Tim Hortons is a Canadian staple—a beacon of hope on a roadtrip, a place for people under the age of 19 and over the age of 65 to hang out with friends, the answer to the question, “but where will we get food that early?” Something Tim Hortons is not (don’t @ us) is “cool.”
While they’re doing their best to hit on food trends like meatless meat with their new Beyond Meat breakfast patties and burgers, it wasn’t until this moment that they went all-in on fully embracing the Millennial food landscape. This week, Tim Hortons is opening a first-of-its-kind “innovation café” with a sleek, modern design and limited-edition premium goodies.
Not to get weird about it, but we’re kind of swooning over that interior.
The new store, located in downtown Toronto at 130 King St. W., will be a place for testing new products like “Dream” donuts and Timbits (which, yes, we’ll be having fantasies about), new drinks, fancy bistro sandwiches and soups, and new, trendy breakfast options. The flagship store will also implement green initiatives before they go company-wide. We stan a fancy sustainable Tim Hortons.
Here’s what we know about what’s going down at the new Tim Hortons 130:
The “Dream” Donuts
Tims is always innovating their donuts and they’ve hit on some big winners in the past (remember their Nutella phase?) but they have OUTDONE themselves with the donut lineup coming to their new café. We are salivating at the flavour combos they’ve announced.
The first flavours coming to the café include crème brûlée, dulce de leche, maple bacon, Froot Loops, confetti, PB&J, blueberry hibiscus, brown butter and sea salt, hazelnut buttercream, cranberry orange, vanilla bean dip and poppin’ praline. Can’t choose? You can get them all in a custom “Dream Donut Tower” consisting of 11 donuts and four Timbits. Can we get an “Amen”?
Dream Timbits will also come in brand new flavours, including Coffee Crumble Cake, Chocolate Truffle, Birthday Explosion Timbits and Cookies N’ Cream Timbits. RIP our summer diet.
Not Your Average Tims Meal
As if those sugary delights aren’t enough, Tim Hortons is also revolutionizing their sandwiches, soups and breakfast options. Gone are the days of “Should I get a bagel or a BLT?” The new café menu will feature new bistro-level sandwiches and wraps like a Montreal Reuben on marbled rye, a vegetarian Tuscan caprese sandwich, a turkey or bacon avocado club with jalapeno lime aioli, an Italian muffuletta, the bistro roast beef and a chicken pesto wrap.
A rotating seasonal soup menu will include yummy-sounding Tims firsts like Moroccan vegetable, Thai green curry chicken, Tomato Gouda and lobster bisque. It may be the dead of summer, but we might just have to try those out.
New breakfast options include three new yogurt bowls which should offer some new options for anyone who’s not totally smitten with the breakfast sandwich.
The Fancy Drinks
Looks like Tims is giving Starbucks a run for their nos-loving money with a “Brew Bar” with on-tap nitro-infused cold brew. They’ll also offer several other brewing methods in addition to their drip and tap, including pour-over, French press and espresso. So all you coffee snobs can get your morning java prepared exactly how you like it.
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If you’re not a coffee-drinker, there’s something for you too (which hasn’t always been the case at TH). There will be a selection of premium teas and lemonades including the exciting-sounding nitro peach mango iced tea and blueberry lavender lemonade. You’re speaking our Millennial language.
Another new addition is SEVEN milk and dairy alternative options including oat, almond and soy milk. Apparently no cashew, but whateverrr.
A Green New Tims
Tim Hortons promised earlier this year that they would be committing to testing and implementing greener sustainability initiatives and this is where it starts. Their first steps in the new café are 30 per cent post-consumer recycled cups, a strawless cold cup lid, paper straws, wooden stir sticks, fully recyclable/compostable take-out packaging and china/glassware for dine-in orders.
Who would have thought that Tim Hortons would turn into our next trendy must-try food destination?