Balzac Coffee Niagara-on-the-Lake

As a new resident of St Catharines, I have been on the lookout for a decent cup of espresso coffee prepared by a talented barista in my favorite style – a flat white. But, I think coffee aficionados would agree that pickings are currently a little slim here.

However, head out to Balzac’s Coffee Roasters at Niagara-on-the-Lake and you will find the good stuff. The coffee is smooth with just the right amount of perfectly steamed velvety crema.

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Balzac’s have been serving Fair Trade Organic coffee, sugar and cocoa since 1997 and their milk is organic and ethically sourced; this along with the company’s commitment to roasting in an energy-efficient manner and sourcing local ingredients for their cafe where possible means you can feel even better about enjoying their smooth roast.

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It’s not just about the perfectly roasted beans though; having a quality espresso machine and the well-trained barista is a must for a brew that isn’t over-packed or burnt. When it comes to flat white, I am looking for the perfect extraction of coffee, with no bitterness and the right amount of creamy sweetness. And, Balzac’s NOTL definitely brought their A-game on the days I have visited.

Balzac’s Coffee Roasters do have a number of locations serving their quality coffee, however, I will say that the NOTL location has some of the best baristas I have found in the region.

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It is also the perfect spot to sit and while away an afternoon in this charming town. Pop inside and appreciate the detailed decor or pull up a Parisian-style bistro chair outside with your pup and do some people watching, or take your KeepCup for a stroll down to the picturesque lake.

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There is also a delicious selection of baked goods to savor, and they cater for vegan and gluten-free friends. Both the gluten-free brownie and blondie were rich and moist, and the sweetness was a perfect pairing for my strong flat white.


Website balzacs.com/locations/niagara-on-the-lake

Location 223 King St, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0

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