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In search of better brew

Call it the vice of the noughties or blame it on the TV show Friends, but as 20-somethings, we love our cuppa coffee.

india Updated: May 06, 2011 13:32 IST
Sharin Bhatti

What: Bru World Cafe
Where: Shop No 4 & 5, Juhu Princess Building, Juhu
Call: 022 2614322
What’s on the menu: World coffee beans, tea, coolers, sandwiches, paninis and desserts
Drinking: No
Smoking: No

Call it the vice of the noughties or blame it on the TV show Friends, but as 20-somethings, we love our cuppa coffee. So it’s no surprise that a popular instant-coffee brand decided to open a café of its own, attempting to cash in on the growing coffee culture of the nation. And they haven’t done that bad a job.

Bru World Café, situated on the beach road of Juhu, is a little more than your average café but less inspiring than a cosy coffee bar. For starters, the décor is inviting. Wood panelling across the room and floor, with a high-middle roof, gives the place an illusion of an English countryside inn. You can take your pick from mahogany-brown Rexine covered couches, chairs or bar stools to find your perfect corner. There is also a five-step high annex that’s been created as a recreational lazy corner of sorts, replete with a shelf-full of books and board games to choose from. But if uniformity is what they were looking for, Bru World Café nailed it with one dull colour of brown.

Looking to spend a leisurely afternoon, we decided to sip on one of their world ‘recommended’ coffees. But the eight-page menu has only three world beans to choose from Costa Rican, African and South Indian. Arabia has been given a miss. We ordered an Ethiopian Yrafacheffe Cappuccino (Rs 129) and a Costa Rican Cappuccino (Rs 129). Rich-flavoured and steaming hot, the frothy cuppas made our conversation flow smoothly. The only let-down being the fact that the French Press, only has South Indian beans and Bru’s own coffee beans on offer. Even then, it was unavailable at the time we ordered.

The nutty slaw sandwich (Rs 75) made with brown bread and smeared with peanuts finely crushed in cole slaw was fairly appetising. The chef’s special chocolate mousse cake (Rs 75) left a joyous aftertaste. Curiosity also led us to try out their interesting Chaippuccino (Rs 75), which is tea brewed in the cappuccino-maker with a steamy froth, though most tea-lovers won’t particularly enjoy this concoction.

Another mandatory service at most cafes is a wi-fi connection, which Bru World Cafe doesn’t have. So for those looking at finding a workspace out of office could find this a deterring factor.

Though a tad better than your average coffee shops, there is nothing unique about Bru’s menu. It isn’t quaint enough for a world café, but it is cosy. Perhaps more world beans would help.

What we like
The coffee preparation
The desserts

What we don’t like
No wi-fi
No French press