Food & Coffee
They've got a few sandwiches here and we got the seeni sambol toast. It's tasty (how can seeni sambol not be?) and not bad for Rs. 300.
They've also got a mean brownie here that has got the distinct taste of Hansa's own chocolate, and comes in a decent size for just Rs. 150, so you can't go wrong getting one of these. We also got the Brownie Shake (Rs. 350) to go with it and it's one of my favourite drinks ever - it's a very big chilled glass of super chocolatey milkshake with wonderful little bits of brownie in it.
They have plenty of interesting things on the menu, like Hot Chilli Chocolate, Ice Cream Soda, Chocolate Tea and Chocolate Protein Shake with Peanuts, though not everything is available all the time. We got a steaming cup of Espresso Chocolate Truffle. This was for Rs. 320 and it's very thick and super chocolatey, so on a rainy day this is a perfect choice.
Hansa Coffee is a cosy little room with a few cushy seats on wooden frames, about enough for 10 or 12 people - we included it in our list of Colombo Book Nooks
. We usually see the same loyal customers that return for Hansa's brand of chocolate and coffee. It's also known for Colombo's 'Annasi & Kadalagotu' poetry meetings. It's small though, so it's nice if there's just two or three other customers but if there's more it feels crowded.
The decor is pretty random and quirky, with these patterns painted on the kitchen door, and random things on the walls like a novelty Sri Lankan map, a tiny frame of Mona Lisa and a giant colourful lizard. Service is simple, you just make your order at the coffee counter and it arrives a few minutes later.
Hansa Coffee is a great place for your chocolate related needs and for a nice chill session with a friend or by yourself. And considering it's a coffee lounge, the prices are good (Rs. 1000 for two of us).
Hansa Coffee is a wonderful little cafe for coffee, tea, brownies, sandwiches, and original Hansa chocolate. We love their cosy interior and all the chocolatey options they've got on the menu.
It's run by the people behind Hansa coffee whose packets of ground coffee (now available at all major supermarkets) have turned Sri Lankan coffee from something of a joke to a serious business. Certainly the coffee they brew using their own coffee at the café can be world-class.
The owners are clearly passionate about coffee (they do own a coffee company) and the offerings are more variety – Thai iced coffee, coffee with condensed milk, various spiced coffees - than at other Colombo Cafes. This is also the only café in the city in which you won’t feel ashamed to order something as simple as a milk coffee (Rs. 125).
The interior, while tiny, is cosy and a pleasant enough space to while away a few hours. The good food is also worth lingering for, the fresh and tasty brownies are Rs. 125 and you can order toasted sandwiches to line your
Fundamentally it’s a chilled out space with good local coffee at a reasonable price and its probably the only such place in the city so Yamu give it two thumbs up.
: While we do love the Hansa concept it must be noted that their execution isn’t pitch-perfect. Their plain coffee for example is usually excellent but at times is much too weak. Timing seems to be a key factor, the waiter on duty in the evenings seems far more able than the one on duty in the afternoon. The mornings, when the owners seem to be there, are good too.
: Would it kill you to stay open a bit later on a Friday and Saturday – maybe till 9? And either improve the aircon or get rid of it and install a proper ceiling fan.
Read another review in the Sunday Times.
This little coffeeshop on Fife road is really a breath of fresh air. More accurately, a breath heavy with the scent of freshly brewed coffee. It's really just a hole in the wall but its lack of pretension, excellent local coffee and reasonable prices (Rupees 100-200 for any conceivable sort of coffee) are a slap in the face to Colombo’s larger, overpriced mediocrity-peddling, Starbucks imitation coffee houses.