Conventional coffee most common on Canadian menus

By Kristin Menas
November 9, 2015
Conventional coffee most common on Canadian menus

The top type of coffee drink on Canadian menus is conventional coffee and/or filter coffee, according to MenuMonitor data. Although specialty coffees have grown more popular in recent years, most establishments offer a straightforward, traditional cup of coffee. Beyond coffee cafés and breakfast-focused chains, classic coffee is a standard option at the majority of limited-service and full-service venues, such as the percolated coffee at BeaverTails and filtered coffee at Trattoria Di Mikes.

Second on the list of top coffee drinks is the latte. Traditional lattes are coffee drinks made with espresso and steamed milk. A closer look at lattes reveals that the top flavour featured in these beverages is caramel, followed by vanilla and mocha. About 43% of latte listings are on quick-service restaurant menus with most of these being coffee café chains, such as Coffee Depot and Presse Café. Following lattes on the list is espresso and another espresso-based beverage, the cappuccino.

Rounding out the top five list are mocha drinks, which are traditionally hot or iced drinks that blend espresso and chocolate flavours. Many chains are experimenting with their mocha drinks, adding in other trendy and seasonal flavours. For example, Famoso Neapolitan Pizzeria offers a Nutella Mocha and Coffee Culture Café & Eatery serves a seasonal Peppermint Mocha during winter months.

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