Local & Online: Coffee Brands Team LBB Is Relying On For That Lockdown Caffeine Fix

    Yes we're quarantining like the rest of the world, but one thing we can't seem to cut out of our routine (more like, cannot live without despite battling unforeseeable circumstances) is Coffee. So, here's how we're loading up on caffeine from our favourite local brands, at the click of a button. Go on, stock up on your supplies too and start your day with a fresh cuppa!

    Black Baza Coffee Company

    Black Baza sees your regular cup of coffee and raises the bars. Named after a small bird of prey found in the coffee-growing Western Ghats, Black Baza Coffee is particularly concerned about its ecological footprint. All the coffee they sell comes from farms that follow biodiversity-friendly practices. You can pick from the Luna Roast, the Aspire to Otter, or the Black Baza Roast. Plus, we are avid fans of Black Baza Coffee at LBB. You can order from their website and get it delivered at your doorstep.

    Blue Tokai

    Blue Tokai

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    Blue Tokai specialises in single-estate and small-lot coffees, grown in estates in and around Karnataka and Tamil Nadu’s best coffee-growing regions. We favour the Kalledeverapura Pulp Sun-Dried priced at INR 400 for 250 grams. You can select whether to get your beans delivered whole or ground to your preferred fineness. They even have a handy grind guide to help you choose. You can also subscribe for regularly scheduled deliveries if you need your daily caffeine fix. Their latest addition is the easy pour sachets (a box consists of 10 sachets) for those on the go or for a quick caffeine fix. You can order from their website and get it delivered.

    Flying Squirrel

    Flying Squirrel has six varieties of coffee, of which we highly recommend the Parama, an exquisite blend for an espresso or black-coffee drinker. The Cafe Chic is their pick for filter-coffee drinkers. Most of the coffee they sell is grown in their own estates in Polibetta, Coorg. Find coffee from guest estates and coffee subscriptions for the kind of coffee brewing methods you use. There's monthly and bi-monthly subscriptions that you can choose from and the minimum duration is three months.

    The Indian Bean

    The Indian Bean

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    Coffee beans from Coorg and Kodaikanal are carefully packed into little pouches, custom-ground, and delivered to you from The Indian Bean. The Malnad Coffee seems built for a classic glass of filter coffee, while we like the Watapi Coffee for a good mug of black coffee. They also offer Bello Coffee and Frowner's Coffee (if you like espresso). 

    Panduranga Coffee

    The Chikmagalur-based coffee roasters have a cult following, and for good reason. Their Grand Aroma, an 85-15 blend of coffee and chicory, is a favourite. Their only outlet is now in Chikmagalur, but they’ll send across their coffee to Bangalore. You can also buy their coffee through their website.

    Halli Berri

    Low acidity, high on aroma and single origin, the Halli Berry coffee will ensure you start the day on the right notes — with a full-bodied cuppa. And they’re no-nonsense so forget about the chicory, insta-coffee and other sacrilegious stuff — it’s 100 per cent Arabica here. Send your requirements directly to info@halliberri.com and buy them.

    Leo Coffee India

    Leo Coffee

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    From the Palini Hills in Tamil Nadu comes the single-estate coffee of Leo, perfect for that cup of hot filter coffee. While they do have instant coffee powder (umm, really guys?), we love their Peaberry blend which is strong and gives you quite a kick. Second to that is the House Blend followed by the Little Flower — a single-estate origin that is 100 per cent Arabica. Check out their yearly subscriptions as you can get great discounts on them.


    Sleepy Owl

    Sleepy Owl's coffee is an instant pick me up and their cold brews are some of the best on the market! Started by three friends, freshness is at the core of this brand. For proof, know that their Arabica coffee beans grown in Chikmagalur are roasted only in small batches and on-demand. We are addicted to their Original hot brew (that you can brew in 5 minutes) and the Dark Roast Cold Brew (INR 500 for a pack of five). They also have a DIY cold brew kit with which you can whip up your favourite iced latte at home! They're also easy to shop for now that they're available on LBB (yay!).

    Greenbrrew

    Greenbrrew

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    For the health conscious crew, Shop On LBB has coffee that will keep you in shape or rather help you get there quicker! Greenbrrew is India's first instant green coffee brand that is energy boosting and amps up that metabolism (win-win). They use 100 percent unroasted Arabica coffee beans that aids better in weight loss. What has us even more excited are the flavours. Lemon, Hazelnut, Dark Chocolate or Tulsi, they've got it all. We suggest bagging the Ethiopian Green Apple Cinnamon and for those who miss roasted coffee, the Cappuccino flavours. Prices start at INR 300 for a 30g pack. 

    Rise Up

    Rise Up Coffee

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    Filter Coffee crazies, are you in for a fun ride or what! This South Indian, full-flavoured brew from local brand, Rise Up leaves us singing in the mornings. Here's why. Rise Up is older than independence (1938) and uses only Arabica coffee beans from its estates in Chikmagalur. This is then ground and roasted using German machinery. We like how you get to pick and choose filter coffee blends in varying degrees of strength and aroma. Finally, whatever you choose, rest assured that it will be a rounded full-bodied drink as each of their blends is a 70-30 blend of coffee and chicory. They're available on LBB and are priced between INR 100 to INR 160.

