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A twist in taste

SOUVIK CHOWDHURYSOUVIK CHOWDHURY

`Care for a cup of coffee?' spells so easy these days, going by the alarming regularity at which coffee pubs are sprouting all over. The latest addition, Twist - at East Marredpally, offers an interesting array of Frappes and Mochas, at incredibly low prices.



CORNUCOPIA OF COFFEE: Twist is the latest coffee pub in the city.

HOT COFFEE is `cool' if had in coffee pubs. And they just seem to sprout out of anywhere. The last two years has seen the land of Irani chai wake up to a whole new flavour of coffee, giving Hyderabadis a fresh whiff and a new place to hang around.

Now, there's a twist to the tale. Wonderfully good value, energising coffee is the order of the day at this small, cosy one-room, street-side pub run by Sushant and Ravi. Christened as `Twist' (Telephone No: 56463904), it is the most recent sprout in the already existing deluge of coffee pubs in twin cities.

Barely a month old, this cheery, unspoilt local in East Marredpally (Near Food World) is on its way to become one of the most popular `hang-outs', going by the swarm of teenagers, college bunkers, cootchie-cooers and serious coffee drinkers, amongst others in the classified clientele. The cue is the price (about 30 percent less than other houses), apart from the distinct taste and aroma, which of course, goes without saying.

"Our coffee is as good as any other coffee house in town. Perhaps would not be much of a mistake to rate the taste higher than the rest, for coffee in Twist is made from freshly ground beans obtained straight from the fields of Chickmangala," says Ravi, the manager. An ex-Qwiqy brewer for the past four years, the style and ease by which he tops the Frappe or Mocha speak of his experience with the cuppa.

"About four varieties I make here are served by none in town. Latte Hazelnut, Latte Irish, Classic Hazelnut and Classic Irish. I am planning to introduce a couple of more such innovative drinks," Ravi continues.

In addition to the common one's, like Latte, Cappuccino, Americano and Espresso, the most popular drinks are café Mocha, Melithii Vanilla, Frosty Mocha, Frosty Biscayo, Café Frappe, Wagun Shake, Tiambra, Irish tea and Blue Curcao. Most of the items are reasonably priced between Rs 10 and Rs 30. For the hungry one's, there are small eats like burgers and rolls, sandwiches, etc., available for paltry sums.

"I never used to drink coffee at home," confesses Sushant, the owner. "The only reason I began drinking coffee is because I used to hang around some coffee pubs with friends. And now I really like coffee." After his new-found addiction with the red-berried beverage, Sushant toyed with the idea of opening a coffee pub himself, until he bumped into Ravi, a couple of months back. "Twist was born shortly after." Unlike other places, Twist has a more muted atmosphere. It is not boisterous, say a group of girls - regulars at the place. "We come here for the privacy. There's too much excess energy in the others," concur a couple, sipping their kapi and winking at each other. "The taste here is really infectious," seconds another regular.

The clear-glass slashed frontals and the wooden interiors make the ambience, exceptionally light and airy. The small blue oceanic lights on the white ceiling and the black painted floor with marble plasters at the entrance appear inviting, above which - a sign in white lettering announces Twist - Coffee you and us - a claim that cannot be gainsaid. The taste (or Twist!) that gets you started on. No twists about that.

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