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May 8, 2012

FILTER COFFEE / SOUTH INDIAN COFFEE – WITH STEP BY STEP PICTURES


Southindian filter coffee

My mom used to make instant coffee with Bru. Its my favorite.I love it from my childhood days.I had a thought only Brahmins make filter coffee.So i used to call filter coffee as “ Brahmin’s coffee” / “Iyer coffee”..But i changed my thoughts after marriage when I tasted superb filter coffee from my MIL’s hands.She use Coffee day,Indus Coffee powder & sometimes Cothas too.Everything tastes good.I should say i am addicted to the taste & smell of it Winking smile.Sometimes i feel giddy after having a coffee.So my husband tells me to avoid coffee/tea.He scolds me whenever he sees a cup of coffee in my hand.Though i try to refrain from drinking coffee,i cannot do it.I drink minimum of one cup per day . know most of u love coffee like me  Smile Do try this recipe with some tips i’ve given below. I am sure it helps .I have given “ How to make Bru instant coffee for beginners” from my mom. Please have a look at the end ..Also Dont forget to read the tips section. I’ve given the explanation for “Degree coffee “ which i got from wikipedia. Its interesting Smile
 
filter coffee
 

Filter coffee


Filter coffee How to make south Indian filter coffee
 
Cuisine: Indian Category: Beverages Yields: Serves 2-3
Prep Time: 10 Minutes Cook Time: 5 Minutes Total Time: 15 Minutes
 


INGREDIENTS
For decoction
  • Coffee powder – 1 tbsp
  • Roasted methi seeds powder – A big pinch (optional)
  • Sugar – 2 pinches
  • Water – As needed
To make coffee
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1.5 – 2 tsp
  • **Coffee filter picture is given at the end of this post**
METHOD

  • Take the coffee filter's percolator ( ie. the part with perforations/holes)sprinkle little sugar at the beginning before adding coffee powder.This helps for faster filtration of decoction.Add the coffee powder & roasted methi powder.

coffee step by step picture

  • Press it gently with ur fingers and then place the strainer.Add hot water till half of the filter.Tap it with the lid and close it immediately Wait for 10-30 mins for the first thick decoction.Reserve the first decoction in a tumbler.U can make coffee with the first thick decoction if u want strong coffee ( this is called first degree coffee,kumbakonam degree coffee). If u wanna light or medium strong coffee,then add little more water to the filter and wait for some more time to get the second thin decoction.Mix the first & second decoctions and add as per ur taste. My MIL says this method gives the best tasting coffee ..

coffee step by step picture

  • Now boil the milk and add 1.5 – 2tsp of sugar to one cup of milk.Then add the decoction as per ur taste and swish it. Serve it frothy !!
  • Piping hot frothy filter coffee is ready to enjoy with ur favorite snacks !! We usually serve in traditional “Davarah- tumbler” which u can c in the picture ..

coffee step by step picture

Enjoy !



Some interesting information and my notes
  • For methi powder : In a kadai,dry roast a fistful of fenugreek seeds and powder it in mixie.Add this powder to the coffee powder while making decoction.This gives additional bitterness & flavor.Its healthy too. Diabetes patients can give this a try. But its completely optional for others...
  • I have used “Coffee day coffee powder “ with chicory.If u use INDUS or COTHAS or COFFEE DAY coffee powder without chicory add 2 tbsp instead of 1 tbsp..U can make 3 cups of coffee with the coffee powder quantity i’ve mentioned.
  • I have used small size filter. If u use bigger ones,increase the quantity of coffee powder twice or thrice. Please don’t use the same quantity for big filters. f u have left over decoction u can keep it in refrigerator and use it the next day.But Please avoid keeping decoction for 3-4 days.It may become a poison.
  • If u feel the decoction is brewed very slowly,tap it once on the umbrella like strainer or show the filter over the flame for few secs before adding coffee powder.I’ve mentioned to add sugar before adding coffee powder This is also for quicker brewing..
  • A term often heard for high-quality coffee is degree coffee. Milk certified as pure with a lactometer was called degree milk owing to a mistaken association with the thermometer. Coffee prepared with degree milk became known as degree coffee..
  • Another explanation for degree coffee is that chicory beans were used to make the coffee. The South Indian pronunciation of chickory became chigory then digory and finally degree. :)
  • Yet another explanation is that, when coffee is decocted for the first time, it is called as the first degree or simply as the "Degree Coffee". This has the strongest flavour and the necessary strength to mix with milk without watering down the taste. In less affluent households, in earlier days, coffee was decocted for a second or third time from the same initial load; this became the second degree coffee and naturally, is not as strong. Affluent households drank first degree or the famous "Degree Coffee" only.
  • Interestingly, there is a Kannada name for coffee "Boondh Bisneeru". "Bisneeru" sounds a great deal like "bisi neeru," or "hot water," thus leading to speculation that the terms are connected. Although not used currently, this was used by ladies two generations ago. The Srilankan Tamil name for coffee is "Kottai Vadineer".
  • For cleaning the filter , drop the bottom part in hot water for few mins. Also pierce the holes with a needle to clean it.
  • In Hotels , they used to add hot water till half of the filter and after it drips down,they again add hot water for half filter.This way helps to extract the full essence of coffee powder and also the coffee tastes gr8. Also they keep heating the milk using double boiling technique with which milk is heated without burnt smell.This also matters for a good coffee :)
  • Here is the picture of coffee filter with its parts

