South Indian filter coffeeis a traditional Indian style coffeethat is made using a special filter. A coffee decoction is brewed which is mixed with hot milk and sugar to create a perfect cuppa. Here is how to make South Indian filter coffee in a true South Indian traditional way.
Try to get finely ground coffee powder. If the coffee is ground coarsely, you will get a thin decoction.I use a small brass coffee filter (8.5 fl oz, 250 ml) for making 3 cups of coffee at a time. But you can use a larger filter and brew more decoction.You can make a big batch of decoction and refrigerate it for up to 3-4 days. Use it as required.DO NOT use instant coffee powder to brew filter coffee.For the best result, keep a close watch on water temperature, brewing time, brewing process, grind size, etc.It is best to brew the decoction the previous night and make the coffee in the morning.Adjust the amount of coffee decoctionand milk, depending on how strong coffee you want.You can use jaggery instead of sugar as a healthy alternative.If using colder decoction, heat it until warm. Do not boil; otherwise, it will turn bitter. Then mix with hot milk and serve.Although iced filter coffee is not traditional, you can add some ice cubes and make yourself an iced cold coffee.