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6 Alternatives To Starbucks When You Need A Coffee Fix

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We’re just going to come out and say it: We’re coffee snobs. And sometimes {okay, more often than not}, the regular neighbourhood cafes just don’t make the cut. And if we start the day with bad coffee, it’s all downhill from there.

That’s why we’re sharing with you caffeine addicts, our favourite places for an instant pick-me-up.

The Coffee Bond

They experiment with their beans ever so often and source from all over India as well as African countries and Australia. Paired with their kickass coffee machine and coffee know-how, the final cup you get is nothing short of perfection.

Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters

Although only about a year old, Blue Tokai has poured itself all over our coffee map. They roast their beans in-house and whip up a bunch of delicious concoctions such as the Sea Salt Cappuccino, Chilli Cappuccino and a stiff Cortada for those who really mean business.

#LBBTip: If you live within a six km radius from their cafe in Saidulajab, they’ll deliver your cuppa to your desk.


Perch went ahead and combined two of the most amazing things in the world: Coffee and wine. Our regular order here includes the Flat White and the Vietnamese hot coffee. And when we don’t have meeting planned for the day, the coffee sangria suits us just fine.

And when we’re looking for a small bite, the Pesto Arancini and the croquettes come to the rescue.

Sleepy Owl

If you like your coffee iced, it might do you some good to try Sleepy Owl’s cold brew. Log on to their website and order a box- they’ll send it to you in a few hours and the box will have you sorted for the whole week {provided you’re not sharing}. Whereas we recommend you have this black if you must have milk, make it a Vietnamese with some condensed milk added to the whole equation.

Cafe Lota

Cafe Lota is always a delight to dine at, given its charming al fresco seating, and the coffee only adds to it all. They source the coffee from South India {like Coorg and Chikmagalur} and the aroma is divine.

We also enjoy the filter kaapi they whip up; steel glass and saucer et al.

#LBBTip: If you’re heading here for breakfast, please order the banana ragi pancakes.

Cafe Tesu

They’ve got a range of hot and cold brews {these are sourced from a brand called Devi from Goa} including coffees infused with vanilla, dark chocolate, whisky and rum {and no, they don’t use bottled syrups}. You can get your coffee in a French press or ask the barista to do a pour over for you at the table {this takes about three minutes}.