    **COFFEE FILTER

    Coffee filter and its parts

    You'll need a traditional FILTER which is made of 4 parts.
    1. The lid that comes on top of the percolator.
    2. The percolator, you can also see the base is punched with holes
    3. Strainer, this looks like an umbrella .
    4. Collector, The fourth part forms the base which collects the strained decoction.

                            

    HOW TO MAKE INSTANT BRU COFFEE



    My MIL says making instant coffee is also an art. She says , the sugar should be just rite. Sometimes it may become too bitter or too sweet to taste.She also says my mom makes good instant coffee. So i got this ratio of sugar & coffee powder from my mom , tried it and posted for beginners.. Experts , please excuse me Winking smile

    INGREDIENTS

    • Boiled milk – 1 cup ( 200 ml )
    • Bru instant  powder– 1/4 – 1/2 tsp ( Add 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp  , that would be enough . if u want strong coffee , add 1/4tsp more.)
    • Sugar – 1-1.5 tsp
    • Water – Add very little( say some 1/8 cup) ( if milk to too thick. My mom said milk shouldn’t be too thick for good coffee..)
    METHOD
    • Boil the milk  adding water and take one cup of it. Add sugar,coffee powder and froth it.Check for taste and add more coffee powder for strength and color if necessary.I love coffee to be mild,so i add very less coffee powder. Please adjust as per ur taste.Frothy , hot instant bru coffee is ready to enjoy !!


    ** Please don’t add more sugar for the mentioned amount of Bru because u wont get the bitter taste and sweetness would be more.For 3 people , u can add 1 tsp of coffee powder.

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    35 comments:

    1. All the tips are so useful Chitra. Perfect first click and is a visual treat for any coffee lover.
      Tickling Palates

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    2. OMG ..missing the Chennai filter coffee.
      I never knew the use of methi powder in the coffee.

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    3. very detailed post...I wish I could grab that cup of filter coffee

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    4. wonderful post chitra, adding methi powder sounds new to me...
      nice clicks :)

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    5. Wow filter coffee hmm...i love it, soon wil by filter and my own coffee. My evening time never ends without coffee, ur pics make me tempting!!

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    6. Perfect hot coffee, my day is never ending with so many cups of coffee. Lovely clicks.

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    7. Omg, am missing this filter coffee very much,u r killing me with ur clicks Chitra.

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    8. This is my all time fav and nicely done chitra, cute click and nicely explained too

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    9. the day will not start without this for me chitra,love the clicks especially in pic college the ticaution is jumping rite...that is too gud.

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    10. Super and lovely filter coffee !!

      Ongoing event CC:Mom’s Recipe

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    11. I daily start my day with this.Picture looks perfect

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    12. wonderful post chitra,am very addictive to this coffee,missed it a lot...adding methi seeds is new to me!!

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    13. nice photos dear...lovely coffee
      ..i too hv the traditional filter from my granny.

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    14. I have developed a taste for coffee in the past year.. thislooks delicious.

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    15. Roasted methi powder in coffee, that's new to me, always a cup of filter coffee is inviting..

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    16. I got a cofee filter from IKEA which is kind of traditional filter that they use in europe. It gives the same taste as our filter coffee, but the difference is you need to heat the vessel in stove for 10 minutes and the decotion gets collected in the top. Lovely post Chitra :)

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    17. could feel the rich aroma here..love d cliks..I'm impressed chitra..:)

      Tasty Appetite

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    18. wow...methi flavored coffee!!! loved it !!!

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    19. Wow looks super tempting..love ur stepwise!

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    20. Love coffee... Good tips... http://www.gujaratonnet.com

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    21. very detailed post.. love this filter coffee.. especially the first photo is really very much tempting..

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    22. Can feel the flavour here... Always the best

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    23. hello chitra, the coffee looks wonderful and the pictures are really good.BTW all south indians love their coffee not only the "brahmins".:)

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    24. The coffee looks terrific ! And many thanks for those tips.
      Thanks for visiting my space. Happy to follow you.

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    25. Hi dear..where do i get this filter????..cause im in malaysia!!!
      by the way the coffee looks delicious..yummy..yummy..yummy...

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      1. Hi , thanks for the sweet words. I think u can get this filter in indian stores :)

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    26. Thanks for the interesting recipe!

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    27. Thanks for the interesting tips!

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    28. My all time and only coffee that i drink.

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