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    ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ is the Indian entry to the Gourmand International (Book) Award this time

    The jacket of the book ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ written by journalist P.T. Bopanna.

    The jacket of the book ‘The Romance of Indian Coffee’ written by journalist P.T. Bopanna.

    The Indian entry to the Gourmand International (Book) Award this time is on what until recently was a south Indian addiction: coffee.

    With the coffee culture proliferating across India, thanks to chains like Starbucks, Barista and Café Coffee Day, the routine act of consuming the black decoction stirred in milk, as most people do, and with or without sugar – which again is a personal choice – has acquired an uber-cool image among the Gen Y.

    Bengaluru-based journalist P.T. Bopanna has brought alive this unique trait in his book The Romance of Indian Coffee , now shortlisted for the Gourmand International Award, where it will vie for the top honours among coffee books from Brazil, France, China, Thailand, and the U.S., to name a few.

    Hailing from Kodagu, which is the home of coffee in India, it was natural for Mr. Bopanna to feel inspired to write on the brew which has a universal appeal.

    “My earlier works were Kodagu-centric, but I found a wider canvas in coffee which is also related to Kodagu,” said Mr. Bopanna.

    “The book traces the history of coffee in India with interesting titbits about the brew and how its cultivation in the shade lends it a unique flavour, unlike coffee grown in the open in most other countries,” explained Mr. Bopanna, who believes that making coffee is an art. Notwithstanding the proliferation of coffee bars, the best filter coffee, he said, was still prepared in the bylanes of Chennai and elsewhere in Tamil Nadu.

    The contribution of Ivor Bull, a British planter, who introduced intercropping and is a legend among the locals, has been highlighted in the book as also recipes for making coffee liqueur.

    But ironically, he notes that Kodavas, who market home-grown coffee to the rest of the world and have spanned a coffee culture in India, have taken after the British and prefer tea!

    There are entries from as many as 64 countries for the Gourmand awards, started in 1995 as a celebration of global cookbook and wine book publishing. The final results will be announced on May 28 at Yantai, China.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Karnataka / by R. Krishna Kumar / Mysuru – January 31st, 2016

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    Mysuru :

    Paying rich tributes to Field Marshal K.M. Cariappa on his 117th birthday, Mysuru Kodava Samaja President M. K. Kuttappa today said, “considering the services rendered by Field Marshal Cariappa during the First and Second World Wars, the Government should celebrate the birth anniversary of the warrior as a State festival.”

    Speaking after offering floral tributes to the portrait of the Field Marshal at a function organised by the Kodava Samaja at Field Marshal K. M. Cariappa Circle (Metropole Circle) in city, Kuttappa recalled that K. M. Cariappa was the first Chief of Army Staff in India who sent Indian troops to take part in United Nations sponsored missions.

    Maj. Gen. (Retd.) C.K. Karumbaya, speaking on the occasion, said that Field Marshal Cariappa, who was an epitome of discipline and hard work, should be taken as a role model by the youth.

    Kodava Samaja Vice-President B.M. Nanaiah, Hon. Secretary M.P. Kalaiah, Joint Secretary Prema Uthaiah, Capt. Narasimha Sharma, Social Worker Srinivasa Gandhi, Kodava Samaja Cultural and Sports Club Vice-President N.M. Thimmaiah, Secretary K.D. Muthappa, Corporators H.N. Srikantaiah & M.J. Ravi Kumar, former Presidents of Kodava Samaja Dr. A.A. Kuttappa, K.A. Kariappa & M.M. Karumbaiah, office-bearers and members of the Samaja and the Club were present on the occasion.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> General News / January 28th, 2016

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    January 30th, 2016adminCoffee News, World Opinion

    Bogota, Columbia :

    The biggest producer in the world of mild washed arabica coffee had record production of 14.2 million 60kg. bags in 2015, the highest in the past 23 years. In December 2015, Colombia’s coffee crop grew 34% to 1.4 million bags, the highest in that month in the past 20 years. Colombian coffee production grew 83% in the past four years, from 7.7 million in 2012 to 14.2 million 60kg. bags in 2015.

    “This is excellent news for all Colombian coffee growers and the result of the joint efforts of the coffee growers and the government, who were able to renew the national coffee growing industry and reposition Colombia as a main player in the international market,” said National Federation of Coffee Growers of Colombia chief executive Robert Velez Vallejo.

