Best South Indian Filter Coffee Guide

Starbucks, the biggest coffee conglomerate in the world, has decided to expand its menu to include “Filter coffee” and “Masala chai.” Star bucks filter coffee is launched to draw Indian customers who want to purchase locally sourced, environmentally friendly coffee alternatives. Compared to café coffee day and McCafé in the same space, Starbucks has always positioned itself in the luxury market. Given the recent events, we felt this would be a good moment to expand a little bit on the south Indian filter coffee, one of the most popular coffee-based beverages in India. But before that, we have something amazing to share with you all! We are excited to share the launch of our very own Gloo Patron Program.

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What is filter coffee?

Filter coffee, also known as a pour-over and drip, tends to draw less acidity and emphasizes the coffee’s more complex tastes. Because it enables the consumer to fully experience all the flavors and aromas of single-origin coffees, it is a favored brewing method for these coffees.

What distinguishes South Indian filter coffee?

In South India, filter coffee is made using a metal apparatus that resembles two cylindrical cups. One of the cups has a pierced bottom that fits into the top of the “tumbler” cup, leaving plenty of space underneath for the coffee to be placed.

What makes filter coffee unique?

There is no creamy or foamy top in filter coffee. You can add boiled milk and sugar to the coffee later. It is also claimed that filter coffee tastes better and has more subdued coffee characteristics than a cappuccino in terms of acidity.

Which beans are best for filter coffee?

Choosing the proper coffee powder is crucial when making filter coffee. To make filter coffee South Indian style, you can use any medium to dark roast beans. You can either use Arabica or Robusta beans. While typical coffee powder for filter coffee contains some chicory, chicory is usually not included in the recipe for its flavor properties alone. The chicory makes the coffee mixture cheaper and helps it last longer.

What size grind should I use for south Indian filter coffee?

Filter coffee is traditionally brewed in an Indian filter coffee pot which originated in the south. Finely ground coffee is best suitable for filter coffee. You can use an espresso grind size or even finer. The Indian filter pot is a very forgiving coffee maker when it comes to grinding size. Read more about grind size: The Best Guide for Coffee making at home!

Traditional ‘Decoction’ Brewing Method for South Indian Filter Coffee

The Indian filter coffee is brewed delicately by allowing hot boiling water to slowly seep through the finely ground coffee, assisted only by gravity and the pressure created by steam. One of the easiest coffee makers in the world is the Indian filter pot.

The Indian filter pot is one of the simplest coffee makers in the world. It comprises two stainless steel/brass chambers assembled one on top of the other. Secondly, tiny perforations in the upper chamber serve as the fixed filter. The plunger used to tamp and hold the coffee grounds down is also in this chamber.

This device is straightforward but efficient. The filter pot lasts a lifetime because it doesn’t contain any non-metal or disposable components, including rubber gaskets. Watch Here!


  1. Place the chambers one atop the other in order.
  2. Put coffee grinds in the top chamber and use the inner plunger to gently tamp them down.
  3. Slowly pour hot water into the plunger while it is still in place (off the boil). The brewing process is sped up by briefly soaking the grounds before pouring the complete amount of water.
  4. With a lid, cover the filter and let it stand.
  5. The coffee settles as a thick, syrupy decoction in the bottom chamber after 15 to 25 minutes.

How did south Indian filter coffee originate?

Before chain coffee shops serving lattes and mochas became popular in urban India, the Indian filter coffee, also known as degree coffee, Mysore, or Kumbakonam, was a mainstay in South Indian households. European nations discovered coffee and it swiftly rose to prominence as a heavily traded commodity. The English and French soldiers at the time colonized the Indian subcontinent. The Indian subcontinents began growing coffee in their most favorable regions.

GLOO COFFEE COMMUNITY TIP: Put the required quantity of sugar into the tumbler. Pour the decoction collected into the bottom container in this tumbler. Now pour this coffee between a tumbler and shake 2 to 3 times for a frothy top.

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