Welcome to Surf The Greats Cafe, serving locally roasted beans, smoothies and açaí bowls in the heart of Leslieville!
From dawn to dusk we are stewards of cold water culture, well-dialed espresso, and origins curated with love and intention. Most importantly, we believe in building deep-rooted connections that ripples out to the farthest reaching lakes, oceans, coffee farms, protected lands, and inclusive spaces.
Our Cafe was created from our desire to hold space for what we consider the best of both worlds, a hub for our surf community and the best local and ethically sourced small batch roasters. We strive to provide a variety of experiences; from our take-home beans, to community brew events and tropic hub workspace. From our sessions before daybreak to the hours and sets that follow; our culture is ever growing and undeniably social. We aim to bring community through our offerings of some of the best freshly roasted beans in the GTA.
As part of our commitment to supporting independent businesses and small batch roasters, we will be featuring a rotating guest coffee roaster to share with our community on a season to season basis. We recognize that Toronto and the Greater Toronto area have a rich and thriving coffee culture, and it’s our pleasure to showcase the many flavours this city has to offer. In addition to our rotating roasters, we have Brothers' Coffee Roasters and Hale Coffee Company in-house year-round.
We are so excited to continue our relationship with Brothers Coffee, as this company truly embodies what we represent. Brothers is a small batch roaster located in Oakville, with roots that stem from the other side of the globe. The mastermind behind it all, Sean, calls New Zealand home and has a true understanding of the relationship between surfing and coffee. A bond strengthened by the cold water of the great lakes, nothing warms us up more after an icy surf than a piping hot cup of gourmet coffee. Brothers coffee is an integral part of our community, and we’re sure you’ll love them too.
“with only so many waves to ride in life, savouring the flavours of a well-roasted bean is the right thing to do.” — Brothers
Who doesn’t love Hale? This micro-roastery is one of the most celebrated and recognized in Toronto. Hale is known for the love and care they put into their beans from beginning to end. Their team travels far and wide to connect with farmers and source only the best green coffee beans to roast. We’re pleased to be working in partnership with a company which we are confident will elevate your coffee experience.
We are proud to serve and brew Pluck teas, another company straight out of Toronto! The founder of pluck is a certified tea sommelier who travels the world, seeking delectable and ethically-sourced tea leaves. Many of the tea blends incorporate local Ontario flavours from Niagara, Muskoka, and Prince Edward County. We at Surf the Greats Cafe, love the concept of combining local and international ingredients to create unique flavour profiles. We enjoy pluck tea steaming hot, ice cold, or nestled into one of our signature lattes. Ask us about one of our personal favourites “The Dirty Chai”.
Entering the culinary world, I traversed the cooking jungle only to end up at an oasis that never actually cools down - the baking section! I didn't realize how much discipline and curiosity I held for the chemistry of baking. Ultimately, my goal through my culinary career is to share my edible imagination with others. I used to paint but some people just didn't understand my art. Now that my art is mainly food, everybody wants a piece! Past life experiences and general food experimentation lead me to flavour profiles I end up working with. I am inspired by moments, meals and memories to say the least. I appreciate unconventional ingredients or combinations at times to elevate experiences. You don't need to go gourmet to get grand. Bomb Nomz is about accessibility to flavour. —Lida Tuy-Dinh
As surfers and lovers of nature, we believe in nourishing our bodies with natural and wholesome ingredients, which is why we serve Açaí Bowls. This Brazilian berry is one superfood that lives up to its hype. Pronounced AH-sigh-EE, this “purple gold” is loaded with antioxidants, fibre, heart-healthy fats, and calcium. The founder of Surf the Greats was born and raised in Brazil, where his mother would lovingly prepare Açaí Bowls for him and his brother after a surf session on the south Atlantic ocean. True to his origins we offer the most authentic Açaí Bowls you can find in Toronto, directly from his mother’s coveted recipe.
We got ‘em! And by ‘em we mean Montreal made beverages from Rise Kombucha (Mint & Chlorophyll, Blueberry & Maple, Hibiscus & Rose Hip), Beverage of Youth Inc. Mata Soda (naturally caffeinated Yerba Mate tea) and straight from Thailand; Thirsty Buddha Natural Coconut Water. We can also make any of our espresso beverages over ice if you have the hankering for an iced latte or iced americano -we’ve got the technology!
As companions and stewards of the Great Lakes, we do our best as advocates to minimize waste. We are committed to run our cafe as green as possible in order to keep single-use plastics out of the oceans, lakes, and rivers we live to surf on. We offer biodegradable cups, lids, straws, bowls, and spoons. Better yet, we have incentives for you to bring your own reusable mugs and cups, or take the option to slow down and hang out with us for a bit and enjoy your drink or snack in house!
We are a trinity of surf, coffee, and community. As such our shop offers a space focused on the importance of diversity, inclusivity, and support, where everyone is welcome. Coffee has a community element that brings people together and we are here to do just that. Whether you are a surfer, interested in surfing, or just like a good espresso, Surf the Greats is a place for everyone.