coffee & me

i have been a coffee girl all my life! i am coffee-devout! coffee-addict! coffee0holic! you name it. i am it. i am kind that drinks their day’s water worth in coffee and strongly believe that the solution to all of world’s problems lies at the bottom of a rich, deep, dark cup of coffee.

there is one tiny hitch though. when i say i am from madras (aka chennai of southern india), people expect my blood group to be “kumbakonam filter kaapi”. sadly no. i am allergic to chicory (cue gasp!!!)

chicory strangely gives me a nagging headache if i injest more than 1 cup. anything less than 5 cups a day is laughable! 

so i converted to the religion of nescafe. just pure coffee, instant and easy! i have been drinking nescafe in all forms and by the gallons for years now.

come 2017 i wanted to stir things up a bit. now that i have flexible work hours, i wanted to truly enjoy the process of brewing coffee and savor each sip.

here’s my coffee resolution for 2017.
get a brass filter – madras style 

* get a frenchpress

* get an aeropress

*get a pour over

* get coffee from a new roastery every month

* understand the science of brewing & flavor wheel

* read coffee books (got my kindle packed with some good stuff. reading to begin soon!)

* review coffee on the blog

i am aiming at one new roastery per month. why you ask, because even with the amount i drink, that’s the max i can consume in a month! i am unfortunately stuck all alone in a family full of tea-lovers (i know!, i was probably switched at the hospital and my birth parents probably own a coffee plantation!!! sigh!)

i am really excited about this. this was an idea that took root a while ago and i am glad to be getting on with it this year.

i have already earmarked some amazing roasteries and hope to buy from them soon! i would love to hear suggestions on your favorite brand, brewing tips or anything actually. i love talking coffee. drop me an email at or comment below!

5 thoughts on “coffee & me

  1. Coffee is magic. Something close to beer. But in the opposing poles.

    I prefer a strong filter copy!
    But an instant would suffice if I have a lots of pages to write.

    Was obsessed with the idea of opening up a Coffee shop. Something in line with Premam Cake shop.

    The capital required to book a spot in the city has shocked be bitter.

    It’s really hard to get a decent cuppa in Chennai. That’s speaking about the regular shops.

    Hold of the Brits is yet to fade away. Expect t3a everywhere, not a decent coffee anywhere.

    If you know any particular spot (instead of your brew) where I could kick-start my day with the magic beans. That’d just be lovely!

    1. I agree. Its goddamn tea or cold coffee everywhere. The “Cappuccino” is so substandard and common.

      Contrary to its name, the Cha Bar made a decent cup. But they shut down years ago.
      HSB makes a mean cuppa but its the with-chicory&milk south Indian version.
      I am still on the look out for a good “coffee place”.
      We can mutually stay on the lookout!

    2. You know what’s worse? I am the only coffee drinker in a house of 5! 250g lasts me a month! Henceforth decided, I purchase and review, irrespective of finishing the pack up!

      1. When are you going to invite guide the new review?

        But, seriously. There’s a market for quality coffee places.

        Most don’t have the luxury or patience to make their own.

        And, the morning joggers need some caffeine!

        Want to discuss further!

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