Reviving the art of coffee rituals, Bangalore opens its doors to Coffee Mechanics – a one of a kind coffee tasting room – with locally sourced coffee and a tasteful collection of international brewing kits.
We all have that true friend, who is the start to our day, and gets us through late nights at the office. Offering warmth and rejuvenation both in work and play, it is coffee of course. But being an everyday affair, it is easy to box this magic mocha powder as the fuel to get us going. It is time to give coffee its due, as not just something to be had but a taste to be savoured. Just like how wine, chocolate and cheese have their tasting rituals and careful pairings, Coffee Mechanics – a Bangalore based tasting room and roastery is the place where you enjoy art of good coffee.
When friends meet over coffee there are bound to be ideas – Ganga, Pavan and Mihir decided to open a coffee concept space that offered experiences on coffee tasting. With coffee responsibly sourced from local plantations; the address was consciously chosen in HBR layout to stray away from the noisy hustle and bustle of Bangalore’s busy neighbourhoods.
Ganga, seats me at a bar counter where I am looking at a row of gorgeous glass funnels, and hour-glass shaped equipment. She tells me they are different coffee brewing pots and have been sourced from around the world. On the side of the counter are four towering jars with single estate coffee beans.
Slurp not sip
For the start of our coffee, we take the lightly roasted Bhadrapura Estate. The brewing pot of choice is the Hario v60, a Japanese dripper cup with filter paper that guides the coffee to the centre and it is collected in the jar below. Preparing the coffee is a very relaxing process as the filter paper is delicately folded to fit in to the conical cup. Once the coffee powder is added, the water is poured in concentric circles. Coffee drippers are perfect for light coffees and extract the taste. Ganga pours the brewed coffee in a cup and asks me to slurp it in the rudest and loudest way possible to get all the notes. I proceed quite happily, and get light notes of honey and caramel. Although espresso is not my go-to, Ganga insists that in order to get the taste it is necessary to try it in its pure and original form, and I am glad I did.
Next up was the simple but not to be underestimated – Chemex. The bean of choice is from Srilakshmi Estates – a medium roast coffee, it brought out the spicy notes of orange.
Saving the most fun brewing technique for the last, the Siphon is a 2 chamber brewer that comes with its very own burner – Chemistry class throwback? We think so!
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We loved their Single Estate Bhadrapura coffee with light toasty notes of caramel. To explore the collection visit their site