Filter Coffee: South Indian Welcome Beverage

Posted by Sia | Tuesday, April 14, 2009 | , , | 37 comments »

Welcome to Beyond Curries, a group blog. The present generation brides/wives don’t get an opportunity to sharpen/learn the culinary skills before marriage. This is mainly due to their ambitions, commitments and career demands. They enter the era of family with little or sometimes no knowledge about cooking. There are aspirant learners from other parts of the world to learn and understand Indian Cuisine. The main motive of starting this group blog is to give varieties under one roof through different authors from different parts of India. More than showcasing our talents and posting recipes; sharing our knowledge to help the novice with the basic steps to be followed in Indian Cooking is our main objective. When you go with the stream, you can learn, understand and experiment the famous gravies and other dishes commonly referred as “Curries”. Enjoy the recipes, ask your doubts and appreciate the authors’ selfless work. The more you give support and show your interest in learning, the more you will get.

Let me welcome everyone with a cup of Filter Coffee.

A welcome beverage in Southern part of India. Either traditional coffee filter (as shown below) or coffee maker is used to prepare hot aromatic coffee. For a small nuclear family, traditional filter is used which consumes less coffee powder.

Filter Coffee served in Traditional Way

Recipe: Filter Coffee
Prep & Cooking Time:
20 mins
2 People
Around 250 ml
Cooking Level: Beginners/Easy
Recipe/Post by: Viji

What you need:
Fresh coffee powder which is specially grounded for filter. While grinding you have to mention that it is for filter and not coffee maker. Both are different in texture. Go for pure coffee (Peaberry) and don’t add chicory. I stick to Coffee Day brand. Each brand is good in its own way.

2 tbsp Fresh Coffee Powder (specially ground for filter coffee)
200 ml Fresh milk
80 ml Boiling Water
Sugar white/brown sugar cubes, as per taste

Special Utensil:
Coffee Filter
  1. For two people (around 250 ml), spread 2 tbsp of coffee powder on the top cup with porous bottom and gently press it with the sieve press. Don’t over do. Remove the press.
  2. Boil the water
  3. Take 80 ml boiled water in a glass and pour it evenly and gently on the powder.
  4. Close the lid.
  5. After 5 minutes, check the filter. If you can see only the residue, decoction is ready at the bottom.
  6. Take 200 ml fresh milk and boil it till they start raising.
  7. In a dabarah (stainless steel cup) pour the milk. Add the coffee decoction to it. Finally add the sugar. Pour it back and forth (from dabarah to tumbler) till it is frothy. Traditionally it is being served in dabarah and tumbler. But now the porcelein cups are very handy ofcourse. Serve it hot with any snacks. Nothing can beat the real taste of filter coffee.

Step-by-step instruction for making Filter Coffee

Special Notes/Tips:
  • The coffee powder must be be fresh.
  • Use fresh milk –don’t reheat the boiled milk.
  • Always use the first decoction (if you prepare for only two people). The second one will be watery. By practice we can judge the quantity of powder and water to be used for two people without wastage. It will be neither too thick and nor watery.
  • Always boil the milk in milk pan. I mean don’t use that vessel to boil/cook something else. Milk should be boiled well till they start raising.
  • Never add the milk to decoction. Always add the decoction to milk.
  • Add less sugar. For a cup of coffee ¾-1 tsp white sugar is more than enough. Too much sugar will spoil the coffee taste.
  • Pour back and forth the mixed coffee to get frothy on top. I mean don’t pour milk, decoction and sugar in a cup and mix everything with a spoon.
  • Enjoy the aroma of filter coffee at home.

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  1. Alka // 13 April 2009 at 14:10  

    Am drooling....this looks so perfect...I love the coffee when its frothy :-)
    Congratulations to BC and to Viji,for The First post..and with what else but a lovely cuppa...ho har din ki shuruaat kuch aisi ;-)

  2. Kitchen Flavours // 13 April 2009 at 16:45  

    Wow simply delectable.....A hot cup in the morning to refresh all your senses.....

  3. rekhas kitchen // 13 April 2009 at 16:51  

    oooohhhh wow first post with coffee Iam realy drooling over it Ican not imagine my day with out coffee ummmm super great post

  4. Ramya Vijaykumar // 13 April 2009 at 17:25  

    I can smell coffee mmm... I love the smell but I dont drink this beverage but I can still impress guests :) perfect welcome post, as u mentioned many dont possess culinary skills until marriage and ofcourse this new effort is gonna make things comfortable for everyone...

  5. Soma // 13 April 2009 at 17:28  

    Love that first pic. Great start with a cuppa...

  6. Nags // 13 April 2009 at 17:38  

    Coffee, my vice :)

  7. Madhuram // 13 April 2009 at 17:40  

    Viji Akka the first picture is truly amazing so is the collage too. At first I didn't recognize what the shapes were (ya did not go through the recipe). My husband mentioned that it was sugar and found the same in the recipe. We are off to a good start!

  8. Sum // 13 April 2009 at 17:55  

    Hey,... Congratulations team for he new blog! Looks very colorful and interesting..... Keep going!

  9. Meena // 13 April 2009 at 18:16  

    Now is there a coffee brand you could recommend in US which does not have chicory at all ? And is closer to the Indian taste ?

  10. Trupti // 13 April 2009 at 18:39  

    Congratulations on new Blog Girls. Everything looks perfect.

    It's BF time here may I have that glass? Viji, Lovely step by step pictorial presentation..looking forward for more recipes

  11. Purnima // 13 April 2009 at 18:55  

    Very refreshing..loved the directions n collage! Thks Viji! HAPPY NEW YEAR TO U N TEAM=BC!

