Filter Coffee Recipe| South Indian Filter Coffee | Kitchen Basics | Filter Kaapi / Degree Coffee

Again, the lazy Me came out and I didn't post anything here for the past two weeks :(. We are busy exploring Paris on a daily basis. Though our weekend trips are tiring,  we had many lovely experience and memorable moments. I will write about few of our trips in the coming days and I will share few recipes which I learned from my new French friend soon. 

I was deeply saddened to hear about the demise of one of the most inspirational leader, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. May his soul rest in peace, he has left an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of Indians. I was lucky enough to listen one of his lectures when I was doing my PG in College of Engineering, Guindy. It was a memorable experience to cherish throughout my life. 

Coming to today's post, it is about making filter coffee. Though making a coffee sounds simple, I wanted to post it here with few tips to make perfect filter coffee. One needs practice to make perfect filter coffee. Though I am not an addict to coffee or tea, I like to have it once in a while. I was introduced to filter coffee by mom, she likes it very much and in weekends she makes it. I still remember the way she explains about the taste of filter coffee. I am using the filter which mom was preserving for a long time. Let's go to the detailed preparation steps:
Ingredients:
For the coffee:
Strong decoction - 1/4 cup
Milk - 3/4 cup
Sugar - 1 tsp  
For the decoction: 
Coffee Powder - 3 to 4 heaped tblsp(Good quality) 
Water - 3/4 cup. 
Method:
1. Choose a perfect filter for making the coffee. The 1st image below shows the filter I use for making coffee. Add the 3 to 4 heaped coffee powder in the upper perforated part. Press it gently with your finger. If too much pressure is given and pressed then water wont go through the powder. If you press it too loose then water gets through very fast and the decoction will be very dilute. So press gently and firmly.
2. Add the top chamber of the filter like below. Then boil the water and add it to the filter till the end.
3. Immediately close it with the lid and keep it undisturbed for 15 to 20 mins until the decoction drops down completely. Add boil the milk well. Meanwhile add sugar in the tumbler.
4. Then add 1/4 cup collected strong decoction in the tumbler. Finally, add the boiled milk and froth it once or twice and serve it hot.

Serve the filter coffee hot and frothy. I served it with Tapioca chips which I have posted here for evening coffee.

Points to remember:
  • Never reheat the coffee, as it wont taste good. Boil milk in stove top as it will be hot for longer time. Before serving if required, just heat the milk alone once and add it to the decoction. 
  • Once the 1st decoction is taken out, you can still brew the coffee by adding hot water. But this decoction will not be very strong. If someone prefers mild coffee, then you can use this decoction.
  • The left over decoction can be stored in the fridge for later use. You can store it for 2 to 3 days. After taking it out from the fridge heat the decoction by placing it inside hot boiling water.
  • Fresh milk and good quality coffee powder gives you perfect filter coffee.
  • The above mentioned coffee powder yields 3 cups of strong filter coffee.
Warm Regards,
Happy's Cook - Divya

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