Head to any of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, and you’re sure to run into a lane filled with the smell of freshly-roasting coffee beans. Skip the Starbucks and the Cafe Coffee Days, we say, even if you’re fond of their blends. Here’s our round-up of where to buy the best homegrown filter coffee powder in Bangalore.

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Suma Coffee Works

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Kalmane Koffees

Suma Coffee Works

freshly ground coffee powder from beans

Anyone in the vicinity of the Indiranagar Metro Station is sure to be greeted by the delicious smell of freshly-roasting coffee beans. That’s thanks to Suma Coffee Works, retailers of fresh coffee powder. Their premises may be humble, but the quality of their coffee is memorable. You can get the beans custom-ground to suit your preferences, ask for your preferred mix of coffee and chicory, and request other customisations. They also have an outlet in Jayanagar.

Where: 66, CMH Road, Indira Nagar

Contact: +91 9945126780

Price: INR 400 per kilo upwards for an 85-15 blend of coffee and chicory.

Kalmane Koffees

coffee beans in a roaster

Coffee beans sourced from the Kalmane estate in Chikmagalur and other coffee-growing areas are available at their retail stores that double as coffee-shops. You can pick from blends such as Peaberry, Madras Filter, or Mysore Maharaja, most of which are blends of coffee and chicory. Our favourite is the Mysore Nuggets coffee, an all-Arabica package.

Where: 2nd Floor, Forum Mall, Hosur Road, Koramangala 7th Block; Ground Floor, Mantri Square, Sampige Road, Malleshwaram; 28B, Ground Floor, Phoenix Marketcity, Whitefield; 1st Floor, Royal Meenakshi Mall, Hulimavu, Bannerghatta Road; 1st Floor, Forum Value Mall, Whitefield; and Second Floor, Garuda Mall, Magrath Road.

Contact: 080 22067726

Price: INR 180 upwards for 250 grams.

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Sri Rama Coffee Works

This little shop is busy enough that its owner will encourage you to show up rather than waste his time on the phone enquiring about blends. Besides the wide variety of pappadums, pickles, and other fare, they sell two varieties of coffee: pure coffee and chicory-blended.

Where: 355/1, 10th Cross, Sampige Road, Malleswaram

When: 9:30am-2pm, 4-9 pm

Contact: +91-9845688026 and 080 23441519

Price: INR 75 upwards for 250 grams.

Malnad Seeds

freshly ground coffee powder

This tiny shop retails a bunch of goods from the beloved Malnad area – or the Western Ghats – including spices and coffee. It’s not a place to get freshly-roasted or custom-ground coffee, but we can vouch for the coffee itself. Here is one of the few places you can get 100-percent Arabica, which works perfectly well in both filter coffee and as black coffee. 

Where: BDA Complex, 12th Main Rd, Sector 6, HSR Layout

When: 10am-9.30pm; all days.

Contact: +91 9986925062

Price: INR 65 upwards for a 200-gram pack.

Vasanth Coffee Works

Vasanth Coffee Works have been around since 1946, and have a loyal fan following for their coffee offerings. They retail a household coffee blend in “A Quality”, “Premium”, and “Pure” varieties, as well as versions for commercial gatherings. Several stores in South Bangalore also sell their coffee, but why not go straight to the source? 

Where: 39, Sajjan Rao Road, Viveswarapuram Circle

When: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm.

Contact: 080 33535122

Price: INR 20 upwards for a 50-gram pack.

Check out their website here.

Gayatri Coffee Works

After a long evening of shopping at Sampige Road, if the smell of freshly-roasting coffee doesn’t give you pause, well, we would like to meet you. They’ve been around since 1915 in their Mysore premises, and while their store in Bangalore is a bit more recent – it opened in 2001 – the coffee is no less praiseworthy.

Where: 172, Sampige Road, Between 9th and 10th Cross

When: 10am-2pm and 4pm-8.30pm

Contact: 080 23565978, +91 9449695045

Price: INR 300 for a kilo {minimum purchase 100 grams}.

Flavour Coffee Works

coffee beans in a roaster

This third-generation coffee shop offers not just a range of pure and blended coffee: you can also find a small coffee-tasting stall outside to try out different blends. Beans are sourced from the Coffee Board, which in turn come from either Hassan or Chikmagalur. They have an in-house roaster, and you can get your beans ground to the fineness you wish. 

Where: 3, SST Road, V V Puram

When: 8.30am-7.30pm

Contact: 080 26611527

Price: INR 360 for a kilo.