Filter Kappi: A Strong Cultural Concoction Brews In South India
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Delhi, Sept. 24 -- The smell of freshly-brewed beans wafts in the air as I make my way to a store in Coorg. Even though I tilt towards tea when it comes to my choice of beverages, it is hard to ignore the rich scent of coffee. While there are dime a dozen coffee houses that have sprung up in the country, serving cappuccinos and espressos with a bloated price tag, fierce loyalists and coffee connoisseurs swear by the 'real' coffee culture that has South India in its grip.
It never ceases to amaze me how coffee, which originated in Ethiopia, found its grip in South India. According to popular belief, coffee beans made their way to India with a Sufi named Baba Budan, who snuck them into the subcontinent in the 16th Century. He...
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