South Indian Filter Brewing Guides

The traditional South Indian Filter coffee is a beverage made by infusing frothed milk with a coffee decoction. Also referred to as ‘Madras filter coffee’, this rich, milky brew makes for a comforting cup of hot coffee. 

What you’ll need:

  • South Indian Filter set (including the plunger) 
  • 18g coffee (approximately 9 teaspoons) in South Indian Filter grind
  • Tablespoon
  • Cup
  • 100ml water (⅖ cup) at 95°C (1:30 minutes off boil) 
  • Kettle
  • Scales, if possible, otherwise follow eye measurements 

Brewing recipe:

  • Add 18g coffee powder in the upper chamber of the filter.
  • Place it over the lower chamber where the coffee decoction is to be collected.
  • Use the plunger to level the coffee grinds, and leave the plunger on top 
  • Pour 100ml hot water in the top chamber ensuring the plunger stays in place
  • Place the lid and let it drip through over 9:30 to 10 minutes. 
  • Take 50 ml coffee and add 60 ml of hot milk or 50 ml of hot water 
  • Add sugar to your liking

Pro tips:

  • Water temperature should be higher compared to the other brewing methods. This will help to retain the water temperature at an optimum level which is required for a consistent brew
  • Use the plunger only to level the coffee grounds, no pressure is needed
  • Keep the lid on chamber for the entire brew time to prevent temperature loss
  • This is a strong decoction which can make 2-3 cups, save the remaining brew in the fridge for up to 3 days
  • To achieve the traditional foam on top, pass the brew from one vessel to another at a height enough to create bubbles

 Click here to explore our collection of roasted coffee you can brew using a South Indian Filter.

    Coffees to brew with your South Indian Filter!

    Dark Chocolate, Figs, Roasted Almond
    Cocoa, Oaky, Bitter Sweet
    Strong, Cocoa, Bitter Sweet
    Dark Chocolate, Cocoa, Fruit Jam