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Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Stouffville, Ontario

Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Stouffville, Ontario

Name: Red Bulb Espresso
Address: 6148 Main St, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 1A6, Canada
Website: Website
Instagram: @redbulbespresso
Phone: (905) 591-2054
Wifi: Yes
Tender: Debit,  Cash
Neighbourhood: Whitchurch-Stouffville, Ontario
Type: Coffee

Red Bulb Espresso Bar is an independent coffee shop located in Whitchurch-Stouffville, about a 60 minute drive North of Toronto. Located in a century year old home on Stouffville’s Main Street it oozes with charm and character which are signature trademarks on this historic street. The space is long and narrow with seating indoors for about 15-20 people with a few patio seats located just out front during the spring and summer months. Natural wood elements and local artwork adorn the walls with pops of bright right lined throughout the space.

Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Interior, front seating area
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Interior, front seating area
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Interior, back seating area
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Interior, back seating area

Everything you would expect a locally owned independent coffee shop in Toronto would have is also available here as well, everything from espresso based beverages, teas and tea lattes, smoothies, and locally baked goods.

I decide to camp out at their sleek marble table located next to front window. It’s perfect for people watching and there’s a cute hand drawn framed piece of artwork by a local artist to keep me company. I decide on a cappuccino which comes in two sizes an 8oz small ($2.95 CDN + tax) or a 12oz large ($3.15 CDN + tax). I choose the smaller size and it comes perfectly poured with a creamy texture and smooth taste. The beans are by Social Coffee, a local roaster based out of Richmond Hill, located just a mere 20 minutes South West of the coffee shop. It’s as local as it can get short of roasting the beans themselves in the back room somewhere.

Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Cappuccino
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Cappuccino

In terms of food all the usual coffee shop pastries such as muffins, brownies, etc… are available. I decide on some of the more unique offerings like the Pesto and Goat Cheese Empanada ($3.25 CDN + tax) and the Crustless Quiche ($5.50 CDN + tax).

Both arrive warm at the table and I dig into the empanada first. It’s good, but I mostly taste the goat cheese and caramelized onions. There isn’t much pesto taste, but it’s still a nice savory option nonetheless.

The crustless quiche resembles a bread pudding but the inside is warm and moist and full of cheese, ham, onions, and herbs. Another nice savory option that would also double as a light lunch.

Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Goat Cheese & Pesto Empanada + Crustless Quiche
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Goat Cheese & Pesto Empanada + Crustless Quiche

Lastly I try some of their cookies upon receiving a recommendation from a friend. With various types available I limit my choices to the Canadian Rockie cookie and the Chocolate Nutella ($2.15 CDN + tax each). The Canadian Rockie is full of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and nuts. It gives the impression of being healthy and definitely tastes more like a granola/cookie hybrid. Whether or not it actually is healthy is beyond me but all those nuts and seeds certainly make me feel mentally less guilty and it’s not overly sweet which is a nice change of pace. On the other end of the spectrum is the chocolate Nutella cookie, which looks and tastes decadent. Both cookies are on the crispier side, so if you’re looking for a soft and gooey cookie they’re not for you. They do taste good though and get the job done for a coffee and snack afternoon pairing.

Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Canadian Rockie Cookie + Chocolate Nutella Cookie
Red Bulb Espresso Bar: Canadian Rockie Cookie + Chocolate Nutella Cookie

Being located an hour north of the city you traditionally see big box stores and large franchises dominating the local scene so independently owned Red Bulb Espresso was a pleasant and welcome surprise. It had everything I have come to know and love about independent coffee shops in Toronto, but with a charming historic view and free parking to boot. If more places like this existed up North I just might be tempted to leave the city.

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored, nor was anything gifted to me. All opinions expressed are my own. All menu offerings and prices are accurate as of time of posting. Please refer to restaurant/shop for most up to date information.

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2 comments

  • brooke hun

    December 9, 2016

    Thanks a lot for the blog post.Thanks Again. Want more.

  • cours de theatre

    June 2, 2017

    A big thank you for your article.Really thank you! Awesome.

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