    In line with production, the export of Colombian Coffee sustained high levels of growth. During 2015, external sales surpassed 12.7 million bags of 60 kilos, 16% more that 10.9 million 60kg. bags exported the previous year. In Decevenmber, 1.2 million of Colombian coffee bags were exported, representing 13% more than the 1.1 million bags a year earlier.

    So far this crop year, 3.5 million 60kg. bags were exported, 14% above the 3 million 60kg. bags that were sold during the same period the previous year.

    source: http://www.vendingtimes.net / Vending Times / Home / Issue Date. Vol. 6, No.2,February 2016 / posted January 29th, 2016 / Emily Jed – Emily@vendingtimes.net

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    The south chapter of the Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 have completed, with rally legend Jagat Nanjapa achieving first place in the off-roading challenge event

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    After the completion of the north chapter of the Force Gurkha RFC India 2016 last week, the south chapter have also completed now. Off-roading rally expert Jagat Nanjapa along with Chethan (co-driver) has achieved podium finish in the inaugural south chapter of the RFC India 2016 event. Nanjapa, who is an experienced rallyist, is also a nine time winner of the Indian National Rally Riders Championship. Nanjapa and Chethan, representing the V5 Offroaders of Coorg, have been able to achieve an overall score of 525 out of 600 points. The south chapter was held for two days, comprising of rigorous stages with six extremely tough sections or Special Stages (SS). With 11 teams participating in the south chapter of the RFC India 2016 challenge, it was an extreme test of driver skills, coordination, patience, and recovery techniques under extreme off-road conditions.

    The winner of the south chapter, Jagat Nanjapa, will be offered the second wild card entry to the mother event which will be held from 22nd July to 29th July in Goa. Tejinder Pal Singh from Gerrari Offroaders Chandigarh is the winner of the north chapter of RFC India 2016, and will also be participating at the main event in Goa.

    Speaking about his achievement, Jagat Nanjapa, member of V5 Offroaders of Coorg, said, “It was a superb experience. Certain obstacles that we did in a few Special Stages were completely new experiences for us. They made us push our vehicle to its limit and also made us realize that a lot of upgrade is required on our Jeep to make it ready for the Goa event. Apart from vehicle modification, I am also going to work on my physical fitness over the next few months to be completely ready for the competition ahead.”

    The Force Gurkha RFC India is part of the international Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia. The Indian leg of the Rainforest Challenge is owned by the Delhi-based Cougar Motorsport Pvt Ltd. The company feels that with such events like the north and south chapters, the off-roading sport will receive further publicity, which in-turn will attract more participants in the future events.

    source: http://www.zigwheels.com / ZigWheels.com / Home> News & Features / by Janak Sorap / January 29th, 2016

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    January 28th, 2016adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Education

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    The 67th Republic Day was celebrated in a grand manner at General Thimmaiah Stadium on Tuesday.

    Speaking on the occasion, Food, Civil Supplies and District In-charge Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao said, “It was a challenge to draft a constitution for a country like India as it had various religions and culture. But Dr B R Ambedkar gave the best Constitution to the country on January 26, 1950. We must live up to the expectations of Ambedkar by following equality and brotherhood.”

    MLC M P Sunil Subramani, City Municipal Council President Srimati Bangera, Deputy Commissioner Meer Anees Ahmed, SP Vartika Katiar, Zilla Panchayat CEO Charulata Somal and others were present.

    District Armed Police and schools, college students took part in the march past. General Thimmaiah school Guides team and GMP School Seva Dal team and St Micheal School guides team won the first, second and third prizes respectively.

    The students of Little Flower School, Madikeri, St Joseph Kannada Medium School, Rajeshwari Vidyalaya, Government Pre-university College High School section and St Micheal Higher Primary English Medium School performed dances to the patriotic songs.

    Goravara Kunitha and Dollu Kunitha, organised by the Department of Kannada and Culture, were the highlights of the programme.

    Subramani distributed prizes the winners of the marathon competition. The winners are: Class 6-7 category: Dilip-I, Tanusha-I; Class 8-10 category M C Milan-I, M S Suman-II and College category: Manoj-I, Rajeshwari-II and Leena-III.

    source: http://www.deccanherald.com / Deccan Herald / Home> District / DHNS – Madikeri, January 26th, 2016

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    Bengaluru :

    Three men from Kodagu have made their heartland proud by playing a leading role in Tuesday’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Their families are happy their young and courageous sons have brought fame to their district.

