I read about Dispatch Coffee in the coffee press . I knew I had to visit Dispatch coffee as soon as I arrived in Montreal. I visited the main coffee shop and roastery located on St-Zotique West street. The area is mostly commercial and feels a bit like it’s the middle of nowhere, but it’s worth the visit.
The coffee shop has an industrial feel with a few tables, a nice counter and an open roasting area in the back.
The shop reminded me of the Blue Bottle shop in Tokyo, almost the same layout on a smaller scale. There is nothing like an open space roastery to make me happy.
I ordered a brazilian drip coffee and a cold coffee.
The brazilian coffee was hand dripped with a Hario V60. Great taste.
I was extremely curious about the cold coffee which is brewed, filtered and kegged. The coffee is served on tap by using a thank of nitrous. I was expecting a beer like coffee, but they told me that they made the decision to use nitrous as a serving mechanism and not a way to modify the coffee. Stout like coffee can be served with a beer tap, but it’s not available at Dispatch.
I have yet to try to taste one of these beer like coffee. I simply didn’t have the time to visit a cafe in Montreal that serves the coffee this way.
The result was a good cold coffee. I rarely drink cold coffee, even in summer, but this made me think about cold brewing in a new way.
We walked out with a bag of Ethiopian coffee which I brewed at home. Great flavor, a bit too lightly roasted for my taste, but still a great cup of coffee.
Dispatch coffee is one of the rare roastery I visited in Montreal that is exploring new ways of serving coffee while respecting traditions. You will have to pay a small extra to drink a drip coffee, but it is worth it.
Drinking coffee at Dispatch is a great experience. If you don’t want to go all the way to Saint-Zotique, they have a coffee truck and a second coffee shop located inside the engineering building on the campus of McGill university right downtown.
267 Rue Saint Zotique West, Montréal