The South Indian filter coffee


  • The Statista site states that India is the sixth largest producer of coffee in the world, after Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, Ethiopia and Honduras.

    • India produced about 4,00,000 tonnes of coffee in 2022-23.

What is chicory?

  • The South Indian coffee is an admixture of coffee and chicory powders.
  • It is this addition of chicory that makes South India coffee special.

    The South Indian filter coffee
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  • It is an herb native to Europe and Asia.
  • Its root contains inulin, a starchy substance, which is good for health, and is found in a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and herbs, including wheat, onions, bananas, leeks, artichokes, and asparagus.
  • Chicory root has a mild laxative effect and decreases swelling.
  • Chicory is also a rich source of beta-carotene, which protects cells from oxidative damage, better than coffee.
  • Also, chicory does not contain caffeine which induces restlessness and insomnia, which coffee does.
  • This is why it is a good practice for the South Indian coffee to have an admixture of coffee and chicory powders: the ratio being 70:30, or as per personal taste.

Where are all the coffee plantations across India?

  • The plantations are mostly in the hilly regions of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, as well as in the hilly regions of Andhra Pradesh (Araku Valley), Odisha, and in the hills of Manipur, Mizoram, and the other ‘seven sisters’ of Northeast India.
  • Chicory is grown mainly in Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat.

Source: TH

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