“COFFEE LOVERS ARE BETTER LOVERS”
In short, your heart stays young with every cup of freshly brewed coffee
Coffee is largely produced in the southern part of India. It is estimated that India would be producing 3.49 Lakh metric tons of coffee this year. Karnataka is holding the largest share of about 70% of the total production in India.
Baba Budan was a 16th-century saint is said to have introduced the coffee plant to India by bringing seven raw beans from the port of Mocha, Yemen. During those days coffee was roasted before being exported to other parts of the world so that no other country could grow it thus forcing to buy it only from Yemen. Baba Budan brought seven beans and planted them in the hilly ranges of Chikkamagalur, Karnataka, India known as Chandra Drona, and raised them carefully resulting in what we see and experience in the World of Coffee.
Why is coffee so popular in South India?
In order to create a distinct symbol of community identity, Tamilians were the first to adopt coffee as their choice of beverage over tea. Gradually the coffee culture spread across other South Indian communities too. Another important reason lies in the fact that most coffee plantations are located in South India
Why does South India produce more coffee?
The ideal weather conditions and hill slopes in South India is more suitable for coffee plantation. The proximity to equator makes it suitable when compared to northern hilly ranges of India.
Chikkamagalur – Kashi of Coffee
Chikkamagalur “land of coffee” is also popularly known as “Kashi of Coffee” is a beautiful hill station in the state of Karnataka, India. It is rare for any region to produce both Arabica and Robusta coffee varieties. Chikkamagalur stands out tall with this rare phenomenon of growing both varieties of coffee. The Arabica coffee is famous for its delicate flavour and most preferred variety World over. They grow at high altitudes. The Robusta coffee, the other type, have a strong taste. This coffee variety gives a flavour of peanuts while sipping the coffee. Robusta could be grown in lower slopes too.
Healthy Fibres the household name in coffee powder provides two variants of coffee powder known as Hotel blend and Home blends with a chicory.
Chicory – The key ingredient in most of the aromatic coffee.
Chicory root comes from a plant with bright blue flowers that belongs to the dandelion family.
Chicory coffee is a drink made from roasted, ground, and brewed chicory roots. Though Chicory was introduced during shortage of supplies in France in 1800s, it remains popular even to this day all over the world.
It is often used as a caffeine free drink which is clear substitute to coffee due to its resemblance in color and aroma of coffee. The perfect blend of chicory to coffee enhances coffee taste and aroma by imparting a slightly woody and nutty taste to the coffee. Chicory blend coffee is also economical when compared to 100 percent coffee
The fiber from this root is purported to have numerous health benefits and often extracted for use as a food additive or supplement.
Health benefits and uses of this wonder root – Chicory.
- Chicory root is primarily composed of inulin, a prebiotic that encourages the growth of healthy gut bacteria.
- Due to its insulin content, chicory root fiber may help relieve constipation and increase stool frequency.
- Some studies suggest that chicory root fiber may regulate appetite and decrease overall calorie intake, possibly supporting to lose weight in a healthier way.
- Chicory root fiber may boost blood sugar control, especially in people with diabetes.
- Whole chicory root can be boiled and eaten as a vegetable, whereas ground chicory is often brewed with water to make a coffee-like drink. As a rich source of insulin, it can likewise be found in packaged foods and supplements.