Location: Montreal, QC
Rating: 6+ [see key]
Husband and wife duos make some of the best businesses. True, some couples do best to keep their day jobs apart, but sometimes a business of great worth comes from the combined dreams of two people.
One such entrepreneurial example is Buck 15, a vibrant coffee bar located on the border of the Little Burgundy and Saint-Henri neighborhoods of Montreal. The shop was a long-coming dream of the Rietties who coined the name after coming home from their travels abroad with a $1.15 to their name. The cozy shop boasts a large front window, a beautiful wall mural and a communal polygon table for their patrons.
Regarding coffee, they use De Mello Palheta Coffee Roasters out of Toronto. That gorgeous morning I decided upon an espresso of their Buck15 Blend and a filtered brew of a Brazilian coffee. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, smacked of blood orange, chocolate, lime, rye, cream, a little spinach and some pretzel, making for a sweet and full infusion. The filtered Brazilian presented a toothsome, nutty coffee full of cashew, nougat, romaine, whipped cream and nutmeg in medium body.
After dutifully vanquishing my coffee, I felt slight remorse in leaving this Montreal caffeinated oasis. Thus, if you ever wander the streets of Montreal, make sure to check out the amazing Buck 15.