Coffee’s Journey to India

There is no doubt that coffee is one of the top favourites for the people of India. They not only welcomed coffee with open arms but also became the prime producer of the finest coffee in the world. As coffee made a place in every Indian kitchen shelf, it also created a rich history of how it came to India. 

In the beginning, Coffee was exported to very selective countries in the roasted form but the seeds were kept within the Arabic boundaries. It is said that Baba Budan, a 17th century Sufi saint from India, had planted the first seed of coffee after returning from his pilgrimage to Mecca. 

After the introduction to the Indian soil for the first time, from the Sufi saint’s backyard, it made its way to the hills which are known as the Baba Budan hills in the local Chikmagalur. 

From the hills to the states

In the early stages of its entry into India, coffee was more of a colonial drink, commonly associated with the elite and modern folks of the Indian society who worked under the British during the pre-independence era. It was considered relatively expensive or rich because it was brewed in milk, compared to the humble tea which chiefly used water as a base. The exception to this story was brought around by the South Indians, mainly in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Coffee was brought to Tamil Nadu by the Brahmans of Sri Lanka. As it is said about the people of these two places, coffee is their drink of choice. Street-side kaapi bars serve up delicious, filter coffee, hot milk and of course, sugar. Kaapi is the name given to Indian filtered coffee. 

Changing trends of coffee

Coffee came to India with a force of creative exchange and social hubs. This encouraged discussions from the most mundane to the most scandalous topics of conversation. Every cup of coffee had its own story or an interesting fact linked to it. This is probably why avid coffee drinkers have rather high standards when it comes to what goes in their cup and you will always see them discussing the blends or types of coffee they prefer. Even though coffee faced some rejection by a few communities that considered it a foreign beverage, it quickly became a favourite in people’s hearts. 

The first wave of coffee worked on making coffee available to the consumer. The second wave brought quality along with availability. Today, what we experience is the third wave that has changed the way people looked at coffee. It’s not about how expensive your coffee is, it’s about the variety, where your coffee is sourced from and how it's roasted. Coffee is not just a beverage served with food, it has its own identity and variety. The secret of making the most premium coffee lies in the relationship and care taken by the harvesters, pickers and coffee roasters. 

Coffee has surely made its way not just in the markets but in the hearts of its lovers. So the next time you take a sip of your morning coffee remember it holds its own beautiful memories and yours. 

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