Signs You May Need A Hot Drink

Signs You May Need A Hot Drink:


  • You can see your breath while reading this.
  • Your teeth chatter more than your co-workers.
  • You try to scroll down but can’t because you’re wearing gloves.
  • You look longingly at snowmen and envy their cold-weather comfort.


And the number one sign you may need a hot drink? It’s winter. (Is it ever!)


Here are three hot drinks you’ll only find at your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar:


Hot Chocolate


Our classic Hot Chocolate is just like homemade. Chunks of premium milk chocolate are melted under steamed milk for a rich and authentic flavour. Spoil yourself and add a marshmallow or two. And be sure to stir!


Pistachio Latte


Pumpkins are passé – pistachios are where it’s at! Our signature espresso is flavoured with pistachio, topped with freshly whipped cream prepared in-house every day and drizzled with a rich pistachio crema. We finish each drink with a sprinkle of hand-grated pistachios for a little crunch.


Aroma Coffee


We melt chunks of premium milk chocolate in our signature espresso and top it with cocoa and freshly whipped cream prepared in-house every day. One sip and you’ll understand why it’s our signature drink!


What’s your favourite way to warm up with aroma? Let us know in the comments below!



Introducing Ice Nanaimo, Just in Time for Canada150!


Celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with a true taste of the North as aroma espresso bar introduces the Ice Nanaimo, a refreshing new twist on the classic Canadian dessert Canucks from coast to coast can’t resist.


Commemorating Canada150, the Ice Nanaimo will be available at nearly all aroma espresso bar locations across Ontario for a very limited time, beginning Tuesday, June 27 until supplies last.


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aroma espresso bar – Ice Nanaimo


“There’s so much more to Canada’s rich culinary heritage than just maple so we decided to keep it fresh and focus on another authentic Canadian treat – the Nanaimo bar,” says Neil Creighton, Director of Food and Beverage at aroma espresso bar. “It’s cold, creamy and chocolatey, everything a summer drink should be and it couldn’t be more Canadian if were made by a moose and served by beavers named Bob and Doug.”


The Ice Nanaimo features a whole 2 x 3 in. Nanaimo bar blended with ground almonds, milk and chocolate for a delectable drink dotted with rich chunks of the quintessentially Canadian confection. The Ice Nanaimo retails for $5.65.


aroma espresso bar also marks Canada’s 150th birthday by offering its complimentary chocolates in a larger size and custom Canada150 wrapping, while supplies last.


Canada Day Chocolates 2017

aroma espresso bar Canada Day 2017 chocolates


Hit Refresh on Healthy Eating With Our New Spring Menu


Encouraging You to Eat Different with New and Trending Ingredients Harissa, Spirulina


aroma espresso bar is spicing up your spring with a savoury new sandwich and injecting a shot of nutrition into your favourite cold drink! The new Harissa Tuna Sandwich and an option to add Spirulina to select drinks will be available beginning Tuesday, April 18 at all locations (except kosher), for a limited time.


“We’ve been experimenting with incorporating harissa and found it’s the perfect complement to this Tunisian-inspired dish” says Neil Creighton, Director of Food and Beverage at aroma espresso bar Canada. “It’s a natural fit with our menu offering and as the ingredient continues to grow in popularity, we’re excited for our customers to be exposed to it as part of the Harissa Tuna Sandwich.”


A staple of North African cuisine, harissa is a traditional hot chili spread closely associated with Tunisia and the surrounding region. The Harissa Tuna Sandwich at aroma features a hearty spread of spicy harissa with the perfect balance of heat and a robust flavour featuring four different peppers, tomato, lemon and a subtly smoky finish. The sandwich is stuffed with flaky albacore tuna, hard-boiled egg, tomato, red onion and pickle. For the first time in the brand’s 10-year history, a sandwich will be served on something other than aroma’s signature freshly baked breads. The Harissa Tuna Sandwich arrives on a hearth-baked artisan soft sesame and semolina bun, served with Kalamata olives on the side.  It will retail for $6.95 and has 480 calories.


