The only thing better than a cuppa of nutty, delicious brew is one that comes with the promise of high-quality beans and a carefully-crafted roasting process. We’re sipping our way through the best cafes in Bengaluru that serve up artisanal coffee.
The near-religious ritual of brewing coffee is one that millions partake in every morning. While some enjoy the convenience of instant coffee, others spend several minutes leisurely putting together their shot of caffeine. That said, if you’re a java enthusiast, work out of cafes, or find yourself gravitating to caffeine fixes in to-go cups, you could experiment with a host of blends in cafes across Bengaluru.
And while each of these comes with its own unique mouthfeel and flavour profiles, there’s an undeniable luxurious quality to coffees that are artisanal. Made with the choicest beans, with special attention given to the roasting and blending process, these have quickly won the favour of connoisseurs around the globe. In Bengaluru, a few cafes feature artisanal coffees on the menu, serving them alongside delicious food and the chance to witness what goes into the perfect cup first-hand. We round up a list of must-visit spots.
Sip artisanal coffee at these cafes in Bengaluru
Led by Geetu Mohani, a barista champion and a former judge of several national coffee events, this fourth-generation coffee brand offers cups of brews straight from the estates of Baarbara, Chikmagalur. The 1,400 square feet space offers the choicest beans, from 24-hour fermented numbers that make the perfect cup of espresso to eclectic pineapple options that work well in pour overs. Complementing this is the food menu, with sourdough toasts, pancakes, croissants, brownies, and more! Head on over for the flavour of indulgence in every sip.
Image: Caffeine Baar
Address: 1424/81, Second Floor, 9th Block, Jayanagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 96114 94141
Passionate about organic, single-origin brews, Araku’s two-storey cafe always has the delicious aroma of coffee wafting through it. Their award-winning beans are sourced straight from Araku Valley in Andhra Pradesh only to be transformed into artisanal cups of caffeine through the French press, V60 Pour Over, AeroPress, Chemex and more. The Sensory Bar offers manual brews, while the Trad bar has a traditional coffee machine. Not to mention, they have an extensive food menu with cakes, croissants, and quick bites that perfectly complement large doses of caffeine.
Image: Araku Coffee
Address: 968, 12th Main Rd, HAL 2nd Stage, Doopanahalli, Indiranagar, Bangalore
Contact: +91 79939 89888
The city’s go-to spot for coffee aficionados, this cafe drove the artisanal coffee wave in Bengaluru. On the menu are a host of blends, including sea salt mocha, orange zest mocha, espresso, cortado, La Vie En Rose, and more. The Vietnamese Shakerato, which comes with condensed milk and cinnamon as well as the Turkish cappuccino, which has the unmissable aroma of ground cardamom come highly recommended. You could alternatively choose how your coffee is made, either poured over or French pressed. Sample the cinnamon rolls and banana bread while you’re there.
Image: Third Wave Coffee Roasters
Address: 984, 80 Feet Main Road, Koramangala 4th Block, Bangalore
Contact: +91 73376 84222
Coffee here is all about transparency. Blue Tokai Coffee offers customers cups of coffee made with beans that are roasted with great care and sourced from award-winning estates. Baristas are trained to understand the intricacies of the brewing process, and if you ask, the roasting team will give you a glimpse of how each cuppa is made. On the menu are options like espresso, pour over, cortado, flat white, and a host of cold brews. Choose between peppermint, chilli cinnamon, and sea salt mocha or ask the baristas what’s hot that morning. While you’re there, give the avocado toast and salads a go.
Image: Blue Tokai Coffee
Address: 80 Feet Road, Opposite Bethany High School, Koramangala 8th Block, Bangalore
Contact: +91 93199 70404
Known for its handcrafted coffee, this cafe offers the most eclectic blends. Some of their brews come from citrus, vanilla, or spice plantations, while others are grown in the shade of banana plantations or processed in the sun in Kodagu, Coorg. There’s meticulous attention paid to sourcing and prepping beans here, and the payoff is a nuanced cup of coffee. On the menu are cold coffees, South Indian filter coffee, espresso and more, each of which can be brewed based on your choice of beans and brewing process. Sample the cookies, spaghetti, and croissants while here.
Image: The Flying Squirrel
Address: 57, Junction Of Residency Road, Shanthala Nagar, Ashok Nagar, Brigade Road, Bangalore
Contact: +91 98451 53587
The hands-on approach that this coffee brand takes, results in perfectly brewed cups of coffee each time. The process here begins with the selection of healthy coffee saplings and ends with harvesting when there’s the right amount of sugar in the beans. Care and attention are then given to the storage, blending, roasting, and grinding process. Choose from several bean types or brewing methods like pour over or aeropress, and sip their latte, cold coffee, flat whites, Americano, and more. There are keto and vegan add-ons available here as well.
Image: Maverick and Farmer
Address: 32, Gangadhara Chetty Road, Ulsoor, Bangalore
Contact: +91 83174 11438
Adding to the long line-up of cafes in South Bengaluru, this coffee shop brews beans sourced from estates in Sakleshpur. On the menu of this industrial-style cafe is are lattes, cold brews in delicious flavours like litchi and orange, cappuccino, Americano, flat white, and more. There’s also the mocha pot, house special coffee, coffee toddy, turmeric latte, red velvet latte, and more that you could experiment with. Or ask the barista for their recommendations. You could also shop for coffees, coffee equipment, and other vital ingredients.
Image: Benki Coffee
Address: No 942, 9th cross, 21st Main Rd, 2nd Phase, J. P. Nagar, Bengaluru
Contact: +91 88843 78132
What began as an experience cafe for coffee aficionados has now transformed into one of the city’s go-to spots for a cup of something artisanal. The beans at Coffee Mechanics celebrate those who produce, harvest, and process coffee, and the brand aims to place single-origin, good quality beans in every morning cup of ‘Joe. On the menu are options like mocha, cappuccino, cold brew, espresso, affogato, and more. Choose from brewing methods like aeropress, pour over, chemex, French press, and more. Sample the cinnamon rolls while you’re here.
Image: Coffee Mechanics
Address: 254, Fifth Block, First Stage, 3rd Main Road, HBR Layout, Bangalore
Contact: +91 99860 93007