South Indian filter coffee, or simply filter coffee in the south, is best enjoyed steamed, hot, and ideally, with little or no sugar. It made its way into Tamil society in the early 1900s.
Traditional brewing equipment is made of brass, as it is said to improve the taste of brewed coffee, although steel brewing equipment and Dabara sets are widely used. Although there are several ways to make coffee, here many people prefer the traditional “filter coffee” for its pleasant aroma and taste.
There are a few blends with mixed chicory between 20-30% for the coffee beans and you can choose any blend of your choice. Ground coffee powder is neither fine nor coarse to fine grain. Normally, coffee powder is packaged in airtight plastic bags, but once you open the package, immediately transfer the contents to an airtight container to keep it fresh.
How to brew South Indian filter coffee
To brew South Indian filter coffee, you need a special metal device called the coffee filter. This device consists of four parts:
The top cylindrical cut very fine perforations at the bottom. This cup is loaded with the coffee powder with the boiling water during the infusion.
A perforated coin-shaped disc with a small handle. This part is used to press the layers of tight coffee powder inside the upper cup and the nests inside.
The cylindrical buckets are identical to the top but without the perforations. This cup stores the infusion filtered through the upper cup.
A lid to hermetically close the upper cup
- Boil the water in a container. The amount of water can be a little more than that of the capacity of the filter cups
- Assemble the top and bottom cups in place
- Add the layered drip coffee powder to the top cup and press down with the perforated disc with the handle. You can fill about one-fifth of the capacity with one-sixth of the upper cup.
- Pour the boiling water over the coffee powder to the full capacity of the upper cup
- Immediately close the top cup with the lid and keep aside
- It will take about 15-20 minutes for the brewed coffee to filter through the perforations, which will be stored in the cups
- Boil the milk in a separate container
- Add the desired amount of infusion to the container. Large spoon here the beer one per person
- Add sugar to taste. Lower the better, as some people like less sugar.
- Add the boiled milk to the infusion. Using a milk filter helps keep the coffee creamier