I haven’t had the chance to visit any new coffee spots lately. However, there is one in particular that I walk by every morning on my way to work that caught my attention ever since the renovations began for its new installation. My Little Cup opened some time around January or early February of this year. It didn’t take long before professionals working in the area would line up every day for an espresso and some freshly baked goods. Why did it take me 4 months to finally give it a try?
I was early for work last week which is something very rare for me (ah, maybe that’s why it took 4 months). There were only two people standing at the counter so I thought: “Here’s my chance to finally try their coffee! I won’t have to wait too long.” I was right. It took less than 5 minutes for the barista to finish the two orders before making my cappuccino. During that time, at least four other people walked up to the counter for their morning coffee.
The man who took my order, whom I suspect is the owner of My Little Cup, was simply pleasant at such an early time. He greeted with a smile and was very polite. There are places that I’ve been to where the employees were just lazy-looking. This team is definitely not like that. You can feel the positive energy flowing behind the espresso machine.
When it comes to the location, I think it’s ideal mostly for people that take public transit and those that work in the area. It’s located in the underground tunnel of the McGill subway station which is the main one to downtown. There is another successful coffee counter with a similar concept called Tunnel Espresso Bar not too far away. What differentiate My Little Cup from that place is that it has better visibility, it’s more spacious behind the counter and around it, it’s better equipped and it simply has more to offer to its clientele when it comes to drinks and food. In addition, the owner decided to open his business next door to a Second Cup. It’s a brave move but also, very smart.
I ordered a cappuccino and an almond croissant which came up to $7 or $8. Considering the size of the coffee, you may think it’s expensive compared to a similar order at a Second Cup or a Starbucks. However, you wouldn’t have gotten the same flavourful taste. Nobody should have to drink watered-down coffee and that’s one of the problems with big chain coffee shops. The quality is just not there most of the time As for the almond croissant, it was delicious and too much for me to handle. I was only able to eat half of it and saved the other half as a snack for my night class.
I’m happy to say that I have found my new favourite place to have coffee. I would have loved for My Little Cup to have the same setup as the original one in Belgium, an actual coffee shop where people can sit and read a book or do some work. Perhaps with time, Montrealers will be blessed with such a place.
My Little Cup
2055 Robert-Bourassa Blvd.
Montreal, QC H3A 3H9