    Bommanda Chengappa, 76, is overjoyed that his only son, Colonel Bommanda Dheeraj Chengappa, 45, participated as a commandant of the President’s bodyguard at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi. Chengappa, himself a former BSF man, says it’s a great honour for the family.”Dheeraj was selected for the Army through the UPSC. He lives New Delhi with his wife and son. Dheeraj loves Kodagu, and speaks the Kodava language, but since he spent most of his childhood in Army schools, he is more fluent in English and Hindi,”laughs Chengappa. Dheeraj graduated from Delhi University and then joined the Army. Chengappa and wife Reeta, who live on their estate in Ammathi, Virajpet taluk, say they they visited him a month ago.

    Captain Balyamanda Thimmaiah, 28, son of retired colonel Balyamanda Kaverappa, led the mechanized force contingent (Bees Bahadur). Kaverappa and his wife Pushpa are proud that Thimmaiah, an alumnus of APS Delhi, COPS Gonikoppal, St Joseph’s and MS Ramaiah College of Law, Bengaluru, participated in the parade. The family lives in Virajpet.

    Mandapanda C Thimmaiah participated in the MiG-29 flypast at the parade. His father Mandapanda Sada Chengappa, a coffee planter residing at Chermabane, said these youths are giving Kodagu its moment in the sun. His other son, MC Appaiah, is in the Air Force.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> City> Bangalore / TNN / January 27th, 2016

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    New Delhi :

    Hockey India on Monday announced the 18 member Indian Women’s and Men’s squad for the 12th South Asian Games to be held at Guwahati and Shillong.

    The 12th South Asian Games will see the Indian eves play against Sri Lanka and Nepal while the men’s team will be competing with Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and arch rivals Pakistan. The hockey matches will be hosted at Moullana MD. Tayabullah Hockey Stadium, Bhetapara in Guwahati from February 7 to 14, 2016.

    Neil Hawgood, chief coach of the women’s team said, “This tournament is of key importance in our scheme of things. Having secured the Olympic berth it is important for us to play as many international games as possible and the 12th South Asian Games also allows us to try new players giving us a much wider spread of talent to choose from for the upcoming Rio Olympics.”

    This team will see Yogita Bali and Sonal Minz guard our goal posts while Jaspreet Kaur, Renuka Yadav, Gurjeet Kaur, Hnialum Lal Ruat Feli, Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam and Ponnamma Mallamada Narendra will form the defensive wall for India. Captain Ritu Rani along with Deepika, Sonica, Preeti Dubey and Shyama Tirgam will form the midfield for the team while Rani, Jyoti Gupta, Punam Barla, Neha Goyal and Soundarya Yendala will form the forward line for the team.

    The Indian men’s team announced today will include Vikas Dahiya and Pankaj Rajak as goal keepers while Gaganpreet Singh, Chiyanna AB, Sukhmanjeet Singh, Nilam Sanjip Xess, Ajitesh Roy and the experienced Gurbaj Singh will form the defence line for the team. The midfield line includes Manpreet Singh Mangal Singh Chahal, Vikas Chaudhary, Ajay Yadav and Pradhan Sommanna P. Mohd Umar, Anup Amarpal Valmiki, Mandeep Antil (Captain), PL Thimmanna, Gagandeep Singh and Ajit Kumar Pandey will complete the forward line for team India.

    “The team has been together in the camp for quite some time now and the boys are quite upbeat about putting in a strong show at the 12th South Asian Games. We hope to convert our Silver at the last edition of the South Asian Games into Gold this year and will surely put on display our best game,” said coach BJ Kariappa.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News Home> Sports> Hockey / TNN / January 25th, 2016

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    Mysuru :

    Yesterday, SOM reported that along with the Coffee-bean tableau representing Kodagu and Karnataka at this year’s Republic Day Parade, a Kodava Col. Bommanda Dhiraj Chengappa would be escorting the President to the saluting dais.

    Now it is learnt that one more Kodava officer, 28-year-old Capt. Ballyamanda Caverappa Thimmaiah will be leading the MECH Force Contingent (Bees Bahadur) in the R-Day Parade at the National Capital.

