Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Kopi Luwak, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi Kerala - a Review

Kochi is a seeing a boom in the cafe culture. For those, who love to just sit around sipping a cup of their favourite beverage, nibble on some gourmet delights and watch the world go by, Kochi is the place to be. 


The cafe Kopi Luwak is the new kid on the block bringing in the exotic coffee and more to Kochiites. For those who are still wondering what "Kopi Luwak" means, this is what wikipedia tells you - "Kopi luwak or civet coffee, is coffee that is from Indonesia and includes part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.Fermentation occurs as the cherries pass through a civet's intestines, and after being defecated with other fecal matter, they are collected. Producers of the coffee beans argue that the process may improve coffee through two mechanisms, selection – civets choosing to eat only certain cherries – and digestion – biological or chemical mechanisms in the animal's digestive tract altering the composition of the coffee cherries".
The cafe owned by Sheeba Manishankar(who also owns the boutique on top of the cafe) and Nirmal has been in the news lately for bringing the very expensive Kopi Luwak to the people of Kochi. 
With word spreading far and wide, not only the people of Kochi are making a visit this beautifully done up cafe but it also has people coming in from different parts of Kerala to savour this much talked about cuppa that is priced at approx Rs 1600. The interiors of the cafe uses a lot of upcycled artifacts and is a colourful blend of several elements put together by the designer herself. 



The many travels have been a source of inspiration for the cafe and the owners have worked towards creating an experience with a difference. They did not want to have similar seating all over and have designed it in a way that each seating arrangement is different and unique, the boat sofa, for instance, is a big hit with the visitors. 

I especially liked the outdoor seating with umbrellas hanging from the top which adds to the ambience. They have also very thoughtfully added a counter to cater to the outdoors. 




The hanging cups installation that you see as you walk through the front door is yet another nicely executed aesthetic creation. The indoor seating is beautiful and nice however, the functional aspect was not entirely kept in mind while designing it. 


We decided to check out the place. We found a simple nice seating in the inside room next to the popular boat sofa and ordered a pesto sandwich(which turned out to be an open sandwich) and a burger. 

The pricing is slightly on the higher side for the food served. A meal for two would cost you approx Rs 600-700. 


Verdict - It is a really nice attempt at executing a good concept and bringing a cafe with a difference to the city, however, to make it one that people will go back to, the owners will definitely have  to pay a lot more attention to the details. Taste, presentation of food and also service needs to be looked into carefully.
Kopi Luwak Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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