian. I suppose the general theme of the area is sort-of “industrial”, which I would say Caffè Furbo is. I’d also add “minimalist” to describe the interior. To continue with the use of our senses as guides, I think many would agree that sounds are important cues for us to be impressed and/or remember a place, and to be honest, although I love and respect Rihanna, I don’t think her music lends much to a caffè vibe. But, the sense of scent did not disappoint, as the wonderful aroma of espresso fills the air.
I spoke to the barista and she told me that they use Caffè Haiti espresso beans in their coffees. She explained that the beans are roasted in Rome but are 100% organic and responsible Arabica beans. I have never heard of the brand but I must say that the coffee itself was quite aromatic and delicious, satisfying the sense of taste.
I ordered a latte macchiato, which literally translated, means, “stained milk”, because it is milk with a stain of coffee. A few weeks ago, my cousin from Italy pointed out how she’s noticed that coffees with milk in them served in Toronto have a lot of schiuma (foam) in them compared to the ones in Italy, and I must say that I agree, and tonight was no exception.
I don’t know if it was because of the time of day my friend and I went, but another thing I noticed was that there was a lack of any sort of Italian pastries at the bar, except for biscotti. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling for anything sweet tonight anyway, but I was a little disappointed.
I love the name of this place, but to be perfectly honest, I wasn’t too impressed. However, as I’ve said before, take my advice with a grain of salt. You might like this place more than I did.
Let me know!