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Kolkata's Potboiler Coffee House brewing new stories at new location
Tuesday, 31 August, 2021, 14 : 00 PM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Potboiler Coffee House, which has steadily gained a repute amongst the fastidious java fans for its distinguished filters, has come up with a new eclectic coffee and food menu. What’s more, it has also shifted address to a cosier Keyatala address that resonates with the quaint bistros that are so ubiquitous in the European cities.

Sonali Lakhotia, founder of Potboiler Coffee House, said, “I am an avid reader who loves cafe hopping. I always wanted to create a safe, escapist space where each and everyone felt like they belong. A place they could step into to keep their worries away. My love for books and coffee is what makes Potboiler what it is today. Every corner, every poster has a personal story or experience behind it. But what truly inspired me to open Potboiler was the drive to open a space I could call my own. So, I decided to open it as first step to me being a food and beverage entrepreneur.”

 The fresh, whitewashed walls, cosy seaters, colonial windows, and walls decorated with bookshelves and fairy lights are all so welcoming to the tired soul that you would just feel like spending a few quiet hours all by yourself or let your hair down with friends.

“Right from where and how the coffee is grown, to how it is roasted and brewed, impacts the final cup. We take great care of the brewing method, the water temperature, the size of the ground coffee beans and their storage, and the water-coffee ratio. We use different cup sizes, as the amount of milk and foam going with the espresso should be different for a cappuccino, latte and flat white. To achieve consistency, dialling the espresso 2-3 times a day is what we do to set a recipe for the espresso that everyone follows,” said Lakhotia.

“We have more varieties in the manual selection. We are trying to keep 3-4 coffee bean options from different roasters for a wholesome experience. Secondly what's different is our beverage menu. We love being experimental with our coffees (the right way) and our new menu reflects that furthermore. Another thing that is different is our food menu, that's one thing we have revamped completely to suit a wider audience,” she added.

Theory of Flat White a creamy caramel-vanilla warm delight will definitely win you with its rich notes on a cold or soggy day. The Sun Also Rises is a punchy mix of ale-like coffee concoction that’s sure to take your breath away with its mildly sweet apple flavour. Orange Palace is another winner with its unique citrusy notes that’s not available in any other city cafés.

All the dishes are carefully curated by the house chef and Lakhotia, keeping in mind the health-obsessed Gen-Z. All the items in the menu are light, low in calories and easy on your stomach. Try the Cucumber and Mint Salad, Creamy Mushroom and Coriander Pesto Bruschetta or the very filling Grilled Chicken with Coffee and Sriracha Rub served with coffee salted caramel sauce.

The flavourful Reminiscence Cheesecake has a Parle-G biscuit base, and the caramel coating will surely remind you of one of the childhood favourites, Alpenliebe toffees. You can also try their Breakfast of Hobbits – a full English breakfast platter with the name inspired by the appetite and feasting habits of Hobbits from JRR Tolkien's classics.

 
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