Toronto Through My Lens

Category: Urban objects

RC Coffee

RC Coffee (short for Robo Café) kiosks are popping up around Toronto.

So far in my travels I’ve come across two locations – one near the St. Lawrence Market area, and the other at 475 Yonge Street, above College Street.

Automated coffee cafe at 36 Church Street, north of Front Street East
RC Coffee automated café at 475 Yonge Street, just above College Street

So what are they, exactly? RC Coffee’s website proclaims themselves Canada’s First Robotic Café – Fully Automated Coffee Kiosk, Open 24/7. Serving coffee without a live person present is the name of the game here. From their website:

RC Coffee is filling a void in the market for high-quality unattended coffee kiosks. We’re looking to change the perception of self-serve with sophisticated technology that brews coffee up to the standards of seasoned coffee connoisseurs. No more drip, no more pods. RC Coffee taps into the potential of the latest Eversys Cameo espresso machine technology to rival the coffee from any café.

Here at RC Coffee, we understand that it’s more than just great coffee that keeps people coming back. Our robots delight users with their speed of service and accuracy. Our simple mobile app makes it easy to find the closest Robo Café, remotely view the menu, and load an account via credit card. Next time, you can load your previous order or select from saved favourites, selecting personalized blends at the touch of a button.

So much for the personal touch. Oh well, automation marches on, I guess.

Other RC Coffee locations in Toronto are at:

Toronto General Hospital, 200 Elizabeth Street
Kensington Market, 160 Baldwin Street
Little Italy, 550 College Street
Lyndhurst Centre, 520 Sutherland Drive
Dundas Station, 1 Dundas Street West
St. Joseph’s Hospital, 30 The Queensway
Bickle Centre, 130 Dunn Avenue

You can learn more about Robo Café here on their website.

Identity Crisis

I discovered this poster on a utility box outside of Ryerson… errrrr… excuse me, Toronto Metropolitan University, and couldn’t decide who it is.

Utility box outside Ryerson

I’ll put it to a vote and you can decide. Is this:


The votes are in… survey sez: Nicholas Cage!

Saturday Afternoon

A little wandering around on a Saturday afternoon…

Bike Locks & Handcuffs
An odd combination found on Jarvis Street
Under The Scaffold
Somewhere on Jarvis Street
Metropolitan United Church
56 Queen Street East
St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond Street
St. Michael’s Skywalk
Spanning Shuter Street
Massey Hall
178 Victoria Street
Yonge & Dundas
Yonge Dundas Square with the SAMS sign atop 77 Victoria Street
20 Edward Street
Who remembers The World’s Biggest Bookstore? This is the site where it used to stand; now there’s a high-rise condo. The World’s Biggest Bookstore operated from 1980 until 2014. The 3-storey store covered 64,000 square feet and was noted for its bright lights and over 20 kilometres of bookshelves. I still miss it.
The Shop Is Closed
Somewhere on Yonge Street, north of Edward Street

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