South India is very famous for it aromatic filter coffee. South Indian coffee is milky and is served hot in a traditional tumbler and davara (see pic below). I love coffee very much – by coffee I mean filter coffee.I do not like these instant coffee varieties and never drink it. Earlier I was so much addicted to coffee and could not do any work in the morning without my cup of hot filter coffee. Though I have switched to oats porridge now, I still love filter coffee very much and drink occasionally or when I am in a mood to drink coffee. My most favorite brand is Lavazza. When it comes to local brands, I prefer narasus coffee powder.
|South Indian Filter Coffee|
South Indian coffee is brewed in a coffee filter. It comes in different sizes.Choose a filter according to your family needs.The coffee filter has 2 containers, an upper container with holes, a lower container to collect the decoction, a lid and a pressing disc with a center handle to press the powder which I do not have with me (so not shown in the picture below).
|South Indian Coffee Filter|
How to prepare Filter Coffee
Prep Time : 5 mins
Cook Time : 10 mins
Recipe Category: Beverages
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Recipe Category: Beverages
Recipe Cuisine: South Indian
Coffee Powder – 3 tbsp
Water – 3/4 cup
Fresh Milk for 2 cups of coffee
Sugar as required
|How to make Filter coffee|
1. Put 3 tbsp of coffee powder in the upper container, fix it on top of the lower container and tap the container gently, so that the powder will settle evenly.
2. Bring water to rolling boil and pour it over the coffee powder. Close it with a lid and leave it undisturbed for 10-15 minutes.
3. The coffee decoction will get collected in the lower container (See picture 3).
4. Boil milk and simmer for a few minutes stirring continuously. Pour needed decoction in a cup and add milk and sugar to taste. If you want it strong, add more decoction, if you prefer mild coffee, add less decoction. Serve hot and frothy in tumbler and davara. Enjoy the aroma and the taste of South Indian filter coffee.
Tips for brewing a perfect filter coffee
Use fresh coffee powder, fresh decoction and fresh milk.
For a good coffee, coffee powder also plays an important role. Mix equal quantities of freshly roasted and ground Peaberry and Plantation A coffee beans for super tasting coffee. You can get it roasted and ground in a coffee shop which sells coffee powder. For thickness, some people add 50 grams chicory powder for 1 kg of coffee powder. I personally do not prefer it.
Coffee with left over decoction or old stock coffee powder does not taste good. So try to make fresh decoction every time you prepare coffee.
If the holes of the coffee filter is blocked, show it in direct flame for 2-3 seconds and then use it.
Dry the filter well before adding coffee powder.
Coffee filters come in various sizes. If using less coffee powder, use a small coffee filter.
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Love S Indian coffee, only wish i had a filter like this at home.
I dont have words to say how i miss this filter coffee,love it.
Filter coffee is ways the best…. Awesome clicks….
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I've been havin filter coffee for years n am still addicted to it. You should try Kannan Jubilee coffee powder with chickory. I go weak on my knees for it 🙂
I can feel the smell 🙂
Love this filter kaapi….
Its my favourite drink, my post is also coming soon. nice clicks.
I love narasus coffee and drink it a a lot when I get to India. Something about India and coffee. A very informative post.
Ah! the filter coffee..I remember the filters. The one my granny had was big enough for a soup pot lol
Though I'm not a regular coffe drinker… I love Filter coffee.. it is only recently I started making it at home… 🙂
Totally love filter coffee !!
My most favorite beverage….nice post..
This is all very interesting to me as I haven't had the famous filter coffee yet but have seen and heard of it in so many movies and blogs. I would love to taste it one day.
Wonderful! Must learn this.
A lovely blog.
would love to have a cup of such delicious coffee 🙂
I follow the same procedure as stated by you. The tip for clearing the block in the filter is useful. I will try it immediately. Thanks.
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nothing like hot tumbler or frothy filter coffee.. thats a thorough post
So inviting filter coffee.
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You made me remember the filter coffee advertisement when i was child..Your post made me smile thanks for valuable information.. 🙂
I luv filter coffee like anything,
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love it… I can smell the coffee here…
I tried it first when I was in Banglore. I liked it so much that I had it everyday till I was there. I am not sure if I can get the same coffee powder you use as I reside in North India. Can I use the brands like nescafe or something?
thanks… i guess where i was going wrong is using old decoction.
Though it might look as a simple post, it is sometimes very useful for a beginner like me.
Thank you for your post, it reinforces what steps my Ajji takes to make filter coffee, even my husband who isn't Indian absolutely loves it. Its a must in our Aussie household!
