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By their scent will you know them. We let a spicy, nutty fragrance lead us down a winding bylane of Chuim village in Bandra once, discovered the big, fresh flavours of Koinonia Coffee Roasters’ special coffee, and haven’t been able to let go ever since.

In a little black and white bungalow, the Koinonia boys roast speciality beans they’ve been creful to source responsibly from Indian farmers. Drop by for a sniff of their simmeringly dark Marvahulla, chocolaty Badra, and other gorgeous single-estate coffees for you to take home in a bag. Please don’t miss the fruity Poabs, which recently won an award for the year’s best specialty Arabica coffee at the Fine Cup Awards 2017 -- and say hello to the newest member of Koinonia’s family, Araku coffee (with notes of peach and bergamot honey) from a picturesque valley in the Eastern ghats!

Of course, you could always do what we do and sit down for a cup of coffee made by master baristas from the Koinonia roasts: three-dimensional cortados, nutty flat whites, sharp, full-bodied espressos and silky lattes, plus a Vietnamese coffee that will make you write poetry, and a salted caramel affogato that will cure every sadness (well, temporarily, at least).

We’ll save you a seat, but if you can’t make it, good news: Koinonia also delivers takeaway coffee via Swiggy and Scootsy, and can send you bags of their beans via Amazon. (You will be missing the fresh brownie handouts and impromptu jazz jams that pop up at the roastery from time to time, though.) Now do you know what that scent is? Yes, it’s your brew valentine.

Getting there: Koinonia Coffee Roasters, 66 Chuim Village, Khar, open from 8 am from 9.15 pm (closed on Tuesdays).

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