The best espresso I have had in Nepal with decent espresso and latte was alright. Not bad not brilliant. They use local beans. Fast and reliable wifi and comfy surroundings from the dusty chaotic streets below see this place packed with tourists sitting often for hours at a time. The service is a bit disorganised. The counter staff say to take a seat but you really need to get the wait staffs attention. We have waited up to 45 minutes to have our order taken.
The atmosphere and vibe here is great...but unfortunately the service was not and the two coffees we ordered were not great - my husband's espresso looked and tasted like instant coffee and my cappuccino was only just warm. It took around 10 minutes for someone to serve us and there was only around 10 customers sitting around. When the waiter finally came over he was talking on his mobile phone....
What a fantastic find. I'm not going to pretend the standard is what is review a Melbourne cafe to, but leagues above anything I've found elsewhere in Nepal! apparently the bloke who started it up learnt his skills in Sydney, it shows. La Marzocco and Mazzers not at all out of place, and love the 'brew your own' option. milk will come (too) hot but can't complain, just get black if ur feeling fussy. Can also get while bean if you've got an aero in your backpack.
Best cafe in Kathmandu by far. I had a lovely smooth 'latte machiato' which arrived in a tulip cup and with latte art, felt almost back at home in Melbourne. The wall of books to buy is also a highlight, costing a few Australian dollars each (though the sealed plastic packaging discourages browsing!). Great atmosphere and service. Definitely recommend.
I found Himalayan Java on the last day of my second month-long trip to Nepal in 6 months. WHY DID IT TAKE SO LONG? Undoubtedly the best espresso I've had in Nepal and definitely one of the better I've had in Asia. The fact that they roast in-house adds credit. After seeing some La Marzocco promotional materials in the cafe I asked the Barista and in-turn was introduced to the Head Barista and trainer. We got speaking and he showed me the soon-to-be-switched-on FB70 before taking me to see their showroom, with another FB and Linea models. Wow... unexpected. The doppio was decent, had body without being bitter but was unfortunately served in a mug (silent rage). The acidity was low and while not bright or particularly memorable when compared to the top rankers on BH, I've had far worse in so-called espresso bars in Australia. After talking with the Barista I had a second doppio which I recommended he serve in an espresso cup (far-fetched, i know). This was a slightly shorted pour than the first and definitely improved the quality. My friend's latte and long black were both reasonable with decent art on the former. While there are other places in Kathmandu which lay claim to decent coffee (including Fire and Ice just across the street), this is hands-down the best i've had.
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