Recently opened Third Wave Coffee Roasters in Hyderabad offers innovative brews with a scenic view
A while ago, during one of our visits to a coffee brewing session, a barista informed us that the ‘third wave of coffee’ signifies artisanal coffee, roasted and brewed to perfection. Hence, when the name of a brewery has ‘Third Wave’ in it, we expect nothing but the most well-crafted brews. After a steep climb from the entrance of the co-working space Jxtapose, we arrive at our destination — Third Wave Coffee Roasters. Picturesque is the first word that comes to our mind when we think of its premises. Here you have the luxury of sipping on your chosen cup of joe, as you stare at nothing but lush green. And the day we had stopped by, it had been a rainy evening, so that added more charm to our brew sampling session. “We started Third Wave Coffee Roasters in September 2016 with our first café in Koramangala, Bengaluru. Since then, we went on to open in Pune and Hyderabad too,” say the founders — Ayush Bathwal, Anirudh Sharma and Sushant Goel. He adds that Third Wave Coffee Roasters contacts farmers from different estates in India during the harvest season and ask for various samples of beans. Once they receive the samples, they roast them carefully.
Meanwhile, we are told that it will be a few minutes until our first cup of coffee arrives, and we soon find out why. The water boils continuously at the Syphon coffee machine, which looks like a Bunsen Burner from science labs. We take in the heady aroma of the coffee beans of the Balmaadi Estate and as we have a sip, it reminds us of toffee and spice notes. The Tropical Cold Brew, which we are offered next, comes as a welcome relief from the Syphon’s intensity. This is a refreshing summer drink with freshly chopped pineapple, adding a slightly tangy flavour to the beverage.
After a brief break where we nibbled on chocolate chip cookies made in-house, it was time to sip on the Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt Mocha, which was faintly sweet and lightly salty at the rims of the cup. The salt and herbs made for an interesting combination when paired with a hint of caramel. The La Vie En Rose, with rosewater, cardamom and honey, is a little more traditional when compared with the ones we tasted before.
While not as impressive or innovative as the Cold Brew or the Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt coffee, this is mostly your regular cappuccino with rose petals sprinkled on top, adding a subtle fragrance. We could say we saved the best for the last — The Mocha Praline Shake- milk with hazelnut chocolate topped with whipped cream is almost a dessert in a glass. While decadent, none of the flavours overwhelm us, which we think is what makes this drink a winner.
Price for two: Rs 800.