In the vibrant and diverse city of Toronto, where cultures converge and innovation thrives, the coffee scene has taken a modern approach in the form of automated coffee service. Amidst the bustling streets and hidden corners, coffee enthusiasts, especially those that commute by transit or travel by foot can quickly stop at the RC Coffee kiosk for a pick-me-up beverage that takes approximately two minutes to prepare by a singular robot barista arm, which you can watch through the window.

The menu specializes in a variety of hot and cold drinks, such as locally sourced coffee, espresso-based drinks (i.e., cappuccino, americano, latte, flat white, mocha), as well as matcha lattes, and hot chocolate. With a touch of a button, the drink can be customized without caffeine – decaf – or with alternative milk options – oat milk. Price points are on the affordable side, where drinks cost about $2-$4. Orders can be made on the touch screen at the kiosk or on the app, and payment by tap.

Operating 24/7, the coffee shops currently found in 10 locations around Toronto, including Toronto General Hospital, Kensington Market, Little Italy, St. Lawrence Market. Lyndhurst Centre, Dundas Station, Yonge Street, College Street, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Bickle Centre, and York University. Each location has its own unique artistic display. For example, the St Lawrence Market location is their most popular location, with a minimalistic line-art mural resembling a picturesque boutique café.

With its variety of options and strategically located outlets, RC Coffee has become a beloved destination for locals and visitors alike, offering an experience that goes beyond a simple cup of coffee.

Photos by Janey Tso

Various locations in Toronto


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