Kaapi, the original latte
Before there were fancy lattes and frappes, there was good old Indian kaapi.
The original latte
I grew up in 90s, when there were no speciality cafes. There were no CCDs, no Baristas, no Costas and no Starbucks. Life was sans espressos, cappuccinos and lattes. Espresso machines belonged to 5 star hotels.
However, there was always filter coffee. It wasn’t expensive. It was delicious. It was from South.
Southern India had mastered traditional milk coffee.Tasty milk coffee was and still is available in humble road side shacks, family restaurants, middle class cafés/ darshinis and in the homes.
They call it it Kaapi, Kumbhakonam ( Tamil), Bondhi Bisneeru ( Karnataka) and Kotai Vadineer ( Sri Lankan).
As good as any coffee
There is a kaapi version of every coffee on earth.
- Kaapi latte: adding kaapi concentrate to milk
- Kaappuccino: kaapi concentrate + milk + froth
- Kaapiato: kaapi concentrate + froth
- Kapigato: kaapi concentrate + 1 scoop of ice-cream
- Kaappe: kaapi concentrate + cold milk + ice cream + blend
- Cold kaapi: kaapi concentrate + cold milk + blend
- Iced Kaapi: kaapi concentrate + ice + creamer
Kaapi vs espresso
Sun Shan is a roaster and a brewmaster. He has brewed both the coffees. He says, “ One can not really compare espresso based milk coffees and Kaapi filter coffees. It’s like comparing two equally good red wines. So, the best way is to enjoy both.
Indian latte maker: 200 years old
So, we invented the humble kaapi maker. It is of steel or copper. It has just two chambers. One filters. Other gathers concentrate.
It’s not as expensive as other coffee equipments. It lasts forever, as it is of steel. And, the cost per cup is at least 1/4th of a cup of coffee in a cafe.
One can store concentrate in the fridge. Just mix milk with it, and carry it to home, office or a picnic.
Why wait, brew great kaapi now:
You require three things.
- Bullet proof brewing method → Click here
Sunil, the coffee geek, has come up with recipe for home brewers. It takes into account the environment at home such as lack of weighing scale or measuring spoons.
- The kaapi maker
It’s time you get one for yourself. It is available online and in nearby shops.
- Fresh coffee powder
Fresher the coffee powder, better will be the taste. Sunil recommends a two week cycle.