Health-conscious customers looking for a nutritional boost will find it in new Spirulina shots, available to add to an Ice Lemon Mint or any Real Fruit Smoothie or fruit juice. Each 10-gram shot is made by freezing fresh spirulina (a blue-green algae) and water. The resulting shot is rich in natural nutrients, vitamins and minerals and especially high in iron, with a higher nutritional content in contrast to dried and/or powdered spirulina. It will retail for $1.95 with fewer than 5 calories per shot.


“Spirulina is rich in antioxidants, natural vitamins and minerals – an excellent nutritious value-add to your drink,” says Creighton. “It will definitely turn your drink green though, so be prepared for a few funny looks.”


Also featured on the spring menu at aroma espresso bar: the Warm Grilled Chicken Salad, refreshed to add roasted garlic eggplant and roasted red pepper, remains $8.65 with a minor bump to 270 calories, and the Ice Lemon Mint, an aroma signature slush made with fresh mint and ice blended with lemonade retailing for $4.25 (medium) with 110 calories.


TL;DR aroma espresso bar introduces Harissa Tuna Sandwich + Spirulina Shots:

  • New sandwich features spicy and smoky harissa, served on a sesame and semolina bun
  • Add a shot of nutrient-rich spirulina to your favourite cold drink
  • Roasted garlic eggplant, roasted red peppers added to our Warm Grilled Chicken Salad


Leave a comment below letting us know which new menu item you’ll be trying first, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.



aroma espresso bar Set To Open Farm-to-Table Café aroma espresso Barn


Fully-functioning farm, 19th century barn transformed into hip, healthy hangout


**UPDATE: You all know this was an April Fool’s joke right?**


E-I-E-I-espress-O! aroma espresso bar Canada has bought the farm – literally! Celebrating its 10th year of operation in Canada, the brand is excited to announce its newest dining concept: aroma espresso Barn. Set to open on a rural property two hours west of Toronto near the banks of Lake Ontario, The Barn features over 100 items currently available at all aroma locations made using only fresh ingredients cultivated on the two-acre property.


“We’re creating a really unique experience and often joke eating at The Barn will be like ‘The 100-Metre Diet’,” says Roald MacDonald, General Manager at aroma espresso Barn. “Our kitchen staff can reach out the window to pick a fresh tomato off the vine or visit the chicken coop for a fresh egg; even the milk in your coffee will come from our very own cows… that smell also comes from our cows. Sorry.”


The property features a fully-functioning farm with a 120-year old farmhouse painstakingly restored and transformed into the aroma espresso Barn, a 2,200 sq. ft. café with soaring ceilings, ample tractor parking and space for 65 people to dine on the ground floor, including stables converted to dining booths and hay-bale bench seating.


The Barn’s second level promises to be a neighborhood hub, functioning as a yoga studio, art gallery, acoustic concert venue and league axe-throwing space. The patio features a covered outdoor espresso bar constructed completely of salvaged wood from the surrounding properties and seats an additional 45 people downwind from the cow pasture. Sorry.


TL;DR aroma espresso bar opens The Barn:

  • Restored 19th-century farmhouse converted to hip and healthy hangout
  • Over 100 items available freshly made to order and sourced from farm-to-table
  • Opening this summer!


Leave a comment below letting us know how excited you are to visit our new dining concept The Barn, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.



Meet A Franchisee: Alasdair from Ottawa


Did you know one of our franchisees is a chartered accountant? Or that another used to be a school principal? Did you know we have a franchisee who has climbed Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua?!


With nearly 40 aroma espresso bar locations across Toronto and Southern Ontario to date, our franchisees are a hard-working and interesting group of diverse women and men, each with a different background and their own story to tell.


Welcome to the first installment of our new #aromaBlog series, Meet A Franchisee. Through these posts, we hope to bring you closer with the owners and operators you see each day when you visit your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar.


