4 Jan 2012

Filter Coffee Vs Instant Coffee


 A Very Happy New Year to all my blogger friends, visitors and readers. I  am sure that most of you must have celebrated the birth of new year with friends and family...:)) Me too and that is the reason why I didn't have the time to check what is happening in this virtual world, my apologies..:))

A very funny yet astonishing thing happened today at work. It was the busy morning ward session and the patients [around 15 of them] were lined up for the daily review. I was going back and forth to keep everything in order before the Consultant arrives on the ward. He did eventually come and as I was getting ready to summarise, he asked a very weird question


"Reva, What does Kolaveri mean..."?

Remember, he is pure British. So when this question came from him, I was flabbergasted for a moment and thought I had heard something wrongly. Looking at my expression, he asked me the question again. I just blurted out "It means murderous rage but not in a literal sense".

Then his second question was, "What does soup song mean"? I explained that the song is sung by a sad boy who is apparently rejected by his girl friend and that he is in "Love failure".

Then he asked me the weirdest question ... "What do you mean by love failure"?


Seriously I didn't know what to say as the explanation was too long since the approach and attitude towards relationships is very different in India and elsewhere. I did somewhat explained but I don't think he was convinced.

I wanted to know how he came across this song and I popped him the question. Apparently his teenage daughter was listening to this song. The main reason why this song caught his attention was the slang of english. Moreover this song was played in one of the clubs during the new year celebrations.

I explained that the slang is "Tanglish - a mix of Tamil and English" for which he just laughed.

I felt so proud that this humble song has reached such heights....

"Kolaveri Team"... Guys, U ROCK ... Big time..:)) Best wishes for more achievements..:))

Now coming to the post, this is not a recipe but I wanted to start the new year with my most favourite drink. I am a coffee addict and not a day goes by without this tasty brew. I love the traditional filter coffee. I have seen a few posts by my fellow bloggers and it was so nice to know that there are people like me.


 For me there is always a debate wether it is filter coffee or instant coffee and I always fall towards filter coffee.


If you from Tamil Nadu, then there is no need for me to give you an introduction to the "Traditional Filter Coffee", other wise known as "Degree Coffee". Kumbakonam in Southern Tamil Nadu is very famous for this brew which gives the Costas and Neros a run for their money.

Believe me, I have tasted coffees in all the famous cafe's here in the UK and none of them can match up to our traditional brew.

Having said that I am a coffee addict, I don't prefer Cappuccinos or lattes but simple uncomplicated coffee.


Given any day, I would prefer filter coffee but at work it is always instant coffee. Some households roast and grind coffee beans and add chicory to it. I haven't tried this method and it has always been store brought. From the day I remember it has always been "Green Label". I used to get up very early along with my mom just to smell the aroma of the freshly brewed decoction.

I still use the same brand event today. This has a blend of coffee and chicory in proportion of 53%:47%.


The filter used to brew the coffee is a traditional one which has 4 parts as shown in the pic.


The porous filter container is fitted on top of the collector and the powder is put in the porous filter. Plunger is placed covering the powder and boiling water is poured until the container is full. Close with the lid and let it sit for 10 -12 minute.


The decoction is ready.


All you need to do now is, add hot milk and little bit of sugar according to your taste. Mix well and enjoy the strong freshly brewed coffee. My proportion for filter coffee is half decoction and half milk with 1 tsp of sugar as I like the bitterness at the end of each sip.


Now coming to instant coffee. It is no less than a life saver when I literally have to run around for more than 8 hours in the hospital. Probably the instant coffee powders  a decade ago was not so well made but now a days they compete with the filter coffee ones.


My personal choice is Nescafe'. Milky coffees are not my choice and the proportion is 3/4 cup of hot water to which 2 tsp of coffee powder and 2 tsp of sugar is added. Give it a good stir and  add hot milk.


Every sip is yummy..:))

The inspiration for the  filter coffee pictures is from the pic in the packet of "Green Label" packet itself.... hope you guys like it..


My lovely friends, have a wonderful new year and may all your wishes come true - So be careful of what you wish..:))

Enjoy...

Scribbled by Reva

41 comments:

Julie said...

filter kappi is the best..Lovely post n nicely explained!!
Wishing a happy 2012!!
Erivum Puliyum

Rathai said...

Even for a non-coffee-lover like me, those clicks look exceptionally tempting.

Mahi said...

Now a days I just forgot to make instant coffee Reva..hope you read my coffee post! :)

I drink only one cup of coffee a day,but it should be perfect,thats it! ;)

Nice post with beautiful pictures! Wish you a happy 2012!

