A Day in the Life - First Sip colorpencils
South Indian Kaapi is very special and a matter of pride in that region. I had never known coffee was not native to India until I came across its origins in the menu-card in an Ethiopian Restaurant in New York many years ago. Imagine my surprise-especially since my grandparents are from Coorg, the coffee capital of India :) I spent many a vacation with them and trips are all full of memories of fragrant white coffee flowers and red berries under a canopy of rubber trees. I often wondered about the coffee's debut in India since then but never pursued it.
Today I finally went sniffing the coffee trail. I came upon the story of Baba Budan, a Sufi Muslim from India who brought back seven seeds as a souvenir from his trip to Mecca in 1720 and planted them outside his cave in the hills now known as Baba Budan Giri. The coffee plants and the drink took a foothold in the area. The Coffee plantations soon became an industry under the British.
I brought with me from India the traditional coffee filter to make the 'kaapi' and for many many years now my day has started with the ritual of drinking coffee in the special stainless steel 'lote'. My hubby grinds the coffee beans fresh every time just before making the 'decoction' and that adds to the flavor :) For the curious, check here for recipe and ritual of south Indian kaapi.