Co-founder Aasma Khan is a passionate barista trainer, and alongside wildlife researcher Prakash Borana she’s created a bright, fun, and quaint space to exhibit some of the finest Indian coffees. Kalopsia is focused on micro-lots and rare varieties, pulling exemplary shots and brewing up small-batch coffees by hand. The hand-painted decor and indie atmosphere are both charming. This is one of Mumbai’s finest cafes, full stop.
The local ex-pat community has embraced KC Roasters, which is owned and operated by Australian-born coffee professional Shannon D'Souza, whose father owns a coffee farm in south India. Yes, they serve a great flat white, but also Amrut-cask-aged pour-overs and exquisite micro-lots. This is a small and social cafe, a popular stop for travelers and locals alike.
Here you’ll find subdued colors, easy-going vibes, and a happy mingling of coffee driven people. Founders Matt Chitharanjan and Namrata Asthana started Blue Tokai as an e-commerce platform, selling coffee beans and equipment online before opening their cafe. This model has now blossomed into a popular cafe chain across Mumbai, serving the city’s best bagels and coffee sourced from across India available as espresso, Aeropress, or other filter methods.
Opened in 2018 Bombay Island Coffee Company offers superior coffee in an industrial warehouse setting. Located in Malad, the cafe puts off big-time international hipster vibes, with coffee decals showing an affinity for brands across the planet plastered on the walls. The stand-out drink here is the signature spiced iced latte, an ode to the spices of India, featuring freshly ground star anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg combined to make a delicious coffee experience.