PrathibhaSreejith said...

Nice write up on Filter and Instant coffee Reva. I too prefer Filter coffee but we make it with Jaggery, its really wonderful..
Btw Did you know Kolaveri song was the Top song of 2011 according to CNN news. Check out the link, my kids love it as well :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PljKjvndSRs

kittymatti said...

Filter coffee, the best and most addictive!

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Thanks a lot for sharing such a post regarding filter coffee.

Deepa
Hamaree Rasoi

Nisha said...

Wonderful Information.

faseela said...

yummy coffee...thax 4 sharing

Hema said...

That's great to see filter coffee vs instant coffee.

Vote for green label, i know many votes will come up for this coffee powder. My vote stands first anyhow next to you as you know the chicory and coffee percentage which I don't.

Nice recipe to comment and interesting to see a post can be of coffee/tea also.

HAPPY NEW YEAR REVA.

Gayathri Kumar said...

Happy New Year, Reva! Nice post on coffee...

Sangeetha Nambi said...

Love all ur clicks in this post Reva ! U always Rock :)

Raji said...

My kiddo and DH listen to kolaveri almost daily as a sacred ritual on youtube..I get really irritated..but in spite of stupid lyrics the song is so catchy..kudos to the team.

And I love filter kaapi..very beautiful pictures.

Kaveri said...

Enjoyed reading your post...especially the "Kolaveri" incident..
Beautiful clicks as usual.

Sharmilee! :) said...

Wow lovely post....Once in a while I like filter coffee but instant thats nescafe sunrise is my fav anytime...:)

Charu Srivastava said...

lovely post...happy new year !

Prathibha said...

Love filter coffee the best....good 2 hear abt our humble kolaveri reacher every nook n corner of d world..Happy New year Reva

Only Fish Recipes said...

ha ha ha...loved ur post dear...enjoyed the kolaveri incident :-)n a very nice post abt coffee...

Kurinji said...

Happy New Year Reva!!! Nice post.

Ambreen said...

Great post & lovely pictures! Wishing you a very Happy New Year :)

Priya said...

Wish to have some filter coffee rite now, eventhough i love instant coffee,watever am a coffee lover..

divya said...

wow...the coffe looks so tempting...ur clicks r so amazing !

Anisha said...

Happy New year dear... It is always a pleasure reading your posts. Though I'm not a regular tea or coffee drinker... I would go for filter coffee if given a choice... filter coffee rocks!!!

Love the "Drop of Heaven"!

Aarthi said...

This is my fav..

schmetterlingwords said...

"What do you mean by love failure"? Ha ha haaa.... lol !! Really weird question! I can imagine how you would have struggled to explain him!! ;o)

A lovely post to traditional filter coffee. Wish you too a happy new year Reva!! :)

Sravs said...

Nice information !! wonderful clicks !!

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Priya Sreeram said...

nice post reva and I agree Kolaveri has indeed cut across boundaries

Nalini's Kitchen said...

Nice post dear,enjoyed the Kolaveri part,luv the smell of filter kaapi.An award is waiting for u dear,stop by and collect it.

Maayeka said...

Nice post on filter coffee...and beautiful clicks!!!
Happy new year reva !!!

Rani acharyulu said...

Nice post filter coffee vs instant coffee...i too coffee lover that too filter one....we all are in same group.Happy new year to you and your family.

maha said...

i love coffee..pics are simply superbbbbb.

Roshni said...

Perfect Coffee... Perfect Post

deepsrecipes said...

Ur narration and pix both are interesting!Tempting..
Lemme take a Coffee break now.. :-)

Shirley said...

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Achu's Amma's Kitchen said...

Great post and lovely pics..

vineetha said...

Enjoyed ur write up..Had no idea this song is popular here too :)
Nice post on coffee :)

Lizy said...

filter is the best! instant has so many chemicals in it..lovely post with all the pictures..

ANU said...

OMG! this is amazing girl...awesome post...very nice write up...simple superb!

Rookie Qookie said...

Loved all the coffee pics..yen intha kolaveri..hehe..

Vidhya Subramony said...

I would love to have this recipe linked to my event! loved that drop of heaven, picture!

Christy Gerald said...

Filter Coffee is Good for health and Yumm too.Happy and Delish Newyear 2012! Dear.

Ramya said...

loved this post...and the kolaveri part too...my daughter sings it all the time, though she couldnt catch all the lyrics !

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