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“A small miracle!”

Hansa Ceylon Coffee
Ranked #14 of 31 Coffee & Tea in Colombo
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Weimar, Thüringen, Germany
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“A small miracle!”
Reviewed March 9, 2013

Hansa cafe is hands down THE best place for coffee in Sri Lanka! Now that is a big call I know, but it is true. The cafe is small and leans towards 'artzy cool' - It is popular with the local intelligentsia and photographers and rumour has it that George Clooney visited the cafe in disguise and loved the place too. This place is not for impatient people though as good coffee takes time to prepare and due to the cafe's small size sometimes one must wait a little while to receive their order. However, it is a place where everyone end up talking to each other and this combined with the vast array of magazines ensures that any wait is entertaining. They have yummy home made cakes and brownies too. It is the closest thing to New York or Berlin.

  • Visited March 2013
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5 Thank Hamish John A
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Colombo
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“The best coffee in Sri Lanka!”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

A small, down to earth cafe which makes one feel entirely at home, which certainly helps make the daily cupful all the more enjoyable. No pretense whatsoever. An occasional poetry reading/musical line up and the wonderful aroma of coffee also adds to the experience.

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank Eresha w
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
101 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Good coffee but lots of rough edges”
Reviewed February 18, 2013

This is a place I really want to love but unfortunately a few things prevent me from rating it higher. A small, local and quirky cafe serving locally grown, fair trade coffee and run by friendly staff. Hansa is the only good locally grown coffee and available as ground coffee or whole beans. The cafe serves a variety of hot and cold coffees that are both good and reasonably priced compared to the overpriced cafes in Colombo.

But my last visit they took nearly 45 mins to serve bring me a coffee and the limited snack menu was a bit expensive for what was served. The food was basic which would have been fine if it was priced a bit lower. The brownies are excellent and value for money though. Mainly go for the coffee and hope the service is better than my last visit. It has been better on previous visits but tends to be a bit hit and miss. For some strange reason they also refused to serve sugar separately. Either with or without but not served for you to mix in. Strange!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Nishan P
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colombo
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“The best coffee in the world”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

I felt I had to comment on the many negative comments on Hansa coffee on trip advisor once I was told by a friend about it. As these comments seem to be made in such a short space of time, they are suspicious to say in the least. I have been using Hansa for many years now and have seen it grow from rarely available coffee to being available far more widely at present, and we are certainly fortunate to have such a gourmet product in this part of the world. The pure chocolate they produce is also world class and growing in reputation. Sri Lankan coffee was practically undrinkable in the days before Hansa. It is absolutely stupendous at present, can be rated as one of the best in the world for coffeeholics of which I happen to be one and their coffee outlet on Fife Road serves the only proper coffee in Colombo, with world-class coffee drinks, and even those that are not available anywhere else. I feel this is a concerted effort on the part of an unscrupulous element, to discredit one of Sri Lanka’s most special and loved products. May Hansa live on!

  • Visited January 2013
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3 Thank saro f
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“Best of a poor lot”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, Almost everything available in the west is available here. Except for a decent cup of local coffee. So most of the time you are compelled to live with Nescafe.

Hansa is the best of the lot and comes in a variety of flavours - arabic, expresso etc. but frankly they all taste the same. The wholebean gives you better value for money is bought and ground at home.

Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Krajjy
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