Café du jour
JAN 18 -
The coffee culture in Kathmandu has grown impressively over the past decade, and a wide array of options are now available for the budding coffee connoisseur and the caffeine addicts
Barista Lavazza, Uttar Dhoka
Popular Indian coffee chain, Barista Lavazza, which serves coffee from the Italian manufacturer of coffee products, Lavazza, is the first international coffee chain to be established in Nepal. It offers a wide range of hot and cold coffee imported from Italy. The coffee chain was first established in India in 2000 and was taken over by Lavazza in 2007. Besides India and Nepal, Barista Lavazza has outlets in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Middle East. The newly-opened coffee house at Metro Park, Lazimpat has a 65-seat capacity and offers visitors the option of choosing between indoor and outdoor seating. While the espresso and cappuccino served at the outlet are delicious, visitors should also try the more exotic flavours and varieties of coffee, ones that are not available in other coffee stations around town Barista Lavazza is renowned for its ambience, and for the
seemingly endless selection of scrumptious food it offers. The café’s Chicken Calzone and Piccante Chicken are a must-try. You might have to pay a little bit more here, but the great food, wonderful ambience and excellent coffee make it all absolutely worth the few extra rupees. Barista Lavazza will be opening an outlet in Jawalakhel soon.
Magic Beans, Sherpa Mall
Magic Beans has been around for more than three years now. The café, located in Durbar Marg serves coffee
marketed by Nepal Organic Coffee products, a corporate group which was established in the country in 1991.
The café offers freshly ground coffee drinks, and uses high-quality ingredients in its beverages. These drinks range from highly concentrated espressos to creamy-chocolaty smoothies, and many vouch that the smoothies at Magic Beans are some of the best cold coffees in Kathmandu.
One of the oldest coffee joints in Nepal, Hima-layan Java opened its first outlet in Thamel in 1999. Since then, the coffee house has expanded, establishing nine other outlets within and outside the country. While Java outlets in Kathmandu are located in some of its busiest parts: Basantapur, Tripureshwor, Putalisadak, Sun-dhara, Jhamsikhel, Bhaktaur and the departure lounge of the Tribhuvan International Airport, two other outlets are located in North America: in the US and Canada.
Arguably the first specialty coffee house in the country, Java also works to supply coffee beans, blenders and espresso machines. Almost all of their recipes are Italian, and the café is generous in the amounts of honey, whipped cream, ice-cream, cocoa powder and caramel it adds to its products to enhance taste.
Arjun Chauhan, manager of the Himalayan Java franchise says that the café’s use of quality ingredients is what makes them so popular with customers. Java outlets now offer a choice of baked products and confectioneries. Marketing manager Samragya Karmacharya also says that Java plans on keeping all its outlets open 24 hours a day in the near future.
A café that has now established itself as a coffee-lover’s paradise, Café Kaldi first opened its doors to customers in 2006 at the Indreni Complex in New Baneshwor. The coffee house is now noted for the large array of Japanese coffee varieties it has on offer, as well as for its ambience, which has many a times been described as ‘addictively comfortable’ (which comes equipped with WiFi).
Some seven years since its establishment, Café Kaldi has opened three other outlets: in Thamel and in the Bhatbheteni supermarkets in Bouddha and Koteshwor. The top floor of the Indreni Complex also offers a
variety of Chinese, Continental and Indian foods, along with other snacks, cakes and pastries. Kaldi’s specialities include the Iced Latte and its delicious waffles (they’re some of the best in Kathmandu).
Posted on: 2013-01-18 09:02