    Presently posted at Ambala in Haryana, Capt. B.C. Thimmaiah is the son of Col. Ballyamanda Kaveriappa (Retd.) and Pushpa Kaveriappa, residents of Appayaswamy Road in Virajpet, Kodagu.

    Capt. Thimmaiah is an alumnus of Army Public School (APS) Delhi, Coorg Public School (COPS), Gonikoppal, Kodagu and M.S. Ramaiah College of Law, Bengaluru.

    After a brief stint as a lawyer, Capt. Thimmaiah joined the Services in the year 2013 and his first posting was at Hissar, Haryana.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / Monday – January 25th, 2016

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    The President’s limousine flanked by Col. Bommanda Dhiraj Chengappa (left) at the dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, exiting the Rashtrapati Bhavan to enter the Rajpath along with other Horsemen.

    The President’s limousine flanked by Col. Bommanda Dhiraj Chengappa (left) at the dress rehearsal for the Republic Day Parade, exiting the Rashtrapati Bhavan to enter the Rajpath along with other Horsemen.

    by N. Niranjan Nikam, Senior Journalist

    Kodagu, the Coffee Land of Karnataka,’ is the tableau from the State chosen for the 67th Republic Day Parade at Rajpath this year.

    However, there is one more Kodagu connection which the Kodavas and the Kannadigas can be really proud of that will be on display at the RD Parade.

    I was visiting a Kodava’s house here in the city recently. As I was about to leave, after chatting for quite some time with her and her friend, who had come from Ooty, the lady hesitatingly brought out two photographs. It was of a handsome young man in full military uniform standing tall in the Ashoka Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhavan and in another picture sitting on a horseback in army’s resplendent uniform.

    Disguising her pride, she said in a very low voice that the person in the photographs was her nephew. She gave me his mobile number. I called him and immediately a soft, pleasant voice answered. After introducing myself, I asked him whether he was Colonel Bommanda Dhiraj Chengappa and he confirmed that indeed it was him.

    He is the Commandant, President’s Bodyguard. “I am going to escort the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee on January 26th, the Republic Day, from the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan to the saluting dais on Rajpath,” said Col. Chengappa, who is the first Kodava to escort the President.

    The Bodyguard consists of 46 Horsemen out of which 20 are ahead of the President’s Limousine and 20 in the rear. The Commandant (that is Chengappa) and the second in command will be on either side of the limousine in which the President travels. The trumpeter and the Regimental colours — party of four — will be behind the car, he said.

    “On reaching the Saluting Dais, I will present the National Salute which initiates the unfurling of the National Flag, accompanied by the National Anthem and the 21 Gun Salute. The Parade commences thereafter,” explained Col. Chengappa in detail.

    The President’s Bodyguard, all of 243-years-old, is the senior most unit in the Army, raised in 1773, on the lines of the Household Cavalry Regiment of the British Army. But to be eligible for this “most prestigious posting” in their careers, the men must meet exacting physical and mental standards. It is said that all of them are strikingly handsome too. During the British Raj, the English had de-abbreviated GGBG (then Governor General’s Bodyguard) as ‘God’s Gift to Beautiful Girls!

    Early years: A graduate in Economics from Delhi University, Col. Chengappa’s early schooling was in Bangalore and then he studied in Jodhpur. His father Bommanda Muthanna Chengappa, now residing at Ammathi in Kodagu, joined the Indian Army in 1963 and thereafter was side stepped into BSF on its raising. He retired as the DIG. He was awarded the President’s medal for gallantry, meritorious and distinguished service.

    Asked whether he was influenced by his father to join the Armed Forces, his reply, “I was not influenced by my father. I always liked the Army and I joined it in 1993 after my training in Indian Military Academy, Dehradun.”

