டிகிரி coffee . I am from a village near kumbakonam and lot of our relatives lived in Kumbakonam at one point of time. So what I am narrating is what I heard in those days. This named coffee origin is pre independence period. Only one hotel used to advertise their coffee this way. Coffee used to be available only for limited hours in morning, afternoon and evening. Prepared from coffee seeds mixed in a proportion only known to the proprietor. Filter is used for getting decotion. Only first fill. Only cows milk used. The owner had dozens if cows for milking. Milk not over heated such that cream does not separate. It was British era. The tashildar or revenue officer while touring the area was served with the coffee from this hotel. He liked it so much that he issued a *DECREE* that henceforth coffee should be served only in this fashion. Armed with the letter the hotel owner started to write டிகிரி காபி . Later when people started to write in english *'Decree'* became 'Degree'. Other hotel owners also copied the word not the quality.