Chai has long been the drink of choice, but today’s global Mumbai is home to a burgeoning coffee scene best summed up by the Hindu phrase “picture abhi baki hain“—the show is just getting started.MoreLess
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.
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.