Sadie’s Coffee Science: Snap Coffee!

Hello, my little coffee beans!

I know, I know! It’s been a while since my last coffee blog. When vlog duty calls, I must follow!

I just want y’all to know… I drink at least three cups of coffee each and every day. Now, in no way am I endorsing this type of behaviour, it leaves you pretty dehydrated (and bouncing off the walls if you’re not a seasoned professional espresso lover). The point is, I drink a lot of coffee, and I go to a LOT of different coffee shops. In fact, when I was considering attending Ryerson, being in close proximity to dozens of fancy and delicious coffee shops was riiight on the top of my priority list.

In light of my last blog, I felt I had a duty to you all (the future coffee drinkers of Ryerson) to bring forth the good word of the latte. As I continue to test out new coffee shops around campus, I plan to take you with me!

Today on the list: Snap Coffee!

I visited Snap Coffee on one of my typical Tuesdays–always my longest day of the week. I needed a pick-me-up, and I remembered seeing a bunch of beautiful latte art on Instagram with Snap Coffee tagged. I decided to check it out… and take some lowkey notes.

Without further ado… Snap Coffee science!

Let’s start with the overall experience. As soon as you walk inside, you are led up a flight of stairs to the coffee bar. I ordered a cappuccino, anxiously awaiting my beautiful latte art and…

I just got a regular looking cappuccino.

Mercedes Gatambide-Spillane

I won’t say I was crushed, but after spending $4.80 on a cup of espresso and hot milk, I was left wondering where the pizzaz I was hoping for had gone. In true Canadian fashion, I demurely and politely asked the barista if this is the place where people got artistic, intricate designs on their coffee. She led me to… The Ripple. 

The Ripple machine takes data through an app on your phone, in which you choose a design for your latte.

There are DOZENS of designs to choose from, ranging from holiday-themed to detailed artwork.

I didn’t really understand how the Ripple machine worked, so here’s how I think it works based on a little research… 

Mercedes Gaztambide-Spillane

The Ripple machine has coffee pods inside it that produce the colour, but do not affect the flavour of the drink. They have these for beer designs, too. Then (and this is the part I haven’t figured out), the machine lifts your coffee up to its mouth and does some sort of printing job on it. Here was my final result:

Mercedes Gaztambide-Spillane

Super cute, right? No, it didn’t taste any different, but it did inspire me to drink that coffee FAST.

Aside from this super cool feature, let’s talk about the other logistics.

Just like last time…

  • Beverage quality
  • Price point
  • Location
  • Atmosphere


I give this one a 5/5 because of the cool experience I had making the design. If not for that, I may have brought it to a 3.5 or 4… the coffee was pretty good, but nothing too special, especially considering I ended up having to drink a latte (which I don’t normally enjoy–too much milk!). But yeah, after a printer did latte art better than I EVER could, I threw in the towel.


As is the case with most ‘hipster’ coffee shops (literally every single coffee shop in Toronto, TBH) I personally believe that paying almost $5 for a coffee is just TOO much. Unless this coffee can do my homework, check my email and make me breakfast, I’ll stick to my cuppa black drip coffee (in my reusable mug for a discount… hacks).


I actually really like the location of this shop. It’s right down the street from the Starbucks on Church and Gerrard (walk east about one minute), which I love because then I can stick it to the Starbucks man and still get my coffee fix. It’s right across the street from Eric Palin Hall and Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre, making it a one minute walk from campus. The only downside is that it’s a bit of a walk from Gould Street (as compared to something really close, like Balzac’s).

Mercedes Gaztambide-Spillane


This is more of a personal preference, but I really like it when coffee shops have that stereotypical aesthetic… you know – some indie singer-songwriter music playing over the loudspeakers, the sound of the espresso machine humming, milk steaming, coffee grinding… it’s music to my ears! I also really like it when the baristas of a coffee shop know a lot about coffee and are super engaging– it would have been really cool to have a little explanation and guidance with the Ripple machine.

Well, that’s all folks! I hope you enjoyed this little review, and I do recommend that you check out Snap Coffee (86 Gerrard Street East). If you’re looking for Instagram inspiration, look no further! This is the coffee shop for you.


XO, Mercedes



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