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The Flying Squirrel makes us rethink coffee

Something new is brewing in the country and it smells like an artisanal coffee revolution. Leading the way are the The Flying Squirrel, purveyors of specialty coffees. Now they’ve open The Flying Squirrel Micro Roastery and Café.

Founder Ashish D’Abreo, grew up in Mangalore and always loved his filter coffee. “When I came to Bengaluru my mom used to send packs of my favourite Panduranga coffee,” he says with a chuckle. His love for coffee, and the co-founder Tej Thammaiah’s coffee estate in Coorg, is what led these ad men to start The Flying Squirrel.

We visited the cafe on a Tuesday morning for our coffee fix. Located on the bustling 5th block, the interiors are donned with paraphernalia — a coffee nerd’s dream. The beans are all from the Pollibetta farm in Coorg, where Tej’s family has been for three generations.

The farm, along with spices and fruit trees also houses a species of Chikka harbekku, or the flying squirrel. The coffee menu describes each variety in detail with aroma, fragrance, body, acidity, flavour and mouthfeel. They are roasted and ground in-house every day. Each is available in preparations such as an espresso, latte, pour over or more.

For instance, The Clouds In My Coffee, a favourite of ours and Ashish’s, is woody and medium bodied with a bitter-sweet flavour and is available in a pour over, americano or a double shot. Parama, the most versatile, has a well-balanced sweet acidity and is available as a cappuccino and cold brew. Choices include sweet Aromatique, the mellow Sattva and the berry-like Sun Kissed.

Flying Squirrel claims to be the first in India to serve the Nitro Brew — a cold brew stored in a beer keg, infused with nitrogen to make it light and airy. Connoisseurs are coming from across the city to try the brew, Ashish tells us, “Even from Whitefield.”

Even though we were highly caffeinated enough, we continued trying the different options available. We also tried the Citrus bloom cold coffee, a sweet lemony brew.
The food menu, although limited, has breakfast, sandwiches and burgers. All the dishes have a unique signature of the Coorgi estate such as the Coffee-wood-smoked Caesar salad or the Pulled pork sandwich, reminiscent of a pandi curry.

To end your meal on a sweet note, try their affogatos. The Melon ice cream is paired with the Sun Kissed coffee and the Orange ice cream is paired with Clouds In My Coffee. All the fruits used are also from their own estate.

`900 for two. At Koramangala. Details: 40991044
— Anagha M

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