8:30 AM, Wednesday morning and I’m randomly browsing through my Facebook newsfeed (because I love wasting my time from the second I wake up). And I see multiple coffee memes and quotes being shared. I think people start sharing coffee memes even before sipping on an actual cup of it. This extensively thorough Facebook research (including a lot of stalking) led me to conclude that people in India love coffee and there has been a sudden climb in the coffee culture (I’m smart like that).
So the Sherlock in me decided to go on a mission to find out about good coffee shops and roasters in the country. I’m not talking about Starbucks or Cafe Coffee Day. I’m talking about micro roasters who roast their coffee in small batches. Why you ask? Because most of the coffee we consume everyday is stale (just like my humour). A good coffee is freshly roasted and lasts for about 2-3weeks max depending on variable factors that I’ve highlighted in the last section (just to show off my newly acquired coffee knowledge).
Anyway, I suddenly stumbled on Blue Tokai. Okay, not so sudden, I’d seen their ads on Facebook and always wondered what set them apart except for the logo.
- They’re micro coffee roasters who roast their coffee on order and send it out for delivery, twice a week.
- You can customise your roast and they’ll mention the roast date on the package so you don’t end up drinking stale coffee.
- They have 3 subscription options depending on your need and consumption.
- They have coffees of varied flavours including a couple of certified organic varieties.
- Their brewing guide and equipments (that you can shop online or from one of their roasteries in Mumbai or Delhi) help you make the perfect cup of brown potion depending on your preferred taste and roast, at home.
Drinking a freshly roasted cup of coffee is an experience in itself and Blue Tokai seems intensely dedicated to make that experience worthwhile. I recently visited one of their roasteries in Lower Parel, Mumbai, and tried Nitro (a nitrogen infused cold brew black coffee) priced at Rs. 170. The fancier it sounded, the simpler it was presented and I loved that. A good coffee doesn’t need frills for people to fall for it, right?
I recommend Nitro for people who like mildly rich coffees and Pourover for the one’s who love it bitter. Also, as promised, here is some coffee knowledge for noobs like me:
- Most of the coffee available in the market is stale. Hence, it’s best to buy it in small batches to enjoy the freshness. The shelf life of filter coffee is roughly 2 weeks. The minute coffee is roasted it starts to oxidise, gradually losing its body and flavour.
- Don’t ever use boiling water to brew it. Instead, take the water off boil and wait for 30 seconds before using it.
- While ordering your coffee, make sure you mention your brewing method.
- Instant coffee is as fake as it gets.
- To get the best flavour, never re-heat a cup or re-use coffee grounds.
And finally, here’s my review of Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters:
Overall Experience – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Price – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Coffee Flavours – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
Ambience – 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂
PS: Whatever magical potion they served me in that tiny cup has made me fall in love with them. And I’m definitely going back to try more. Go #BeThereNow!
Update: They’ve recently opened a branch in Bandra.