This International Coffee Day, here are seven artisanal coffees in India that you probably didn’t know about. Buy yourself a cuppa and settle down for a delicious read. By Sujitha Sundaram
They specialise in cold-brew, a style made by slow brewing the Chikmagalur Arabica beans for 22 hours in cold water. Each box serves 10-12 glasses and stays fresh for a month. They’ve recently opened a small place in Shahpur Jat, Delhi for people who wish to ‘caffeinate’ themselves on site.
‘Flavour as you Grow’ is Flying Squirrel’s philosophy and they grow their beans in the midst of citrus, vanilla, and spice plantations in Coorg. They offer eight types of blends like ‘Clouds in My Coffee,’ ‘Aromatique’ and a special ‘Cold Brew’ blend.
Possibly the most famous of all artisanal coffee brands, Blue Tokai is becoming a household name. With three cafes in India serving a variety of brews, their coffee was even part of the coveted hamper on hit television show, ‘Koffee with Karan.’
India’s first bean-to-cup coffee company, Seven Beans is an Indian-Italian collaborative effort, delivering flavours guided by Italian roast master, Dr. Dante Cagliari. The beans are grown on their independently owned estates in Chikmagalur and offers three Indian and four international blends.
Located in Mysore and Mumbai, the Indian Bean freshly roasts and ships their six varieties to your doorstep. Their coffee is sourced from two single estate farms in Kodaikanal and Coorg and should be consumed within three-four days of its roasting to enjoy the true richness in its flavour.
Who run Halli Berri? Girls! Apart from an all-woman management, the company allows people to visit their estates and learn a little more about the coffee they sell. Their coffee is Rain Forest Alliance Certified owing to the special care taken to reduce their carbon footprint.
Advertising themselves as 100% biodiversity friendly coffee, Black Baza Coffee has impacted numerous farms and livelihoods with their eco-friendly, conservative practices. Their eight blends are also available on Amazon.