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Show & Tell Coffee  |  30 Ontario St. N  |  @showtellcoffee

Photo of coffee items and a snack from Show & Tell Coffee


Focused on sourcing strictly high grade coffees roasted by industry leaders to bring out the most vibrant and sweet flavour profiles, Show & Tell evolved out of a passion for coffee.

"I can think of at least 10 cafes along King Street from Cedar to Victoria, all of them unique in their own way," says Show & Tell co-creator, Andrew Thom. "There's not anywhere else in the region with a more culturally diverse community that shows as much love and support for its neighbours." 


Andrew credits coffee shops like Matter of Taste, Café Pyrus, Smile Tiger Coffee Roasters and Settlement Co. for redefining good coffee, and good neighbouring. 


"We couldn't pass up the opportunity to become part of the community when our space became available."


Those cafes, among others, introduced unique types of coffee and niche preparation styles, warming the community up to a new culture. The result? The stage is set for businesses like Show & Tell to add to Kitchener's brewing, pouring, pressing, roasting, sourcing and serving identity.


"Currently the biggest barrier in specialty coffee is getting information over the counter without boring, confusing or alienating your guest," says Andrew. "Luckily, we love sharing the story of each coffee, so the additional work wouldn't be perceived as problematic for us. The excitement you derive from changing people's perception of what coffee is and can be is a thrill in itself."


With the addition of Show & Tell, downtown's coffee culture continues to diversify. In the words of Andrew, "there seems to be a café for everyone."


Anna Beard |  @abeard07

Photography: Dean Landry  |  dvision.ca


Photo of Andrew Thom brewing a coffee



photo inside Show & Tell Coffee of someone using the espresso machine




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