Experience hosted by Mélissa

  1. 5 hours
  2. Hosted in English

What you'll do

Guests explore the history of coffee with either myself or my co-host Louis Poirier. We visit five cafés and a micro roaster that have different ways of brewing to get an understanding of everything from espresso to cold brew. We also enjoy snacks, crudités and pastries to accompany the tastings.

The tour begins at a Turkish third wave coffee shop in the Plateau neighbourhood. After listening to an overview of the rich history of coffee in Montreal, you’ll taste Turkish coffee and learn about the Arab origins of the drink. Then it's off to a pioneering café where cold brew coffee is made with tonic water or coffee-infused lemonade. There, you'll dive into the first, second, third and fourth waves of coffee.

Next, you'll lounge over an espresso martini and snacks at design focused café in the Mile-End before heading to a demo of how to pull the perfect espresso shot with a pro in Little Italy at cafe and pottery studio. To end, you'll take a mini course in coffee bean roasting, cupping and identifying coffee profiles by taste and smell at micro roaster.

You’ll leave the tour full of knowledge (and caffeine!), with a new appreciation for coffee as well as for Montreal’s Mile End, Little Italy and Plateau neighbourhoods.
Other things to note
We can accommodate corporate or private groups.
Gratuity is not included and is left to individual discretion.
We do not recommend this tour for people under 18 years of age or women who are pregnant – there is a lot of caffeine!
Guests explore the history of coffee with either myself or my co-host Louis Poirier. We visit five cafés and a micro roaster that have different ways of brewing to get an understanding of everything from espresso to cold brew. We also enjoy snacks, crudités and pastries to accompany the tastings.

The tour begins at a Turkish third wave coffee shop in the Plateau neighbourhood. After listening to an overview of the rich history of coffe…

What's included

  • Food
    We'll provide simit (Turkish bagels), pastries and crudités
  • Drinks
    We'll provide espresso-based coffees, cold brew, and espresso martini.

Meet your host, Mélissa

Host on Airbnb since 2011
  • Identity verified
My name is Mélissa Simard and I have been running a gastronomic tour company since 2012 called 'Round Table Tours. I have a professional cooking diploma, a BA in Canadian Studies and I am a certified tour guide. I have also won a slew of entrepreneurial prizes. I want to bring you into the world of coffee. You will never see it the same after this tour! My co-host is Louis Poirier, a history buff and coffee-lover. We're both certified guides with the City of Montreal.
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From £199/ person

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Where you'll be

Café Replica - third wave café with Turkish coffee.
Then Paquebot - coffee shop with three cold brews on tap.
Pastel Rita - third wave cafe and Japanese style knives and handbags boutique.
Les Faiseurs - Pottery café and third wave coffee shop
8MDT (Huit Maison de Torréfaction) - micro roaster and café

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Cancel up to 7 days before the Experience start time for a full refund, or within 24 hours of booking as long as the booking is made more than 48 hours before the start time.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 12 and up can attend.

Alcohol

This experience includes alcohol. Only guests who meet the legal drinking age will be served alcoholic beverages.

What to bring

Comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing for the weather. We will walk 4km (2.5 miles).

Feel free to bring a reusable waterbottle.