Winters in K-town are nothing short of a celebration for the people. For a city which usually experiences eight to nine months of summers, the arrival of the first winter breeze means indulging in the seasonal delights of dry fruits, roasted nuts and the absolute favourite ‘Coffee’.
People of K-town flock to one such heartwarmingly cozy coffee spot which is none other than Gloria Jean’s Coffees. Australian owned and locally operated Gloria has created waves since its opening; as people become ardent fans of its coffee brews and savouries. Having successfully opened two outlets in Karachi previously, their next coffee pit stop is located at the corner of Khayaban-e-Shujaat and Khayaban-e-Muslim.
With the cool morning breeze billowing, warm frothy Irish Nut Crème or the tequila Espresso shots from Gloria are just a turn away. Even though this new outlet is small, it does not lose its signature style; one step in and the customer is swept away by the wafting aroma of freshly ground coffee that surrounds the entire room. Once inside, the choices for hot or cold coffee brews are endless. For all the hot coffee purists, there is a wide variety of Espresso Classics to choose from- it could be a simple Cappuccino, a strong shot of Espresso or as per the recommendation of a coffee addict the Ristretto.
‘Coffee is a language in itself”- Jackie Chan
In addition to creating blends for coffee purists, Gloria has a treat in store for all those caffeine addicts who dare to try luscious flavours incorporated in their brews; you can sip your morning blues through a Café Mocha, a sweet Caramelatte or the Chocolate Macadamia Latte, each of which is bound to warm you right down to your toes. Despite the popularity of the hot brews many prefer a cold version of this coffee elixir offered at Gloria, lest anyone is disappointed. The sensational Crème Brulee or the ever favourite Cookies n Cream is sure to be a hit. A visit to Gloria at Shujaat is not complete without a muffin or slice of cake to accompany the beverage ordered.
Alternatively the weather in Karachi is mostly warm with a tenacity to heat up during the middle of the year to which Gloria provides chilly solutions- an assortment of fruit chillers or iced tea in interesting flavours. So this summer beat the heat with these exotic blends of tropical fruits and ice or simply lounge around with a large iced tea because that is cool.
To sum up, Gloria Jean’s at Khayaban-e-Shujaat might be fairly small in size, but it is fully equipped to handle all your coffee cravings whether hot, cold or chilled. Irrespective of the size, the service is prompt and satisfying. The place is seen crammed with young and old alike since it is near the residential area; it offers the much loved brew conveniently. Bear in mind that since capacity for seating is compact, on a busy weekend night or weekend mornings you might have to wait a little for your turn. Nevertheless once inside this aromatic haven let the coffee work its magic.