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Indian Filter Coffee or Madras Filter Coffee, which it is often called, is a sweet tasting and milky coffee that is made from roasted dark coffee beans.Around 70% of the drink is composed of coffee and the remaining made from chicory.

The drink is especially popular in the south indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. The Coffee Beans used in this drink are grown in the hills of Malabar, Chikmagalur, Nilgiris of Southern India. The most preferred coffee bean for the Indian Filter Coffee is the Peaberry. Other beans used are Arabica, Malabar and Robusta.

The filter coffee is made using a metal filter called South Indian coffee filter. The filter nothing but a metal(mostly stainless steel) can with holes at the bottom. This can fits into another can with solid bottom. The grounded coffee is mixed with chicory and spread over the porous cun of te filter.This is compressed gently and then boiling water is poured in the can while keeping the compress in place.As the boiling water passes through the grounded coffee and chicory mix, brewed coffee liquid flows into the lower cup where its collected. This is a tedious process and takes some time to complete. After a few hours, the coffee is ready to be mixed with milk.

There is a particular way of serving the coffee or kappi as its locally called. The Indian Filter Coffee is served in a tumbler that is placed inside a dabarah. Dabarah is a wide steel saucer with lipped walls.It is used to spin the coffee around to cool it.The tumbler is used to hold the coffee and to drink from it.By pouring the coffee between the dabarah and the tumbler repeatedly, the hot coffee can be cooled down leaving a thick frothy layer on top.

Filter Coffee is a part of the south indian tradition. It is customary to offer a cup of coffee to a guest. It is also a tradition in south india to have a cup of coffee after a meal.

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