Coffee lovers will agree that opening your eyes to a perfectly brewed cup of hot coffee and its aromatic smell gives the much-required kick on a rather uneventful morning. The beverage encourages, inspires, energizes and makes you believe that you can take on the whole world and nothing can get in your way.
Traditional South Indian Filter Coffee is a strong, milky coffee decoction that’s made with a Brass Coffee Filter, and served in a Brass Davara and Tumbler.
The Coffee Filter consists of two cups, one placed on top of the other. The upper cup holds the finely ground coffee powder, & it has holes that let the brew drip into the lower cup. The strong decoction is collected in the lower cup. There is also a pressing disc tamping the grounds & a lid to keep the decoction warm while brewing.
The first drip of the coffee is the most fragrant & flavorful. Ideally, the brewing takes anywhere between 10 to 30 minutes & believe me, it is the worth the wait.
Once the coffee is brewed, it is poured back and forth between the Davara & Tumbler to cool it. Milk & sugar is added in this process & as a result, the decoction is aerated. The froth formed on top is the essence of a beautiful cup of coffee.
Other names for the beverage include Kumbakonam Degree Coffee, Mylapore Filter Coffee, Kaapi, which is a South Indian phonetic approximation of "coffee".
Filter coffee goes well with our favorite dosas, idlis, and bajjis. Be it the rains or a hot summer break. The tantalizing aroma of freshly brewed filter coffee with home foods frying fresh is a match made in heaven.
Cheers to the divine drink!
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