    Savorworks Roasters

    This is one of the newest brands we've been digging lately. It is artisanal, high-quality, speciality coffee (all the adjectives we like to associate with coffee) grown on the Shevaroy Hills in Tamil Nadu (a spot that has been growing coffee for a century!). The coffee names and blends makes this brand all the more interesting. For example, the Honey I'm Nuts Honey Processed Coffee (INR 450 for 250gms) is processed over 36 hours and slow dried for 21 days to produce a bold-bodied coffee with flavours of vanilla, prune and caramelized bananas. Mmmmh! There's the Boss's Wife, a sweet and complex espresso (milk chocolate, toffee) and a dark chocolatey, maple syrup-y Riverdale Blend too.

    Beanly

    Beanly

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    Beanly isn't messing around when it comes to its cuppa that is absolutely fresh and can be conveniently brewed without expensive equipment. How? Well, this brand sells pour-over and dip coffees in a single-serve avatar and in a proprietary near-zero oxygen packaging to preserve freshness. All you have to do is, tear, anchor and brew (read instructions) and in seconds you will have coffee! Beanly also makes it clear that this isn't instant coffee but coffee that can be made instantly. A pack of 10 sachets costs INR 350. You can pick from blends of organic and master and different roast profiles.

    Coffeeza

    Coffeeza

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    To take your coffee brewing experience up a notch give Coffeeza a go (available on shop on LBB). This gourmet coffee company makes coffee in a capsule! All you have to do is load the capsule in a coffee making machine and push a button for espresso or cappuccino. You have flavours of chocolate, hazelnut brownie and a decaf option too. Each capsule has 5gms of coffee, is a 100 percent premium Arabica blend and a pack of 10 will cost you INR 450.

    Bili Hu

    Bili Hu

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    If you call yourself a coffee connoisseur, you've definitely heard of or savoured a cup of coffee from Bili Hu at a restaurant. If not, you can now brew it at home. Named after the coffee flower in Kannada, Bili Hu offers premium Indian coffee from its estates in Chikmagalur. They've got Robusta Arabica Blend, a Cold Brew Blend and Balur Estate Coffee that comprises milk chocolate and cranberries, yum! You must also try the extra-bold Mysore Nugget a single-estate coffee that has chocolate overtones. Their website lets you pick the grind size or you can simply shop on LBB!

    The Wandering Bean

    Another of our favourite catches has to be The Wandering Bean for its unique blends! These self-proclaimed "flavour fanatics" have taken the run of the mill brew and infused it with interesting flavours. The result is handcrafted coffee which screams fun and delicious in its flavour, aromas and texture. Go bonkers choosing from Nutty Hazelnut, Vanilla Cinnamon, Choco Orange, Creamy Caramel or French Vanilla and more! Who needs Starbuck anything anymore, eh? Get onto LBB and buy, buy, buy!

    Cohoma Coffee Company

    Peeps who live life on a fast track but still need their cuppa despite lacking the time to brew one, say hello to Cohoma Coffee Company. Their Drip Coffee Bags come with a filter of its own so you won't need any additional equipment to brew the perfect cup even when at home. And for those of you returning back to work, the On-The-Go BrewCup means you have your very own coffee to sip on anytime! Cohoma has flavoured variants too, like Cinnamon Hazelnut, French Vanilla and Classic Roasted. Order away on LBB, we suggest getting the Experience Hamper. 

    Country Bean

    Country Bean

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    We are mighty impressed by the innovative coffee flavours by Country Bean Coffee. They come as a breath of fresh air, we mean literally too like their Cocoa Mint Coffee. For anybody who likes to experiment this is the brand for you. You get to pick from flavours of Hazelnut Caramel, Choco, Orange, Basic & Mixed Berries or even a Turmeric Latte. They coffee is 100% instant and trust us, will break the everyday monotony. Order your pick from Shop On LBB today!

    Rage Coffee

    Rage Coffee

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    Vitamin infused coffee? Exactly why Rage Coffee had to be on our list! They used a 100% Arabica beans to produce premium quality instant coffee, so you won't need other paraphernalia to brew the perfect cup. You can buy Rage Coffee on LBB in flavours of Dark Chocolate, Orange or Caramel in either jars or coffee shot tubes. 

    Kohi Roasters India

    Kohi Roasters

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    Lastly, check out Kohi Roasters for their superior quality coffee sourced conscientiously. This Bengaluru-based roastery work with family estates to source green Arabica coffee beans and roast their coffees in small batches one to two times bi-weekly. This means we can enjoy coffee at its peak of freshness and ensures a more consistent roast. Finally, there's no better feeling than to be buying your coffee directly from the roasters! For a refreshing cuppa, buy the Mandarin Orange & Wafers while for something with high sweetness go for the Black Grapes and Pepper. They also have great all day coffees.