Name: Alasdair Grant
Store: The Shops at Lansdowne, Ottawa


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In February 2016, Alasdair opened the first aroma espresso bar in Ottawa to great excitement. Since then, he has regularly supported numerous local charities including Ottawa’s United Way and the Boobyball and is a constant fixture at events taking place in Lansdowne Park. In March 2016, he was featured in the Ottawa Citizen where he shared our recipe for Freekeh Salad.


Think back to the first time you ever visited an aroma espresso bar. Where was it and what was your first impression?


It was at 430 King Street West (at Spadina). I think it had just opened. I knew aroma had good food but I was blown away. Ottawa has restaurants with good food, and there are places where you can get good coffee; but not both.


What interested you in opening your own aroma espresso bar?


I always dreamed of running a restaurant or café but never considered it a possibility. One day a friend messaged me and said he knew aroma was looking to expand into Ottawa and wanted someone local be the franchisee. I jumped at the opportunity.


What do you enjoy most about owning and/or operating your aroma espresso bar?


The food. The coffee. The fact my family and I can eat this food every day and be healthier for it. I discovered long ago that you succeed in the business of selling or serving something when you yourself consume and enjoy the product you stand behind.


Your café is in Ottawa.  What do you like most about being there?


Ottawa is a very big small town. Or a very small big city. There is a sense of community here. The neighbourhoods have a lot of character and goodwill, people talk to each other. And fortunately this has worked in my favour. I have had a great number of people who became instant fans and helped spread the word on social media and even through old-fashioned word-of-mouth. I never imagined such a warm welcome. 


Describe a memorable moment at aroma espresso bar.


At my aroma?  Having our soft launch in February 2016 on the day of a record-breaking snowfall in Ottawa.  It snowed over 51cm that evening, shattering the previous record set in 1947. Naturally, most people invited didn’t make it out that night. But considering how many still trudged out, I consider it a testament to this city’s passion for aroma.


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What advice would you offer someone considering opening an aroma espresso bar?


Like coffee. It sounds silly but if you don’t like coffee it will be hard to be passionate about what you do at aroma. If you want to run your own business and you aren’t passionate about it, you probably won’t be giving your 100%. Also, giving that 100% is hard to do when you are really tired. The biggest perk of owning a café is having access to lots of really good coffee!


Tell us something about yourself you’ve never told anyone until now.


I regret not buying more Pogs.


OK. For real.


I once did a big tour (walkabout if you will) of the USA on Greyhound buses. I spent several hundred hours on these buses, saw some strange parts of the states and met even stranger people. It is not a comfortable, pleasant or even economical way to travel, but it was an adventure, and memories I will always have.



Favourite Hot Drink:  Espresso

Favourite Cold Drink:  Kale-Mango Smoothie

Favourite Breakfast:  Breakfast Sandwich

Favourite Salad:  Mediterranean Pasta Salad

Favourite Sandwich:  Tuna

Favourite Pastry:  Multigrain Croissant

(cover photo l-r: Tom Dewar, Shlomit Sufa, Alasdair Grant)


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Hot Drinks For People Who Don’t Hibernate


It can be challenging to find something to bring us joy during winter. Just getting dressed to go outside involves a pep talk, strategic layering and much clenching of teeth.


This time of year, all we really want is to curl up under a blanket in front of a fireplace with a hot drink and a good friend. Call us when spring blooms!


For those who don’t have the luxury of hibernating, we want to share a few good reasons to warm up at your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar:


Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric

Naturally sweetened with lemon, honey and a pinch of cinnamon, this elixir will warm you up from the inside when served hot. The combination of ginger and turmeric packs a powerful and healthy punch. Full of antioxidants, it promotes digestion and pain relief, and is considered to be anti-inflammatory and effective treatment for common colds and flus.


Hot Apple Cider

A throwback to a classic cold-weather drink! Our cider is made from locally-grown Ontario apples and served with a dried apple and cinnamon stick for stirring. Great for all ages and an unsung hero of our hot drinks selection.


