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ENJOY COFFEE MADE FROM FRESHLY GROUND ARABICA BEANS AT HAPPY DI COFFEE DE

Near Ruia College in Matunga is Happy Di Coffee De, an espresso bar made from a converted Aarey stall. In addition to coffee, it also serves tea, mocktails, fruit-based drinks, and a limited snacks menu. Prices start at just Rs. 10.

Happy Di Coffee De, Lakhamsi Napoo Road, Matunga Central, Mumbai 400 019. Phone: 080809 08020

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In the leafy streets of Matunga is a rather curious sight: an Aarey stall re-designed into an espresso bar. It’s unusual but not surprising: where there’s a college, there’s a street food experiment, and Matunga has three colleges lined up in a row, facing a cricket ground.

Anthony, the owner and operator of Happy Di Coffee De, grinds Arabica beans for each cup of coffee. Regular coffee-shop favourites have different names here (Anthony believes people won’t order a cappuccino if it’s served on the street), so it takes a little work to read the menu and establish the corresponding drink.

It’s an unconventional and amusing experience unless you fall for a contest that involves drinking a piping hot cup of “chatka espresso” within a minute, which entitles you to another free cup of the same. I’m told several brave men have tried and retreated with burnt tongues. I wonder at the fortitude of these fallen men, given that the chatka espresso is priced at just Rs. 20 and made with instant coffee.

For those who’d rather enjoy drinking a coffee instead of turning it into a competition, Happy Di Coffee De does offer some seating options. If you’re feeling reflective, sit on the little bench that Anthony built under the shade of a tree. For a bit of entertainment, find a spot at the Ruia katta from where you can watch young romances bloom or a spot of cricket practice. And the coffee itself? While I can’t speak for the whole menu, I can say that the espresso is superb.

 
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