In one of my earlier blogs on Jaipur, I had mentioned that tea was the most popular beverage among the residents. Over the years, drinking coffee has become the new cool, thanks to the rise in cafés in the city. Despite the fact, the number of café’s serving coffee runs in three digits, only a handful of them accomplish their job well. After exploring a number of café’s, here is a list that specializes in coffee. Four among these have their own roasting machines and are particular about the choice of coffee beans.
- Curious Life Coffee Roasters
Curious Life is one of the first cafés in Jaipur to offer single-origin coffee who also roasts its own coffee beans, providing its customer many brewing options. One of the reasons why Curious Life serves the most excellent coffee is because the owner, Neeraj Sheoran is an ardent coffee lover and a perfectionist. Can it be because he has served in the army for many years in Africa? You have to uncover it yourself!
I wrote about Curious Life in 2015, you can read this here Curious Life Coffee Roasters | Best place for coffee in Jaipur? They have opened a considerably bigger outlet in C-Scheme, which also is packed with coffee lovers. If you are visiting Curious Life during a weekend, expect a long waiting period. In my opinion, their Vietnamese Cold Brew is one of the best.
- Half-Light Coffee Roasters
Half-Light Coffee Roasters is a recent entrant to specialize in single-origin coffee. The owners have been in the wholesale business of supplying coffee for quite some time now, opening an outlet represents a logical progression.
Having been to Half-Light Coffee Roasters a couple of times, I have enjoyed a consistent experience. The cafe uses quality ingredients, and it shows in their popularity. The Cafe is almost always buzzing. On the con side, finding parking space in the vicinity on some days is difficult. I feel this cafe needs to do up their decor in line with the trend and increase the seating space.
- Rustic By OTH
I have already written a full post on Rustic by OTH. Read What makes Rustic By OTH the most promising new cafe in Jaipur?
Rustic By OTH cannot be compared with Curious Life Coffee Roasters because it offers a lot more. It is a full-service cafe and not merely a coffee shop. However, the placement on the ground floor does hint towards offering more than a cafe experience.
Rustic by OTH offers specialty coffee brand DEVI, their USP. I have been disappointed with their Turkish Coffee though. South Indian Filter Coffee was just an average experience. However, the rest of the things have been good.
What I typically enjoyed is the fact they offer more value by way of quantity. Another plus is a vast assortment of food that one can order which other café’s don’t offer. I never encountered any problem as far as finding a table was concerned.
- Blue Tokai
Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters is a part of a cafe chain specializing in coffee. At present, they have 18 café’s spread across seven cities. The one in Jaipur is in the C-Scheme area on the first floor of a building that houses a few more popular food outlets.
Ever since they opened in the city, I have been visiting this cafe on and off. I didn’t like their set up initially because it was incredibly noisy and the seats weren’t comfortable. The outlet has introduced quite a few changes and it is definitely better now. They roast their own coffee. While their coffee is excellent, the value is not. The quantity of coffee served vis-a-vis other café’s is less. Since this is a specialty coffee outlet, the food options are limited. Another con is finding a parking space during evenings and weekends. To sum up, Blue Tokai offers great coffee and consistent experience.
- Little Coffee Shop
The little coffee shop is one of the hidden gems of Jaipur. Very few locals have heard of this cafe. It is an unusually small cafe with a limited seating space.
It is tucked in a narrow lane called Chameliwala Market on MI Road. In the 1980s and 90s, this market was a backpackers haven. There were many low-cost lodging options for foreign travelers. With abundant hostels spread all over Jaipur now, all that has changed. Its well-known place for silver jewelry manufacturers, wholesalers, and exporters. Little Coffee Shop is a venture of one such exporter.
Even though it is a small coffee shop, they accomplish their job very well. I wish they lower the price a bit more since they are not a full-service cafe with a meagre seating space.
So what is my pick?
My preferred cafe for coffee is Curious Life Coffee Roasters. I love the ambience and vibe of the place. The interiors are warm and inviting. What helps is the fact that the management has made arrangements for a secondary parking space.
I also enjoy visiting Rustic By OTH as well as its first venture- OTH Cafe in C-Scheme. Barring above four, this is the sole cafe offering specialty coffee in Malviya Nagar area. I quite like the interiors of this place.
The selection of coffee at OTH Cafe & Bistro in C-Scheme is different. One of my favorites from their menu is Cafe Bombon which consists of 60 ml espresso with 30 ml condensed milk. I haven’t come across something better when it comes to coffee with milk. The food at OTH is consistent which makes it one of the popular choices among Jaipur foodies.
This is what I like and unfortunately it is rare to find good South Indian filter coffee in Jaipur.
Finally, here is a super message from Half-Light Coffee Roasters!
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