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Montreal houses tons of small cafes and coffee shops, so many that it can be hard to choose one as your 'spot.' Everyone has their personal preferences, whether it be the food, clientele, or study-friendly atmosphere, which will take away from what really matters: the coffee. Even then, certain flavours appeal to certain people, and you're still stuck with biased favoritism. But what can be an unbiased window into what every coffee shop in Montreal has to offer coffee-lovers? A picture, of course.

The Adbeus Coffee Project, a photography-coffee blog based in Montreal, has taken up the mission of capturing the essence of the city's cafes through a uniform image. Adbeus uses the exact same template for each picture (the coffee to the right, the table as a background and the camera from the top), giving you an idea of what the cafe in question has to offer. You can tell a lot from just a single photo, from cup to table top to the amount of foam (if any) on top of an espresso. Take a look at these sexy shots for a stylistic and unbiased view into Montreal coffee shops, with some helpful (and totally biased) comments from us on our favourites.

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It’s that time of year again. Students everywhere are headed back to school, faced with endless exams and inevitable all-nighters. The need for a study space is key, but that's sometimes not available, or practical in campus libraries (think, exams and smelly people). Luckily, students here have the opportunity to be productive elsewhere, thanks to Montreal’s extensive collection of coffee spots. A good café (as an alternative to the library) should provide patrons with free WIFI, a comfortable environment, and a good cup of coffee.

Here, we provide a list of the top 5 coffee spots (that aren’t Starbucks) for students in Montreal who need to get down to business.

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