My Little Cup, Montréal

My Little Cup detail taken from the cup on top of the La Marzocco espresso machine at My Little Cup in Montreal.It seems unfair to call My Little Cup an international chain, but technically (by my definition, anyway) it is, with a branch in Brussels and this, the original, in Montréal. Although I’d been aware of My Little Cup from social media, it was actually a chance discovery on Saturday, my first day in Montréal. I’d gone down into Montréal’s underground city to see my friend off on the metro and there it was, a bright yellow La Marzocco Linea on a counter behind a security grill. However, what really caught my eye were the bags of Colonna Coffee lined up next to the espresso machine. This, I decided, was somewhere worth returning to!

My Little Cup is a coffee counter, serving Calgary’s Phil & Sebastian on espresso and batch-brew, the options changing daily (batch-brew) and every two or three days (espresso). There’s also tea and a decent selection of cakes if you’re hungry, plus a small retail section, including coffee from Phil & Sebastian and occasional sample bags from roasters from all around the world.

You can read more of my thoughts after the gallery.

  • My Little Cup, in Montréal's underground city, a chance discovery by the McGill metro.
  • Mind you, this is what it looked like the first two times I was there.
  • To give you some context, to the left, that's the entrance to McGill metro station...
  • ... while to the right, there's a branch of Second Cup.
  • The view approaching from the right...
  • ... and the view from straight on.
  • In case you were wondering where you were.
  • You start off on the left, by the till, where you order and pay.
  • There's a small retail selection here, including some Chemex...
  • ... while there are bags of coffee for sale next to the till, including Colonna Coffee!
  • The front belongs to the espresso machine, but there's batch-brew at the back.
  • There's cake off to the left. The whole display moves forwards/back to let the staff out.
  • I was there mid-afternoon, by which time the cake supplies were somewhat diminished.
  • The menu is on the opposite (right-hand) wall from the till.
  • It's a fairly straightforward affair.
  • There are some neat touches, including the little cup, and even smaller coffee grinder!
  • There's even a book shelf of sorts on the back wall.
  • When it comes to coffee, it's always Phil & Sebastian. This Ethiopean was on espresso...
  • ... so I decided to have a shot from the yellow La Marzocco Linea.
  • Although it's mainly takeaway, there are a few proper cups, like this one for my espresso.
  • The filter was a Kenyan. The staff offered me a sample.
  • Well, I couldn't say no, could I?
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My Little Cup primarily serves commuters and local office workers, so is only open during the week, which explains why it was closed that Saturday. I returned the following Monday, more in hope than expectation, since it was a public holiday. Unsurprisingly, My Little Cup was still closed. Sadly I was working the rest of the week, so it was only on my last day, the following Monday, that was I finally able to visit.

My Little Cup opened in early 2016 and is located next to the entrance to McGill metro station (although there is another entrance on the other side) in Montréal’s underground city. This was built, at the same time as the metro, to provide the city with a respite from the brutal winters. A network of broad, low-ceilinged, underground passages and plazas, it forms a parallel city to the one above, accessed from street entrances and the basements of various shopping malls.

There’s not much to My Little Cup, just a simple, recessed counter off to the right of a large, open plaza in front of the gates to McGill metro station. There’s a large cake display to the left (which, incidentally, rolls in and out to allow the staff access to the counter), while the counter itself is split into three. Right by the cakes is the till, with the eye-catching yellow La Marzocco next, in the centre. You’ll also find the retail bags here, stacked up between till and espresso machine.

Usually the retail selection’s from Phil & Sebastian, but occasionally there are sample bags from a range of roasters. The owner, who currently lives in London, but is a frequent visitor, likes to bring interesting coffee with him, which explained the presence of Colonna Coffee during my visit.

Once you’ve ordered, head to the broad space on the right of the counter, where you collect your coffee and where, paradoxically, you’ll find the menu on the right-hand wall. As well as espresso, there’s also a daily batch-brew option from the Fetco brew and its EK-43 grinder at the back of the counter space.

While I was there, an Ethiopian Uraga Mitiku was in the hopper, which I had as an espresso in a lovely earthenware cup (although it is mostly takeaway, My Little Cup has a decent selection of cups and glasses for the occasional customer who wants to linger). It was very bright and fruity, a real contrast to everything else I’d had in Montréal that trip. I also tried a sample of the batch-brew, a Kenyan Gatuyaini. Initially I wasn’t a fan, but I found that it grew on me as it cooled, the flavours coming through as the temperature dropped.

December 2018: My Little Cup, Montréal was a runner-up for the 2018 Best Coffee Spot near a Railway Station Award.

Monday 07:00 – 17:00 Roaster Phil & Sebastian (espresso + filter)
Tuesday 07:00 – 17:00 Seating N/A
Wednesday 07:00 – 17:00 Food Cake
Thursday 07:00 – 17:00 Service Counter
Friday 07:00 – 17:00 Cards Amex, Mastercard, Visa
Saturday CLOSED Wifi N/A
Sunday CLOSED Power N/A
Chain International Visits 15th October 2018

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