As part of the sixth annual Krups Kup of Excellence contest search, the venerable manufacturer of espresso and coffee machines, as well as various accessories, asked loyal java lovers in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Halifax to nominate their favourite local independent café. After receiving some 18,000 registered votes, representatives at Krups narrowed the field down to five candidates per city. Once the finalists were named, the company elicited the help of seven judges made up of local food media to name the final winners.
Toronto was the first city to have its finalists raked over the proverbial coals by the panel of judges, and the venues adjudicated certainly did not disappoint.
Toronto finalists in this year’s competition were Crema Coffee, in the city’s west-end as well as Te Aro Roasted, Dark Horse Espresso Bar and Red Rocket Coffee in the east. One finalist named to the list, east-end hipster haunt Mercury Espresso Bar, declined to be adjudicated on the day.
The results are currently being tabulated by the Krups experts, so stay tuned for the Toronto results and news of local winners in the other Canadian markets.