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Filter coffee recipe with step by step photos – easy to prepare and popular South Indian filter coffee recipe.

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Filter coffee is one of my favorite coffee and I do make it occasionally for myself. Even though I am a regular tea junkie, but once in a while, I love to have filter coffee.

Filter coffee is known in various names like degree coffee, filter kaapi, mysore filter coffee etc. here I am sharing the traditional way of making filter coffee. you will need the South Indian coffee filter to make this coffee. This is easily available in most utensil shops in western and south India as well as online. You will see the pics in the step by step post below.

For the coffee powder, you need to use coffee powder which is meant for preparing filter coffee. When my parents travel to south, they get for me coffee powder from there. So I always have a stock. The taste of the coffee, largely depends on the type of ground coffee used. After using the coffee powder for a few times, you will get an idea on its quality and flavor strength.

filter coffee recipe

Filter coffee needs to be served immediately as soon as its made. You can have it just as a single beverage or serve it after tiffin breakfast items like upma, idli, dosa, uttapam or medu vada.

How to make filter coffee

1. This picture is of the South Indian coffee filter. It comes in various sizes. The one I have serves 2 to 3 tumblers (glasses)

South Indian coffee filter

2. These are the parts. It consists of two cylindrical vessels. The top vessel has perforations in it. This top vessel fits on the lower vessel, which collects the coffee brew. There is also a pressing disc with a handle and a lid that accompanies the top vessel.

South Indian coffee filter

3. This is a picture of the top vessel with the perforations.

South Indian coffee filter

4. This is the base vessel, where the coffee decoction is collected.

South Indian coffee filter

Making coffee decoction for filter coffee

5. Now coming to the coffee. use ground coffee which is meant to prepare filter coffee. fit the top vessel on the lower one. Now take 3 teaspoons coffee and place it in the top vessel with the perforations. For the filter which I have, I use the following proportions:

  • 4 teaspoons coffee powder – for a strong coffee
  • 3 teaspoons – medium strong
  • 1.5 to 2 teaspoons – light coffee
making filter coffee recipe

6. Gently spread and even out the coffee powder with your fingers or a small spoon.

making filter coffee recipe

7. Place the pressing disc with the handle on the coffee powder.

making filter coffee recipe

8. Heat 1 cup water in a sauce pan and let it come to a boil.

hot water for preparing filter coffee recipe

9. When the water comes to a boil, gently pour the water in the top vessel.

hot water for preparing filter coffee recipe

10. Fill it till ¾ or almost full. Since I used 1 cup, the top vessel was almost full with hot water.

hot water for preparing filter coffee recipe

11. Cover with the lid. Wait for 10 to 12 minutes till the coffee decoction percolates in the lower vessel.

preparing filter coffee recipe

12. Here in this photo, a bit of water is still left.

preparing filter coffee recipe

13. In the below photo, all of the coffee is brewed. Cover and keep.

brewed filter coffee

Making filter coffee

14. When all of the coffee is brewed, then heat ¾ cup full fat or whole milk till it becomes hot and boils. You can even start heating milk just before all the water percolates.

milk for preparing filter coffee recipe

15. Now take a tumbler (glass) and add 2 teaspoons sugar in it.

sugar for filter coffee recipe

16. add ¼ to ⅓ cup hot boiling milk directly in the tumbler while straining it.

making filter coffee recipe

17. i strain milk, so as to avoid the malai that comes with the boiling milk. If you like malai, then you can add milk without straining it. You can add less or more milk as per your preference.

making filter coffee recipe

18. Now pour ¼ cup or ⅓ cup of the brewed coffee. You can add less or more or as much as you like.

making filter coffee recipe

19. So Here the filter coffee is ready, but a few steps more before you savor it.

making filter coffee recipe

Serving filter coffee

20. Now take Dabarah or davara. this is a small pan shaped vessel that is used to cool the coffee. The coffee is poured back and forth from the tumbler to the davara and so on. Thus the sugar dissolves and a top layer of foam forms on the coffee. Pour the coffee from the tumbler from a height in the davara.

making filter coffee recipe

21. Now pour the coffee from the davara back in the tumbler.

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22. Repeat again pouring coffee in the davara from the tumbler and vice versa. You can do this process 2 to 3 times. Don’t do too much as then the coffee becomes cold. You can even skip this step if you want.

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23. Serve filter coffee hot. It needs to be served immediately as soon as its made.

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Filter Coffee

4.77 from 13 votes
Easy to prepare and popular South Indian filter coffee or filter kaapi.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins

Cuisine South Indian
Course: Beverages

Servings 2 to 3
Units

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons ground coffee
  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup whole or full fat milk or add as required
  • 2 teaspoons sugar for each glass or mug or add as required

Instructions

making coffee decoction

  • Take the coffee filter. Fit the top vessel on the lower one. Now take 3 teaspoons ground coffee and place it in the vessel with the perforations.
  • Gently spread and even out the coffee powder with your fingers or with a small spoon.
  • Place the pressing disc with the handle on the coffee powder.
  • Heat 1 cup water in a sauce pan and let it come to a boil.
  • When the water comes to a boil, gently pour the water in the top vessel, till its 3/4 or almost full.
  • Cover with the lid. Wait for 10 to 12 minutes till the coffee decoction percolates in the lower vessel.

making filter coffee

  • When all of the coffee is brewed, then heat 3/4 cup full fat or whole milk till it becomes hot and boils.
  • Now take a tumbler (glass) and add 2 teaspoons sugar in it.
  • Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup hot boiling milk directly in the tumbler (glass) while straining it. I strain milk, so as to avoid the malai that comes with the boiling milk. If you like malai, then you can add milk without straining it. You can add less or more milk as per your preference.
  • Now pour 1/4 cup or 1/3 cup of the brewed coffee. You can add less or more or as much as you like.

serving filter coffee

  • Now take dabarah or davara. This is a small pan shaped vessel that is used to cool the coffee. The coffee is poured back and forth from the tumbler to the davara and so on. Thus the sugar dissolves and a top layer of foam forms on the coffee. Pour the coffee from the tumbler from a height in the davara.
  • Now pour the coffee from the davara back in the tumbler.
  • Repeat again pouring coffee in the davara from the tumbler and vice versa. You can do this process 2 to 3 times. Don't do too much as then the coffee becomes cold. You can even skip this step if you want.
  • Serve filter coffee hot. It needs to be served immediately as soon as its made.

Nutrition Info Approximate values

Calories: 133kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 2gFat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 45mgPotassium: 120mgSugar: 24gVitamin A: 150IUCalcium: 103mg

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29 Comments

  1. Hi,

    I got one filter coffee press locally here in Dubai, the container is made of glass. Is it Ok to have that or should it be made of steel only?

      1. Just to get more specific the coffee press i got is French press coffee maker, that is what I discovered today after searching in Google. And seems it doesn’t support percolation method, but instead direct pour. Couldn’t find enough material on the internet if this kind of coffee maker will give me south Indian kappi

        1. fine. you can use french press to make filter coffee as the coffee liqueur is filtered in a french press but with another technique. just don’t keep the water and coffee granules mixed for a lot of time as then the coffee can get bitter. 2 to 3 minutes works well.

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