Day 3 @The Serai Resorts, Chikmagalur. We had series of activities planned before and after checkout, but due to few delays, we narrowed our activity down to only plantation walk, visiting cafe coffee day research and roasting center ending with scrumptious biryani.

At 8 a.m. all of us were asked to assemble at the odyssey for breakfast followed by plantation walk, since I'm not a big fan of eating and then going on a trek i chose some coffee and corn flakes. 

The plantation walk started with spotting herbs, spices, mushrooms, bugs and trees, once we reached middle of the estate we were surrounded by lush coffee grove, birds and bats, every path and turn was so picturesque truly very enjoyable walk. 

Plantation Walk

Plantation Workers...

After the walk it was time to pack our bags and board the bus. By 10 a.m We reached cafe coffee day research and roasting center. Being a coffee lover, I got to see how coffee is grown, processed, roasted, packaged and shipped #itwasadreamcometrue experience.

At the cafe coffee day research center we got to meet Dr. Pradeep, he was so kind to grant us permission and visit his lab where the pre-taste testing for various coffee and tea blends are done on a daily basis. We also got to taste various tea and coffee from across the globe.

Coffee Gyaan for Coffee Lovers:
Although there are over 6500 species of coffee, the most loved species in India are Peaberry, Arabica and Robusta. Arabica is consumed by 70% of the world because of its mild taste and aroma, Arabica coffee has a much sweeter and softer taste. Robusta, on the other hand, has twice the amount of caffeine than its counterpart. And with so much bitter caffeine in the mix, Robusta is only loved because of its strong earthy flavor tones, while Peaberry combined with chicory is largely consumed in southern India.

Coffee can be roasted with a light flavor profile or a dark flavor profile. A light roast brings out the flavor of the coffee in a more subtle way and has a sweet floral flavor. A dark roast brings out a bittersweet flavor since the beans are roasted for a longer period of time at a higher temperature. The dark roast is not necessarily stronger, but richer and more complex in comparison to the light roast, while Coffee & Chicory is the traditional favorite of every Indian. Coffee & Chicory blends are best enjoyed with a dose of hot milk and sugar.

Coffee can be brewed in two ways. Espressos are made by forcing hot water under high pressure through the finely grounded coffee. This method of high pressure creates a golden creamy layer called crema and allows for a higher concentration of caffeine in the brew, ounce for ounce. Drip-brewing uses the process of pouring boiling water over coffee grounds that are coarse and medium-ground. This allows the water to pass through the filter and into the coffee pot. With no pressure, there is no crema, and with a lower concentration of caffeine, you can drink more of it.

Traditional South-Indian filter coffee is brewed by using a metal filter contraption called filter, the two compartment cylindrical cups, one of which has a pierced bottom that nests into the top of the "tumbler" cup, leaving ample room underneath to receive the brewed coffee. The upper cup has two removable parts: a pierced pressing disc with a central stem handle and a covering lid. Once the filter coffee is brewed its combined with frothy hot milk and sugar and served in a steel or brass tumbler. 

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Different Varieties of Coffee...

Rainbow Tea

By the time we finished our tour at the cafe coffee day research center it was already 12 p.m, all of us had to rush for lunch and start our journey back home. 

Last minute plan was to end our journey with biryani, all of us were looking forward to taste malanadu style biryani, from a famous restaurant located at M.G road, chikmagalur called Maharaja Inn. We ordered for mutton and chicken biryani followed by fried southindian style chicken kababs. 

The biryani here is topped with mutton sukka (spicy braised meat which is pan fried) and boiled eggs. Long grains of basmati rice and meat were cooked to perfection, mutton sukka added to flavor and taste. When at chikmagalur biryani is a must try...perfect ending to our journey๐Ÿ˜‹

When it comes to making memories, nothing comes close to Serai Chikmagalur sipping on some home grown coffee, enjoying the pristine surrounding, and scrumptious food, was truly a memorable experience which will last a life time ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Stay tuned for upcoming Culinary Adventure Series...๐Ÿ™

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