Indian Filter Coffee: Video Recipe

Indian filter coffee is a coffee drink made by mixing frothed and boiled milk with the decoction obtained by brewing finely ground coffee powder in a traditional Indian filter. The drink is also known as kaapi (the South Indian phonetic rendering of “coffee”), Mysore filter coffee, or Madras kaapi. Outside India, the term “filter coffee” may refer to drip brew.


Filter coffee, how to make filter coffee

In Jan I visited my sister-in-law’s place in Chennai and she made the perfect filter coffee. I was in love with it and requested her to send me a video of how she makes it daily. She did that and I also succeeded in making a not so bad filter coffee 🙂

Here is the video link to my filter coffee.


   Coffee filter

   Coffee Powder – 3 tbsp

   Water – 3/4 cup

   Fresh Milk for 2 cups of coffee

   Sugar as required


Put 3 tbsp of coffee powder in the upper container, fix it on top of the lower container and tap the container gently, so that the powder will settle evenly.

Bring water to rolling boil and pour it over the coffee powder. Close it with a lid and leave it undisturbed for 10-15 minutes.

The coffee decoction will get collected in the lower container

Boil milk and simmer for a few minutes stirring continuously. Pour needed decoction in a cup and add milk and sugar to taste. If you want it strong, add more decoction, if you prefer mild coffee, add less decoction. Serve hot and frothy in tumbler and davara. Enjoy the aroma and the taste of South Indian filter coffee.

Recipe adapted from Padhus Kitchen

During my trip to Chennai, i had coffee from various joints which included Anand Adiyar Bhavan, Murugan Idli, Sarvarna Bhavan etc. Shared few pics below:

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Filter coffee, how to make filter coffee

Filter coffee, how to make filter coffee

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