Hidden amidst the tall buildings between Place des Arts and the Station Place des Armes, La Finca Café is a little jewel waiting to be discovered. With high ceilings and a street view, the spacious and daylight-lit coffee house is a definite must on your next coffee adventure. The first thing you’ll notice when you walk in is that you have the choice of window seating, some individual tables, one long picnic table, and a funky little area with cushions and stair seating. The second thing that you might notice is that the atmosphere is inviting and calming, which is a very welcome thing if you’re looking to escape from a stress-filled work day. With its minimalist designs and soothing vibes, you’re guaranteed to have an enjoyable experience. A neat feature that I definitely want to look into for the next time that I have a group meeting is the closed off office spaces: they offer two office spaces that seat 10 that you can reserve for your next working lunch meeting (20$/h, coffee included).
Not only do they serve various coffee based drinks, teas, smoothies and others, for brunch, they offer a selection of sandwiches, salads, soups, and pastries made on the spot. Furthermore, they offer a variety of milks: dairy (also a lactose free option) and non-dairy. And just because we are good bloggers, I had a friend come along and test out their green smoothie (kale, spinach, mango, pineapple) and fancy grilled cheese (homemade bread, melty cheese, caramelized onions and nuts)!
Their available coffee blends come from the torontonian roaster De Mello Palheta; this name may sound familiar… it did to me but I couldn’t put my finger on it… until I went back to our first Indie Coffee Passport review of the Café de la Troisième! Both shops use this particular roaster’s beans. However, they don’t offer the same blends, which is great since it means that I got to try something completely new!
I tried out the Ethiopian Birbirsa; which is described as having a gentle jasmine flavor, strawberry sweetness and clean floral finish. As you can see, I opted for a single shot that I topped off with a touch of milk to take away the bite. Now, going on experience and intuition, this is the type of espresso shot that you’d want to have in your latte if you’re looking for a light and smooth finish. Definitely an excellent mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
Skip the Starbucks, and head on over to La Finca next time you’re in need of a caffeine fix and a cute little spot for a study date!
Cover picture : Hugo-Sébastien Aubert, LA PRESSE, La Finca Café Facebook