Wednesday, August 14, 2013

My most memorable cup of coffee!


 I can't believe there was a time when I had a hard time finding stuff to write on the blog, now I find it so hard to cut it down. It is a long post, I have to share so much and picture heavy too.

Great news !

I moved to my own domain, so bye bye to .blogspot.
New look! what do you guys think ? love, like or hate ?
My write up about Coorg- coffee, got published on "The daily Meal" click here to read it.

It has indeed been a long day! phew!

  Coorg was a memorable trip in more ways than one. I have never experienced the raw beauty of nature the way I did on this trip... almost a self revealing process. It was a feeling of complete harmony and peace within myself and the inside was in perfect balance with the outside. I have never felt so close to nature, never felt I was part of it, like I did in those two days. I can go on about this for hours, but I will let the photographs speak for themselves.

I have so many pictures, it will be hard for me to pick. Each moment the scene would change with light and clouds playing hide and seek.

One moment...
and the next....

 ( Above picture taken by 'finally teen' on her phone) 



Turkish law in the late fourteen hundred made it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with her daily quota of coffee. Am not sure of the authenticity of this but coffee has always been a serious beverage, that you do not want to mess up with. Perfect ripened bean are  processed, dried and then roasted at perfect temperatures to give us the cup of bliss that we enjoy every morning. (In my case multiple cups of bliss) 

I managed to take some pictures between the long bouts of rain, but the picture of the wet rain forest that I carry in my memories could not be captured from a lens and is truly priceless. I cannot say I did justice to the beauty of this place, you have to see it to believe it. 

Pepper and other spices like cardamom and vanilla is cultivated as an intercrop with coffee, pepper vines grow on the trees which are planted to provide a natural canopy and shade for coffee. You can see in the picture tiny pepper corns.


Pepper creeper 
Among all the different types of coffee I tasted there, "bella coffee" or coffee made with jaggery was indeed the best and am not sure how many cups or gallons I had, my father-in-law was my partner in crime...looking at the rain pouring, the cloud playing hide and seek to reveal the rich mountains... and a cup of coffee. What more can anyone ask for?

Before I write up the recipe for  "bella coffee", some pictures of coffee plantation. These green berries, start of as aromatic white blossoms, then ripen to a rich red before they are picked dried and processed. 


And now for the bella coffee, this coffee is made from black Coorg jaggery.

For two cups :

A cup of  water and add a big ball of jaggery ( size of a lemon). Let the jaggery melt in the water, add  a cup of freshly brewed arabica coffee into the water, serve hot. Make more than two cups, a gallon should be fine, you are going to love this. 


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36 comments:

  1. I loved your new look (Congrats on the domain change btw), loved this post and all the pics and that Coffee is to die for. In kerala we use a type of jaggery called Karupatti and coffee made with that is called Karupatti Kaapi, its so healthy that I was made to drink it after my delivery as its said to be a rich source of Iron and energy. That last pic is too good.

    -manju

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    1. Thank you Manju! Karupatti Kaapi - would LOVE to try it. I think the black jaggery is rich in iron and minerals too.

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  2. Great pictures. Awesome story!

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  3. Great pictures simi. I just loved the shot of black jaggery on the a nada newspaper :)

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    1. Nandita, thank you ! amazing observation! I have treasured the newspaper :)

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  4. Loved the post simi.and the photograph of the

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  5. Double congrats dear ! First on the domain change, which is a very great move & the other for the feature on Daily meal.. Loved reading that as well as this post. Ur pics made me feel like I am back in India & at Coorg ! Always wanted to visit that place after my sis told abt how she enjoyed her stay der, infact we planned once but that did not materialise ! Next time I am making sure that I'm going there, loved that awesome looking last pic, esp for a coffee die hard fine like me !

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    1. Coorg is absolutely gorgeous, I think you will love it Chitz.

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  6. Yea coorg is definitely a beautiful place of visit.. when we were in Bangalore to go to our native we had to cross this beautiful place. Bella coffee is the best.. :) And your picture says it all.. :)

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  7. Aahh your in Coorg, a lovely place to be in, your pictures have captured it. Congrats on a new domain and the feature in Daily meal, like to look of the blog.. clean and fresh!
    Have a great time and enjoy your stay in Karnataka!

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    1. Gauri, am back in the US! I was there in July. Thanks

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  8. Love your website! Congratulations!!

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  9. The new look is really good and your pictures are really nice, kinda takes us to Coorg which by the way is stunning. Love the people of Coorg and the beauty surrounding. I've had this kinda coffee and enjoy it..

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  10. Congrats Simi. The new look is chic. The pictures are lovely. Esp the one with the jaggery and the steaming coffee!

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  11. Gorgeous photos and I love the ones with the peppercorns!

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    1. Thanks Nik, coming from you it's great compliment.

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  12. Lovely new look and congrats on the acquiring your own domain!

    A wonderful trip.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  13. Loved the new look and Congrats on your new domain.
    Pics.... Lovely, absolutely awesome. First two pics so cool and the coffee pic just too good. Can I've that cup of coffee??

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  14. Wonderful clicks and beautiful write up, the page looks great.

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  15. Congrats on your new site. :) I love your simple design.

    Your pictures are simply amazing. I love them all. I agree, sometimes I think I write too much on a post but it's quite hard to cut it down! Thank you so much for sharing these lovely pictures with us.

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  16. Awesome clicks..Loved the new look.

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  17. Hi Simi. Your new look is beautiful. I'm so glad I got to see it. And your blog post today? Just stunning. You transported me along with you. Thank you for sharing all that you do!

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  18. Congrats on ur new site, breath taking pictures,loved the story as well..

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  19. Blog layout looks great! Congrats on the move. I'm also thinking of switching to my own .com site instead of blogspot. I've registered the name but I'm too lazy and too ignorant to go any further for now. : ) Hopefully, one day I'll get to it. Great pictures, too!

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  20. Lovely pictures. I am not a coffee drinker but I can sure appreciate the beauty of a steaming cup of coffee. The new look is lovely and clean.

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  21. Congrats on the domain!! The site is beautiful :) And mesmerizing photos!

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  22. co9ngrats on ur new space..its does luk sleek with the subtle title...and awesome pictures too. Just liked your fb page as "The Pick'y Bank"..hope u like mine too.

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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to browse. I appreciate all your comments, feedback and input. Hope you enjoy your stay :))

hugs!
simi

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