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About Coffee in India..

The Coffee Belt, which wraps around the globe between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, is where all of the world`s coffee is grown. India was one of the earliest producers of coffee with coffee trees basically as early as the 17th century. The arrival of the British in the 1600s brought coffee plantations to the peak of Bababudan Giris, where a Hindu temple sits today, nestled among the dense forest of coffee trees lining the sharp slopes. 


Before the mid-nineties, the Indian government controlled all of the country`s coffee production and reaped the majority of profits from selling inferior coffee to the Soviet Union. The government paid farmers for quantity while doing little to nothing to regulate or even investigate the quality. The poor quality of their product kept India completely out of contention for sales to worldwide coffee purveyors such as Starbucks when the designer craze of the 1970s took over the coffee world. 

One of the issues facing Indian farmers is that the beans harvested are almost exclusively Robusta beans, which have  a reputation for a harsh and bitter taste. Robusta is routinely used in cheaper grinds and in making instant coffee. 
Sunalini Menon believes that this is due more to the way that Robusta beans are processed than to any inherent inferiority of the beans themselves. Wet roasting is the key to bringing out the buttery and spicy flavor of Robusta beans.
Growing coffee in India often requires growing other crops as well such as cardamom, cocoa, areca nuts and coconuts. 
 

Even the best coffee is only as good as the machine in which it is brewed, so the coffee lovers at Indian Food recommend buying a good coffee machine.

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Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee: What’s the Difference?

The latest in coffee trends is cold brew, which may seem oddly similar to iced coffee. Using Indian coffee beans to brew either of these beverages ensures that your daily brew is environmentally-friendly and provides a great taste. With the trend of cold brew expanding across continents, it’s like an entirely new form of coffee-drinking has appeared.

So what exactly is cold brew? And how is it unique when compared to iced coffee?

·         Taste - many will attest to iced coffee being bitter and a bit weak in flavor; by contrast, cold brew is a more concentrated blend of coffee and is therefore very flavorful but still has a mild taste.

·         Time - iced coffee is made as quickly as any regularly-brewed coffee at home or in a store, whereas cold brew takes two days to make by soaking coffee beans or grounds in water to distill its flavor.

·         Caffeine - despite some opinions that cold brew should have more caffeine since it is more carefully concentrated, both coffee styles have the same amount of caffeine.

Find out more information about cold brew and iced coffee to help you decide which brew is best for your preferences made from delightful Indian coffee beans.

ESPRESSO FREEZE   (makes 1 cup)

1 cup strong black coffee

2 tablespoons condensed milk

pinch of ground cinnamon

few drops vanilla extract

  • Let the coffee cool, then pour into ice cube trays and freeze until solid in the freezer.
  • Place the frozen coffee cubes in a blender and pulse in short burst until grainy. Add all the other ingredients and process until well combined. Spoon into small chilled glasses and serve immediately.

COFFEE WITH CINNAMON AND VANILLA 

(makes 1 cup)

1 cup strong black coffee

2 tablespoons condensed milk

pinch of ground cinnamon

few drops vanilla extract

sugar (optional)

  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Serve hot.

MASALA COFFEE (SPICED COFFEE)

(makes 2 cups)

1 cup water

1 cup milk

1 cinnamon stick (1 inch long)

4 cardamom pods

2 tbsp coffee, regular grind

sugar (optional)

  • Boil water and milk together in saucepan.

  • Add cinnamon stick and cardamom pot into boiling liquid.

  • Boil over medium heat 1 minute.

  • Add grind coffee and boil 3 minutes. Make sure it does not boil over

  • Strain coffee through cheesecloth into another pan.

  • Serve immediately.

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