The whiff of Araku coffee all the way from the Eastern Ghats of India has already formed a love affair of sorts with Paris, and now, it is about to brew a new relationship with the coffeephiles in Bengaluru as Araku Cafe opens doors to its flagship cafe in India this month.
Araku cafe is more than just a coffee cafe though. The two-storeyed cafe houses a barista bar, coffee retail, and a book store right behind the floating stairway. The first floor brings coffeelogy to light, while the second floor is a barista training area that doubles as private dining. The barista exhibits a timber contour map of Araku Valley, the origin of the coffee. From here, you experience The Sensory Bar, set against the background of brass shelves and lined with Araku’s signature colourful Moka pots. This is where customers can witness and sample manual brews — made using French Press / V60 pour-over / AeroPress / Moka Pot / Chemex for a complete sensory experience. For a city that thrives on filter coffee, the café has an in-house roaster as well.
Araku cafe’s sustainable vision is brought to you by Sandeep Sangaru’s bamboo chandeliers, recycled paper and clay planters, recycled metal shelves, recycled paper vents, and more. The minimalist, all-white, mindful, and sensory interiors are an extension of this ethos.
By bringing India’s first-ever Modbar for coffee, Araku is already onto the revolutionary path for coffee lovers by breaking barriers between customers and baristas. And even the food resonates with this philosophy. Via a circular food economy (reducing waste), single-ingredient focus (exploring various textures and flavour possibilities in one dish), sustainable local procurement, and traceability, Araku is summoning the goodness of ecological awareness to the cities.
Adding another first to its list is launching India’s first SCA-certified Coffee Academy, a non-profit, membership-based organisation that represents thousands of coffee professionals, from producers to baristas all over the world. AWSCA offers a range of courses consisting of six different modules: Introduction to Coffee (available at one level) and five specialist modules — Barista Skills, Brewing, Green Coffee, Roasting, and Sensory Skills. Courses range from 1 to 5 days with an opportunity of practical and written online exams for SCA certification and frequently organised two-hour, non-SCA certified courses for the coffee curious by us at Araku that wish to brew better coffee at home.
If you’re looking for a new joint that reeks the calming aroma of coffee and organises intimate space for breakaway dining, then Araku’s new cafe is where you need to be.
Where: Plot 968, 12th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar, Bengaluru