For the love of coffee

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Coffee lovers raise their mugs in celebration of the brew on International Coffee Day that is commemorated on October 1 every year in support of the millions of coffee farmers whose livelihoods depend on it. On the occasion, NT BUZZ speaks to coffee lovers in the state

DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT BUZZ

A cup of coffee in whatever way is enough to make us feel alive and energised. Be it a cappuccino, a double espresso, a latte, or the popular South Indian kaapi (filter coffee), coffee lovers have so much to say about the goodness of these beans that stir up their lives in the most unique ways.

Of course, there are several drawbacks to having coffee in excess. But, what is excess?

So, while the October heat is all set to take temperatures higher, coffee lovers in Goa ‘espresso’ their unfathomable affection for the brew.

Coffee has been an integral part of my life since a very long time. A mug of hot black coffee sometimes seems like the only thing I need, to start my day on the right foot. I plan on celebrating this International Coffee Day by opening my hand roasted coffee from Brazil and enjoying it with my friends.”

– Aliston Dias, photographer and filmmaker, Porvorim

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world. And like most coffee lovers I can’t seem to get enough of it. I love coffee not just for its rich flavour but because of the feeling of nostalgia it gives me, remembering precious moments with the people I shared a cup of coffee with. So yes, that’s how I’m going to spend International Coffee Day. Sharing a cup of hot brewed coffee with my loved ones and making unforgettable memories.”

– Mckenzie Noronha, student,
Anjuna

Coffee is an essential part of my daily routine and my mornings are often incomplete without sipping onto a hot cup of coffee. It’s like a tradition that has been passed on from my grandmother to my mother and now to me. It’s my own escape as I have coffee when I’m stressed or feeling down and it instantly boosts my mood. International Coffee Day is just another day that I will enjoy with my hot beverage and some ‘me’ time.”

– Sandesh Manguesh Kaulekar, civil engineer, Old Goa

There are several memories I have that are associated with coffee – but the one that stands out is when I drank coffee with my father who was admitted in the hospital after being diagnosed with diabetes. To give him company and make him feel better, I drank coffee without sugar for the first time.”

– Shreesha PJ, assistant professor, Porvorim

What I enjoy every morning is the first sip of brewed coffee which jump-starts my day. I love it when the coffee kicks in and I realise what an adorable badass I’m going to be today. It just gives me the confidence and energy to start my day right. International Coffee Day is just a chance for me to celebrate the beverage, chilling in my balcony with an amazing cup of coffee. Cheers to coffee!”

– Diana Tina Rodrigues, entrepreneur, Navelim

Coffee has been a significant part of my life ever since high school and there hasn’t been a day I’ve spent without a cup of coffee since then. Right from staying up late night studying for exams to attending all the 3 p.m. sleepy lectures, coffee has always kept me company. I’ve had such wonderful memories over a cup of coffee with my friends at Nescafé in the campus of Goa Medical College. On this International Coffee Day, since I cannot go out, I’ll be staying home and making some delicious coffee and breakfast for my family.”

– Angelica Fernandes, occupational therapist, Nuvem

Coffee is more than just a beverage for me and I love waking up to the aroma of freshly brewed coffee. It helps me relax and I can enjoy it at any time of the day or in any weather. While initially I would just use a drip coffee maker, as I delved deeper I learned the many ways to make a nice cup of coffee. It is my goal to collect every coffee instrument. I have also realised that making coffee is an art.”

Priti Arora, assistant professor, Old Goa

Being a South Indian, coffee is an integral part of our culture. Growing up, the fragrance of filter coffee is what I used to wake up to and that’s what energises me at any time of the day. I love filter coffee that is extra strong with less sugar. And now whenever my dad and I have to mend ways after a silly fight, he just mixes up a fresh cup of coffee, just the way I like it. So the coffee takes away the bitterness instantly.”

Pooja Boopathy, media professional, Vasco

COOL BEANS

Here are some interesting coffee facts:

             Instant coffee has been around for over a century. Instant or soluble coffee was invented and patented in 1881, by Alphonse Allais from France.

             The people of Finland consume more coffee per capita than people in any other nation, according to the International Coffee Organisation. It’s normal in Finland to drink between five to eight cups of coffee per day and it’s served with every meal.

             The world’s most expensive coffee comes from animal poop. (Yes, you read that right) Kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world—and it’s made from feces. The coffee, sometimes known as “civet cat coffee” or “cat poop coffee,” is made from coffee beans that have been digested and pooped out by small, furry animals called palm civets.

             According to one legend, ancestors from the region of Kaffa in Ethiopia were the first to recognise the energising effect of the coffee plant. The story of Kaldi, the ninth century Ethiopian goatherd says that he discovered coffee when he noticed how excited his goats became after eating the beans from a coffee plant.