Coffee, kaapi, it’s all here

With so many coffee joints sprouting up around town, us Bangaloreans are pretty much spoilt for choice. Along with coffee that you can pick up and drink on-the-go, meals that are made to go with that fresh cuppa are the new deal.

Mixed Berry Cheesecake. Pic: Gaana Srinivas

Several upmarket coffee joints offer great combos so that your coffee becomes a full blown meal. Pairing it with freshly baked pizzas and sandwiches is a current favourite. Of course, muffins and cookies remain constant companions of the brew.

But what kind of coffee do you choose? Caramel laced, chocolate laden, or topped up with whipped cream and sprinkles? Bangalore is lucky enough to be home to some rather unique combinations. Lemon infused ( completely serious here), or blended with pastry? We have it. Frappés and cappuccinos abound for those who like a little Italian in their cup. You can find delectable cheesecakes too, heavy on Irish creme, Oreo cookies or even berries to best suit the coffee you choose.

Classic Cappuccino. Pic: Gaana Srinivas

Cold coffees are increasingly scoring well with customers, and it doesn’t look like hot coffees are making comebacks just yet. But for those who still hold on to the heat, double espressos and filter kaapis still draw admirers in the city. After a plate of hot idlis or some other Southern specialty, filter coffee just can’t be beat!

And it’s not just the coffee shop chains that have scored with customers, but little cafés too. Although they may be hard to spot, tucked in between supermarkets and jewellery stores, you can find spaces that are big on flavour and variety, in terms of both food and drink.

Flavoured Iced Tea. Pic: Gaana Srinivas

However, coffee is not all that the city has to offer – flavoured teas are all the rage too. Strawberry, lemon, mint, even chocolate flavoured teas have found a place in the stomachs and hearts of the city’s hangout-loving crowd. Several places around town have dedicated themselves solely to the ‘other’ beverage.

I hope you’re hungry now. If you are, here are a few places worth checking out.

Jayanagar:

Black Mug Café : No 177, 22nd Cross, Next To-Food World, Jayanagar 3rd Block  
Café Pascucci: High Street Mall, Jayanagar 3rd Block
Hotel Pavithra:  Jayanagar 4th T Block, near Vijaya College next to Cool Joint.
Cafe Mondo: 2/2, Patalamma Temple Street, , Jayanagar 3rd Block, near Ashoka Pillar

For tea enthusiasts
Infinitea, 2, Shah Sultan Complex,  Cunningham Road. Ph: 41148428, 41148810
My Tea House, #293, 100ft Ring Road,4th Phase, 7th Block,, Banashankari 3rd Stage. Ph: 09481462593

Koramangala:

Kalmane Koffee: Forum Mall,  Hosur Main Road, Koramangala
Udupi Upahar: Koramangala 7th Block, Opposite HDFC Bank
The French Loaf: 80 Feet Road, 4th Block Ext, Koramangala
Bread Works: # 692/1, 16th main, 6th A cross, 3rd Block, Koramangala
Barista Lavazza Espresso Bar: SJR Group, SJR Primus, 1 Koramangala Industrial Area

For tea enthusiasts
Infinitea, 2, Shah Sultan Complex,  Cunningham Road. Ph: 41148428, 41148810
My Tea House, #293, 100ft Ring Road,4th Phase, 7th Block,, Banashankari 3rd Stage. Ph: 09481462593