I've been dying for a coffee shop to open close to home. Last year a Starbucks opened on Preston Street near Aberdeen. For work that location is great (nothing like an iced venti sugar-free vanilla soy latte to get me through a stressful work day!), but I rarely head down Preston during my recreational hours.
And hooray! It appears that I now have a new option: the Umi Cafe on Somerset and Percy.
While it's uphill from me, I think it's going to be a great addition to the neighbourhood. Nik and I went on Sunday to have a quick peek. Sadly, they don't have an Interac machine yet, so we counted our pennies and ordered small drinks. The Americano was superb! Nik had a democratic something or other - it was ok, but could have used an extra espresso shot.
The helpful staff have told me that they are meeting soon to finalize the menu (they are a coffee co-operative!), and hopefully when that's done they'll post their menu online. For those who want to know, they offer vegetarian and vegan options (such as soy milk and vegan cookies).
I took some pics: