"காபி சாப்பிடறேளா" ("Want coffee?")
This is perhaps the most important hospitality question you would face as you enter a TamBram household. Thirty years back, it was insulting to even ask. As you sat on the "thinnai" of your host, the lady would send through her daughter, a "gooja" full of frothing,steaming coffee, no matter what time of the day it was. There was no question of you NOT being a coffee drinker - every TamBram was a confirmed coffee drinker, and even if you weren't you'd soon be, thanks to the aroma of the "degree kaapi" that would permeate the entire house. A tambram child was said to have stepped into adulthood with his/her first cup of coffee (usually mixed with Bournvita) in his./her sixth standard.