Location: Montreal, QC
Rating: 6+ [see key]
Seeking out good coffee has the distinct benefit of exposing one to parts of a city that might not have been on the regular tourist route. More often than not, a good coffeeshop is like a songbird, singing an enticing song to beckon curious travelers to check out a neighborhood and its offerings.
Paquebot was such a nuthatch for me one afternoon in Montreal. Hearing good things of their coffee, I decided to have lunch nearby at a burger joint called La Boulette and make my way over to Paquebot for a mid-day coffee. Fortunately lunch proved delicious, so to work off some of the calories, I took a nice stroll through some new-to-me residential lands and encountered numerous friendly tenants. Finally I found myself on the doorstep of Paquebot, with it's front wide open to embrace the warm afternoon.
The coffee during my visit came from Pilot Coffee Roasters out of Toronto, and of their available beans I went with an espresso of their Anthem and a pourover of a Kenyan. The espresso, pulled short with brown crema, whistled of chocolate, rose tea, peach, pretzel, lemon, romaine and blue corn chips, proving zippy and delicious. The pourover kept the good times rolling, with a fruity, rich brew full of tangerine, pound cake, chocolate, watermelon candy and lemonade.
After finishing my beverages and spending a little time relaxing, I made my way out quite thankful for the great coffee from Paquebot and a new Montreal neighborhood in my repertoire. If you happen to be nearby Parc Molson, Villeray or Little Italy, definitely make a stop at Paquebot Cafe.