In the early mornings when one is lazy and toying with the bedsheets to get up or after a hectic day in office or while passing time daydreaming, a cup of strong black and aromatic coffee is what one needs the most. And Cafe Coffee Day (CCD) for the caffeine addicts of the city is organising a ‘Coffee Festival’ to create awareness on the procedures that goes behind the making of this tasty cuppa. “Coffee is subjective in nature and people like their brew differently...some may like it light...some like medium and some like it strong. However making the perfect decoction is what really matters,” says Sam Rozario, coffee evangelist of CCD.
For the coffee lovers, the fest provides an opportunity to learn and make their favourite cup of cuppa like espresso, drizzle coffee and cappuccino. “There are different types of coffee. ‘Arabicaah’ which contains 100 per cent coffee and one will only get the real flavour of coffee. And if one likes to get an after taste of their coffee, one can go for ‘Medium’ which has 80 per cent coffee and 20 per cent chicory. And for lovers of strong coffee ‘Charge’ is a sure bet which contains 65 per cent coffee and 35 per cent chicory in it,” explains Sam Rozario who is presently the assistant manager of CCD’s L&D department. CCD also offers coffees in the name of ‘Dark Forest’ and ‘Mysore Royal’. “‘Dark Forest’ coffee is a single origin coffee ie the coffee beans are taken from a single coffee estate,” says Sam. “The beans for it are taken from the hill named Baba Budan Giri range of the Western Ghats in Chikmagalur in Karnataka. It is believed that Baba Budan was the person who brought coffee to India some 184 years back while the ‘Mysore Royal’ coffee has dark chocolate, cocoa and caramel,” adds Sam.
The fest also offers its customers a range of coffee making tools like the plunger and stovetop espresso maker through which one can brew their own espresso in their homes. “If one wants a strong coffee use the three chamber stovetop espresso. In the bottom chamber put 25 ml hot water, in the middle chamber put 3tsp of coffee and allow it to brew for 3-4 mints. It will make 3 cups of espresso,” says Sam. For lighter coffee lovers, Sam recommends to use Arabicaah. “Put 3tsp of Arabicaah and add hot water,” explains Sam. People who do not like to wait can go for Drizzle coffee. “One just needs to place the specially designed drizzle bag in a cup of hot water and in a few minutes coffee is ready,” says Sam who has been with CCD for more than nine years.
The ‘Coffee Festival’ at three cafes- the Fort Kochi cafe, TVS cafe and Shenoy cafe of CCD will go on till 10 October.