South Indian Filter Coffee – How to make – For Beginners


South Indian Filter Coffee – a breeze of ease and bliss

South Indian filter coffee making is not only an easy affair of absolute delight but it is also every coffee lover’s sigh of bliss. Even though South India filter coffee has its obvious roots in the Southern parts of India, the rest of the country knows the importance and value South Indian filter coffee holds in the world of coffee.

So, I somehow ended up demonstrating how to make filter coffee on my Instagram stories today. It’s been compiled into a Highlight – you can go to my Instagram profile and check the series anytime.


Why South Indian Filter Coffee?

My love for South Indian filter coffee does not date back to decades past, in fact YouTube was instrumental in teaching me how to make it, a year or so ago. Hailing from Odisha, an Eastern state neighbouring some of the Southern states of India – I grew up in a culture that did not have filter coffee (or filter kaapi) as a part of its daily ritual. My exposure towards filter kaapi came from the internet, and sometimes I would rack my brains to figure out whether I have tried filter coffee during our travels to the south when I was a child.

Alas, my memory failed me, but my access to the world of internet did not. I dug around learning about how to make filter coffee, how to make south india filter, and many other combinations for the same thing while googling during my quest for South Indian filter coffee.

Filter kaapi, filter coffee, South India filter coffee – even though it has been referred to with varying yet similar terms, it is united by that one characteristic that caffeine fanatics lust over – the taste, the flavour, the aroma.


Picture Deciphered

Over time I’ve tried various types of filter coffees and grounds. In the picture we have –

  1. 100% Arabica that I bought from the Coffee Museum in Araku Valley. Cost around 130-150 or something for a packet.
  2. The roasted ground coffee you find roadside vendors selling when you’re on the way to the main valley. Cost about 20 bucks!
  3.  A Bru green label filter coffee we bought at the Ratnadeep Supermarket in Hyderabad while I was checking out other ingredients. 😂 Cost around 70 bucks. I tried making this today and demonstrated it. And it was delicious. Mom loved it.

I’ve also tried Cafe Coffee Day’s Dark Roast ground coffee. Works great. In fact when I started making South Indian filter coffee that’s the first one I tried.

Coffee Beans

During our trip to Araku Valley, which is around 115km from Vizag, Andhra Pradesh – I was able to source some coffee beans purely for the purpose of food photography. As we were passing through the winding twisting paths of the hills, coffee plantations were running along one side. And breathtaking views of the valleys on the other. At some point, we reached the place they refer to as the View Point. From there the best of Araku Valley can be glimpsed – and there was a small market. Vendors lined up for the stretch of a mile – selling “bamboo chicken” or their makeshift version of it. And some sold local spices at extremely cheap rates under woven canopies. What astonished me the most was packets of coffee beans! Just resting on tabletops to be sold hardly for 20 rupees or so. If that isn’t astonishing, I don’t know what is!

A golden chance

For anyone who is into food styling, food photography, or just food blogging in general – jackpot! Incorporating the bean into the images they craft would be the first thing to knock at the doors of their thought process. As it did with me. However, it started raining and the only things I could bag from the market were chia seeds, and filter coffee powder. After we left the area did I realize that in our rush to leave, I couldn’t buy the thing I wanted the most!

However, few days later when we were leaving Araku Valley, we stopped at a wholesaler’s and bought some at even cheaper prices than before. As a result, I bought two packets! Haha, just in case. But yes – just to stop in order to buy coffee beans was another story altogether. But I’m glad things turned out the way that they did. The seller told me I could grind these roasted beans and make my own filter coffee ground! Well, I must have been in luck.


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South Indian Filter Coffee – demystified for the uninitiated.

Method – to make 1 cup of South Indian filter coffee (using Bru Green Label)

  1. Add 2 teaspoons of filter coffee to the top compartment. Place the filter with the elongated handle over the coffee.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup or 50 ml of boiling water over it.
  3. Place the lid. Let the decoction collect in the bottom compartment for the next 15-20 minutes.
  4. Once the decoction has collected – heat one cup of milk (or 1/2milk and 1/2 water).
  5. Add sugar or sugar free. Add the decoction. Bring everything to a boil.
  6. Pour and serve!


Other recipes of mine that you can pair with filter coffee –

Whole Wheat Banana Bread

Ragi Chocolate Oreo Cake

Easy 3 Ingredients Cookies

Baked Whole Wheat Chocolate Donuts

Ragi Oats and Coconut Pancakes

Whole Wheat Crackers


Demonstrating the making of South Indian filter coffee was impromptu. But I loved how it prompted me to create an image I could talk about. That’s one my favourite parts of blogging – creating visually pleasing images.

Is there any filter coffee brand you’d like me to try? Let me know in the comments! I’m open to trying out new stuff and would appreciate all suggestions. 🙂


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Hey! I'm Pratty. I bake, develop recipes that are easy for people to follow and use few ingredients for the same. I run a recipe blog called Pratty and Food. Food photography is another little aspect of food blogging that has had an immense impact on me.

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