Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pikolo Espresso

Subject: Pikolo Espresso Bar
Location: Montreal, QC
WiFi?: yes
Rating: 6+ [see key]

When I travel, rarely do my overnight accommodations and coffeehouse aspirations line up near one another. Whether that's a reflection of my cheap lodging budget or a subliminal aversion to convenience, I usually end up driving out of my way to find quality coffee in distant lands. Yet ever so rarely, my fortunes prevail and I am blessed with a great cafe within a few hot steps of my front door.

This happened to be my situation one recent stay in Montreal. I fell upon a great deal on lodging near Mont Royal that proved providential due to its proximity to several coffee establishments of good repute, the closest being a highly esteemed bar called Pikolo Espresso. Only a half block from my hotel, Pikolo was about a 7 minute crab walk (that's 2 minutes in human steps) from door to door, and yet despite the ideal proximity, it wasn't until later in my second day that I made my inaugural stop.

Situated in a high-ceilinged shop with the bulk of its seating in the back (specifically in a nifty loft), Pikolo provides a warm space for patrons to meet up with friends or simply enjoy their desired beverage. Equipped with roasters like Phil and Sebastian and Saint-Henri, they offer a tremendous variety of fantastic coffees and rotate regularly. The day of my visit, I went with coffees from 49th Parrallel, specifically their Epic Espresso for my espresso and a filtered brew of a Colombian. The espresso, pulled short/medium with brown crema, delivered a balanced, bright infusion of chocolate, lemon, strawberry, a little cilantro, beef broth and vanilla cake. The filtered Colombia also trumpeted out a smooth, saccharine coffee of honey, caramel, apple, fresh bread, porridge and celery in a medium body. 

Needless to say, my experience with Pikolo was like someone jamming out to Jethro Tull on a really small flute (i.e rare and spectacular). With another location in Whistler, British Columbia, I hope to one day book a hotel near its front doors. Yet in the meantime, no matter where you wake up in Montreal, definitely make a stop to Pikolo for some excellent coffee. 

These wonderful folks made this visit possible in part. Make sure to check them out!


Cactus Jake said...

Crab walk vs Human walk? Love it. Is it wrong that I check out the maps of where I'm going and make sure I stay somewhere close enough to coffee?

Bill said...

Cactus Jake,

I don't think it's wrong at all; I just rarely end up scoring such convenience :)

Caio said...

What a nice and cozy place! I'm certainly going to visit it the when I'm in town, I love coffee with an atmosphere. Great article. !