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Artist Aishwarya Bavle
This painting depicts South Indian filter coffee served in the traditional steel tumbler placed in a wide metal saucer with raised lipped walls. Filter coffee is essentially the espresso of my country. It is a hot and frothy drink made with dark roasted arabica or robusta coffee beans which are native to the region. An additive chicory comprises 20-30% of the coffee mix . While the coffee is drunk from the tumbler, it can be cooled if needed by pouring it out on the saucer.
The preparation of filter coffee is an art-form in itself. The mixture of roasted coffee powder, chicory, hot milk and sugar is repeatedly poured back and forth between the saucer and the tumbler in huge arc-like motions of the hand. This mixes the ingredients and most importantly aerates the coffee, producing a rich froth.