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As a little girl I used to love waking up to the aroma of freshly brewing kaapi (coffee). Back then I used to fake having headaches just to have a sip of coffee, it went on till I was old enough to have my own cup of coffee.

In Tamil Nadu, South India, kaapi/coffee is served in stainless steel cups called "tumblers" and a matchig saucer which looks like a bowl called "tabara". The frothy coffee forms a dome on the top and looks as if it is going to overflow any second. We are trained from young to skillfully pick up the tumbler by the rim (notice there are no handles) using just the thumb and the pointing finger and to drink piping hot coffee from the non heat resistant steel tumblers, without spilling a drop or burning our lips.


Macro Monday theme: Coffee

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I am posting this image (shot yesterday) as I have my morning cup of filter coffee. I enjoy south Indian filter coffee, but almost always have just this 1 cup for the day.

PS: Yes, it is not even 6.00 am here, but I have been up for close to 2 hrs now. So. :)

I am a 'very' early morning person.


Enjoy! :)

Have a wonderful week, folks. :)

...or Filter Coffee as we know it is the most popular beverage in the Southern States of India. Its still served in traditional steel utensils only - the steel glass "tumbler" holds the coffee and the steel bowl is used to cool the coffee down in case you are in a hurry! The expanded space causes evaporation and hence faster cooling. We drank some of the best filter coffee in Madras (now Chennai) and Tirupathi in the state of Andhra Pradesh.


Filter Coffee is a sweet milky coffee made from dark roasted coffee beans (70%–80%) and chicory (20%–30%), especially popular in the southern states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The most commonly used coffee beans are Peaberry (preferred), Arabica, Malabar and Robusta grown in the hills of Kerala (Malabar region), Karnataka (Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru) and Tamil Nadu (Nilgiris District,Yercaud and Kodaikanal). The signature froth is created by pouring the coffee to and from the glass to the bowl in a vigorous motion.

Hot Filter 'Kaapi' ( coffee) at Sri Krishna Udupi Bhavan, Balepet, Bangalore

On the road, at a Kamath's. Chipped saucer, but saucer nonetheless. :)

And the very telling granite table top.


One of the most refreshing cups of coffee I have had.


Enjoy your weekend, folks. :)


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"filter coffee" kaapi

One of the first shots I took with my 50mm f1.8


Me also Slave to tradition of drinking filter kaapi in the maarning with the hindu. yes yes it is @sudhamshu's fav news paper

Not filter kaapi which is my first choice, but Bru Instant :)

South Indian coffee (called Kaapi because it's the local name for it) has a distinctly strong taste with plenty of sugar added. When served, you usually have to pour it from cup to saucer and back to cup a number of times to cool it down. Definitely better than Nescafe - but be warned, a lot of restaurants WILL pass off Nescafe as South Indian kaapi, so ask before ordering.


Home delivery available

Murugan Idli Shop, Besant Nagar

The magic called filter kaapi

An old man taking his morning walk. This picture has been clicked at Banaswadi, an area known to be cluttered with small traditional homes. Homes that are full of color, tradition and simplicity. When you walk through the lanes that traverse the Banaswadi area, you cannot but ignore the sweet smell of filter kaapi that ends up tingling your nose buds. Truly a slice of old Bangalore served unadulterated.

One plate idli and one kaapi at Adiga's is delicious, but it's wholly inadequate where breakfast is concerned. Where's the cereal? Where are the fruits? Where is the impressive looking sandwich? Where's the juice?

1. Sandwich with bread and potato curry, made by Amma.

2. Maggi hot-n-sweet chilli tomato sauce, its different boss

3. Filter kaapi

Not filter coffee, but well it was good.

Yaaay, this is my 100th upload on Flickr!!


I never thought I would celebrate it with Degree Kaapi !!! :)


For the record, I am a die-hard tea fanatic, but sometimes, when I'm really sleepy and need to be woken up instantly, filter coffee does the trick!


Shot at Mitra Samaj, Car Street, Udupi. This small hotel happens to be the birthplace of the Masala Dosa!

Filter Kaapi. My morning elixir. Though made and served all over south India, the ones you get in Madras in the traiditional Davarah set stand apart in taste. And it is a quintessential part of a typical household in Madras along with the Hindu daily. This one was shot with Nexus 4 mobile