I’ve been asked, many a time, “You don’t drink tea, you don’t eat fish…what kind of a Malayalee are you?!? ” Well, I am the kind of Malayalee that enjoys a good cup of coffee, any time of the day and can’t stand the smell of fish.
I have nothing against tea, tea drinkers and fish lovers; its just a matter of personal preference. I don’t remember when I got hooked onto coffee, but what started as an occasional cup of coffee, reached a peak during my college days when a day wouldn’t go by without 4-5 cups of this freshly brewed concoction. Maybe I was also spoiled a little (read as a lot), with the high quality filter coffee that was always available at home.
My husband comes from a predominantly tea drinking, what most people may call a typical Malayalee, family. In the early days of our marriage, I would diligently make a cup of tea and coffee each, every day. But as time passed, he sweetly switched over to coffee because he didn’t want me slogging over two types of beverages. Or was it because he had not had such darn good coffee before? Anyway, now I can’t get him off coffee!
During our initial years in the U.S., I realized that coffee here is way different from what I was used to back home. While we poured the coffee decoction or added instant coffee to a lavish amount of steaming milk, I was shocked to see the amount of milk or creamer that went into a gigantic cup of black coffee here: it was so negligible that it barely changed the color of the coffee. Because of this, I used to be apprehensive to even order coffee at Starbucks. But now, equipped with more knowledge and experience, I can boldly walk into a cafe and order the right type of drink.
Talking about the right type of drink, do you have a favorite type of coffee? My all time favorite is the traditional, South Indian filter coffee. Nothing can beat the aroma of freshly brewed filter coffee, especially in the morning. But these days I make do with either Indian or American instant coffees. This is mainly attributed to laziness and partly because I still am not not sure of what type of coffee bean/powder to buy :-).
But regardless of whether I drink filter coffee or instant, tell me this: Does not drinking tea make me any less of a Malayalee?