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Care for a cuppa here

Wickedly rich good coffee, light and airy inviting ambience, soulful songs and a guitar to strum along, characterise the new Barista outlet at Secunderabad.

SMOOTH OPERATORS: A cool blend of fruit and ice cream in three refreshing flavours.

If ever there is a dearth of conversation introduce the subject of coffee...

IT MIGHT appear simple but not so. At Barista, coffee is more than just coffee. It is a passion, an experience, a magnificent obsession, layered with a lather of zeal and detailing for those true connoisseurs of the cuppa - the kind that can tell a Macchiato from Mocha, just by smelling it.

Coffee lovers in Secunderabad have reason to rejoice with the opening of the new Barista outlet near Paradise (the first in Secunderabad). "Coffee culture here will very soon ride a crest," feels Barista - city manager, Anil Suri. "And we are giving nothing short of the best," he continues. Best Arabica beans, best blends (Barista blends are created by one of Venice's finest `roastmasters', Bernardo) and the best Italian machines to brew the blend, the best... the list is endless.

SIGNATURE LINE: Full bodied Italian coffees.

Step into Barista and the first thing that strikes you is the sharp aroma of fresh coffee beans. The fragrance of freshly ground beans with its promise of rejuvenation is enough to convert a non-believer into a faithful devotee. Minimal décor, metal chairs, clear-glass slashed frontals and the imported-wood interiors make the ambience exceptionally light and airy. A few plants in the middle and store manager Joy's ceaseless smile complete the welcoming picture.

The menu can double up as an eye test as it is hung about 20 feet away and involves much squinting and straining to make a choice. The choices are interesting and tempting - with hot coffees including Caffe Latte, Espresso Italiano, Cappuccino Grande, Caffe Mocha, Mocha Tease, Doppio, Americano, Caffe Borgia and Latte Dianco. One can even go in for extravagant combos and try out infinite variations.

ICE AGE: The granitas offer a cool option.

Man does not live by coffee alone. And so there's cold coffee, chocolate, ice cream, brownies and a few other goodies, as well. Brrista pure, Brrista Frappe, Brrista Blast, Brrista Bite, Iced Coffee Mocha and Affogato are the highlights of the cold coffee assortment. "For summer, we have introduced a section on Refreshing Alternatives," says Suri. Granitas, Blue Curacao lime Ice and Mixed Fruit Tango, are on board for Refreshers.

Choose your cuppa but before it arrives, lay your hands on the rhythm guitar on one of the walls and strum tunes close to your heart. Before long, as the wickedly rich cup of coffee arrives (only self-service please), concentrate on each sip till you feel, "Great taste, great aroma, great froth... " Wonderfully good value, energising coffee is the order of the day here at this small, cosy one-room, street-side pub, is the feeling you take home every time you step inside. Of course, you also carry home Bob Dylan's - One more cup of coffee before I go...


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