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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Get Your Freekeh On

This summer, we launched our new and nutritious Freekeh Salad as part of our #SavourSummer menu, and we remain one of the few restaurants in the Toronto and GTA serving this superfood to discerning diners.


A flavourful ancient grain touted as the next trendy superfood, freekeh is largely unknown in North America, even though it has been a staple of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries. Freekeh is made from fire-roasted wheatberries, and has a slightly sweet, nutty taste. The name is derived from the Arabic faraka, referring to the wheat-roasting process.
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Welcome To The Freshly Redesigned aroma.ca

Welcome to the freshly redesigned aroma.ca and our new #aromablog.


We were long overdue for a refreshed website and it was worth the wait. Your online experience at aroma espresso bar now reflects the clean and contemporary vibe found at all our stores.


  • A fully updated menu details all our eclectic and Mediterranean-inspired salads, sandwiches, breakfasts, and pastries, as well as our growing selection of premium beverages.
  • Constantly updated nutritional information details everything you need to know about all the wholesome aroma food you love most. New and seasonal items will be added as they are introduced.
  • An improved Locations page simplifies finding an aroma espresso bar near you with relevant and detailed information.


We are most excited for the #aromaBlog. This blog will showcase our engaging employees and friendly franchisees, show off our seasonal menus and new featured foods, share news,  and contests, and if you’re lucky, maybe reveal an occasional #aromaFoodHack.


We designed this website to be as fresh as our food and hope you like it.


Let us know what you think about our new website, this blog, and your aroma espresso bar experience below, or find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.