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Savour this special coffee

Anisha Sheth
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At this hotel, tea also tastes unique

The special tea with the decoction and milk that are served without being mixed at a hotel in Mangalore. — PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ
The special tea with the decoction and milk that are served without being mixed at a hotel in Mangalore. — PHOTO: R. ESWARRAJ

Connoisseurs of beverages in a city where the cuisine is severely limited, would love to sample the “special” tea and coffee in an eatery in the city.

Although the menu card is almost the same as that of any other small hotel that dots nearly every street in the city, Hotel Karthik in Urwa offers “special” tea and coffee to its customers.

If a customer so desires, she or he can order the special versions of the two beverages: they are double-coloured.

A layer of brown decoction sits atop a thick layer of milk served in a short transparent glass made all the more attractive by froth at the rim of the glass. Only when you mix the liquid will it actually taste like tea or coffee.

The manager of the hotel only had enough time on a busy evening to tell this correspondent that the cooks in the hotel have been serving the special coffee since he joined five years ago. The hotel itself was around 20 years old, he said as he accepted payments and returned change. He said the cooks were too busy to talk. He added that the tea and coffee served at the hotel had very little water. A regular at the hotel, Vishal S., from Bejai, said he loved coffee and frequents the hotel at least once a week. “I like the milky taste of the special coffee,” he said and added that part of the attraction was the double-coloured coffee.

Thimmappa said that he was not averse to the special coffee but preferred the ordinary beverage.

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