Hot Chocolate

You won’t find any chocolate syrup, chocolate powder or chocolate mix in our classic Hot Chocolate. Instead we only use real chunks of premium milk or white chocolate melted under steamed milk. Be sure to stir for a rich, chocolatey flavour, or be like those-in-the-know and let it sit for a creamy, gooey melted chocolate delight at the bottom of your cup.


Chicken Broth

Cold? Flu? Fight back with a cup of steaming hot chicken broth, served with fresh chives. Warm up your soul sipping on this savoury soup – or is it a drink? Should you sip it, or slurp it? A few things to think about while you wipe your mouth and hide the cup from your grandmother.



The ultimate hot weather-cold weather drink! A scoop of vanilla ice cream drowning in a hot shot of freshly pulled espresso is sure to satisfy your friends who are sweating in their scarves and those who love to chill (literally).


TL;DR Hot Drinks For People Who Don’t Hibernate:

  • Loads of interesting hot drinks at your neighbourhood aroma espresso bar you won’t find elsewhere.
  • Our Hot Chocolate is made with real chocolate – no syrups or powders here!
  • Caught a cold? Feeling flu-ish? Try our Chicken Broth, served to go with fresh chives.


Leave a comment below letting us know your favourite hot drinks, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.



Holiday Countdown Contest: Win a $150 Gift Card

‘Tis the season and your friends at aroma espresso bar are in a giving mood. Time is running out on our Holiday Countdown contest and we want you to be part of it!


We think the best part of the holidays is feasting with friends and family. And there are so many great reasons to love this time of year as we all relive fond memories while we create new ones.


We want to hear your favourite holiday moments! Share them with us on Twitter or Instagram and tag it #aromaHCD16. Just for sharing, you’ll be entered to win a $150 aroma gift card in our Holiday Countdown contest!


The winner will be announced on December 25 on our social media channels so stay tuned!


For rules and regulations, click here.


Support Your Local Food Bank @ aroma espresso bar


We were up bright and early on Friday December 2, brewing up a storm to help support CBC’s Sounds of the Season charity drive at their Toronto headquarters.


Thousands of listeners from across Ontario came out to enjoy live broadcasts of their favourite CBC programs, musical performances, special guests, and of course complimentary coffee and chocolates from aroma!


This is the first year aroma espresso bar is involved with Sounds of the Season and we are proud to be taking part in more ways than one. The annual campaign supports local food banks around the Greater Toronto Area, helping deliver food to individuals and families in need and we are counting on our generous customers to share the holiday spirit and give what you can.


Until December 31, you can find donation bins at the cafés listed below. Please drop by with a non-perishable food item and help us ensure everyone has a happy holiday season.



TL;DR support your local food banks @ aroma

  • Bring a non-perishable food item to any of our locations listed above.
  • Drop it in a big box.
  • You’ve just helped make someone’s holiday a little brighter.  😀


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think and find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.



Nourishing Young Minds [Guest Post]

We are happy to share this wonderful blog post from our good friend Libby Roach. A writer and photographer from Toronto, and mom to a couple of great kids, Libby has been published in BlogTO, View The Vibe, Post City Magazines, and many other local publications. She recently posted a blog on her website about our Aroma Kids’ menu, and our one-of-a-kind #aromaKidz contest, and has allowed us to share it with you here! Read on to learn why aroma espresso bar is Libby’s choice for nutritious options when it comes to casual family dining, and be sure to visit Libby’s website for more photos and information on #aromaKidz and our great contest!



by: Libby Roach


Now, I’m not one to play the mom card often, but when it comes to feeding young minds, it’s glaringly obvious that we have a problem when it comes to food education and children. Let me be a debbie downer for a mo- As a mom of two, I’m acutely aware that this generation’s life span likely won’t live as long as our current one. That’s a scary statistic. On the flip side of being a mom, I’m time compressed on the road- options for quick grab and go meals are hard to come by. Bucking the golden arches is easy enough, but how do you feed two sporty kids on the go between hockey/karate/swimming and hip hop dance classes (don’t even get me started on dabbing).


