It's one of those quirky, hole-in-the-wall kinda places where you'd encounter some of the best food and drinks in town. Tucked away in a tiny spot down Fife Road, Hansa does some good coffee and toasties, and it has been praised time and time again by the loyal customers, including the YAMU alumni.
We dropped by Hansa after three years this time, and safe to say that they've managed to keep up their standards so well.
The Espresso Iced Coffee (Rs. 300) was simply brilliant with a shot of espresso nicely blended with a glass of milk. It was refreshing as hell, silky in texture, with the distinct flavor of Hansa coffee seeping through and made for a delicious thirst quencher to beat the typical Colombo heat.
A little tip - make sure to stir this well before you drink it, as the espresso lies in the bottom of the glass, and stirring helps enhance the flavor.
We tried three of their toasties - Marmalade (Rs. 300), Cheese & Tomato (Rs. 350) and Seeni Sambal (Rs. 300).
Stuffed with a generous slathering of marmalade, this tostie isn't anything special to rave about, but it went well with our drinks. The bread was nicely toasted with a little crunchiness from its outside.
Hansa's cheese & tomato toastie was a delicious mix of tomatoes, green chilis and mozzarella, nicely packed in between perfectly toasted bread. The mozzarella binds all the elements together, while a bit of heat from the green chilis emerged through the bread. The tomatoes were a delightfully tangy addition. So good, we gobbled it down as soon as it landed on our table, so we don't have a picture of it. This picture was taken last year and the only difference is that it had been made in a panini toaster. Ours was made from a sandwich maker.
Ah, seeni sambal and paan! It's the most beautiful love story after pol sambol - paan. Hansa stuffs these sandwiches with a delicious homemade seeni sambal that comes as a well balanced combination of sweet and spicy elements and a hint of cinnamon. It's as good as it can get.
Even after three years, the ambience at Hansa Coffee hasn't changed a bit and why should it anyway? It's an air conditioned, cozy little room with comfy seating that gives out a home-like vibe, and we like it that way. Also, they've got good WiFi, so it's a place to sit in, plug in your laptop and get some work done or dive into your favorite book. Sure the place gets crowded during day time because of their loyal customers but it won't stop you from falling in love with the place.
From what we gathered, it seems like Hansa has become one of those secret BYOB places now (but no hard liquor I hope). We saw a couple of gentlemen sharing a beer, which is pretty cool. So if you're into that, you can ring them up and ask for more deets.
The girl behind the counter was super attentive and friendly. Our food was served within 10 minutes, which is really fast service as the place was fully packed on the day we visited.
When it comes to the whole cafe/coffee scene in Colombo, Hansa Coffee is a classic. We've always been a fan of their toasties, coffee and chocolate based drinks, and it's nice to see how they've kept their game strong even during a time when new cafes popping in every corner of town.
The Blue Swan operates from their home-base now.
Hansa Coffee has been renamed as The Blue Swan.
We've always been a fan of Hansa's toasties, coffee and chocolate based drinks, and it's nice to see how they've kept their game strong even during a time when new cafes are popping every corner in town.
Hansa Coffee is a great place for original Hansa coffee and chocolate, and brownies. It's an affordable, cosy coffee lounge.
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.
සිංහල අපි මෙතැනට ගොඩ වුණේ කැෆේ එක ඇරලා විනාඩි 30කින් වගේ. හැබැයි මෙනුවේ තියෙන සේරම කෑම ගන්න තිබුණා.
සිංහල ෆයිෆ් පාරේ පිහිටි මේ පුංචි කෝපිහල ඇත්තෙන්ම නැවුම් හුස්මකි. වඩාත් නිවැරදිව කියනවා නම් වත් කරන ලද ඉස්තරම් නැවුම් කෝපි සුවඳින් බර හුස්මකි. එය බිත්තියේ සිදුරක් වැනි පුංචි ඉඩකි. එහෙත්, බොරු සෝබන නැති එහි කදිම දේශීය කෝපි සාධාරණ මිලට ඇත. (ඕනෑම සිතාගතහැකි කෝපි වර්ගයක මිළ රු. 100ත් 200ත් අතර වේ.) එය ඇත්තෙන්ම කොළඹ සුවිසල් හීනමානී ස්ටාර්බක්ස් අනුකරණ කෝපිහල්වලට නියම කම්මුල්පාරකි.