Saturday, July 5

Filter Kapi

What is the connection between tam- brahms and the above mentioned beverage?? Is it some kind of unexplainable link that we are born with? A curse…no no…it can never be a curse…a divine blessing, I presume. The exhilarating feeling it gives when we have one Davara full of filter kapi along with Hindu newspaper is out of the world! A day never goes perfectly without the above combination

The aroma of the coffee powder drifting from the Raja Coffee house in C.Pettai main road itself gives me a high! My paaTi had a huge selection procedure when it comes to buying it from any coffee shop. No..not those fancy CCDs or Baristas where they give you froth laden, creamy, water with coffee powder sprinklers, but those where you get coffee beans and powders for daily usage. C.Pettai has 3 main coffee shops and a couple of other smaller ones which don’t even get short listed by my paaTi.

Coffee Day- it was a pioneer launching, actually one of the first fancy shops that opened up in C.Pettai. All the vinyl board on the shop’s headboard impressed paaTi (compared to the hand painted Raja Coffee, where we used to buy) and we soon joined in the queue to get our ½ kilo kapi poDi along with its freebies- variants included plastic mug, one stainless karandi and of course, a davara-tumbler. I still remember my paaTi saving the coupons for increasing her pointless-saving-stainless steel-davara tumblers account. It took a while for her to realize that there is no point in getting those davaras when the coffee decoction is watery!! So, we went back to Raja Coffee which also had started the freebie business (Competition boss!!) to get back their old customers. I think raja coffee was established somewhere in the 1800s, this coming from the oily look of the half deaf coffee mama. But since we had changed patrons, oily mama started giving us scorching looks and more chicory in the kapi poDi. PaaTi started complaining again about oily mama not treating her as a venerable customer. So, we again had to shift to the newly opened Narasu’s coffee- ‘Bhesh bhesh!! Remba naNNa irukku’, right opposite to Raja Coffee. Though business never picked up well, oily mama moved to Narasu’s for no particular reason. Narasu’s also had a business strategy, giving away free packets of chicory or parrys’ sugar. But the business started soaring when they decided to start giving home deliveries. Now, all my paaTi has to do is dial their number, make sure her instructions are clearly spelt back by half deaf oily mama “Kaal A Kaal B, No chicory” (These lines were god’s lines- never to be forgotten at any given point of time- by the oily mama/me/dad) And very soon, oily mama’s son used to drop in the packets of ½ kg every now and then. Thankfully, we haven’t changed our coffee shop for the past couple of years.

I still savor the first batch of decoction prepared everyday morning by paati (no..i haven’t tried making it; tried once, was a huge fiasco) along with sudoku in the Hindu and Vishnu Sahasranamam on Jaya TV. Aah! What will I ever do without filter kapi daily morning????

11 comments:

felinedev said...

one of cnennai's distinct identities...de filter "kapi"...now in pettai maami flavor..hehe:)...i actually read this over a coffe , early mornin..tastes good;)

Idling in Top Gear said...

Know what you mean about filter kaapi - my parents' days don't start without it. I on the other hand, have never been a fan of coffee (still drink "Boost" when I am home :))leading people to constantly question my Tam Bram credentials! My grandpa told me that a part of growing up is to develop a taste for coffee. Unfortunately, I can't ever drink hot coffee. Cold coffee with whipped cream, on the other hand, is quite palatable :)

kavita said...

filter kapi..sheer bliss aint it? having moved to Amreeka, not ventured making it,yet! missing amma's & paati's. *sigh*. the closest i get to the taste is in woodlands(bessht in this side of the world served in authentic kutty davaras) or saravan bhavan.

Pettai Maami said...

@felinedev- :D :D...make sure you try one too...how about saravana bhavan??

@idling- aaaargh..cold coffee..u mean tat watery dark liquid? urgh..i shall disown you frm the list of known tam brams!!!

@kavita- ooh ooh..are thosh as good as chennai saravana bhavan??

Idling in Top Gear said...

Watery dark liquid? I think you're thinking of black coffee. Cold coffee with whipped cream is almost like a milkshake with coffee flavor! Very creamy and rich :) like frappucino (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frappucino) or a mocha (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cafe_mocha)

Pettai Maami said...

@idling...no no..i do kno wat you mean..wew get it here in CCD n barista n alll..just tat the flavor sucks wen compared to the real one....

kavita said...

yesh fairly the same...but the waiters at SB always put on this moronic look for some reason which puts me off! :| the one from woodlands is really awesome.

ps: new post? :D

Idling in Top Gear said...

Enna maami? Ezhudarade nippatitela?

Pettai Maami said...

@kavita and idling mama: :D..zoned out now.. njoing climate in chennai... n catchng up wit good movies...will get bac soon... :D

Bikerdude said...

Hello hello :) Sorry for the tubelight reaciton comment.

We have a similar establishment in Malleswaram. Amma used to drive up to the front of the shop and ignore them completely. The shop attendants would ignore her too, but quietly pack up 1kg peaberry and hand it to her (with 10 rs change) while looking up at the trees. Mother would hand over 100 rs to noone in particular and whizz away.

Nowadays of course the same ignoring shop assistant cycles home and gives us the powder (with 10rs change) through our home's window grill :)

SR said...

Maami, I totally identify with this topic! I loved this piece. I come from a Tam Bram household and and we cant do without kaapi! In fact I did an ode to the coffee on my writing blog - check out when you have time. Its called "My Ode to Coffee" :)
http://chasingstarzz.blogspot.com/