10 Cafes Across India for the Passionate Coffee Drinker

10 Cafes Across India for the Passionate Coffee Drinker
October 1 is celebrated as International Coffee Day since 2015, Photo Credit: Shutterstock

The growing band of coffee roasters make it possible to enjoy a freshly brewed cup from Delhi to Bengaluru, from Jaipur to Shillong.

Uttara Gangopadhyay
October 01 , 2020
14 Min Read

With many Indian cities now getting their own roasters, coffee in India has transcended into a unique experience. Be at the cafes attached to the roasters or local cafes sourcing from them, you now have a wide choice of coffees ranging from artisanal to experimental concocted with fresh brews. The north eastern states are also coming up with their own brands made from coffee beans grown in the local hills. Did you know that tea country Darjeeling is also offering small batches of high altitude coffee?

Here are 10 cafes across India we love diving into on our travels for that perfect cuppa and a great ambience.

Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, Mumbai

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They roast India's best single estate and ethically sourced Arabica coffees, batch by batch, and even invite guests on select days to watch them at work. One of their latest offering is the cascara. According to Blue Tokai, a by-product of coffee processing, cascara is the dried skin of coffee cherries which can be brewed as one would any other loose leaf tea. This infusion is also known as Coffee Cherry Tea. And if you are keen to try their cortados, coconut mochas, pourovers, nitro coffee (nitrogen-infused iced coffee, for greenhorns!), just order them at the café. If you want to try specialty Indian coffee, then go for the Monsoon Malabar, which has an earthy flavour. The brand now has a pan-India presence, and you can find their coffee varieties featured on the menu of many eateries and cafes. 

8th Day Café, Kolkata

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This award-winning American café in Kolkata has two outlets, one in central Kolkata and the other one in the south. Their aromatic coffee is brewed from perfectly roasted beans. And you will be spoilt for choice as you run through the coffee menu. Some of the on-trend coffees include the 8th Day cold brew (steeped in water overnight), nitro cold brew (nitrogen infused), butter coffee (black coffee, butter and coconut oil), affogato (double shot of espresso with two scoops of ice cream), to name a few. Or go coffee tasting with their Coffee Trio (neat, with steamed milk, and filtered) or the Espresso Set (a classic espresso shot and a shot with steamed milk).

Coffee Bond, Delhi

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This café draws its inspiration from the coffee culture of Melbourne, Australia. So you have to try their ‘magic’ coffee (or MaJiK as they call it). They use graded coffee beans for this Melbourne staple, which consists of a Honey Flow Double Ristretto with silky steamed milk, served in 160ml cups. Apparently, their Uday Park outlet is the best place to try the magic. Or you can also go for their handcrafted cheese coffee.

G-Shot Coffee Roastery and Cafe, Goa

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Tucked away in Assagao, this café is located outdoor, within a lush garden. Part of the community project "The Sound of One Hand Clapping", they prefer to combine food, meditation and art at the venue. The coffee is sourced from some of the best estates in the country and food served is all organic.

Curious Life Coffee Roasters, Jaipur

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‘Sourcing, roasting and brewing fine arabica coffees with passion’, this roastery and café in Jaipur source their coffee from small farmers as well as estates in India and Africa. Their coffee, which they roast thrice a week, are sourced by many cafes and hotels across the country.

Third Wave Coffee Roasters, Bengaluru

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Taking their name from the globally popular ‘third wave movement’, which focused on high quality coffee and perfect brewing, ensuring the best product travels from farms to cup, this Bengaluru roastery and café started with a single outlet and now have multiple outlets in the home city and several in Hyderabad and Pune.

Wild Garden Café, Chennai

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This café in Chennai with a flower shop and a fashion boutique as neighbours, all part of Amethyst, is housed inside a carefully restored granary turned into designer space. The café is spread across a hall, a verandah and runs into the garden. They serve a range of coffees, including hazelnut cappuccino, French press, filter coffee, Piccolo cappuccino, to name a few. The food menu is fairly comprehensive.

Driven Café, Hyderabad

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If you are a supercar or superbike enthusiast and love your coffee too, this quirky café run by a vehicle rental agency is your place. The café is peppered with photos, graffiti and quotes all related to travel and cars. Go for their syphon coffee, tonic espresso or frozen Vietnamese coffees.

Revolver Hotel, Darjeeling

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Did you know that the hills of Darjeeling, better known as tea country, are also producing coffee? Although it is in a very nascent stage, a few cafes in collaboration with a small group of local roasters, are offering this special high altitude coffee on their menu. The restaurant attached to Hotel Revolver serves fresh home-roasted Darjeeling coffee (Darjeeling Altura). French press, drip, and Vietnamese are some of the other varieties they offer here.

Smoky Falls Tribe Café, Shillong

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The north-eastern states of India are also not lagging in producing their own coffee beans and roasting them too, two of the popular brands being Meghalaya’s Smoky Falls Tribe Coffee and Nagaland’s Été Coffee. If you are in Shillong, do not forget to drop in at the Smoky Falls Tribe Café which takes its name from the eponymous coffee brand which produces and markets coffee grown in the Khasi, Jaintia, Garo and other hills in the region.

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