The world is sharply divided into those who love tea and those who love coffee. And you will know, the coffee lovers have their own space. The warm cup of cappuccino that is commonly sold in coffee houses, is a culture that we have borrowed from the Italians. Lesser known to many, coffee might have been a native crop of the Ethiopian highlands, but it later traversed through the Middle East, to find shelter in the Italian territories. And ever since then, it has not looked back. Today coffee is an international property, from the rich Italians to amazing African flavors to the subtle south Indian tastes. And how this history came into being is a whole new story in itself.
Istanbul saw the first of what we know today as coffeehouses, after much debate and taboo that it faced from the Islamic Law. Coffee was renamed as the demon’s drink, until it got popularized because of the cult following that it generated. And soon their fame spread far and wide. From Istanbul, the beans migrated to the ports of Italy, where coffee was again subjected to bias and religious contempt. For a very long period of time, coffee was taken as a bitter tonic – a medicine to cure rather than a luxury drink. Well now its status has heavily changed .
Nowadays there are many types of coffee you can get. One of the most popular ones is Green Coffee. Green coffee is another ingredient that’s finding a place in the kitchen. Says chef Kunal Kapur, “Green coffee is the healthier alternative to coffee, it has three times more antioxidant power and a lot of benefits. While one can easily blend it into their daily routine, it can also be seamlessly integrated with a lot of foods.
Coffee — granules or brew — is used in a bunch of desserts today. Most popular is the Italian tiramisu made of layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a velvety mascarpone. A basic tip is to turn your ice cream into a java-infused treat by pouring a shot of coffee over it. So what are you waiting for? Graphic your cup today!