03 Oct De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters
Today, I decided to stop by De Mello Palheta, as I was waiting to meet a client in midtown Toronto. De Mello opened in 2013 right before the Yonge-Eglinton neighborhood started to go through a massive redevelopment phase. When I’m in the area, this is one of my go to stops, as it serves up its own delicious self-roasted coffee blends. With its own roastery located in North York, De Mello supplies itself as well as other local indie coffee shops, including one of my downtown Toronto favourites, Neo Coffee Bar. De Mello’s owners, brothers Felix and Won, share their passion for coffee in every cup they serve. Just last week, blogTO crowned De Mello with the honour of serving Toronto’s Best Cappuccino – not an easy feat in a city with a burgeoning indie coffee culture that has some fabulous baristas and passionate coffee shop entrepreneurs.
One thing De Mello certainly did not lose sight of is its food offering. With all the attention spent on roasting the perfect bean and training their baristas to serve a perfect pull of espresso, the brothers followed through by offering up a great selection of sweet and savoury snacks, as well as some great healthy alternatives. De Mello’s baked goods, tasty morning parfaits and layered oat cups are quite popular with their loyal crowd of young professional singles, couples and families that populate the condos, houses and apartments north of Eglinton. This place is packed on weekends – churning out specialty coffee drinks and delicious croissants and muffins – be sure to get here early, these go fast!
De Mello’s décor projects a very urban feel with graffiti-clad walls and a unique mural on the front façade. De Mello’s open kitchen in the back of this retail space displays its transparency and openness to their local patrons – something I always appreciate.
Well, it’s time for one last refill, then head out to my first appointment. If you haven’t been to De Mello in midtown Toronto’s Yonge-Eglinton area, you should definitely check it out. For those living in downtown Toronto, De Mello has arrived and is located in the newly launched Merchant Sons furniture store on Richmond Street West.
You can be sure I’ll be back soon – maybe even this weekend for Toronto’s best cappuccino and a delicious chocolate croissant on the side!