So when I found out Aroma was launching a kids menu, I was pretty stoked. I love Aroma- their coffee packs a punch and their food is fresh and healthy. I know when I walk in the door I’m going to make a pretty safe choice. And that goes for my girls too. Kids can snag either French Toast with Fresh Fruit, Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Cucumber Sticks, or Tri-colour Pasta with Red Pepper and Tomato sauce. Each portion is comes with fruits or veggies and is filling- not dumbed down- no chicken nuggets or mac n’ cheese in sight. You also score a drink (milk, juice, lemonade) and a fresh baked cookie. While tots are limited to three combos (for now I hope!) they’re all clear winners and shows that this restaurant on the right track when it comes to kids nutrition.

Because Aroma and I are tight, I am happy to promote this new menu, and I’m excited to add that they have a killer contest to kick things off! To celebrate the new menu, they’ve brought on an artist- digital finger painter Chelsea Lundy (@chelsdrawsyou) to recreate your fave photo of your crew!

The prize is an 8×10 framed drawing by Chelsea Lundy for Aroma Espresso Bar valued at $100.00 and there will be one prize winner per week, announced each Tuesday. So whatcha waiting for? You can enter the contest and see full details here.


Special thanks to Aroma for including me in this contest, and to Chelsea for her lovely portrait of my girls!


Our New Friend: Foodism Toronto


We are excited to announce a partnership between aroma espresso bar Canada and Foodism Toronto!


What is Foodism Toronto?


Foodism Toronto is a free magazine published every other month, website, and weekly e-blast profiling the best of Toronto’s food scene with news, reviews, trends, recipes and more.


Its debut print issue launched Tuesday October 4 with a blitz giveaway of 50,000 copies at major commuter hubs across the city.


Foodism originated in London, England two years ago; today their UK readership is over 500,000 and they count nearly 100,000 unique website visitors each month.


How Are We Partnering With Them?


aroma has agreed to be one of only two official distribution partners of Foodism.


Participating aroma espresso bar locations, along with select downtown Toronto Loblaws stores, will be the only places in Toronto for readers to pick up free copies of Foodism.


Why Are We Partnering With Them?


You know it’s true. Everything we do, we do for you.


We want our customers to feel special knowing their favourite café is one of the only places in Toronto to pick up a free copy of this elegant (and did we mention free?) food-related magazine.


Also, you need to read more! And we bet you’ll enjoy reading all about the local food scene in your city and being part of the growing Toronto foodie community.


So to Foodism Toronto: Welcome to the 6 and to aroma espresso bar!


Click here to find a full list of aroma espresso bar locations where you can pick up your copy of Foodism, and check out their website while you’re there!


TL;DR aroma espresso bar X Foodism Toronto

Foodism Toronto is a free magazine profiling the city’s food and restaurant scene.

Available at participating aroma espresso bar locations around Toronto.


Leave a comment below letting us know how what you think of the first issue of Foodism, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.


Let’s Talk About Free Smoothie Day

Hi everyone. Let’s talk about Free Smoothie Day. 


We want to thank everyone who walked in the hot sun, came out to one of our stores, stood in line, and ordered a Free Smoothie. 


We apologize to those of you whose local aroma espresso bar ran out of Smoothies or ran out of ice. 


In 2007, we opened the first aroma espresso bar in Canada. Since then, we have been able to expand to 36 stores only because of our loyal customers. Your support is what drives us to ensure we continue to serve fresh, natural, and wholesome food and drinks. 


When we launched our Keep It 100 campaign for our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies a few weeks ago, we wanted to do something big. We wanted to reflect our appreciation for our customers. We wanted to give something of value back as a Thank You for all you’ve given us.
We spent weeks planning this event. Stores stocked up on products and staff. We tried hard to put a refreshing Smoothie in everyone’s hands. 

But we admit we were not prepared for how many of you love our Smoothies. As much as w prepared, we were overwhelmed with the demand. Many stores ran out of product early. Some had blenders malfunction and break. Others went through all the ice their ice machines could produce, having to then wait for it to refill.

