South Indian Filter Coffee Brew Guide

What You Need:

  • South Indian Filter Coffee Set (with a Dabara and Tumbler)
  • Freshly Ground Coffee Beans (preferably a dark roast)
  • Filter Coffee Powder
  • Hot Water
  • Fresh Milk
  • Sugar (Optional)


Step 1: Prepare the Coffee Decoction:

  1. Measure the required amount of coffee powder based on your taste preference. A common ratio is 1:3 (1 part coffee to 3 parts water).
  2. Add the coffee powder to the top section of the filter.
  3. Pour hot water over the coffee powder, allowing it to slowly filter through. This forms the concentrated coffee decoction. Let it drip completely.

Step 2: Boil Milk:

  1. While the decoction is brewing, heat fresh milk in a separate vessel. Traditionally, South Indian filter coffee uses whole milk for a rich flavour.
  2. Allow the milk to heat but not boil. Maintain it at a warm temperature.

Step 3: Mix Coffee and Milk:

  1. In the Dabara (small metal cup), add 1-2 tablespoons of the concentrated coffee decoction.
  2. Pour an equal amount of hot milk into the Dabara. Adjust the ratio based on your taste preference; some prefer a stronger coffee flavour, while others like it milder.
  3. Optionally, add sugar to taste.

Step 4: The Dabara-Tumbler Tradition:

  1. Holding the Dabara at a height, pour the coffee back and forth between the Dabara and Tumbler (a taller metal glass) with a smooth, flowing motion. This not only blends the coffee and milk but also cools down the beverage.
  2. Repeat this pouring process a few times until a frothy layer forms on top of the coffee.

Step 5: Serve and Enjoy:

  1. Pour the well-mixed and frothy South Indian filter coffee into a cup or another Tumbler.
  2. Sip and savour the rich, aromatic flavours of this traditional South Indian beverage.

Optional Tips:

  • Experiment with the coffee-to-milk ratio to find your preferred strength.
  • For a stronger decoction, let the coffee powder steep for a longer duration.
  • Adjust the sugar according to your sweetness preference.

Traditional Elegance in Every Sip! Enjoy the unique experience of sipping South Indian filter coffee in a Dabara. The process of pouring between the Dabara and Tumbler enhances the flavours and creates a delightful froth. Perfect for cozy mornings or as an afternoon pick-me-up!