West coast coffee chain Milano opens in Toronto
Vancouver’s Milano Coffee has opened its first Toronto location, giving those in the core another way to stay caffeinated. The west coast chain that started as a family-run business in 1984 (and was once sweet-talked by Starbucks) has set up shop on Adelaide, right next to Fire Station 332. Milano’s roaster for almost three decades, Brian Turko, creates the shop’s blends at his B.C. facility. For the coffee geeks, all of the chain’s brews are made with the Aurelia II T3 espresso machine—the same one used in the World Barista Championships. Customers in a rush can get their joe to-go, but those with time on their hands can step up to the tasting bar for one of five (or, if they really need a boost, all five) espresso shots. Seating is available in the café, but come summer (remember summer?) Milano will open its patio so guests can caffeinate al fresco.