This artisanal Italian coffee brand is all set to open its first Toronto outpost

Toronto is home to numerous coffee shops, from recognizable chains to smaller shops and funky hole-in-the-wall coffee bars. But you know how it is with coffee – there’s always room for a few more.

City dwellers in search of a caffeine boost will soon have another espresso-fueled establishment to turn to, this time, with an authentic Italian twist.

Coming directly from Florence and slated to open in 2022, Ditta Artigianale will be bringing its own spin on Italian coffee culture to Toronto. Founded in 2013 by world-renowned barista and roaster Francesco Sanapo and his business partner, Patrick Hoffer, the duo already have three stores in Florence. The Toronto location will be the brand’s first in North America.

Sanapo is no slouch when it comes to coffee, having been voted Italy’s best roaster in 2019 and a two-time finalist in the World Barista Championship. And any budding baristas out there should take note: staff from Toronto will have the opportunity to train in Florence to ensure there’s no disruption to quality and consistency.

The Toronto flagship location will be opening around Richmond and Bathurst at 608 Richmond St. W. on the ground floor of The Harlowe condominium apartment building and will serve their signature roasted beans in a range of coffee beverages, along with pastries and a brunch menu from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily.

In addition to being open for coffee and pastries, Ditta Artigianale will shift into bar mode in the evenings, serving a menu of signature cocktails. It’s safe to assume that at least a few of these cocktails will be made with Peter in Florence, Italy’s first Tuscan-made artisanal gin founded by Ditta’s co-founder Hoffer.

Following the Toronto spot, the company plans to open more locations in Canada and the United States in the future.