Subject: Cafe Humble Lion
Location: Montreal, QC
Rating: 6+ [see key]
Looking back on my love of reading, I have CS Lewis to thank for much of it. It was the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia that first instilled not only literary enjoyment, but also further understanding in my young mind. Looking back at the many allegorical elements, Aslan easily tops my list as most impacting. Lewis' portrayal of this divine lion definitely helped round out my perspective on God as well as my understanding of humility, that the trait reflects a selfless focus on helping others, a quality that ousts a self-focused heart and gradually replaces it with a more loving, compassionate one.
Thus fast forward to recent days when I found my lodging in Montreal near a quality coffeehouse dubbed Cafe Humble Lion, I wasted little time arranging a visit. Located in a space near McGill University, the shop has a simple entry that leads to a warm shop manned by friendly, bilingual baristas. The layout boasts plenty of bar space plus a decent amount of tables in the back.
For the coffee, they use a few different roasters. That morning, I had an espresso of Bows and Arrows Deri Kocha Sidamo and a filtered infusion of Intelligentsia's Tikur Anbessa Ethiopia. Pulled short with a brown crema, the espresso threw down substantial fruit, with notes of brandy, grapefruit and apple as well as chocolate, sesame seed and a little biscuit, making for a sweet, bright pull. The filtered coffee also delivered fruity, sweet fireworks, with flavors of blueberry, black tea, cherry jam, vanilla cake, dandelion greens and corn chips in a light body.
While I was unable to hang around for long, I would be lion if I said I didn't love my overall experience (*rim shot*). If you seek a tremendous cup of coffee on Rue Sherbrooke, definitely make a stop at Cafe Humble Lion.