    He is married to Savera Chengappa and has a 12-year-old son Tapan Devaiah. “It is one of the proudest moments in my life to be part of the National Salute watched by the whole nation,” he signs off.

    source: http://www.starofmysore.com / Star of Mysore / Home> Feature Articles / Monday – January 25th, 2016

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    January 24th, 2016adminBusiness & Economy, Coffee News, World Opinion
    Coffee House in Bengaluru | NAGARAJA GADEKAL

    Coffee House in Bengaluru | NAGARAJA GADEKAL

    Chennai-based actress, model and ex-VJ Pooja Gallyot graduated from green tea to coffee last year and now is so hung up on the beverage that she is fast becoming an addict. On the other hand, Kolkata-based fashion designer Kiran Uttam Ghosh, a bona fide coffee lover, zeroes in on new cafes in the places she visits. For naturalist and wildlife conservationist Shrilekha, coffee shops present the ideal rendezvous to conduct business. It is these little tell-tale signs that have had coffee majors scent a business opportunity, even cleverly imparting magical qualities to the brew in that anything can happen over a cuppa. Truth be said, it’s a dramatic cultural switch that’s got the entire nation swaddled in its intoxicating embrace. According to the latest Technopak report, the chain café market, currently at Rs 1,820 crore, is growing at 20 per cent in value and commanding 27 per cent of the Rs 6,750 crore overall cafe market.

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    Were it not for pilgrim Baba Budan’s temerity in smuggling a few coffee beans into Chickmagalur, Karnataka, we might never have got introduced to this refreshing drink. This history aside, coffee seems to be edging out tea in the social circuit with cafes being the perfect place to hang out, chat or simply relax. That certainly augurs well for business, with Café Coffee Day, popularly called CCD, the biggest player in the Indian market, competing with international brands such as Starbucks, Barista and Costa Coffee, not to mention the popular local hangouts.

    To date, CCD maintains its Numero Uno position having added 58 more outlets to the 1,480 it held at the beginning of 2015. CCD’s principal Coffee Day Enterprises set the stock market abuzz with the largest Initial Public Offering last year. It had fixed its public offer price at Rs 328 per share, taking the total proceeds to Rs 1,150 crore. But when the IPO closed on October 16, it was over-subscribed 1.81 times with a demand worth Rs 2,000 crore.

    “Customers today are looking at a differentiated food experience along with their coffees at cafes. Which is why we have introduced a special food menu called the ‘SuperMenu’—a range of soups, sandwiches, burgers and desserts,” says a CCD spokesperson. “We have also started a home delivery service in Bengaluru as a pilot project.”

    Costa Coffee entered India in 2005 when it opened outlets at Connaught Place in Delhi. Today, it has close to 100 in 11 cities across India. While a good number is present in metro cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Bengaluru, they’re spreading out in tier II cities such as Agra, Jaipur, Pune, Kochi, Ludhiana, Chandigarh and others. “While southern states have always had a strong culture of drinking coffee, over the past decade or so, the drink has penetrated to other parts too,” says Ashish Chanana, Chief Operating Officer, Costa Coffee.

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    Another chain that is fast expanding is the US-based Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Ltd, which tied up with Pan India Solutions to start a single outlet at Select Citywalk mall in Delhi. It has grown to 32 stores in 10 cities from 11 in 2008. “We source our coffee from seven different countries,” says Dina Banerjee, CMO, Pan India Food Solutions Pvt Ltd, Mumbai.

    Though all eyes are on the newest entrant, US giant Starbucks, which joined hands with Tata Coffee Ltd to set up shop in India in 2012. By 2014, it had more than 60 outlets and the end of 2015 saw it operating 78. It had also managed to clock in Rs 171.2 crore, an 80 per cent jump from previous year’s Rs 95 crore.

    Coffee shops have so much become revenue models that another giant has jumped on the bandwagon.

    The most telling of entries is American fastfood chain McDonald’s McCafe in the country with its first cafe being launched in Mumbai. “The concept fits in well with what the Indian customer needs. Our plan is to increase the 40-plus McCafes to 60-65 by this fiscal-end and double it within 12-18 months,” says Amit Jatia, Vice Chairman, Westlife Development, franchisee of McDonald’s in South and West India.

    There’s a good reason behind the dramatic rise of coffee cafes in India. Fashion designer Ghosh spends her holidays finding new cafes and spending her time reading, sketching and dreaming there. “Cafes across the world reflect the essence of its people and place,” she says, adding that the habit of going to cafes late at night with friends has earned them the moniker, ‘the owls’.

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    Chanana is in agreement too. Says he: “Coffee shops have given people across all age groups—especially the young—a legitimate, safe and cool place to hang out. Youngsters can go on a date without burning a hole in their pocket. Friends can spend time together at a conveniently located place. We’re also seeing a lot of older couples taking time out to catch up with each other over a cup of coffee. At Costa, we have lots of customers who are by themselves.”

