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This website will provide you with information about coffee, with a particular focus about coffee in India. Lean back, enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea if you prefer) and explore this website...
Tracing the Magic of the Coffee Bean in India
India has originally been a tea-drinking nation and like China, had its centuries-old spiritual roots totally
immersed in a cup of tea until the British came along and levied a heavy tax on this favorite nation-wide beverage
in the 19th century (a nice article of the history of tea drinking in Inida can be read on www.tea.in/history).
This drove the Indians towards coffee and even today, the most common way of having coffee
in India is to sweeten it with sugar and blend it with milk till it is light brown in color. It is only when
someone does not wish to have milk that black coffee is served but this is more the exception than the rule.
Indians have always valued their coffee courtesy of its stimulating powers and most Indians like to have a good, strong and aromatic cup of coffee first thing in the morning in order to clear the cobwebs of sleep and fortify themselves for the rigors of daily life. Since the health aspect of coffee is always under a cloud in India owing to the presence of caffeine, there are some health conscious people who limit their consumption to a single cup a day while others, especially office-goers, rely on more than one cup to keep themselves alert during the working hours.
It is in the southern region of India that coffee is treated as the epitome of culture in form of its famous avatar, the Indian filter coffee. This preparation of coffee is so named because it is the outcome of a metal filter and brewed in a particular style. For South-Indians, beginning a day without filter coffee is akin to waking to a morning without the Sun being visible in the sky, such is its importance. The iconic nature of coffee in this region is also strongly reflected in the manner in which it is served to the guests and its flavor and strength being representative of the financial status of the host. Being the oldest form of coffee in India which apart from being widely prevalent has crossed its domestic threshold to be commercially available, it has traversed from the era of being flavored with honey and jaggery to the contemporary times of being sweetened with granulated sugar.
While the South-Indians have always been enamored with their home-made version, people in other regions of the country particularly the west and the north sipped their first cup of coffee when the first of the coffee-houses made their appearance on the horizon. An idea involving presentation of coffee to people through a specialized outlet may have started as an experiment but soon caught everyone’s imagination. Therefore, in the western and northern hubs like Mumbai and Delhi, it is common to find a group of youngsters occupying a lengthy table at a coffee house or a couple using it as a rendezvous or even a solitary reaper poring over a book in a corner while relishing his cup of coffee after a day’s work. Coffee served in such outlets may be of various kinds and customers are really not concerned about the time of the day while ordering their favorite style.
Contemporary coffee drinking in India is not just limited to coffee houses but is gradually gaining tempo in its residential version as is evident from more and more people buying coffee makers to suit their lifestyle. Such people do visit cafes as well but relish a cup brewed from freshly ground coffee powder which could be concocted any time at home. After all, why not have the best of both worlds?