If you are a South Indian, you sure would know what an important role coffee occupies in every house. Just like it’s “ Ek cup chai hojaye? ” in the North of India, it’s “ Coffee kudithira*? ” here. We just need an excuse for it.
My love for coffee goes back a long way. My favorite thing about the weekend used to be the fact that Mom would be at home and I would get to pester her to make coffee multiple times. 🙂 Every few hours, I would do the “Ammaaaa… ” and she would know. She would scold me saying “ It’s almost lunch time ” or “ You just had a cup sometime back! ”. I would either get grumpy or I would be all surprised and ask when did I have it? Either way, mom would relent and I would have another cup.
When I say coffee, I mean the traditional South Indian filter coffee. When I joined work, I made a lot of friends from the North, I was surprised that many of them didn’t know how a filter looked or how it was used! But then it isn’t popular there. What you see in the pic is the traditional coffee filter. Of course now you get a wide variety of sophisticated coffee makers, which essentially do the same job!
The decoction that you get from the filter is mixed with hot milk and sugar and then it’s.. pure bliss… 🙂
The favorite hangout place for us friends also used to be the Cafe Coffee Day outlet in our area. For me it was always something from their hot coffee. I don’t really enjoy cold coffee that much. The pic shows a cup of Cappuccino that was served to me once, at CCD. Apt, isn’t it? 🙂 But over time, somehow I started having problems with these Cappuccinos, Lattes and even the vending machine coffee. I used to have an uneasy feeling in the tummy after drinking it. So I gave it up altogether! It was filter coffee or nothing!
Strangely, for the two years I was in Chennai, I never had coffee, it used to be only tea! Coffee se Chai! Madras filter coffee is very famous and yet when I was there I had grown a liking for tea. This was mainly because the office vendor served horrible coffee and my roommates never used to have tea/coffee. So the elaborate procedure of making decoction just for myself seemed tiring.
But since the time I am back in Bangalore, it’s been back to coffee and a few cups of tea thrown in. 🙂 Every year I make a resolution to reduce the amount of tea/coffee I consume, but I end up breaking it. 😦 At the end of the day, consuming too much coffee or tea is not good, and I know it. Yet…. 😛
* “ Will you have some coffee? ” in Kannada.
** Coffee Filter pic, courtesy Google Images