    Gallyot is a big fan of Starbucks. “I have gotten used to their coffee as wherever I travelled, I came across an outlet. It’s become like a comfort drink for me,” she says. For 24-year-old MBBS student Anjali Reddy, Starbucks doubles up as a place for study. In fact, people have come to associate coffee concoctions with different times of the day. “Post-noon, the choice of beverage quickly changes to Americano and Expresso. It’s become like a lifestyle craving,” says Kazem Samandari, Chairman of L’opera, Delhi.

    Besides cultivating friendships and fun, these places have become the haunt of many working people. Wildlife conservationist Shrilekha often frequents Chamiers, an upmarket café in Chennai. “As I work from home, I often meet business associates at cafeterias and I love Chamiers which while elegant has a lot of breathing space,” shares Shrilekha.

    Visiting cafes has widened the horizon of Delhi-based interior designer Parull Mahajan’s social interactions. The caffeine rush helps her mind to stimulate her creativity. “I visit the two of my favourite cafes—Choko La and Starbucks—at least three-four times a week and cannot do without my standard two or three cups a day. It’s an addiction I have no intention of wearing off,” she says.

    In keeping with the global trend, coffee shops have become de facto offices for consultants, entrepreneurs, and writers. “Some of our Costa outlets in Delhi, Bengaluru and Mumbai have had the privilege of hosting many start-ups, where the founders polished their business idea over several cups of coffee,” says Chanana. Work is also what takes Anitha KS, National Corporate Sales Manager at Vodafone, to Costa Coffee at the Lulu Mall in Kochi. “After meeting clients in the morning, I come here and carry on my work sipping on a cold coffee or cappuccino,” says Anitha. For his part, the outlet’s manager Anup Anand is delighted with the increased bottom line. “We have plans to open more outlets in Kochi and other cities of Kerala.” That’s significant given that Kerala is predominantly a tea-drinking state.

    Coffee reigns with an aromatic fist even as south India leads in the production of coffee, with the drink dominating social interactions. Apart from the big players, there are a host of small and medium joints that gets people over for coffee and chitchat. In Bengaluru, which is the hub for rich traditional filter coffee, local brands such as Maiyas, Adigas, Shanthi Sagars, the SLVs, Hatti Kapi, Katte Kapi, Brahmin’s Coffee Bar and Coffee Board outlets are still going strong. Small joints rule the roost in Chennai too, courtesy Madras Coffee House, Leo coffee outlets (under brand Mylapore Mocha) and Kumbakonam degree coffee outlets.

    Unique to the Bengaluru-Mysuru region is the ‘by-two’ coffee culture, a mini dose of coffee whose origins can be traced to some 100 years back during the literary and Independence movements. Then literary figures, freedom fighters and political leaders, with hardly any money in their pockets, gave impetus to this culture of having multiple servings of half a cup of coffee over endless discussions.

    For many in the garden city, the small joints are the place to be. Marketing professional R N Prasad feels that the prominent coffee cafes are good only to conduct business with coffee being incidental. Each day, he drives some seven kilometres to have a cup of coffee at the Brahmin’s Coffee Bar. According to city historian Arun Prasad, tourists prefer the traditional filter coffee served at small joints.

    In the grand theatre of coffee culture, there are the veterans—India Coffee House and Coffee Board outlets. K S Achyuthan, Kannada author and media professional, has been visiting the Coffee Board outlet near Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru for more than 50 years. “This is a meeting point for many journalists and lawyers as well as musicians and guests who come to All India Radio. I have also seen many legislators, MPs and even celebrities in this place which has hardly changed all these years.” Kannada filmmaker and environmentalist Suresh Heblikar makes it a point to visit India Coffee House whenever he passes by the place.

    The India Coffee House in Puducherry, a heritage structure, came close to being torn down in 2008 until INTACH and concerned citizens appealed against the move. With CM N Rangaswamy’s support and renovations later, it opened in mid-2014 and has begun to attract crowds. This outlet also finds a mention in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

    Looks like the old and the new will exist side by side even as coffee aficionados seek out their happy place.

    with Meera Bhardwaj, Ayesha Singh, Shevlin Sebastian, Jonathan Ananda and Suhas Yellapuntala

    source: http://www.newindianexpress.com / The New Indian Express / Home> Magazine / by Sunita Raghu / January 23rd, 2016

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