25 Unique Coffee Experiences From Around the World - Columbia & South India

Various coffee experiences of different authors around the world


16. Coffee from Colombia.


While working on board a luxury cruise ship, we were lucky to have one day visit to Cartagena de Indias, Colombia…And who can visit Colombia without trying real Colombian coffee? We found some street food vendors that sell fresh roasted coffee. The price was 400 pesos (n0,20$). Most Caribbean and Central America countries will accept US dollars, except street vendors, of course. We didn’t have any pesos with us and the seller will not take any dollar, not even if we offer $1 to him. Thanks to the lovely gentleman behind me in the pictures that offered to pay for our coffee, my Filipina friend and I could enjoy our Colombian coffee while chatting with locals!


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17. Coffee from South India.

Filter Coffee (pronounced as Kaapi) holds a special place in a South Indian household. The day kick starts by sipping a sinful little cup of kaapi served in a traditional ‘Davarah and Tumbler’.  The aroma and taste of a filter coffee is completely different from those of instant coffee powders.


How it is made: Dark and roasted coffee beans (Arabica, or Robusta) grown in the hill stations of South India (70-80%) + Chicory (20-30%) are ground together. 2-3 heaps of coffee powder is added to the Indian Coffee Filter (usually in brass or stainless-steel) along with hot water and it is let for sometime to get the coffee decoction.  Boil a cup of full whole milk, add a teaspoon of sugar, add the coffee decoction.  Frothing is a simple process with stainless steel ‘Davarah and Tumbler’.  It itself is an art that you can’t miss in the roadside coffee stalls when you travel in South India. And voila, your filter kaapi is ready!


Where to buy: There are traditional coffee houses  that grind the required powder for the convenient sake. In Tamilnadu, famous household brands are Narasus Coffee and Leo. There are variety of restaurants that serve really good filter kaapi in South India, especially in Tamilnadu. Chennai is famous for it’s coffee and you can get good quality filter coffees from Hotel Saravana Bhavan, Hot Chips, Rathna Cafe.


Cost: Approx Rs.10 in the street shop; Rs.20-30 in good restaurants; Rs.50-100 in coffee houses; From Rs.200 in 5 star restaurants.


Bio: Anu and Sri, an Indian Couple currently living in Edinburgh, have traveled to more than 20 countries over the last 5 years. Having lived in 3 countries so far they believe in “live like a local” and “explore the length and breath of the country while living there” and travel while managing 9-6 jobs./etramping.com