Coffee Break: Hailed Coffee

IMG_2646When I came back from Hong Kong, I was surprised to learn that a coffee shop opened up just a short walk from home. This isn’t a typical indie coffee shop, Hailed Coffee adds a bit of something special in some of their coffee drinks– cardamom. It was also refreshing to me to find some different treats here like dates to baklava.

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Edit: Revisited on November 2016:

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We revisited Hailed Coffee to try Arabic coffee, which Hailed is one of the very few places that serves it.

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It takes at least 20 minutes to brew, the coffee beans used are lightly roasted and brewed with spices such as cardamom to create a golden, fragrant liquid. It has nuances of citrus, a little herbal and a little sweet. It’s very interesting.

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It’s almost like tea; it doesn’t have the consistency of coffee nor is it bitter, but does have a higher concentration of caffeine. Poured from a dallah (pot) onto fenjen (small cup), drinking Arabic coffee is a communal activity. We also got some dates that range from sweet to mildly sweet to eat with our coffee, in fact, try taking a bite of a date and then take a sip of coffee… it just melds together nicely.

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Hailed Cappuccino – cardamom infused. I’d recommend spending the extra 50 cents to have your coffee infused with cardamom.

Hailed Coffee
801 Gerrard St. E.
Toronto, ON
M4M 1Y5

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