Alright, we’re writing this one with armour on and shields up. After all, we know how dear and personal filter coffee can be to you fellow Bangaloreans. But we’re smart you see. We asked you to pick your most-loved spots for that steaming kaapi fix on our app. And after over 30 suggestions on the poll, we’ve ‘filtered’ it down to the top twelve {we didn’t risk leaving any two of this list!}. Go on, get your kick of caffeine, because good thinks come in small tumblers!

LBB’s Loving 

Central Tiffin Room {CTR}

Readers’ Vote

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar

Brahmin’s Coffee Bar

brahmins coffee bar for filter coffee

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While the rest are not in any particular order, this place has a roaring lead on our polls. But we’re not surprised. You can’t argue with 50 years of making the same divine coffee can you? Served in little glass tumblers {two, infact, for cooling the beverage, noobs!}, don’t mind the brusque staff – it’s all about quick service here. While there do have their idly and vada. Check out the LBB lowdown here.

Where: Ranga Rao Road, Near Shankar Mutt, Shankarpuram, Basavanagudi

When: 6.30am-11am and 3.30pm-6.30pm {closed on Sundays}

Price: INR 100 for two

Contact: +91 9845030234

Airlines Hotel

Phew! This one really gave is the sweats when it shut down temporarily last year. But quite literally returning from the dead, loyalists {college kids, journalists, business folk, lawyers and politicians, no less} swiftly returned to restore the place to its former glory. Of course you’ll go here for the open air ambience and Chola Bhatura too, but you’ll never leave without a hot cuppa, no? It is legendary.

Where: 4, Madras Bank Road, Off Lavelle Road, Lavelle Road

Price: INR 300 for two

Contact: 080 22273786

Timings: 7am-10pm

Indian Coffee House

indian coffee house for filter coffee

Photo by: Mikhail Esteves

Filter coffee, bread-omelette and cutlet – that is one menage e trois that really works! Served in white ceramic cups {and saucers} left over from the days of the Raj, the place is an institution despite a few disgruntled guests who find the coffee isn’t as good anymore. But then again, you’ll always find this place packed, and we’ll always be patrons! Feel free to pour the coffee into the saucer to cool it down – it’s a done thing.

Where: 19, Ground Floor, Brigade Gardens, Church Street

Price: INR 200 for two

Contact: 080 25587088

Timings: 8am-8.30pm

MTR – Mavalli Tiffin Room

mtr for filter coffee

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Filter coffee, kaapi or metre coffee {because of the distance between the pouring cup and the receiving one, dears} – call it what you will, but make sure you have it at this iconic restaurant {there are other outlets, but we’re sticking to the real deal}. Served in steel tumblers, the staff, no matter from which generation, has mastered the art of getting the right amount of froth at the top. Maybe there’s a special workshop or school for that…

Where: 14, Lalbagh Road, Mavalli, Near Basavanagudi

Price: INR 250 for two

Contact: 080 22230471

Timings: 6:30 am to 11 am, 12:30 pm to 2 pm, 3.30 pm to 9.30 pm

Find out more about them here.

Follow them on Facebook here.


It’s a no-brainer that Maiyas’ filter coffee is spot on. After all, it is owned by the grandson of the original MTR founder Yajna Narayana Maiya. Clearly, coffee is in the genes! While we suggest the original spot in Jayanagar, their airport shop is a saviour for when you have darned early morning flights or are returning on red-eye ones.

Where: 59/30, 30th Cross Road, IV Block, 7th Main, Jayanagar,

Price: INR 200 for two

Contact: +91 9632411352

Timings: 7am-9pm

Find out more about them here.

Kalmane Koffees

kalmane koffees for filter coffee

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Yes, we will defend the authentic filter coffee with our lives. But we also like an update. And that’s exactly what this chain does but stays true to the 137-year-old estate where the coffee beans come from. Thank you, Chikmagalur. Apart from the authentic Kaapi Blue Grass and Kaapi Premium, we love their Kaapi Cino {with cinnamon}. Here’s the one place we don’t turn our noses up at the Americano, Cappuccino and Latte either. It’s all filter coffee at the core. Read more about it here.

