Sustainability starts with intentionality
  • Mar 06, 2023

Starting out as a single coffee cart in 1993, Balzac’s Coffee Roasters has scaled to 16 stores across Ontario and has a growing retail distribution network. CEO Christine Cruz-Clarke speaks to World Coffee Portal about the specialty coffee roaster and café chain’s sustainability mindset, navigating the pandemic and coffee as...

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The cost of great coffee at home
  • Jan 23, 2023

As for beans, I have a soft spot for Balzac’s, which in the mid-nineties helped bring French coffee culture to Canada. They also opened cafés across Ontario with terrific interior design; the Distillery District location in Toronto is a particular gem. A limited edition Winter Blend, which has comforting hints...

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View the VIBE’s 2023 POWER 60: Inspiring Asian-Canadians of Influence
  • Jan 19, 2023

With the Lunar New Year celebration just around the corner, we knew it would be the perfect time to celebrate inspiring Asian-Canadian talent with a special edition feature of our second-annual POWER 60 list. But not just Lunar New Year celebrating Asians, any and all Asian-Canadians were considered, for whom...

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15 Best Coffee Shops in Toronto
  • Jan 17, 2023

Balzac’s is an independent coffee shop chain with locations all across Ontario, and they’re originally from Stratford, AKA the birthplace of Justin Bieber. They roast the finest selection of Arabica whole bean coffee in small batches at their roastery, and they’ve been doing so for almost three decades!

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Do It for the Climate: Eco-Friendly Coffee
  • Dec 12, 2022

The Atwood blend, named after the iconic Canadian writer, is a certified Canada Organic and Bird Friendly blend with notes of caramel and cocoa. Balzac’s also donates a dollar of each pound of this coffee sold to the Pelee Island Bird Observatory in southern Ontario, which is devoted to the...

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Toronto 2022 Food Lover’s Gift Guide
  • Nov 25, 2022

Coffee lovers across our country are probably familiar with this Canadian coffee house – we visit the one in the Distillery District often! Founded in Stratford, Ontario and inspired by the Grand Cafés of Paris. We came across their customizable coffee roast subscription – frequency of delivery, grind, weight and...

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