Coffee 101 or How I went from Adrak Chai to French Roast

Chai chai … Chai garam…  India, divided by geography, culture, religion but united by the humble cutting chai. Served in earthen pots, chinaware or uniquely designed glasses the humble tea is the working Indians one thread to vanity. I have long loved this mystical drink that wakes me up and makes me go through the day… but this is not about that! What veronica is to betty.. Coffee is to tea.. Hip classy takes some effort to please.. may not turnout perfect always..

My time in Bangalore got me closer to this bean and the relationship has been good so far.. Coffee is extracted from beans full or grounded and individual process in each step determines the difference in coffee.

Types of Beans – Arabica and Robusta are the most widely used beans.  Robusta is what goes into your Instant coffee and is typically cheap in pricing and flavour. It has a bad brand image as MNCs producing bulks of instant coffee are said to procure them by unfair means and unregulated pricing from poor farmers.. did i check.. naah trust wki..

Arabiaica is the good son.  Your popular Starbucks, Gorgia and other famous coffee chains make their overpriced cuppas from this bean.I keep saying beans. But in reality its the coffee seed…aaa what difference does it make anyway!

Roast – In a neat little table. Memorize to impress the ladies.

Roast level Notes Surface Flavor
Light Cinnamon roast, half city, New England Dry Lighter-bodied, higher acidity, no obvious roast flavor
Medium Full city, American, regular, breakfast, brown Dry Sweeter than light roast; more body exhibiting more balance in acid, aroma, and complexity.
Full Roast High, Viennese, Italian Espresso, Continental Slightly shiny Somewhat spicy; complexity is traded for heavier body/mouth-feel. Aromas and flavors of roast become clearly evident.
Double Roast French Very oily Smokey-sweet; light bodied, but quite intense. None of the inherent flavors of the bean are recognisable.

Medium and full roast are the ones that occupy most shelves. The Double Roast or the French is what caught my fancy. Its strong and bold and not for the faint hearted. In reality i felt challenged when i read the last bit 😀

Grind –U can’t eat the damn beans you know!

If you ask me there are only 2 kinds ey way they give it to you and the way it should have been.. hehe… No,  ask for coarsely grounded slightly chunky if you will use the French press (described below) and finely grounded for the machine use. Unfortunately coffee cannot be made without the right equipments in the right combination.. aah my humble tea.. romancing you is so much more convenient..

Process/brew/the thing you my drinker have to do –

You have the powder thingie, you want to drinkie?? pick one of the 4 methods below.

Stovepresso – Effective and applicable to the Indian kitchen.

French Press – My personal favourite and a copy of the humble filter cofi of South Indians. I don’t know who found it first but my Matunga idli churning auntie was the first to tell me about it!

Your DIY coffee pot – In most homes and offices.  Looking for some strange picture. Please send link.

Rise on the Machines – These things make you feel that coffee making is for the pros and paying money at the local coffee shop is worth it.. Anna sneers in t he corner sipping his Filter coffee. Some really take it over board. True Story.

Hmm i am tired and could do with a cup myself!

Credits –

Inspired this post. And my obsession to make sense of this coffee business.

The place that knows its coffee.  Lots of time spent in Bangalore. Indian Coffee House.

Someone trying to make a difference in the Indian coffee business. Indian Coffee Board

Java City at Church Street Bangalore. A few old guys strum jazz and blues.

Java City@ChurchStreet, Bangalore

What makes me work most Monday Mornings. CCD@Office

And a few random events transpired in a coffee shop 😉