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30.8.16

Of Coffee and Conversations with BeanstalknLeaves


Tam Bram or not, you need filter coffee in your life.


You know how movies stereotype Tam Brams by showing an uncle sitting in a chair reading The Hindu, an aunty with a towel wrapped around her hair muttering some slokas under her breath (or possibly cursing her luck) and carrying a tray with cups that contain piping hot filter coffee with the Suprabatham playing in the background? Well that's only in movies. In my house my dad would make his own coffee and the only Suprabatham playing in the background was my mother screaming at us to get out of bed and get ready for the day. Yup, that's the more standard Tam Bram family of today. Things have definitely changed except our love for filter coffee and that's why I get the weirdest looks when I tell people that I can't drink coffee because it doesn't suit me. So when BeanstalkNLeaves sent me their coffee to sample, I gave it to the perfect critics- My dad and grandfather. 

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


They are the ones who put the filter every morning (I don't even know how to make coffee) and the blends sent across by BeanstalknLeaves actually sparked a very interesting on how the making of coffee has evolved over the years. My grandma reminisced about how she had watched her mother roast the coffee beans every morning and pound it at home with a mortar and pestle. This was done on a daily basis for the freshest decoction. My grandpa then talked about how post marriage he would go to the shop buy the coffee beans and get it roasted and ground, with the right proportion of chicory in it, at a grinder's place. Then my dad, not to feel left out, pitched in and talked about how he would help with grinding the coffee beans at home after they were roasted. It was so amazing to watch my grandparents talk so animatedly about coffee roasting across the decades. Who knew it would be such an amazing conversation starter!!

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


Well enough of stories. 
Here is what my dad had to say about the 3 blends.

1) Shotgun
This is more of an Arabian blend which we felt renders itself for a Shot as the name suggests. This is a light coffee which tasted very good without milk. When we used the normal South Indian filter to extract the decoction it was very light (Though I added almost 3 spoonful of powder as I normally do).
Priced at 335INR for 250g

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


2) Smooth operator: 
An excellent blend, typical South Indian flavor felt in this and all of us (Self and My parents loved it). The decoction was strong with just over 3 scoops of powder in the filter and the resultant hot coffee with hot milk was very tasty. The Aroma from the filtering process itself was adequate temptation to have more than one cup.
Priced at 295INR for 250g 
(P.S you guys might want to note that this blend is sold out on the BeanstalknLeaves website. I think that speaks for the quality of it.)

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


3) Velvet Dew: 
Similar to Smooth Operator, this also rendered itself very well to the taste buds of typical South Indian coffee drinkers. The decoction was strong and the coffee served with milk tasted very typical of the coffee we make at home using some popular Bangalore brand coffee powder.
Priced at 355INR for 250g.

BeanstalkNLeaves Filter Coffee Review


In addition to this we also tried combining 50% each of the Smooth operator and Velvet new and the result was wonderful. Though individually they were strong and very south Indian, blending them together was giving a different taste and we were seeking to drink more than one cup of it.

Well there you have it! Right from the horse's mouth. Do try them out and let me you know what you think. You can find BeanstalkNLeaves on Amazon India as well.

miss kays

:)

Disclaimer: The products were sent by the brand. The opinions expressed by my dad is absolutely honest.