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Jul 10, 2008

The best cup of coffee is just two minutes away


I am a coffee lover and I wanted to share the taste of my everyday coffee. I am really addicted to coffee, just once a day, everyday. For me, the day starts with a cup of freshly brewed coffee and I am sure this is the same for every coffee lover in the world. I like Madras Kaapi that I will never miss everytime I visit Saravana Bhavan and Madras Cafe in Sunnyvale, CA. They have the best Madras Kaapi in the SF bay area. Kaapi is slang for coffee in Tamil nadu.

After I tasted the Seattle's Best - french roast coffee, I don't prefer any other brand or any other variety in the same brand in the US. The best decoction that makes the day. Thanks to my friend Priya for introducing this coffee to me. All you need is French roasted, ground Seattle's best coffee powder and a coffee maker. I use Black & Decker 5 cup coffee maker with stainless steel carafe. Of couse you will need #4 coffee filter.

I don't regret that I don't have a typical south Indian style coffee filter brewing Narasus's coffee or Leo coffee from Tamil nadu, after making decoction in this coffee maker. Just one tablespoon of coffee powder for one cup of coffee and it is ready in two minutes.

Ingredients for preparing 2 cups of coffee:


Water - two third cup (one third for one cup coffee)

Milk - two third cup (one third for one cup coffee)

Sugar - 2 teaspoons

Method:

Pour water in the water resorvoir.

Place the #4 filter in the filte basket.

Add exactly 2 tablespoons coffee powder and press it so that the powder is equally distributed in the filter.

Place the carafe and switch on the coffee maker and let it start brewing.

Meanwhile, heat milk in microwave for 2 minutes.

When the milk is ready, the decoction will also be ready as it takes only a couple of minutes to brew.

Turn off the coffee maker and pour the hot milk in the carafe and add 2 spoons of sugar. Adjust the sugar to your taste.

Stir briskly and pour immediately in the coffee cups. You can as well heat the milk in 2 cups and then pour the decoction to the milk and stir with sugar.

Enjoy the intense, bittersweet coffee with the aroma of the fresh brew. Hmmm... that is one best coffee.



"Kaapinna...Seattle's best french roast coffee dhaan... besh besh....romba nallarukku...."


Click here to see my entry to Click - Coffee and Tea hosted by Jai and bee of Jugalbandhi. I have taken a picture of Starbucks coffee chocolates. They might look like coffee beans but they are chocolates infused with dark roast coffee.

17 comments:

TheCooker said...

Thanks for the Madras Cafe recommendation. Will definitely check it out.

SMN said...

Hmm... lovely cofee i love coffee flavour..

A&N said...

Oh come on...how could you possibly replace Narasu's or Leo with Seattle's best :) Just kidding! I'm from Chennai too and love my kaapi! Its aroma works better than any alarm clock :) This post got me thinking about the differences between Madras kaapi podi and Some of the blends in the U.S? I've heard that the beans are roasted much more here.

TBC said...

There's a Saravana Bhavan in your area? You lucky thing!:-(

Mythreyee said...

TC: ya, you should try it.

smn: Thanks.

a&n: Of course nothing can replace the taste of narasus and leo, but have to find some alternative coffee that at least close to those flavors. Yes, as you said, may be it tastes like south Indian coffee since the coffee beans are dark roasted.

Since there are hundreds of variety in coffee here, finding a taste that matches our coffee is difficult. This is the closest one I could find here.

TBC: yes, there is one just 5 mins drive from home ;-) Excellent food and coffee too.

Sunshinemom said...

I didn't you had Saravana Bhavan abroad too! Wow - I love filter kaapi too:)

subha said...

Just a quick question... what type of milk do you use -i mean whole fat,2% or 1%? The reason i ask is since we use 1% milk, whenever I make decoction using the espresso maker I have, I feel the coffee is too watery.. and that spoils the taste.

KALVA said...

Ohh Saravan bhavan here?? nice...

Mythreyee said...

sunshinemom: Yes. There is one very close by. There are other south Indian restaurants. It is a mini T-Nagar in Sunnyvale.

Subha: I use 2% MILK. You can use 1% also. I don't use whole milk.

Kalva: I think the saravana bhavan here tastes better than in India.

Vanamala said...

Nice one

Divya Vikram said...

Your love for coffee is potrayed well..Love coffee anytime..nice post

Mythreyee said...

Vanamala, Dhivya: Thanks.

Sapna said...

Gud post but again...I am from New Orleans and if anybody has been here, you will surely remember Cafe Du Monde...I have tastes Seattle kaapi too but I should give my highest rating to Cafe Du Monde's list of kaapis. The have Cafe Au Lait with Beignet and also Regular and French Roast coffee and chickory. Their coffee powder was the cloasest I tasted to South Indian coffee...Do try their brand...

Nithu said...

My hubby is fond of coffee. Thats a good one.

bee said...

do you like the peets brand? thanks for your entry.

Mythreyee said...

Sapna: Thanks for the info. I definitely have to try that one.

Nithu: Thanks.

Bee: I like Peets. Their french roast is the next closest to our Indian coffee.

Java said...

I love madras filter coffee. I will try your recipe...