South Indian filter coffee- A quest for Holy Grail
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: Indian
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Serves: 4 cups
  • Filter Coffee drip maker
  • 2 and ½ tbsp filter coffee powder
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 250 ml milk
  • 125 ml water
  1. We will need a filter coffee drip maker.This can be procured easily from a retail shop or online shops. Stainless steel drip maker costs around 200-300 rupees and brass made costs around 600 rupees.Drip maker is composed of 3 parts lid, upper chamber and lower chamber. Coffee powder with hot water are added to the perforated upper chamber.The decoction gradually drips through and collects in the lower chamber which is used for making filter coffee.
  2. Coffee powder can be robusta or arabica. Robusta has higher caffeine content than Arabica. We are making use of Robusta. We have combined Coffee powder with Chicory in ratio 70:30.Chicory roots are baked and grounded and used as a substitute for coffee powder.Chicory powder enhances color and thickness of filter coffee.We use 70:30 ratio. For a 100 grams of coffee powder, combine 70 gram robusta and 30 gram chicory powder.You can increase or decrease chicory powder content to suit your taste.
  3. Put Coffee powder in the upper chamber.Cover the perforated chamber with coffee powder.
  4. Let's heat the water.Do not boil the water. As it begins to simmer,we will turn off the heat.
  5. Pour the water inside the chamber over coffee powder and cover with lid.
  6. It will take 10-12 minutes for decoction to collect in the lower chamber.Meanwhile heat the milk.
  7. Coffee decoction is ready.In a vessel, put sugar, milk and decoction. Mix the contents well.
  8. Pour the coffee into cups and pour some more decoction on top.
  9. Enjoy your morning with a cup of South Indian filter coffee.
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