Jacked Up Coffee
Like every morning, Cherie and I come out of the subway across from the classic 1920s Union station, and enjoy the view. However, one late summer morning, our view that way was juxtaposed by a beautify vintage Citroen van from the 40s. We really felt like we stepped into another era. What kept us grounded in reality is the fresh blue colour with the bold letters reading - Jacked Up Coffee.
We walked up to the side, where the long back window was completely flipped up, functioning as a tiny awning. As Jack greeted us, we were eager to learn more about this surprising initiative. It turns out that the blue truck has been around for 2 years now, making its way around the city. During the week, you can spot it at farmer's markets, like the St Lawrence one. Other times it can surprise you without a warning. Talking to Jack, we also found out that it is retrofitted with two sinks, three machines and is fully drivable.
With a black board on the side, this portable cafe, delivered plenty of coffee drinks and even a few tea options. This morning Cheri and I went for their Cortado and Macchiato.
Keep an eye open as the truck sometimes offers pastries, from local bakeries they pick (as the van does not have a full kitchen).
The cups were small and plain with no branding. In a smaller (shot-sized) cup we received the Macchiato. Presented with a leaf shape from the milk addition, this drink had a subtle warm floral notes, followed by an intense tart taste which really did the waking up part. The Cortado came in a slightly grown up shot cup. It was an option I enjoyed more as the acidity was more subtle and the aroma came out a bit more. It also had more milk mixed into it to it was easily palatable. We used the small side table with condiments to shoot our morning zing. The Cortado we took with us until we found a nice spot between the TD towers.
initially thought that Jacked Up Coffee is missing an opportunity, not having some tables and chairs around for people. However a part of me enjoyed that fact that people are encouraged to be creative - find a spot in the city and submerge in the environments while enjoying their hot drink. There is something romantic about slowing down in the morning, taking a few minutes of piece and quiet while getting "jacked" with energy.