Indian Filter Coffee, specifically South Indian Filter Coffee, might be the perfect addition to your coffee repertoire. This traditional coffee, originating from South India, is known for its rich, frothy texture and authentic taste. It is a beloved drink enjoyed by many throughout the day and is far more than just a morning pick-me-up.

As a special blend of coffee beans is combined with chicory, South Indian Filter Coffee offers a unique flavor that sets it apart from other coffee varieties. This coffee brewing technique uses a traditional coffee filter, which gives the final product a distinctive taste and aroma that is hard to replicate. With every sip, you’ll be transported to the aromatic coffee houses of South India, where the art of coffee making has been perfected over time.

In this article, we will guide you through the steps of making Indian Filter Coffee at home. Easily accessible ingredients and equipment make it quite simple for you to indulge in this invigorating drink. So grab your favorite mug and let’s dive into the world of South Indian Filter Coffee, where delightful taste and timeless tradition meet.

Filter Coffee: From Preparation to Presentation

Tools and Ingredients

To make an authentic Indian filter coffee, gather the following essential tools and ingredients:

  • Indian coffee filter: a stainless steel two-tiered filter with perforated holes
  • Dabara/tumbler set: a traditional serving container, but any pair of small mugs or cups can be used
  • Filter coffee powder: a mix of ground coffee beans and chicory (about 80% coffee, 20% chicory)
  • Milk: preferably full fat for a rich and creamy consistency
  • Sugar: as per your preference
  • Boiling hot water

Making the Decoction

To start the brewing process, follow these steps:

  1. Add coffee powder to the upper tier of the coffee filter. A typical measure for strong coffee is 3-4 tablespoons per 2 cups of water.
  2. Press the coffee grounds gently using the pressing disc.
  3. Pour boiling hot water over the coffee grounds, filling to the top of the filter.
  4. Cover it and let it sit for 20-30 minutes, allowing the coffee decoction to collect in the lower tier.

Don’t rush the brewing process, as a longer brewing time helps extract the rich and aromatic flavors.

Serving The Perfect Coffee

Now that your coffee decoction is ready, follow these steps to serve the perfect cup:

  1. Heat milk – Boil milk and ensure it’s hot but not scalding. The ideal temperature is around 150°F (65°C).
  2. Pour decoction – Add 2-3 tablespoons of coffee decoction into the serving tumbler or cup.
  3. Add sugar – Add your desired amount of sugar, adjusting to taste.
  4. Pour hot milk – Slowly pour the hot milk into the tumbler, filling it up three-quarters of the way.
  5. Mix and create froth – Pour the coffee mixture between the dabara and tumbler multiple times, creating a frothy layer.

Your perfect cup of South Indian filter coffee, also known as Filter Kaapi, is ready! Enjoy the rich and robust flavors, the lovely aroma, and the velvety froth that makes this traditional beverage so unique and delightful.

Written By Roger Stanley

Behind AFullMug is Roger Stanley, a coffee enthusiast whose journey into the world of coffee began behind the counter of a local coffee shop – several years later and here we are!

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