With your feedback on Free Smoothie Day – both positive and negative – we are getting a clearer picture of where we need to improve the next time we have such a promotion. 
So stay tuned this summer – We will take everything we learned from Free Smoothie Day and make it up to those of you who missed out.
Thank you.


Anat Davidzon

Managing Partner, aroma espresso bar Canada



aroma espresso bar Keeps It 100 with Free Smoothie Day


aroma espresso bar is keeping it 100… 100% free! To celebrate its Keep It 100 campaign for its 100% Real Fruit Smoothies, aroma has announced Wednesday May 25 as Free Smoothie Day at all of its 35 locations across the Greater Toronto Area and Southern and Western Ontario.


“We want to shift people toward healthier lifestyles through reasonably-priced healthy and gourmet food and drinks,” says Anat Davidzon, Managing Partner, aroma espresso bar Canada. “Free Smoothie Day is an opportunity to share the fresh new additions to our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies lineup and demonstrate our commitment to nutritious and natural fare.”


From 2:00-6:00pm on Wednesday May 25 at all aroma espresso bar locations in Ontario, customers can receive one medium (16 oz) 100% Real Fruit Smoothie of their choice at no charge. Orders will have to be placed with the cashier as usual, with a limit of one per customer.


In April 2016, aroma espresso bar launched a new Mixed Berry + Beet Smoothie, made with 65 grams of cooked beets, to complement a roster that already included Mango, Mixed Berry, and Mango + Kale, made with 10 grams of fresh kale. Three new aromaBoosts were also added: Protein, Antioxidant, and Energy.


“Adding veggies is a great way to give your smoothie a nutrient dense boost,” says Aly Shoom, Certified Nutritionist. “Adding kale to your daily smoothie is an amazing way to increase the nutrient content of your diet with powerful antioxidants, and beets are a great detox food that helps purify the blood and liver.”


Smoothies at aroma are made using 100% real crushed fruit and vegetables, with no sugar added and no preservatives.


About Aly Shoom

Aly Shoom is a Toronto based Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She uses a unique approach with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address the nutrition needs of her clients. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life! For more information check out alyshoom.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook @alyshoomnutrition.



Keep It 100 with 100% Real Fruit Smoothies

“I keep it 100 like I’m running a fever.” – Drake, Views.


It starts and ends with 100% real crushed fruit, vegetables, and ice. No added sugar, no added sweetener, no added preservatives. That’s how we Keep It 100 with our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies.


It’s also how we Keep It 100 with our freshly prepared salads and sandwiches, handcrafted with wholesome gourmet ingredients and made to order. Once we realized how well our fresh vegetables complement the taste of our nutritious smoothies, it was a no-brainer to add our wildly popular Mango + Kale Smoothie.


“Adding veggies is a great way to give your smoothie a nutrient dense boost! Veggies can help balance blood sugar, which has several amazing benefits, like keeping you fuller longer, accelerating weight loss, and improving skin health,” says Aly Shoom, Certified Nutritionist.  


We use 10 grams of the same organic kale in our Organic Kale and Portobello Salad and our Freekeh Salad, and add it to our 100% Real Fruit Smoothie for an extra helping of healthy.


“Kale is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! Adding kale to your daily smoothie is an amazing way to increase the nutrient content of your diet,” continues Ms. Shoom. “One serving of kale includes more than 200% of your RDA (recommended daily allowance) of Vitamin A & C and 3g of protein! Kale is also jam packed with powerful antioxidants making it great for total body vitality.”


Customers love our Mango + Kale Smoothie so much, we launched a new smoothie to keep you happy while still keeping it 100! Introducing our new Mixed Berry and Beet Smoothie, made with 65 grams of cooked beets and 100% real fruit.


“Beets are a nutrition powerhouse and a great addition to any smoothie,” says Ms. Shoom. “Not only do they taste great, beets are a great detox food that helps purify the blood and liver.”


Our 100% Real Fruit Smoothies are dairy-free (ed. note: obviously – they’re 100% real fruit!) and you always have the option of adding fat-free yogurt for a richer and creamier taste.


