• Coffee Connections

    Back again in a coffee plantation

              This post is a part of a blog series on Coffee by Tushar Shukla. Living in South India for over a decade, I have visited coffee plantations quite a few times in Coorg, Chikmagalur and Tamil Nadu (Honey Valley, Ozone Valley, Makkithitta, Chingara, Club Mahindra Madikeri and Virajpet, Lake Forest Yercaud etc.). And Coorg being a favorite for us, have fond memories of driving over from the busy city streets and finding solace in the rejuvenating lush valleys full of coffee and pepper plants. Most of the homestays and resorts arrange estate walks, which gave us an opportunity to explore the terrains on foot. One…

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    An Extension of the Front Porch

    A Café. A Third Place. A comfortable, sociable gathering spot away from home and work, like an extension of the front porch. When I think of the different coffee beans I have tried, and try to decide which ones I like the best, it reminds me of Classic Rock bands or films. Sometimes when you listen to The Beatles, you feel no one has ever hit it so right so many times. Then some evening, when you are feeling the blues, you put on some Dead, and life couldn’t be more perfect and music couldn’t be more cathartic. Some days, some bands. And the same applies to coffee too. When…

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    International Coffee Day 2018

    Iced coffee is generally brewed hot and poured over ice and milk. Sometimes it is served with a scoop of ice cream. Cold coffee was a childhood staple – that version was more of a sweet shake. It was prepared with instant coffee and had a lot of milk and sugar. My family believed that children should not drink tea or coffee. It was when I came to Bangalore, to study, that my love affair with coffee started. And we have been going strong for the past 15 years. Recently, my husband introduced me to a new brewing method, cold brew coffee. I took to it from the first sip.…