What is Beaten Coffee? I had absolutely no idea. I heard about it by accident and got a chance to taste it, also by accident.!!
It was one of those dusty days in Bahrain. The Hubby was out on a “boys night out” and the kids were all fast asleep. There was no good movie on TV, just reruns of tacky Saas-Bahu shows. Flipping through the channels, I came across the movie Arunanan. Normally I would not watch a movie from half way at night. But the movie seemed to be all about complex relationships, complex even in their simplicity. Coming to the point,Rituparna Sengupta is seen making beaten coffee for their friends during a visit home. I had never heard of beaten coffee before and I never actually learned to make it.
It was recently during an unexpected visit to an acquaintance’s house that I actually understood the concept of beaten coffee. It is a very simple method of making cappuccino style coffee at home. It involves incorporating air into a paste of coffee and sugar till thick and frothy, by beating the mix with a spoon. This method of beating the coffee mix is what gives the coffee the name Beaten Coffee. On addition of milk, this coffee mix dissolves and the air is released creating a delicious froth of top of the coffee.
- Milk – 1/2 cup
- Water – 1/2 cup
- Coffee Powder – 1 1/2 tsp
- Sugar – 2 tsp
- Water – 1 tsp
- Combine the coffee powder and the sugar in a cup.
- Add the water little by little to the mix and stir well. the mixture should not be watery, just moist.
- At first, for about a minute you will find no difference. Once the froth starts appearing add 3 to 4 drops of water.
- Now roll up those sleeves and start beating the coffee mixture till it becomes thick and creamy. This will take a good 10 minutes, so be prepared for aching arms the first time.
- Add a few drops of water if needed and keep beating. At no point should the mixture be watery so go slow on that temptation to add more water.
- After a while tThe mixture will be so thick that it will not drop off the spoon if turned over. I feel it resembles thick coffee butter cream , and oh that smell… so delicious. Do not attempt to lick it off the spoon, that is not very tasty.
- During this time, boil the milk and water together.
- Add the milk to the coffee mixture and mix to combine.
- You will notice a nice thick layer of froth appearing on top after 3 minutes.
- Sprinkle a pinch of cinnamon powder on top if you like your coffee with a cinnamon flavor. Or maybe try a sprinkle of drinking chocolate on it.
- Adjust the coffee or sugar according to personal preference. I like my coffee strong, hence I add more coffee powder.
- Add more milk if you like your coffee very milky, or use just plain skimmed milk for a low fat version. In that case do not add water to the milk.
- So feel free to find your combination.
If you are pressed for time, in need of a delicious cup of coffee cappuccino style, then this one is for you. If you have 10 minutes spare, looking forward to relax and unwind with a cup of coffee, then this is for you. If you are pressed for time, do not have time to whisk it to that thick creamy mass, then you are better off with a regular cup of instant coffee. Because it is always better to do this to perfection than to just mix it up and mess it up. Follow the steps perfectly for that perfect cup of coffee.