If you’re looking to keep it even more than 100, add a new aromaBoost, available in Protein, Antioxidant, or Energy.


When we say we Keep It 100, we mean it. We take fresh seriously, and you should too.


Enjoy a 100% Real Fruit Smoothie the next time you visit your friendly neighbourhood aroma espresso bar, and remember to Keep It 100 every day, no matter what you do!


TL;DR Keep It 100 with 100% Real Fruit Smoothies

  • 100% real crushed fruit and vegetables with no added sugar, sweetener, or preservatives.
  • Available in Mango, Mixed Berry, Mango + Kale, and new Mixed Berry + Beet.
  • Also New: aromaBoosts available in Protein, Antioxidant, and Energy.


*Aly Shoom is a Toronto based Certified Holistic Nutritionist. She uses a unique approach with an emphasis on hormonal balance to personally address the nutrition needs of her clients. Aly believes that with the right tools and guidance, anyone can make positive lifestyle changes to enjoy a happier and healthier life! For more information check out www.alyshoom.com or follow her on Instagram and Facebook @alyshoomnutrition.


Leave a comment below letting us know how you Keep It 100, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.






Introducing: Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric

It’s the time of the season for one last round of colds and flus before the sun starts shining and patio season kicks off.


Whether you’re illin’ or chillin’, we have a new drink you’re going to love. Introducing our new Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric, served hot or cold.


Only 54 calories and naturally sweetened with lemon, honey, and a pinch of cinnamon, this natural elixir will warm you up from the inside when served hot, or refresh you to the core when served over ice.


Cold pressed juice is extracted from fruit and vegetables using a heat-free hydraulic press, leading to a richer, fresher taste and higher amount of naturally-occurring nutrients.


The combination of ginger and turmeric packs a powerful and healthy punch. Full of antioxidants, it promotes digestion and pain relief, and is considered to be anti-inflammatory and effective treatment for common colds and flus.


TL;DR Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric:

  • Only five ingredients: cold pressed ginger and turmeric, lemon, honey, cinnamon.
  • Served hot or cold.
  • Available for a limited time only!


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about Cold Pressed Ginger Turmeric, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and YouTube.



aroma espresso bar Expands To Ottawa With 33rd Canadian Café


The Ottawa Citizen featured aroma espresso bar on the front cover of their Food section as part of a story on the growing trend of healthy grab and go restaurants in the city. Read about here, and don’t miss the recipe for our hearty and nutritious Freekeh Salad!


We could have gone anywhere when we decided to open the first aroma espresso bar outside Southern Ontario.


Our sights have long been set on cities like Montreal, Vancouver, and Calgary. But here’s the thing. Ottawa recently ranked second on MoneySense’s Canada’s Best Places to Live. Ottawa is also considered among the most educated cities in the country. Ottawa is like the Bureka of Canadian cities – people aren’t quite sure what it’s all about it until they experience it for themselves and fall in love.


On Wednesday, February 17, we opened our 33rd Canadian location at The Shops at Lansdowne in Lansdowne Park, nestled in Ottawa’s hip and historic Glebe neighbourhood.



“Ottawa has always felt like home to me and I’m excited to enter the flourishing food scene and bring a casual café of this calibre to the capital,” says Alasdair Grant, operator of aroma espresso bar at Lansdowne Park. “aroma in Ottawa is looking forward to being active in the Glebe community and across the city, helping strengthen the city’s growing reputation as a dining destination.”


TL;DR #aromaOttawa:

  • Now open in Ottawa!
  • Located at Lansdowne Park in the Glebe
  • First store outside Southern Ontario


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about #aromaOttawa, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.



New Year, New Blend. Introducing #aromaBOLD Dark Roast Coffee.

There is something special brewing at aroma espresso bar in 2016. Introducing #aromaBOLD, a new premium dark roast coffee now available at all locations across Canada.


#aromaBOLD boasts a rich and robust taste with full-bodied flavour and deep hints of a bittersweet chocolate finish.


