Subject: Cafe Frida
Location: Trois-Rivières, QC
Rating: 5+ [see key]
While the pickings are often slimmer, I greatly love finding good coffeehouses outside the city limits of a major metropolitan area. Sure, most cafes of merit exist in the urban jungles of the world, but there's something extra special when I come across a reputable coffee bar in a small town or in the midst of suburbia.
One such rare gem that exists between Montreal and Quebec City is a unique Trois-Rivières coffee establishment known as Cafe Frida. Located right on the riverfront in a brick building blessed with a huge patio for warm weather, Frida seems like a natural gathering space for the community. Inside, the shop has a ton of seating amidst a calm, pleasant atmosphere of wood floors, numerous windows and minimal decor.
The coffee comes from western coffee roaster Phil and Sebastian, a welcome sight in any cafe. For my coffee that overcast morning, I went with an espresso of their Hartmann Honey and a filtered infusion of Nancy Morales, Costa Rica. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, smacked of mild chocolate, rye bread, blood orange, rhubarb, sesame seed and a little grape, proving balanced, a tad tart and lightly sweet. The filtered brew proved my favorite of the two infusions, with syrupy notes of honey, oats, pear, whole milk, spring mix salad and some nougat in a medium body.
All around, I greatly appreciated the Cafe Frida experience in Trois-Rivières; the shop had a delectable moxy and the coffee proved tasty. Whether you live nearby or you're passing through, definitely give Frida a visit.