Espresso? Cappucino? Latte? Move along. Toronto’s newest cafe doesn’t do those.
Cops Treats is now open inside a blushing pink building tucked away on a side street just steps from bustling King West.
It’s a sister spot to Baddies, the brunch spot at Bloor and Lansdowne known for its ultra-Instagramble brunches, from owner Alex White. And, while it’s as pretty as its predecessor, this new spot is decidedly more understated.
Swathed entirely in “millennial pink”, the calming interior comprises only a counter and seating limited to just two benches. The menu is equally austere: Drip coffee. Mini doughnuts. That’s it.
It’s refreshingly simple – granted it’s what White refers to as “specialty drip” meaning this isn’t Timmy Ho’s.
In its opening weeks, Cops is pouring a roast from Calgary’s Monogram. In the future, the coffee counter might also partner with other roasters but expect only one type of brew offered at any time. “The strength of drip is in its freshness,” says White.
Golden, mini cake doughnuts are fried to order and can be served up by the dozen in less time that it takes to froth the milk for a latte. Cinnamon sugar is a staple while a glazed option changes.
Today it’s horchata stained pink with beet juice but upcoming flavours might include sour cherry or strawberry rhubarb, all made from natural ingredients, from scratch.
These doughnuts deserve to be eaten ASAP and are best straight from the fryer. Those that want to share the sweet goodness can opt for the “Stake Out” a pack of 60 doughnuts with enough coffee for 10 cups.
Address: 445 Adelaide Street West, Toronto (entrance off Morrison)