It’s a bold taste those who like a strong cup of freshly brewed coffee, and aroma’s loyal customers played a vital role in bringing this new dark roast to market.


A team of aroma espresso bar coffee experts spent over a year experimenting with different beans, blends, and flavour profiles. After narrowing down to three blends, a tasting event was held in Toronto for 50 VIP customers in early 2014. Their input helped select the final dark roast blend now available in all stores.


A new blend for the new year: #aromaBOLD. Be brave. Be brilliant. #BeBOLD.


TL;DR #aromaBOLD:

  • New premium dark roast coffee blend
  • Available at all locations
  • Created with the help of loyal customers and coffee aficionados.


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about #aromaBOLD, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Welcome To The Newest Aroma Espresso Bar at Mount Sinai Hospital

At 6:30am on December 15, we opened for business at our 32nd and newest location in Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital.


The full aroma experience can now be enjoyed in the hospital’s brand-new $5 million food court, funded by RioCan. In interviews, representatives from the company stressed the RioCan Food Hall will quickly become “an important element to the conveniences offered to patients, families and staff.”


We open early at Mount Sinai and are easily accessible from inside the hospital or through its Murray Street entrance.


Local residents are also encouraged to stop by for a freshly brewed coffee on the way to work, hand-crafted gourmet salad for lunch, or our signature Power Breakfast for a weekend treat. Hospital food never tasted so good!


TL;DR #aromaMountSinai:

  • Now open in the brand-new RioCan Food Hall!
  • Our 32nd location in Canada.
  • Full kitchen, full menu, full-service catering.


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about our new café at Mount Sinai Hospital, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Comfort Food Season Kicks Off with #aromaHash and S’Mores

It’s cold outside. Really, really cold. You’re not leaving the house without a good reason. We get it. So here are four very compelling reasons to leave your house that will leave you drooling* as you zip up and head out.

(*warning: wipe drool before going outside to avoid the dreaded “drool freeze”.)


Introducing Aroma Hash / #aromaHash

A wholesome and hearty meal with a Mediterranean twist. Sautéed chicken, turkey, and potato hash atop arugula with a sunny-side-up egg on your choice of freshly baked and toasted bread, arranged on a plate with yogurt, sprinkled with za’atar, and drizzled with syrup. Served with a side of housemade lemon olive oil dressing. Perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!



Introducing Philly Portobello Sandwich

A hearty serving of grilled portobello mushroom, sautéed red pepper and onion, Swiss cheese, and aroma sauce on your choice of freshly baked bread.


Bringing Back A Seasonal Classic: S’Mores Hot Chocolate

The ultimate cold weather comfort drink. Chunks of premium milk or white chocolate melted in a frothy mix of warm and steamed milk with roasted marshmallow flavour, and topped with graham cracker crumbs and soft marshmallows.


Sweeten Your Holiday Season: Greek Yogurt Cherry Danish

A freshly baked phyllo pastry bursting with Greek yogurt and sweet cherry compote.


Enjoy these indulgent seasonal treats as part of our Holiday Magic menu, and stay tuned for more details on #aromaHash, our newest savoury menu offering!


TL;DR #holidaymagic:

  • Our Holiday Magic seasonal menu is available at all locations across Ontario
  • Introducing Aroma Hash (#aromaHash), a savoury dish perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
  • Introducing Philly Portobello Sandwich, a vegetarian twist on a comfort food classic.
  • Welcome back S’Mores Hot Chocolate, the ultimate cold weather comfort drink.
  • Share a Greek Yogurt Cherry Danish with a friend – or better yet, don’t!


Leave a comment below letting us know what you think about our Holiday Magic seasonal menu, and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.


Thirty and Counting…


On September 9, we opened in Downtown Markham, our newest and 30th store in Canada. It was an important milestone for aroma espresso bar, and one we would not have achieved without our amazing and loyal customers.


We wasted no time in opening our 31st location only two weeks later, in the gorgeous new expansion wing at Sherway Gardens.

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