café that has all of the necessary trappings of indie-ness. Cool name? Check: The Primal Grind. Top notch espresso machine? Check: a Nuova Simonelli. Great roaster? Check: Intelligentsia. But something to make it stand out? Also check: The Primal Grind's coffee will be solely espresso-based, and there will be no signs of dairy, grains or processed sugar.

">

Coming Soon: The Primal Grind, a sugar-free café


Published:

By early March, Dundas West will see the opening of a new café that has all of the necessary trappings of indie-ness. Cool name? Check: The Primal Grind. Top notch espresso machine? Check: a Nuova Simonelli. Great roaster? Check: Intelligentsia. But something to make it stand out? Also check: The Primal Grind's coffee will be solely espresso-based, and there will be no signs of dairy, grains or processed sugar.

"We want to be known for how our coffee stands on its own," says co-owner Freya Ravensbergen, who will be running the place with her partner Clinton Pontes out of the Academy of Lions, a gym near Dundas and Ossington.

That means lots of black coffee, and for those who can't shake their latte or cappucino fix, those drinks will be made with unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk ("delicious," Ravensbergen claims). And the counter where some patrons, at other coffee shops, inundate their meticulously made drinks with sugar and cream will here feature only almond milk and raw honey.

Currently, the space houses a shop where members of the Academy of Lions can procure Paleolithic diet food items. The new café will continue to sell those items, as well as coffee, tea and pastries. Just don't expect Wi-Fi, as The Primal Grind is takeout-oriented.

Ravensbergen and Pontes are ex-Montrealers, having spent a few years pulling shots at indie shops there. "The independent coffee scene is amazing here," Ravensbergen says. "It's way better." A soft opening is scheduled for March 1.

The Primal Grind Espresso Bar, 1245 Dundas West, 647-219-4672

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

One of the GTA's best-known food trucks, Gorilla Cheese, close to opening a restaurant in downtown Hamilton

One of the GTA's best-known food trucks, Gorilla Cheese, close to opening a restaurant in downtown Hamilton

Graeme Smith, the company's founder, tells us that he plans to take the paper off the windows later this month and hold a grand opening party some time in October.
Posted 5 hours ago
Hot & Spicy Food Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre this weekend with celebrity chef Vikram Vij

Hot & Spicy Food Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre this weekend with celebrity chef Vikram Vij

The 18th annual Hot & Spicy Food Festival returns to Harbourfront Centre this weekend.
Posted 6 hours ago
Food Crawl: From Maha’s to Left Field change is in the air at Gerrard and Greenwood

Food Crawl: From Maha’s to Left Field change is in the air at Gerrard and Greenwood

This east end ’hood has long been known for its South Asian eats, but a revitalization proves there’s far more to unearth
Posted 1 day ago
Restaurant Review: The upscale Greek at Mamakas wows the palate off our critic

Restaurant Review: The upscale Greek at Mamakas wows the palate off our critic

Mamakas is a bit atypical for the Ossington strip. The food is modernized trad Greek, and it’s very fine, more Byblos than Danforth.
Posted 3 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleEdit Module