When it comes to morning stimulants, most of us don’t experiment much with our favourite cuppa tea or coffee. We asked two very experienced coffee craftsmen and certified coffee lovers to tell us about how the new flavoured capsules of tea and coffee will be the next life-changing inventions of our times.
By Kunal Bhagat and Tuhin Jain
Gone are the days when we’d warm our hands and hearts over a steaming coffee waited upon. With a separate plea made for a double shot for the experience. Coffee lovers after all are just as discerning as wine connoisseurs who only need a whiff of their drink to know their make and just as tough to please.
For coffee geeks like, yesteryears international star Monica Bellucci, or our home grown superstar Shahrukh Khan, it’s espresso all the way. In Italy there’s a saying that literally means, “An espresso can awaken the old ghosts of Rome”. Such is its potency, hence often touted as the best wake-up-drink or shot, served in its most aesthetic shot glasses. You could be just pulling out of bed, and still bleary eyed, when all you do is put in a capsule in your espresso machine and push the button, before you proceed to open the curtains. It’s that short an interlude, no fumbling, no measuring, no nothing!
With the advent of coffee capsules, you now have a superior quality, stronger, more robust coffee, made ‘faster’. Espresso, a term originating from Italy means just that – ‘fast’ in Italian. In the early 1900s when Luigi Bezzera, a coffee aficionado, frustrated at how long it took to make his morning cup, added steam pressure to his coffee machine. In doing so, he not only accelerated the brewing process but found that he obtained a stronger, more robust cup of coffee. Although technically gifted, Mr. Bezzera enjoyed little success in marketing his product. It was Desidero Pavoni, an Italian businessman, who, having acquired the patent rights to Mr. Bezzera’s machine in 1905, successfully introduced espresso to the Italian market and changed the way we drink coffee.
Ever since, there has been continuous experimentation and an ongoing endeavor to improve the technology to bring the most concentrated shot of coffee with its hallmark crème. There is almost a race to win hearts of the growing section of serious coffee lovers. Bonhomia by Indulge Beverages, has mastered the art with immense R&D spanning a long period, thus being the first in India to introduce this invigorating experience. They are confident of wooing the coffee palate with their carefully packed capsules/pods that are specially designed to preserve the original goodness for coffee lovers desiring the ‘real thing’. The first time innovative technology ensures the coffee is roasted, ground and encapsulated in less than 24hours with each capsule being nitrogen flushed and sealed for freshness. As a first, the company is also making tea capsules. You can help yourself to as many shots guilt-free, and are only left feeling more restored and happy. So call all your friends for a tea party or do a quick coffee get together – all you need are these magic capsule shots and you are good to go. Bueno vita!
(The writers are founders of Bonhomia)