6 yrs with filter coffee @south,,,,,now @north india,,,,,being a typical north indian<<<<i m missing my beloved Tamil style filter coffeee
where would i get a coffee filter
In South Indian, it is commonly available in all shops selling steel household utensils.
grind 50% pb and 50% reb seeds(roasted at home). no chicory.use before two hours.fresh buffalo milk gives excellent aroma
I love filter coffee. I was searching for the filter in the big cities like Mumbai for a long time but could find it in Madikeri(Karnataka) last week. May be I will try making filter coffee shortly. Thanks for your blog post.
Thanks a lot for the well explained process for preparing filter coffee.
For cleaning the holes I would suggest using a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Clears holes and keeps the container shining bright.
Sorry to say hat what you wrote about the third component of the coffee filter is wrong,
it is definitely not to plunger to press the coffee powder,
it is an important component of coffee filter which prevent the flushing of hot water through the powder and allows the slow sweeping in of boiled water through the powder to ensure the taste and aroma of the coffee
(please note that tiny holes and little convex shape of the platform)
Many of the users who is not aware about this will keep this part away during filtering as you did here
and that dilute the taste and aroma very much..
to just make sure this pls try one decoction with and another without this ,you will understand that makes a deference
I do know that but since it is a recipe site I did not want to elaborate on it. I am a South Indian and we prepare coffee everyday. Even without that component, you will get thick decoction if you tap the container slightly for the powder to settle and then pour boiling water. This is from my experience.
The taste and aroma of coffee firstly depends on the beans the extent of roasting and the fineness of ground pwdr.
1. I get coffee powder from Leo cofee. what is the best combination of different breeds (peaberry, plantation A, B etc ) for strong coffee
2. Is chicory necessary. I am not interested in color but in strength
3,. sometimes I see powder in the decoction. how to avoid it.
Hi. Good post. I too use pure coffee powder leo brand but my decoction is too thin.. watery.. can u help me with that? Any specific water powder proportion or some other technique?
After adding the coffee powder to the filter, just tap it so that the powder will settle down, then pour boiling water. You coffee decoction will be thick. And also do not add too much water. If it is just for 1 or 2 persons, you will get a small coffee filter in the market.
Thanks for the reply. I do tap it and also press the powder a little so that water donot run out quickly. Still the same problem. Is the water and powder proportion said above is to be used for pure coffee too or little less water?
Do u use purea coffee or with chicory? Which brand? Does ur decoction turn out thick with pure coffee without chicory? Whts the water powder proportion u use? Also is the powder finely ground?
Try adding less water, if you want thick decoction . If it is pure coffee powder, add less water. If it has chicory, you can add more than you use for pure coffee powder as chicory will give the thickness. I use narasus coffee. Decoction will not be very thick when using pure coffee powder. Try experimenting and you will find our what suits best for you. I have given you the measurements under tips – adding or not adding chicory is your personal choice.
Awesome directions.I try using milk powder and sweeteners(2 capsules).Do yu have any tips how to brew a frothing cuppa using milk powder?
Hi padhu, i stay in mumbai, i had this coffee with red band called jayanthi coffee, which was perfect for my steel filter, do you know where i can purchase this coffee? Which coffee do you use at home ?
I have no idea as I do not live in Mumbai. I use Narasu's coffee or India Coffee.
Hi, can we use cold(not too cold) water if we are making the decoction overnight?
No, you must use only boiling water.
Hi Padhu, can I reuse the powder again ? Or is the powder meant to be used for decoction extraction only once ?
After extracting the first thick decoction, you can pour more boiling water (1/4 th of what you poured for the first decoction) and extract the second decoction but that will be very light. If you do not prefer strong coffee, you can make coffee by mixing the first and the second decocotion. After that you have to discard the coffee powder. You can use it for plants.
Thanks for such a quick and practical advice
Hi padhu……I love all your recipes…..can u plz tell me the proportions of narasus coffee powder and chicory…….?
I have already mentioned under tips. Now pasting it for you here
"For a good coffee – Mix equal quantities of freshly roasted and ground Peaberry and Plantation A coffee beans for super tasting coffee. You can get it roasted and ground in a coffee shop which sells coffee powder. For thickness, add 50 grams chicory powder for 1 kg of coffee powder"
Hi padhu akka. Which lavazza coffee do you drink ? For example crema gusto etc. Becoz I want to know which one will taste similar to indian coffee.
I drink only South Indian filter coffee. But lavazza has a similar taste.