It wasn’t too long ago that putting the word “independent” before “café” would have been redundant. Coffee shops might be chains, but cafés were inherently independent, run by individuals, for individuals.

Like Crema.

When Geoff Polci opened the first Crema Coffee Co. in the Junction in 2008, it was with individuals in mind. An individual owner serving individual customers individually brewed coffee, each with a range of individual flavours and textures.

Making coffee’s easy. Making good coffee’s tough. And making great coffee is a science and an art.

The techniques and skills behind it all can be complicated and arcane, but the results couldn’t be more practical.

When you add to all this caffeinated (and decaffeinated) goodness the all-natural pastries, baked daily, locally sourced grilled cheese sandwiches, the free WiFi and access to electrical outlets for our friends with laptops, and you’ve got an individual place made for individual people. You know, a café.