Not Tea, Coffee

You may not think of coffee when you first think of popular Indian beverages, but did you know that India is the 6th largest producer of coffee in the world? Legend has it that on pilgrimage to Mecca in the 16th century, Baba Budan, a revered Sufi saint from India, discovered for himself the wonders of coffee. In his zeal to share what he’d found with his fellows at home, he smuggled seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha, wrapped around his belly. On his return home, he settled himself on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur district, Mysore State (present day Karnataka). This hill range was later named after him as the Baba Budan Hills and one can see his tomb even today by taking a short trip from Chikmagalur.

Why not try some South Indian Kaapi today on #NationalCoffeeDay? Our favorite is Mysore Filter Coffee, made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter.

Try this recipe from Rak’s Kitchen for photos and step-by-step directions and let us know how it turned out!

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