I'm sure many coffee-lovers in the city are already aware of the two Sam James Coffee Bar locations on Harbord and King St. It was a mere coincidence that on one afternoon, I happen walking on Bloor Steet (just had some Korean soondubu that day) that I saw this hidden gem called the Sam James Coffee Pocket! And, what a perfect name for this location.
When you walk in, you'll see why it's called the "pocket" location (this actually used to be a vault at a bank). This shop takes a bare essentials approach, with a simple counter, an espresso machine, a thin bar that runs along the side with ingredients to dress up your coffee. That's all you need - and there's nothing you don't need here.
They've been open since 2010, so it's a 4 year old already. Why haven't I noticed this before?
After the first visit, I've been back multiple times for their perfect Americano's and Cappuccino's. It's one of the best we've tried in the city - so I'm pretty much hooked.
Definitely worth a quick drop-by, especially since there is no shot of espresso or a cup of latte comparable within a few blocks in this area.