  12. Ashwini // 13 April 2009 at 20:01  

    Ha..I have that glass but dont have the cup:-)..nothing like making and drinking coffee in the traditional way...Can smell the aroma of it..

  13. Khaugiri // 13 April 2009 at 20:21  

    Very refreshing Start dear.......
    I like the tip to add the decoction to milk. Thanks a lot. Waiting for more interesting posts from all of u :)

  14. Rachel // 13 April 2009 at 22:42  

    I love the welcome!!!

  15. indhu // 13 April 2009 at 23:10  

    morning coffee with Hindu newspaper - pefect start to any day :)
    love the froth in the coffee - nice picture!

    - Indhu (

  16. Madhu // 13 April 2009 at 23:24  

    For a coffee lover like me, its really a great welcome. Infact I am sipping coffee and reading this post.
    There is nothing like starting the day with fresh filter coffee. Great tips and presentation V.

  17. meeso // 14 April 2009 at 00:37  

    I watched my bf make this the first time, I didn't know what to expect... Then after my first taste, I was hooked! I have since gotten a few other people hooked.

  18. Bharati // 14 April 2009 at 00:42  

    BC Team made great choice to kick start cooking by choosing Filter coffee recipe.Viji has Superbly simplified coffee making.

    ** In USA we get coarse ground coffee.Will that suit for this style preparation? Ofcourse Indian grocery shop is choice to pick indian coffee but choice is limited and product is sitting on shelves for long time.

  19. Cardamom // 14 April 2009 at 04:49  

    I really want one now.....I really love the taste of Filter Coffee with something savory.....thank you for the post!


  20. Vcuisine // 14 April 2009 at 07:07  

    Thank you all for your sweet comments. Since I am staying in Kuwait, no idea about the availability of coffee powder in US. But I tried here once with Starbucks coffee powder which they specially prepare for their coffee press machine (coarse powder). The result was satisfactory. Viji

  21. Meera // 14 April 2009 at 09:02  

    Looks perfect. I have 2 of those filter coffee makers but looks like I was messing up making the perfect coffee. Thanks for your detailed instructions. I can't wait to follow them to the T or should I say coffee?;-)

    congratulations to everyone associated with this new blog. all the very best!!

  22. Pavithra // 14 April 2009 at 11:44  

    Hey good start to the blog !!!Keep it up

  23. Keerthana // 14 April 2009 at 16:29  

    i can smell filter coffee here!!! nice blog and a great idea to combine bloggers from different parts of India! looking forward to more posts..

  24. indosungod // 14 April 2009 at 18:28  

    Bharati, you can use the self grind coffee from the grocery stores. My mom used that for her filter coffee and she was happy. I don't drink coffee so I am not too familiar. Start with just a small quantity and see if it works.

  25. Malar Gandhi // 15 April 2009 at 05:42  

    Whooo fil coffee, god you're making me nostalgic...I wanna go home right now...

    Very authentic, awesome click.

  26. Pavithra Kodical // 15 April 2009 at 07:29  

    This is a good start..Love love the aroma of fresh filter coffee.

  27. Jayashree // 15 April 2009 at 12:10  

    Great way to start off....btw Iam not able to view any of the pics....

  28. bee // 15 April 2009 at 12:23  

    viji, may i come and stay with you? i'll be good, i promise. i make the worst coffee in the world. jai makes good coffee.

  29. Vcuisine // 15 April 2009 at 13:27  

    Bee, why not? For a cup of coffee, I will learn many things in return from you :) Thanks. Viji

  30. Sia // 15 April 2009 at 14:22  

    Viji, I am drawn to your pic of frothy filter coffe again and again and I am seriously craving for one hot cuppa right now :) fantastic post!!!!

  31. RAKS KITCHEN // 15 April 2009 at 17:36  

    This is a great way to explain! Apt for beginners!We too use coffee day :))
    Great start sia!

  32. Sia // 15 April 2009 at 17:40  

    Thanks girl. This recipe is posted by Viji:)

  33. Prathibha // 15 April 2009 at 22:09  

    Congratulations for the BAND of BLOG GALS!!
    Nice start with a cup of coffee...
    love filter coffee anytime..

    @vcuisine Many times i tried to see your blog, but yours is on private..glad that atleast i could see you here

  34. brinda // 16 April 2009 at 08:41  

    Great write-up. Reminds me of the smells morning coffee that Amma used to make. Back then (when I was not yet married) I never had coffee. It was after marriage that I stared to crave my morning coffee.
    The coffee available in US cannot be compared to any Indian filter Coffee. That being said I have received quite a few compliments for the coffee I make, including "Is this made from Filter coffee powder from India?"
    The best one to use is Starbuck House Blend coffee beans followed by Dunkin Donuts Original Blend (Medium Roast) beans. I have a Mr. Coffee Grinder and a Mr. Coffee Cappuccino maker. I grind fresh coffee powder every morning and make thick espresso and use that as decoction. Sigh! The lengths we go to have a good cuppa in the morning. :)

  35. cherished_rock // 16 April 2009 at 23:04  

    Hey, nice post, just what we all crave for, a nice cup of hot filter coffee :)
    The closest to filter coffee that I have had in the U.S, is the cafe' au lait at Cafe Du Monde in New Orleans -
    You are all doing such a great job with this blog..

  36. RAKS KITCHEN // 18 April 2009 at 14:55  

    Hee hee sorry! I mistook!

  37. Anonymous // 8 March 2011 at 11:03  

    I am a coffee lover and it would be nice to make something so new! I feel that I am going to like this one.
    amish baby crib