This New Toronto Cafe Is Proudly Anti-Capitalist


If you like your coffee served with a side of revolution, Toronto’s newest cafe might be the place for you.

The anarchist cafe opened at 190 Jarvis St. and strives to be a radical worker-owned, anti-capitalist, anti-colonial café, shop and community space on stolen land.

Formerly Pop Coffee Works, the coffee shop opened by Gabriel Sims-Fewer is the result of what he says is the disconnect between his radical leftist politics and the person he had to be more than 40 hours a week.

With over a decade of experience in the specialty coffee business, Sims-Fewer quit his job of over six years and opened his own cafe where he and others could feel more honest and free.

Currently, he is the only employee, but hopes to develop the business into a worker-owned and operated cooperative where everyone (including himself) is paid the same, with all operational business decisions made by a democracy. consensus free from managers or institutional hierarchy.

“I hope that by openly declaring the company as anti-capitalist, I can motivate people to reflect and ask what it means, and let those who are already anti-capitalist in one way or another know that this It’s a place for them, where their politics, ideas and identities will always be welcome,” Sims-Fewer told blogTO.

For now, visitors can expect a full menu of light roast espresso and filter coffees, including a long list of pourovers, made with beans from former coffee-turned-roaster Pop Coffee Works, as well as a rotation of guest roasters.

Glory Hole Donuts and Nova Era baked goods are among those available for purchase.

There are also branded tote bags and books available.

Sims-Fewer says the response has been overwhelmingly positive so far with a ton of like-minded people backing the new project.

“I knew the world was full of radical progressives, and hoping to meet more of them was a motivation to do what I do, but I hadn’t anticipated so much excitement every day so soon,” Sims-Fewer said.

“One thing I want to make more people aware of is that I do pay what you can drip coffee, as the first of hopefully many attempts to make good non-corporate coffee more accessible to working-class people who increasingly see themselves deprived of the good things we all deserve. »

“The specialty coffee industry is heavily implicated in gentrification and neo-colonialism and I really hope to learn more about it and find ways to resist, subvert, and challenge that involvement.”


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