Filter Coffee – How to drink it?
Hmmm! There are 2 groups of people. One who have had filter coffee and another who hadn’t. This post is for people who would like to know how to go about drinking filter coffee
First time I had filter coffee was next to Central Railway station in the then Madras. I didn’t even know it as filter coffee then to tell the truth.
Got down at Chennai Central ,checked into one of those hotels that line the station, freshened up and ran down to have breakfast. Yeah, my first tryst with Dosa too happened here.
After I had the Dosa, the waiter asked, ‘ Coffee or Tea?’ Well I thought let’s have coffee.
The waiter brings back a contraption like this
Just to familiarize : There are 2 parts here, Tumbler or the Stainless steel glass and the Dabarah. Kind of like cup and saucer but that is where the comparison ends.
You drink from the cup and the saucer is just used to hold the cup.
Whereas the Dabarah has another function. Coffee is served with the sugar in the Tumbler but NOT mixed. Dabarah is used not just to mix the sugar but also to cool it down.
But do you drink from the Dabarah or the Tumbler? This is where I committed the cardinal mistake. I drank from the Dabarah and was immediately glanced down upon by patrons at the restaurant. Much later was I introduced to the art of drinking filter coffee the proper way and realized my earlier mistake. Use your Dabarah to mix but Tumbler to drink.
Today, coffee at home has come to mean Filter and not Instant.
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