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Coffee and a Story!

August 16, 2016 Kunal Ross

The Indian Bean   The Indian Bean travels around the countryside in search of Indian coffee beans, building a community that supports indigenous and socially conscious farming practices. The Indian Bean is single origin, from one farm/ estate and is the pouring brand in Leaping Windows in Mumbai , Daddy’s Deli in Bengaluru and a few other coffee shops across India.   Coffee Varieties   Appa: Washed Arabica from Coorg Malnad: A roasted mix of Arabica, Natural Arabica and Natural Robusta Forest Coffee: 100% Arabica from deep in the BR Hills, Karnataka Kaldeva: From Kaldevapura estate in Baba Budangiri, Karnataka...


BEAN STOCK: FIVE INDIAN COFFEE BRANDS TO TRY

May 16, 2016 Kunal Ross

May 16, 2016 The Daily Pao Despite the fact that India is a major coffee-producing nation, until the arrival of cafe chains such as Barista and CCD the beverage was to a large extent the preserve of south Indian states where the stuff is grown. The rest of us contentedly drank instant coffee. Filter coffee was had as a meal-ender at Udupi joints and in restaurants that by the enlightened standards of today served brews that would be considered undrinkable. It’s only in the last five years or so that coffee has acquired a cachet among a constituency of consumers keen to know the provenance...


8 TRIED AND TESTED PLACES TO GET GOURMET INDIAN COFFEE Text by Tanisha Choudhury

May 14, 2016 Kunal Ross

We tried all kinds of coffee, so you could have only the best! There is a special kind of joy to be found in starting the day with the scintillating aroma of coffee wafting through the house, promising that perfect cup of joe, with just the right flavour and body to make you feel like you can conquer the world — even the Monday ahead of you. We understand how special that feeling is and how hard to come by it can be. Hence, we tasted all the homegrown gourmet coffee we could lay our hands on (no mean feat)...


THE RELUCTANT GOURMET A shot of the fine grown

March 11, 2016 Kunal Ross

Elephant poop. Not the most elegant sentence to begin a food column with, I admit. But you have to admit, as first lines go, that’s a tough one to top. Elephant poop coffee to be specific. I’m rather bitter about this. I was just getting used to the idea of Kopi Luwak (made from partly digested coffee cherries defecated by the Asian palm civet). Once labelled the most expensive coffee in the world, it rapidly became de rigueur at posh brunches. “Kopi Luwak with your freshly-baked croissant, madam?” It took a year for me to nod elegantly at the waiter,...


Ahead of International Coffee Day, we trace its journey

October 08, 2015 Kunal Ross

Hobson-Jobson, the 1886 Anglo-Indian lexicon explains ‘coffee’ as derived from the Arabic ‘kahwa’ (originally used to refer to wine). India’s connection is interesting: in south India, coffee was introduced by a Muslim pilgrim named Baba Budan. According to folklore, the pilgrim smuggled seven seeds out of Mecca (in the 17th century), and planted them on the Chandragiri hills (now named Bababudangiri in Chikmagalur, Karnataka). Today, coffee machines may be de rigeur at every office pantry, but the earliest adopters were south Indian households. Filter coffee was about brewing ground coffee beans using a traditional filter. Entrepreneurs from Udupi in Karnataka,...