Friday, December 3, 2010

Madras Filter Coffee

South Indian 'Madras Filter Coffee' aka 'Degree Coffee' is made from first decoction. Here is the Coffee made authentic way, served hot and frothy in traditional tumbler and dabara. Enjoy the aroma and strong flavor of Madras filter coffee. 

Makes: 2 cups 

Check link if you want to buy/order online Filter or Madras coffee powder or check in any Indian grocery store.

  • Filter Coffee powder (80% coffee, 20% chicory) - 3 tbsp
  • Water -3/4 cup
  • Milk - 1-1/2 cup
  • Sugar - 2 tsp
  1. Indian coffee filter has two containers, upper container with perforated bottom and lower container to hold the decoction
  2. Add coffee powder to upper container
  3. Boil water and pour it slowly on top of coffee powder in upper container till its full
  4. Allow decoction to drip in lower conatiner which will take 30 to 45 mins and allow it to cool down completely
  5. Boil milk in stove top and do not microwave for better taste
  6. Mix 1/3 cup of dripped coffee/decoction with 2/3 cup of boiled milk and sugar as desired. 
  7. Pour coffee back and forth between the dabarah and the tumbler in arc-like motion to make it frothy
  8. Serve hot and enjoy
  •  Add pinch of sugar to decoction and refrigerate for later user
  •  Preparing decoction is a technique which is perfected by practice


  1. This is a good blog about Madras coffee.
    It describes about method for how to brew.
    This is a good authentic coffee.

  2. This sounds delightful. In my book, The Art and Craft of Coffee, I sought to present all brewing methods, but I missed this one. I'll try it today. Maybe it will go into our next edition.

    Thanks for posting it.

  3. Thank you! Glad to introduce a new flavor of coffee to your book.

  4. Filter coffee from Madras is something that you will enjoy when prepared using freshly ground coffee beans. Here is a website that sells filter coffee powder with the option to add or not to add chicory and the best part is that the powder is ground on the same day when the order is placed.


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