Where: Outets in Forum Mall, Koramangala; Mantri Square, Malleswaram; Phoenix Marketcity Mall, Whitefield; Royal Meenakshi Mall, Bannerghatta Road; Forum Value Mall, Whitefield and Garuda Mall, Magrath Road

Contact: 080 22067726 {Forum Mall outlet}

Price: INR 250 for two

Timings: 11.30am-11pm

Find them on Facebook here.

Janatha Hotel

We’ve raved about this one here. But a list of traditional coffee places is incomplete without this staple! While you may go here for the crispy masala dosas and for the sweet kesari bath, you’ll definitely not leave until you’ve downed a cup of frothy coffee. Actually, make that two!

Where: 27, 8th Cross, Malleswaram

Timings: 7.30am-12.45pm, 3.45pm-8.45pm

Price: INR 100 for two

Contact: 080 23345609

Central Tiffin Room

If you want a sip of history, then this is where we’d direct you. Also known as Shree Sagar, the South Indian staple sits beside tea and badam milk on the neatly written menu, but naturally we looked no further than the coffee. Since you’re here, you might as well much on stellar benne dosa {butter dosa}. And then finish off with another shot of coffee, we say!

Where: 7th Cross, Margosa Road

Price: INR 100 for two {approx.}

Contact: 080 23317531

Timings: 7am-12.30pm, 4pm-9pm.

Vidhyarthi Bhavan

filter coffee at vidyarthi bhavan in basavanagudi

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No matter how much khara bath and kesari bath you wallop, or how many dosas you wolf down, there’s just enough place for frothy, hot coffee. If there isn’t, then make some because it’d be folly to skip out on it. Strong, not to sweet and brilliantly aromatic, this cup of coffee will really kick start your day. Alternatively, it’ll give you respite at the end of a tough one. We think it has magical powers!

Where: 32, Gandhi Bazaar Main Road, Basavangudi

Price: INR 1oo for two

Contact: 080 26677588

Timings: 6.30am-11am, 2pm-8pm, Friday Holiday

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Hatti Kaapi

hatti kaapi for filter coffee

Source: Hatti Kaapi

Kicking off operation in 2009, this little enterprise has won our hearts and how! Keeping it simple despite expansions, the filter coffee options are only in size – regular, large or flask. Aroma from the chicory draw us to the mall kiosks of Hatti Kaapi and we’re not complaing. With a smoky flavour being their trademark, their offering is quite unique. Mercifully, they have even started delivery!

Find your nearest Hatti Kaapi here.

Price: INR 100 for two

Order online here.

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.


hallimane for filter coffee in malleshwaram

Source: Hallimane

Best known as the city’s ‘rural restaurant’, even the façade of their outlets are made to look traditional. Quickly picking up as a favourite for a dose of caffeine too, we find that the flavour strong. But what we do thoroughly enough is that it is quite revitalising. In fact, you’ll instantly feel that energy kick and it’ll long after your glass in empty. Great to treat those early morning running or gym partners to, if you want them to instantly wake up!

Where: 3rd Cross, Sampige Road, Malleswaram

Price: INR 200 for two {approx.}

Contact: 080 65611222

Timings: 6.30am-10.30pm

Find out more about them here. Follow them on Facebook here.

Raghavendra Stores

Literally a shop outside the railway station, there’s not sitting room here. Mostly frequented by morning joggers, who swear by the place, this one has crept into people morning routine. Serving the coffee in steel tumblers, we love that it’s quite strong {even bordering on smoky}. It’s not as milky as what most are used to but we’ll happily take that with a vada or two, thank you!

Where: 11th Main Road, Maruthi Extension, Vinayaka Layout, Malleshwaram

When: Wednesday to Monday; closed on Tuesdays

Price: INR 100 for two

Contact: +91 9841355845

Timings: 6am-1pm, 4-9pm

Featured image by: Raghavan Prabhu