Imagine the aroma of freshly brewed coffee wafting in the air.. You are bound to lift your head up from whatever you were lost in and follow the trail.. Well it was an afternoon of indulgence, what else would you call trying not one or two but six delicious cups of coffee? Sinful right.. For a south indian, coffee is like the sweetest nectar there is. And so when we got to meet the team at ITC Grand chola, and given details about the variants they had come up, it was time to dive in with no second thoughts.
Sunbean Gourmet Coffee comes in two variants – Nicamalai and Panagiri. From what I remember, Nicamalai is a blend of beans from Nicaragua and Anamalai. It has a fruity undertone, while the Panagiri, a blend from Panama and Baba Budangiri is more about fragrance and nutty chocolatey flavours… We had the pleasure of having Jai explain the various coffee, the blends and how different they are. It is always interesting listening to how the product evolved, where it originated from and the final product leading up to our experience…
A few days ahead of this, I had received a beautiful hamper from ITC containing a packet of Sunbean Gourmet Coffee Panagiri along with the French Press apparatus.. I am yet to try it out, though now am all the more curious about the taste of the coffee in our regular South Indian Filter…
Now onto the evening that was…..
Caramel Americano- The European approach to American style coffee with burnt molasses – I loved how the strong coffee flavour came through and the caramel was just on the back of the throat…
Cinnamon Mocha Cappuccino -Intensely flavored Chocolate Espresso Syrup with frothed milk. Finished with cinnamon on top.- this one was delicious, especially since I love cinnamon flavour.. It was rich & creamy as well.
Ginger Bread Latte- Rich full bodies espresso soothed by a generous pour of steamed milk with a touch of Ginger at last- The one coffee that had me scrunching up my face, wondering what that lingering bitterish aftertaste was. It was then that it hit me- ginger.. Not a favourite, probably cos I am not a ginger fan… and well, we are all used to ginger with our tea, not coffee right!!
Baileys’ Irish Brew – Irish cream Liquor blended with freshly brewed coffee served on a bed of crushed ice. – Creamy, frothy, smooth are words that come to my mind when I recollect how this drink was. The Irish cream flavour floated through the beverage.. For those who are unaware, Bailey’s Irish cream has alcohol in it!! 😀
Iced Hazelnut Americano – Iced straight black blended in a surprise hazelnut combination.- Are you the kind who picks out Hazelnuts from the chocolates and quietly munches on them? Well, then this is just the drink for you. I infact had this [as with others] without sugar and so with every sip, the beautiful hazelnut flavour hit me and lingered on… My absolute favourite among them all
Choco Fills Brew- Crunchy Choco Fills cookie mingled with a fresh brew of Sunbean and ice cubes to add to the texture. – You know when you bite into a sunfeast choco fill cookie, the chocolate from the inside oozes out. Well, they have taken the cookie, blended it with plenty of ice and some coffee. It is a fun drink… less coffee more chocolate…
What are you waiting for? If you want to go enjoy an all out and out coffee based experience, take some time off and head over to Cafe Mercer at ITC Grand chola… You can thank me later, or better yet, buy me a coffee 😀
The above mentioned beverages are priced at INR 375 (exclusive of taxes)
ITC Grand Chola
#63, Anna Salai, Guindy Institutional Area, Little Mount, Guindy…
Date: Till October 31, 2018