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Filter Coffee | South Indian Filter Coffee

For coffee lovers here is Filter coffee! Tips and instruction please watch the video.
Coffee is one of the very addictive beverage with benefits. Most of the people including me 🙂 day will not start without a cup of hot filter coffee in the morning. Filter coffee is a south indian specialty. Interestingly 70% of the coffee production in India is from Karnataka, mostly in the chikmagalur and surrounding area. Arabica and robusta are the 2 varieties of coffee seeds grown in these region. Coming to the preparation of the coffee we need a good decoction.
For a good decoction we need properly roasted seeds, and the combination of coffee powder and the chicory. Coffee roasts are identified by their color – light, medium and dark. Light to medium roast is the best for getting the best coffee flavor. Percentage of coffee to chicory depends on the individual taste. More the chicory the coffee becomes very strong and I feel you will not get the coffee taste. 90% coffee and 10 % chicory is good. If you don’t like to add chicory you can skip.
Now let’s see different ways of preparing the filter coffee:
1.Old traditional method of using the cloth:
My mother makes the filter coffee this way. You have to take a small cotton cloth, soak this cloth in the brewed coffee grounds for couple of days and everyday you have to soak this in that coffee grounds and finally you have this cloth.
2.Using Percolator: Personally I am not the fan percolator coffee.
3.Using standard south indian steel filter coffee filter:
Most commonly used coffee filter, 2 cylindrical cups , where top one has finely perforated holes where the coffee powder is placed. And then the pressing disc. The bottom cup is for collecting the decoction.
Filter coffee without a filter


For small 1.5 cup filter:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 to 3 tbsp coffee powder
  • milk
  • sugar

For big 2.5 cup filter:

  • 4 to 6 tbsp coffee powder
  • 3 cups of water
  • milk
  • Sugar


  1. Boil the water
  2. Assemble the filter. Put the coffee powder to the filter as shown. On top of the powder place the pressing disc. Add boiling water. Cover it and keep it aside for 15 to 20 minutes.

Filter coffee without the filter:

  1. Take a tbsp coffee powder in a cup.
  2. Pour 1 cup of boiling water , mix it and allow it to settle for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Now once the decoction is ready, boil the milk.
  4. Take the desired amount of decoction in a small pan, add the boiling milk, add sugar, reheat if needed.
  5. Pour it to a cup and drink the South Indian Filter Kaapi.


  • If the pressing disc is missing, follow the same procedure for making the decoction, pour it back again to the top cup and refilter to get the clear decoction.
  • Add Milk and sugar to your taste
  • You can use paper filter to strain the decoction without filter.
  • For the leftover decoction- Do not reheat the decoction, always boil the milk first add milk and then reheat the coffee.