Ha spoke thusly:
OK, I came home this weekend and just stopped by the Black Drop for espresso. Quirky little place. This spot used to be a sad little donut/sandwich shop. Went in there once and never again. The Black Drop moved in ~2003 or 2004, long after I went a-viking up to Canadistan.
It is an OK place. Clean. Satisfactory coffee. Espresso needed a little cream, so it wasn't the best (the best espresso doesn't need cream). Good ambiance (you do what you can when you are next door to the bail bonds shop). Parking iffy. Just around the corner from a couple of used book stores that I like, so I give it high marks. (I grew up in used book stores in Portland, OR, so this is important to me.)
The best espresso I ever had remains from the Blackwater Cafe in Sarnia, Ontario.
I avoid Charbucks whenever possible. No soul, and I have only found one in the world that makes a good straight espresso--in the +15s in Calgary, near Shell.