Updated: Apr 12
For a long time, Montreal has had a longstanding Italian coffee culture, coupled with chain coffee shops like Starbucks, and Second Cup. There has been a rapid rise of “third wave” and speciality cafes in Montreal and its surrounding areas! Once known in Montreal as the “underground coffee culture”, the specialty coffee scene is now taking over, making many coffee lovers rejoice! With many new cafes popping up all over the city, we are excited to announce that we have a woman on the ground!
We are thrilled to announce that @mtl.coffeeshops will be joining the Holey Brewed team as a Content Contributor!
Being born into an Italian and Greek family, coffee has always been a staple in @mtl.coffeeshop’s life. She was raised to see coffee as a symbol of gathering and connecting, something we praise here at Holey Brewed! She started this account to share Montreal hot spots with others who are looking for great coffee, a vibing spot, or the best place to focus in and study!
Her love for Montreal coffee culture oozes out of her! She’s proud of the city’s authentic multicultural population, which provides a wide range of coffee shops offering different flavours and experiences. She believes that any coffee lover can come to Montreal and find the perfect coffee for them!
Our Quebec Divisional Leader @mtlespressolove had the opportunity to catch up with @mtl.coffeeshops after one of her weekly coffee crawls!
MEL: What is your favourite type of coffee and why?
MCS: Espresso (double shot) is my go-to because it is the perfect pick me up to start my day!
MEL: Ah, my type of girl. We are going to get along!
MEL: Where did your love for coffee come from?
MCS: While being born into an Italian and Greek family, coffee has always been a staple in every household I walked into. For many cultures, similar to mine, coffee is a symbol of gathering and connection. After travelling and learning about the different flavours of coffee that can come from different regions of the world, I realized there was much more to coffee than just tangible cup of joe.
MEL: Time to put you on the spot and tell me three of your favourite cafes in Montreal! What would be your order there?
MCS: That is not fair. It’s like asking someone to ask them who their favourite kid is! Hmmm…
One, Crew Café, and I’d order their Iced Hazelnut Latte. Two, Barley and I’d order their Classic Cereal Latte. Finally three, Café Olympico, a Montreal classic and my order would be the Caffe Crema.
MEL: I have so many opinions on this, but I’d love to hear yours. What do you think makes the coffee scene in Montreal so unique?
MCS: Montreal is known for its longstanding coffee culture. This city is blessed with an authentic multicultural population and a wide range of coffee shop locations as well as flavours. With a wide range of shops throughout the city, you are sure to find the perfect coffee establishment for you. All depending on your needs (plant based, lactose free…) the options are endless.
MEL: Where did your inspiration for @mtl.coffeeshops comes from?
MCS: Coffee is the social lubricant for any social interaction. My inspiration stemmed from having weekly coffee crawls with my friends, getting out into the city, and studying for hours on end. Finding the perfect coffee shop motivated us to get work done, but also allowed us to incorporate both social life with work. After a few new discoveries around the Montreal area, I decided to create an account to share these hot spots considering that Montreal is densely populated with students like myself whom constantly desire a cool place to study.
MEL: We have a team the resides all across Canada, is there any other cities in Canada that you plan on exploring their coffee scene? Why?
MCS: Toronto has always been the next place for me to explore, as it has a growing Third Wave coffee community, like Montreal. Plus then I would get to meet Mr. HB in person.
MEL: I am not sure if I’d say it’s a plus meeting Mr. HB. He is also a lot shorter than you might think. He’s pocket sized, like five feet tall. I am sure he’s going to scrub this from the interview!
[Mr. HB: Sorry for interrupting the flow of this interview. I’d like to stress that I am not five feet tall, more like five feet and two inches! You are going to get it @mtlespressolove! Alright back to the interview]
MEL: What makes your Instagram account special compared to so many out there?
MCS: @mtl.coffeeshops delivers aesthetically pleasing content that offers inspirational ideas to an audience that can relate to the lifestyle these coffee shops promote. I aspire to allow my followers to feel as though they can trust the content I promote along with reviews and trustworthy recommendations. Coffee breaks are always much encouraged throughout the day, so my goal is to celebrate drop-ins in unfamiliar shops they might come across.
MEL: Why did you choose to join Holey Brewed as a Content Contributor?
MCS: After giving it some thought, I decided to take this humble opportunity to be a part of such a wonderful community. I’d like to get myself involved more with my fellow Canadian coffee lovers who share the same interest as I do. I was pleased to accept my position as a Content Contributor for Holey Brewed as it ties together perfect with my field of studies. Being a full -time Anthropology student at Concordia University, this new hustle directly correlates with my studies as it involves Humans and Culture, two specific themes that are the driving force of the program I am studying. My role as a Content Contributor involves me getting out into my Montreal community and focus on a common culture; coffee. I incorporate Anthropologic ethnographic research when cafe crawling as it involves humans and the culture of coffee as a whole. I am excited to share my journey as a cafe crawler in association with Holey Brewed and continue to inspire many people who have the same interest.
MEL: What advice would you give someone who is just starting their own Instagram coffee page?
MCS: My advice for someone who is just starting their own Instagram coffee page is that there are no boundaries when it comes to trying new things. Have a camera or phone on hand at all times, make sure to capture moments that may feel relatable, as that is what attracts a viewer’s eye in an instant.
MEL: What should people know about you outside of @mtl.coffeeshops
MCS: I am a 22-year-old Anthropology Major at Concordia University. Hobbies include sitting in coffee shops and people watching. There is a whole social dynamic associated with coffee shops and I live for it.
MEL: Thanks for taking the time to connect with me and welcome to the team!
MCS: This has been great!
Check out @mtl.coffeeshops on Instagram and give her a follow! Be sure to check her out to find the best cafes in Montreal (and its surrounding areas).
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