Monday, October 17, 2016
Subject: Maelstrøm Saint-Roch
Location Visted: Quebec City, QC
Rating: 6+ [see key]
Many people have conveyed to me the beauty of Quebec City. Whether it's the old world charm of the old city, the beautiful Chateau Frontenac or the warm reception of locals, Quebec City holds a reputation as a very unique North American destination. Looking to get a little slice of Europe on the continent, I recently made a quick trip north for a brief French-Canadian respite.
Naturally, the first item on my list was a matter of finding good coffee. Like any great city, there's always at least one decent shop, but given the more frigid climate and old world feel, Quebec City has quite a few spots to keep Quebecois well-fueled. The first cafe to cross my path was a shop dubbed Maelstrom. Located in the Saint Roch neighborhood, Maelstrom resides in a giant space, full of exposed brick, wood floors and plenty of natural light. They also sport two counters; one for coffee and the other for more alcoholic libations.
Regarding their coffee, they use Pilot Coffee Roasters out of Toronto, a welcome site for my liquid aspirations. I ordered an espresso of their Anthem Blend and a pourover of their Colombia La Esperanza. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, sang of chocolate, tangerine, seltzer, cream, and chestnuts making for a sweet, supple infusion. The pourover additionally proved bright and vibrant, with flavors of chocolate, light licorice, tomato, caramel and nectarine.
All in all, Maelstrom welcomingly sucked me into their sweet, caffeinated depths, to a level of coffee bliss I wish I had in more shops. If you happen to be in Quebec City, absolutely stop by Maelstrom.
These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!