7 Coffees You Must Try in Mumbai
If there is anything we love as much as booze, it’s coffee! It also happens to be the largest selling beverage in the world, with a whopping 400 billion cups consumed each year.
Coffee culture in Mumbai has sustained itself over the years. A lot has to do with chains like Barista (the first mover in the space), Cafe Coffee Day, Costa Coffee and the likes. They made it cool to be seen hanging out coffee shops, sipping on mocha and chatting away; very Friends-esque. The coffees themselves were nothing extraordinary, typical lattes, cappuccinos and a range of cold coffees guaranteed sales.
Then came a time when coffee became hipster with single origin coffees being served at bistro-cafe-restaurants. And along came Starbucks which revived the coffee shop wave all over again. This got us thinking where do we go for a good ‘Cuppa Joe’ and we compiled this list.
This list of 7 coffees includes not just staple latte and cappuccino but also new drinks like cold brew and siphon coffee. They should absolutely be on your must try list. We’ll even make it simple for you; you can try them with the Hipcask Coffee Passport!
Mysore Filter Coffee At Bistro 1 Snackbar & Cafe, Andheri
What makes filter coffee stand out is the use of chicory apart from the coffee beans. For the longest time addition of chicory was considered as adulteration of coffee. It gives filter coffee it’s earthy aromas and taste.
Cold Brewed Coffee at The Pantry, Fort
No, it’s not just another cold coffee! Cold brewed coffee is made by soaking coffee for more than 12 hours in normal temperature water instead of brewing it in hot water. Cold brewed coffees are lesser bitter and acidic, making a great choice if you want to avoid sugar. The folks at The Pantry offer three variations using cold brewed coffee.
Siphon Coffee at La Folie Lab, Bandra
Siphon coffee was invented around the 1840s more or less simultaneously by a French housewife and Scottish marine engineer. It works on the principle of expansion and contraction of water vapor. Siphon looks like an apparatus right out of a chemistry lab and is fascinating to watch. The coffee is clear compared to other brewing methods with a delicate taste as compared to a French press. Hipster 2.0!
Flat White Coffee at Di Bella Coffee
Flat white coffee is an Australian export which looks deceptively similar to a latte but it is more like a cappuccino without the actual foam and just the crema (the brown color foam on top of an espresso shot). Expect a more robust flavor profile as compared to other milk based coffees!
Aussie chain Di Bella Coffee is one of the few in Mumbai to offer flat white at their outlets.
Cappuccino at The Bagel Shop
For those who get baffled by long coffee menus, a cappuccino is always the best bet. Cappuccino is just a shot of espresso topped with milk and milk foam. The proportion of coffee to milk is 1:1 and the last third of the cup is topped with foam. It is very difficult to go wrong with a cappuccino.
Cafe Latte at Cafe Zoe
One of the two safe bets when it comes to coffees is cafe latte. Cafe latte uses a shot of espresso topped up micro foamed milk and a layer of foam. Lattes are known for the fancy latte art where the barista creates designs using the foam on top of the coffee cup. Check out some pretty latte art on the coffees served at Cafe Zoe.
Macchiato at Mia Cucina
Literal translation of macchiato is stained. To teach servers in cafes in Italy, difference between espresso and espresso with a little milk, baristas started adding a bit of foamed milk into an espresso shot. The accepted norm is to have 1:1 ratio of espresso and milk foam. The flavor profile will be much stronger compared to other milk based coffee drinks. We liked the one we had at Mia Cucina, you should give it a try.