It’s something of a running joke that you can find a coffee shop on every corner these days. While the over-saturation is certainly true, that doesn’t mean that quality stores cannot be found throughout the city.

Today we’re taking a look at one of the finest coffee shops in Mississauga, one that hasn’t been around very long but certainly deserves your attention: Coffee Culture.

Coffee Culture is located at 515 Lakeshore Road East, and is easy to spot as the corner unit near Popeyes and PetSmart. The exterior of the building is glass against brick, with the glass being fairly tinted on the outside. Within the store, you may be surprised by how large it is. Coffee Culture is a rather long store with the counter being near the rear parking lot – or the front, depending on how you enter. There are comfortable leather chairs and desks, as well as some low lighting, art pieces, and two TV’s on the walls. The overall facade is very easy on the eye as you would expect from a coffee shop.

Coffee Culture isn’t a small independent store however, it’s in fact a chain of stores. Throughout Canada and the U.S.A, the chain operates 49 stores, however 42 of those are actually in Ontario, with the others in Pennsylvania and Manitoba. The brand was created in 2006 and has been quite the success in the past 12 years, and the store on Lakeshore Road is actually one of the most recently opened.

As it says on the company website though, people “come for the the taste, stay for a visit.” As is the case with any coffee shop, you try it out for the coffee, in the lifelong search for the best pot ever made. And while the coffee is great, there’s also incredible baked goods, desserts, soups, salads, smoothies, and sandwiches.

Starting with the coffee though, you can choose from Salted Caramel Latte, Peppermint Mocha, Espresso, Americano, Cappuccino, Cafe Latte, Speciality Latte’s, and just simple, good coffee. You can also grab an Iced Coffee or Chococcino’s, two things that are really popular with young folk.

As for other drinks available, you can order a Mudslide Hot Chocolate, Power-Up Smoothie, Chiller’s, or a regular Hot Chocolate. There’s a lot to choose from but the drinks menu is not quite as convoluted as Starbucks, with a better focus on the coffee itself.

As I mentioned though, it’s not all about the coffee. Coffee Culture is a haven for baked goods, sandwiches and more. One thing that truly sets the franchise apart from its contemporaries is All-Day Breakfast! On that menu, you can order Breakfast Value Combo, Bagels, Egg & Cheese English Muffin, Asiago Breakfast Bagel, Power-Up Greek Yoghurt, Power-Up Smoothie, or the Power-Up Breakfast Bagel. The Power-Up options on the menu are very popular among those concerned with health and gym-lovers. And they’re just a great way to start the day.

From there you can find the sandwich menu, which consists of seven or more options, including a Mango Chicken Wrap and a Turkey Avocado Ciabatta. You can also order a variety of salads and soups, including Berry Pecan Salad and a Signature Soup, or a combination of both.

If you have a sweet tooth however, Coffee Culture caters to you with a hefty dessert and pastry menu. The pastries change on a daily basis and, as such, are baked fresh and include muffins, croissants, cookies, scones, and more. The desserts then, stare at you from behind the glass and look incredibly decadent. Many different variations of cake and cheesecake are available, each more appealing than the last, be it coffee, caramel, red velvet or truffle, there’s a taste for everyone.

Having gone through the entire menu and painted a picture of the store, I’d hope you’re inclined to give Coffee Culture a try but, as always, I don’t expect you to simply take my word for it. Here are a handful of reviews from regular people on Yelp.com:

Went there on a Tuesday night with a few of my business partners and one of them suggested the peri peri chicken sandwich and lemme tell you boyyyyy this sandwich was fire. Nice closed spot great for a little business meeting or meeting up with friends. Definitely would hit up this spot when I’m in the area!

– Jerome R.

This place has always been my girlfriends and my meet up place. It’s cozy, has some few good items on the menu, and close to home.
Normally I try one of their hot beverages (their hot chocolate or mocha being my favourites), but today I decided to try their breakfast menu. I had the power up breakfast bagel, which was an Asian bagel with egg, cheese, avocado, tomatoes. I thought this was a good alternative to the tims or McDonald’s breakfast sandwiches.
I also had the power smoothie with Greek yogurt, strawberries and blueberries. I would also recommend this, if you’re looking for a healthy alternative I the sugary hot drinks on their menu.

– Jes S.

Cute little cafe to get some work done. Their coffee is OKAY. I’m an addict and it did the job, I wouldn’t get it on the regular. Their lattes are nice and asthetic if you need something for the gram. They have some great variety of cakes and sweets if interested. I love how theres a bunch of outlets so you’re not restricted to one spot. I’ll definitely keep going.

– Ran N.

Great place to get a coffee/tea and a piece of cake and just sit back and enjoy!  The dark wood and clean lines of this place make it seem much cozier than your local Starbucks.  You can almost feel sophisticated in this joint!  The booths give it an upscale lounge type of feel and the club chairs in the back make you just want to sit and read.
If you are feeling hungry, don’t worry!  They serve all day breakfast and also have some sandwiches to keep the stomach rumbles at bay.  The prices seem pretty reasonable – my organic tea was $1.90 and most of the pastries were under $3
Luckily I was there this morning so it wasn’t too packed but per other reviewers it can get busy with students and their laptops.  Staff are friendly and the place is well kept.
Parking is a little scarce but don’t let that discourage you from coming here.

– Faiza K.

As you can see, Coffee Culture is a popular joint in Mississauga. It’s a chain establishment with the heart of an independent coffee store. The menu is extensive but you aren’t overwhelmed by choices and that often leads to higher quality options.

Coffee Culture offers great coffee and amazing food, from sandwiches and soups to cheesecakes and cookies. It’s more than your average independent coffee store and less than the conglomerates, and that’s a good thing.