“I’d rather take coffee than compliments just now.”
― Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Coffee for me is my lifeline. I need it practically for every reason and season. I laugh, cry, ponder in fact even write this article with a cup of hot frothy concoction beside me. I’m sure there are many like me, who put in no compromises for their transcendental caffeination
When a brand encompasses the name of a coffee flavour, be rest assured good times are rolling in. In the dominant CCD/Barista culture plaguing the city of joy in 2010, it wasn’t easy for Mocha to hold ground. Look today and it can easily be identified as one of the most popular haunts in the city that is open till wee hours of 2am. What’s my favourite must try coffee out there? The Jamaican Blue Mountain, the Kenya AA and the Decaffeinated House Blend.
Address: 209, Karnani Estate,
A.J.C. Bose Road, Park Circus,
Contact: (033) 30207406
Address: Block EP XI-I, South City Pinnacle,
Sector 5, Salt Lake,
Contact: (033) 30990411
Perhaps the BEST thing to hit the coffee loving city is the advent of 8th Day Cafe and Bakery. In all honesty, I have NEVER come across a place that lures you with just the aroma of their grinded coffee beans; so you can definitely brace yourselves for what will be hitting your tongue once you order your flavour of sin. Established by Grant Walsh, an American who was so mesmerised by Kolkata’s culture, that he decided to stay on- 8th Day brings forth an amazing selection of Black and milk based coffees. Though everything on the menu are the best choices, I go there personally for the Pour Over, French Press and the Caramel Latte (cold).
AJC Bose Rd , Mullick Bazar,
Yeah I know when you think of Goa, you go ga ga on the music, the alcohol and the free spirited lifestyle. However, the paradise also boasts a fair share of good coffee. Don’t believe me? Head on to Calungute beach side and be amazed with Destination One. A sexy lounge bar and grill at night time , this place is bustling with patrons all over for their amazing continental and sea food. For me however, their Cappuccino was enough to bowl me over. Served with their in house baked cookies, the flavour and aroma of hot coffee, overlooking the sea is way better than any self induced highness!
Theos, Sector-41, Noida
My ex boss (a sweetheart that she is!) always harped and swore on Theos. While the rest of us couldn’t figure what her deal was with this place; I insisted on trying and I wasn’t disappointed. The ambience is what makes 80% of a wholesome experience; the food and drinks add on to the fervor. Their coffees are to literally die for and what I insist you should definitely try on your next visit is the Jamaican Chocolate frappe, The Theos Special Coffee and the Hazelnut Haze!
Address: Dynamic House, Main Dadri Road,
Near HP Petrol Pump,
Sector 41, Noida-201301
Contact: (0120) 4212586 (+91)8750252225
Ricos, DU, GTB Nagar, New Delhi
A popular haunt with the students, Ricos is what ideally a world cuisine cafe should be like- Coffee, Conversations, Books and a chilled out ambience. How is it different from other cafe’s you ask? Well this is something words always fail to express but absorbing the ambience resonates much more. A must try out here has to be the Orange Blueberry Latte and the Hazelnut Espresso!
My recent visit to the Garden city saw a very dear friend insisting I visit Glen’s Bakehouse; and thanks to her, I took back a heafty bag of wonderful memories. Located on the quaint Indirianagar, right beside Bangalore’s favourite microbrewery Toit, Glen’s takes you back to the sereneness of having coffee on European streets. If you’re the kind who loves eating alone and working on your laptop without being awkwardly stared at, this is where you need to be. Apart from their gorgeous lemon tarts, red velvet cupcakes, macaroons and hot chocolate; Glen’s Signature Coffee is something which gives desserts a run for their money.
Address: Shop number: 297, 100 Feet Road,
Second Stage, Hoysala Nagar,
Beside Toit Pub
Contact: (080) 41616477/ 4122873