Indian Filter Coffee is a popular way to enjoy coffee in South India. It is a sweet, milky coffee drink brewed with dark roast beans mixed with chicory that are generally grown in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerela. This deliciously sweet brew is also traditionally served to guests as a welcome gesture.
This form of drip brew is similar to using a coffee machine in that the water passes through the ground coffee by means of gravity, however the resulting coffee is much stronger than traditional drip brew coffee.
For brewing this coffee, it’s best that you purchase one of the metal South Indian coffee filters instead of trying to improvise.They are relatively easy to find and inexpensive. Here’s some links for where you can purchase one:
Also, it is easiest to purchase a premixed coffee and chicory blend, however if you’d like to blend your own, use about 80% dark roast coffee and 20% chickory.
- South Indian Coffee Filter
- 2 metal tumblers
- 3 heaping tablespoons coffee and chicory blend (ground very fine)
- 3/4 cup boiled water
- 1 and 3/4 cup boiled milk
- 2 tablespoons sugar
1. Pour ground coffee into top part of filter and give a slight tamp with the plunger.
2. Pour boiled water into top filter containing coffee and close lid. Now allow the water to filter through the coffee and into the bottom filter.
3. In your boiled milk, stir in your sugar.
4. Now pour your coffee into one tumbler, followed by your milk and sugar combination. Take tumbler number 2 and pour your coffee mixture back and forth between tumblers about 3 or 4 times. This will mix everything together well, reduce the heat a bit, and add a creamy foam to the coffee.
5. Enjoy! It’s traditional to sip your coffee from the tumblers.
If you’d like to watch a video on how to make this delicious brew, check out the video below that these lovely ladies put together: