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    Some facts about a good quality coffee.

    1. First hallmark of a good coffee is in its great aroma which goes around the kitchen,
    home and finally street (or building complex). This aroma once allowed to escape,
    cannot be recaptured.


    2. Its second identity comes from its colour, which is determined by splendid mix of
    decoction and milk. (My wife mixes 50 g of chicory powder for every 1kg of first
    grade -pea berry - coffee powder, to give it the perfect blend and strength).
    Roasting and grinding of seeds also plays an important role.

    3. Coffee prepared with fresh milk tastes the best. (Even refrigerated or reboiled
    milk is no match).

    4. A coffee once prepared must be drunk within a few minutes. Otherwise, it loses
    its aroma and taste.

    5. Second or subsequent decoctions give no good coffee. Similarly, coffee that
    becomes less hot and reheated also loses its flavour.

    6. Finally, mixing of sugar. An experienced hand mixes the right proportion of sugar,
    at the very first instance. This avoids reheating or altering the original blend or
    strength.

    I'm a great lover of coffee and feel proud to call myself a connoisseur in this regard.
    But, I take only one cup of coffee a day i.e. in the morning, while reading 'The Hindu'.

    Long live coffee and its lovers!
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    Dear all, kumbakonam degree coffee is available in venkateswara hotel which i feel is located somewhere near the mahamaham tank area.there was one proogramme in podhigai, dd tamil channel about this degree coffee and they were showing venkateswara hotel making the degree coffee.
    Balagopal
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    kap i kapi yeah kapi kapi,just totally addicted rascal,i am
    Saraswati namasthubhyam Varade kaama roopini Vidyaarambham karishyaami Sidhirbhavatu me sadaa
    O Goddess Saraswati, the giver of Boons and fulfiller of wishes, I prostrate to You before starting my studies. May you always fulfill me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B.Krishnamurthy View Post
    KUMBAKONAM DEGREE COFFEE is still available in CHENNAI.There is a shop in MADDIPAKKAM KOOTU ROAD which markets only KDC.
    Pure coffee powder and powder mixed with Chicory are available.
    I have tasted several brands and KDC is really great.
    BK
    kumbakonam degree cofee powder is also available in its exclusive shop in the street which is back to st.mary's road. The area may be alwarpet or abhiramapuram. Coffee made with that powder's decoction is very much kumbakonam degree coffee of those days.
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    sunkan's pictorial depiction of cothas coffee is very much similar to those days kumabakonam degree coffee.
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    The nearest to Kumbakonam Degree Office I had last time outside SriRangam Mandir in Tiruchi where one family is vending coffee with the same name. They charge around Rs 10 per cup. I originate from Tiruvidaimarudur near Kumbakonam. Venkata Lodge is no more with the same name but a new hotel Karpagam is operating with a management. Some of the old hotels in Kumbakonam like Mangalambika etc. are still giving good coffee. The best taste arose from the nice cow milk which originated from good grass that was available to the cows which again was due to the free flowing Cauvery river in that area. Those days the injections were not known. Cow milk was of ideal taste.
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    Dear all, the degree in kumbakonam coffee refers only to the temperature of the coffee-piping hot-the water for decoction and the milk are heated to the same temperature more or less-hot water percolates the coffee powder and the decoction collected immediately added to the hot milk( right amount of decoction added to make one cup of hot coffee by experience), sugar added in right measure(not less, not more, this is also by experience)-lo, the degree coffee is ready!-but the secret is the exact amount of the correct blend of coffee powder to make thick decoction!-that depends on the quality of coffee powder and the taste it can generate-
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    hi folks,
    the combination of degree coffee with THE HINDU for chennaivasi...
    the combination of degree coffe with playing cards/ kumbakonam
    vettilai with seeval for wedding relatives.....these peculiar combos
    for tamil brahmins....whole night playing cards with degree coffee..
    besh.. besh... superb....nammalavaal rasanaye thani.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by BALAGOPAL View Post
    Dear all, kumbakonam degree coffee is available in venkateswara hotel which i feel is located somewhere near the mahamaham tank area.there was one proogramme in podhigai, dd tamil channel about this degree coffee and they were showing venkateswara hotel making the degree coffee.
    Balagopal
    Dear Bala
    I think the hotels name is Venkatramana . I had meals there during my visit to Kumbakonam( Rs.45/ Great Value for Money.) But coffee I am not sure Ordinary may be. Kumbakonaml sound very sweet in local dialect like குமோணம் ஜம்பு
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    Tiruppati laddu, Tirunelveli Halwa, Kumbakonam Degree Coffee etc should all be patented. They all have to do something with the unique taste of water available in those places,be it the Pushkarani of Tiruppati, Tambraparani river in Tirunelveli or Cauvery in Kumbakonam. besides the other ingredients and the special ratios in which they are mixed. The ingredients can be obtained anywhere, but the water is location oriented.
    Regards and Respects,
    Ramanathan.
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