It is said coffee culture is growing in India these days.
Let’s flip the pages of history once.
Coffee was known from approximately the 9th century and was documented in the 18th century.
Coffee was there in India since the 1670s when Baba Budan brought beans tucked around his belly to Chikmagalur/Coorg. In fact this was the first in world history when coffee beans were smuggled from middle east and because of this smuggling that the Europe, America and Indonesia got coffee beans. So kudos to that!
qahawat-al-bun = wine of the bean
As the laziness among ancestors of the current generation grew this word got trimmed to qahawat became qahwa which became koffiee which finally became coffee.
A long journey from a meaningful word to a word which goes attributed the meaning.
Since Coorg was the first place where India grew coffee south Indians were one of the first drinkers.
Chicory is a fragrant root of a plant which has stimulating effects too on a milder note.
South Indians had their traditional filter coffee which had a mix of chicory and coffee as a ritual in the morning.
Coastal weather + Beach + Early morning Sun + smell of freshly brewed filter coffee was mandatory for them.
Strong decoctions were brewed; apparently coffee brewed by the south Indian way has a higher dose of caffeine than an espresso shot.
We Indians were never great with machinery. We stuck to the traditional way of making coffee. In the meanwhile Italians started making machines which could force hot water through coffee grounds to make coffee faster as drip coffee took longer. Thus emerged the espresso machines somewhere around 1880’s .
About the writer:
15+ years as avid coffee drinker, Nutan has had a chance to enjoy diverse coffee experiences -
tasting coffee beans, visiting plantations, roasteries and coffee shops, trying out coffees makers, making practices & recipes. The blog is an attempt to distill & consolidate all the wonder in the coffee world, with special attention on Indian traditional versions