It may be September and pumpkin spice everything is everywhere already, but I’m still sipping away on my iced coffee. I mean, who isn’t, it’s like 40 degrees out (hey there climate change, give me back my fall!)?

While I often drink iced coffee year-round, there’s no denying that summer is the best time for it. I was determined to make the summer of 2018 the summer of ice coffee and to find the most delicious iced coffee in the city!

I like my coffee cold and I also like it strong. It’s easy for iced coffee to taste weak and it needs to be brewed to withstand the slow melting ice that waters it down.

Luckily, the Forest City has no shortage of great coffee shops to try to find the best cold brew in town.

I hope you’re ready to feel very thirsty.

10eighteen Café

Located in Old East Village, 10eighteen is one of my favourite stops for a caffeine boost. They exclusively serve coffee from Trebilcock Coffee Roasters Inc. in Pickering, ON.

10eighteen specializes in pour-over coffee and espresso drinks, many of which may be served on ice. Their pour overs may take a few more minutes than a typical drip coffee or pre-made cold brew, but I promise you, the results are worth the wait. 10eighteen’s dark roast pour over on ice is sure to improve my mornings!

 

Iced coffee and a treat? Yes, please 10eighteen! Photo via Instagram / @10eighteencafe
Iced coffee and a treat? Yes, please 10eighteen! Photo via Instagram / @10eighteencafe

Check them out online right here.

 

Black Walnut Bakery Café

Head to one of Black Walnut Bakery’s two locations, on either Richmond Row or in Wortley Village, to pick up a delicious cold brew. They roast their coffee in small batches at their Richmond location and the light roast they use to steep their cold brew is perfect. You can also grab an iced latte, mocha, or americano while you’re there. Or, for those who are looking for decaf options (why are you reading this article?), try their peppermint pink lemonade!

Of course, it is a bakery, so do yourself a favour and pick up one of their chocolate croissants, infamous cruffins (muffin/croissant hybrid), or slice of pie.

 

Black Walnut Bakery Café’s cold brew IS the real deal. Photo via Instagram / @black_walnut_bakery_cafe

Check them out online right here.

 

CommonWealth Coffee Co.

CommonWealth Coffee Co. is the new kid on the block, having opened this past April on Richmond Row. They offer a wide range of iced (and hot beverages) for those in seek of caffeination.

A must-try, at least once, is their nitro coffee – it’s foamy, Guinness-like texture isn’t my everyday choice, but it might be yours! I’m partial to their iced mochas, and their cold brew and iced lattes also hit the spot.

A delectable iced latte from CommonWealth Coffee Co. Photo via Instagram / @commonwealthcoffeeco
A delectable iced latte from CommonWealth Coffee Co. Photo via Instagram / @commonwealthcoffeeco

Check them out online right here.

Edgar and Joe’s Café

Whether you pop into their location on Horton Street in the Goodwill Industries building or at Innovation Works on King Street, grabbing coffee at Edgar and Joe’s Café does more than give just you a boost when you support this social enterprise.

You can enjoy iced coffee brewed from locally roasted Las Chicas Del Café beans or treat yourself to a Frappuccino! Plus, stopping in can give you the chance to purchase a community coffee – their suspended coffee program provides relief to those in the community who may not be able to buy themselves one.

Edgar and Joe’s joined the #stopsucking challenge and moved to paper straws this summer. Photo via Instagram / @edgarandjoes

Check them out online right here.

Fire Roasted Coffee Co.

With Fire Roasted’s four locations — Downtown, Old East Village, Western Fair Market, or Wortley Village — it’s easy to pick up a cold cup of joe. Their beans are roasted locally in their Roastery at 630 Dundas Street.

Fire Roasted is one of my go-to spots for iced coffee. Their coffee never takes on the highly acidic taste some iced coffees do and doesn’t taste watered down. You can add a flavour shot if you’re feeling fancy or try one of their iced coconut lattes.

Plus, each summer they release their iced coffee summer blend for a limited time so you can brew the magic at home yourself!

Put the bean in the coconut and drink it all up! Photo via Instagram / @fireroastedcafe
Put the bean in the coconut and drink it all up! Photo via Instagram / @fireroastedcafe

Check them out online right here 

Locomotive Espresso

Locomotive Espresso is a great spot to get an icy drink, to stay or to go. Locomotive Espresso uses beans from Toronto’s Pilot Coffee Roasters.

Grab an iced Americano or cold brew and stroll through the historic Woodfield neighbourhood. Pause to enjoy the gorgeous heritage houses and lush foliage. Or pick up a Pilot nitro-infused cold brew in a can for later!

As if they could get any better, they sell the tools you need to make a perfect cup at home, including Aeropress and pour-over – and they’ll teach you how to use it or you can take one of their essentials barista skills classes.

Truly a thing of beauty. Photo via Instagram / @locomotiveespresso
Truly a thing of beauty. Photo via Instagram / @locomotiveespresso

Check them out online right here.

London Bicycle Café

In addition to being a lovely bike shop, the Bicycle Café is a great spot to grab some coffee. They use Rosso Coffee beans, roasted in Calgary and the quality is evident in every cup.

The first time I tried Bicycle Café’s iced americano, I immediately emailed my fellow coffee-drinking office mates with a subject line in all caps – GOOD COFFEE FOUND AROUND THE CORNER! Their Americano is rich and velvety, and over ice, it’s even more refreshing.

They call it liquid gold for a reason. Photo via Instagram / @ldnontbikecafe
They call it liquid gold for a reason. Photo via Instagram / @ldnontbikecafe

Check them out online right here.

Did I miss any? Share your favourite iced coffee spots below!

Featured photo by Chantal Hermetz.

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