Instant coffee to wake you up and plastic cups after cups of machine coffee is the best thing to do on a busy day? Do you long to enjoy your coffee in comfort and use every coffee bean that goes into your cup?
If you live in Delhi, head to Blue Tokai, a coffee roaster cum cafe here. It aims to change the coffee roasting culture in the country and give customers a chance to see the roasting process.
The customers can see the roasting and packaging process and have the opportunity to participate in brewing and roasting workshops.
“Many burners work in secret and are afraid to share information. Our coffee roaster strives to do just the opposite by involving our customers in their coffee from the moment it is roasted,” said Matt Chitharanjan, co-founder of Blue Tokai.
With its name referring to the old Malabari term for a peacock’s tail, Blue Tokai sources its coffee from estates in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
On the difference between instant coffee and roast coffee, Chitharanjan said: “Instant coffee is simply dried coffee crystals that are dissolved in hot water. The process of drying brewed coffee to instant coffee and then back to drinkable coffee results in the loss of real coffee flavors and aromas.” “Instant coffee manufacturers try to make up for this loss by infusing aroma gases into dried crystals, but while the resulting cup smells a bit like real coffee, it never tastes as good as brewed coffee,” he explains.
The packaging of the coffee features several sketches by artists that reflect life on coffee farms. “If you look at the artwork behind our bags, you will see that each piece of art emphasizes the biodiversity or the everyday nuance of life on a coffee plantation,” said Blue Tokai co-founder Namrata Asthana, who also happens to be Chitharanjan’s wife. , said.
Blue Tokai opened their coffee roastery in South Delhi last month and they also have a 3-year-old outlet in the Gurgaon suburb of the capital.
“While Delhi is our home, Mumbai and Bengaluru also have a large population of people who would like to have a better coffee experience. We ship our coffee all over the country and most of our customers, after Delhi, are located in these two cities, said Chitharanjan.