Winter is upon us. Well, at least what we in Mumbai term as winter when the mercury dips just a bit. Cold days call for hot drinks. There is nothing more invigorating than a steaming cup of coffee in this season and the aroma of a freshly roasted brew is unparalleled. There are considerable varieties of coffees available today. Some, strong, others sweet, but there is something to appeal to every palate and pocket.
Irish coffee at Prithvi Café, Juhu
A delicious alcoholic drink with hot black coffee, whisky, brown sugar and whipped cream. Yes, it is the famed Irish coffee that I am talking about. One cannot go through this season without sipping one at leisure with friends or even alone. The stiffly beaten whipped cream floating on top of the glass mug, is a sight to be seen. Of course several places in the city serve this, but Prithvi Café at Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, still gets my vote for the most authentic one. The proportion of the ingredients is perfect. You do not have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to enjoy this, just relish it any winter evening after dinner.
Cranberry latte at Café Coffee Day outlets
If indulgence is on your mind this holiday season, then a mug of cranberry latte, garnished with a swirl of whipped cream and drizzled with cocoa topping, at any of the Café Coffee Day outlets in Mumbai would be the perfect choice. Part of their ‘magical brews’ this season, this cuppa with aromatic coffee and a sweet tinge of cranberries, is certainly irresistible. The perfect brew to linger over on a quiet evening.
Cortado at Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, Mahalaxmi
Strong espresso diluted with warm milk, this one is aromatic and potent. Two shots of espresso with 1.5 parts of textured milk at Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters, Mahalaxmi, can perk you up instantly if you are feeling sluggish in this season. Perhaps it is the only place in Mumbai that offers this coffee. Now, that is reason enough to sip it.
Nutella hazelnut coffee at Aromas Café, Powai
This one can satisfy both coffee and chocolate lovers alike. Aromas Café, Powai serves one with a generous helping of Nutella. The hazelnut flavoured coffee, pairs perfectly with it and the resultant cup is a sweet delight.
If you are not counting calories this season, go ahead and indulge in your guilty pleasures with your favourite cuppa.
Food critic, features writer and columnist, Mini Ribeiro is a qualified Journalist, from IIMC New Delhi. She specialises in the Food & Beverage and Hospitality space. As an established food & beverage writer, Mini currently contributes to several leading English publications across the country – Asian Age, Hindustan Times, Sunday Financial Express, Hotelier India, Go Getter and Vistara inflight magazines and Rediff.com. She also has her own You Tube channel called Mini’s Food Fundas. Fond of cooking, Mini enjoys experimenting in the kitchen with various cuisines, with Indian regional food, being her favourite. She has recently started, a platform for home talent, called 'Flavours from Home', an initiative which aims to make women who are passionate about cooking, entrepreneurs.