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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Filter coffee - step by step  
    Making a filter coffee may sound easy to many but, not any one can make a good coffee. And if any one of your family member is a coffee lover, then you have to make a perfect coffee every morning to make their day brisk… Before marriage my mom makes coffee only for my grand parents and herself. My father having seen my grandparents addicted to coffee, never allowed us to drink coffee anytime. So both me and my brother are not used to drink coffee/tea. I have also seen many coffee drinkers, who miss to take coffee at their usual time, develop headache.
    But after marriage, my in-laws family all are coffee lovers and my MIL is very famous among our relatives/friends for her degree coffee. She makes best coffee everyone says. I am not a big fan of coffee and I never know how a coffee should be, but even I have smelt her coffee while she makes, its smells so sweet and divinely. So I always wanted to learn from her and make coffee just like her for Vj. And having watched her for these many days, now too am very comfortable and confident to make filter coffee. When my in-laws visited 2 months back, as a matter of hope, even my FIL certified me that my coffee is tasting great!!  My father in law never says that to anyone so I was so happy hearing that :)  But still I am not claiming I am an expert, but I can say I make a very good coffee :) Frothing a coffee
     And when a blog reader requested me to post, I was very happy to do this post. I have always asked for tips from both my MIL and FIL for making the best coffee. And I learnt there are three main factors for making a good coffee. Coffee powder and fresh milk are main factors. I have seen both my inlaws and mom buying coffee bean and roasting and grinding freshly for each and every day coffee. But now a days, they buy coffee powder from coffee day. Its equally good. When I visit Chennai yearly once, I buy some half KG of this coffee powder and store it in the fridge. Here in Singapore, I either buy Coorg coffee powder or the best is Cothas coffee powder, which Jeyashri is sweet enough to buy and pass it to me every month :) coffee powder and fresh milk

   The next thing which is very very important is the decoction making, which I have explained in the post. Since the post is “How to make degree coffee” let me first tell you degree coffee means making coffee with the thick, (not diluted with water) and fresh milk and 1st degree decoction. That is, while brewing the decoction, we have to use only the first batch of brewed thick decoction. As in households, my mom & MIL both also brew second time from the same coffee powder, it will be obviously less in strength and flavour. So if you want to make first degree coffee, use only the first brewed decoction and it should be thick and strong. Hope you can see the strength of first and second degree decoction in the below picture. 1st degree,2nd degree

        The first batch will be thick and if you add hot water and again brew in the same coffee powder, it gets diluted. In my family, elders like only degree coffee. And others don’t mind or few even like only the coffee made by mixing both first and second degree(batch) decoction. They say it has a  mild  bitterness that they like in it. So its your preference. One more fact they say is the sugar quantity has to be correct and according to the individual preference. Not too sweet, not too bitter as well. So let me  move on to the post.

Filter Coffee / Degree coffee

Indian Beverages
Prep Time: 15 mins    |  Cook time: 5 mins    Serves: 3
  1. For making perfect decoction, choose the correct filter size. I make only for my hubby. So I have a small one. Add 3-4 heaped teaspoons of coffee powder in the perforated upper part. This also depends on how much coffee decoction you need. I roughly calculated that 1 & 1/2 tsp for a person. But cant make single serving for my hubby, so make extra, to make the decoction quality better.filter,coffee powder
  2. Press gently with the plate with handle.I use my fingers to do this to keep the pressure we apply in my control. otherwise I sometimes press too hard, then the water wont get through the powder if too much pressure is applied and pressed. So be gentle while you press. If you press too loose, then the water gets through so fast and the decoction wont be strong(thick). It will be very diluted. press gently
  3. Heat required water to fill the filter and let it start to boil. Add it to the filter and fill up to the rim and close immediately with the lid. boil
  4. Wait for 15 minutes - 1/2 hour. Collect the 1st degree decoction and keep covered. If you want you can again add hot water and brew second time. dripping/ 1st degree decotion
  5. Boil milk well, and then froth the milk with sugar once.milk/sugar
  6. Add required amount decoction say 2 tsp – 1 tblsp and froth well. Let it be hot. So don’t do for long time.add decotion and froth!

We always use “Dabara tumbler” to serve authentically :) Enjoy it piping hot!

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Notes (Tips)
  • Choose correct filter size , you have to at least fill quarter and add water accordingly. If you add too much water then the strength may not be thick.
  • By chance your first brewed decoction gets dripped fast and its too thin, immediately pour the collected thin decoction again in the filter and brew for the thick one. The flavour may have to be compromised this way. But just in case. Trouble shooting ;)
  • If by chance your coffee decoction never collects down ,in case you pressed too hard the coffee powder, just gently tap the filter carefully on the rim.
  • If you have any leftover decoction or you want to make it in bulk and keep, just add 1/4 tsp sugar in it and keep covered in the fridge. This is what my MIL told me. Don’t ask why we need to add sugar. I don’t know ;) But will update if I come to know.
  • Sometimes, the pores in the filter gets stuck with the coffee powder, so clean with a needle point if needed. Just immerse the filter in boiling water weekly once or so to keep it clean.
  • Never ever re-heat the coffee. It wont taste good. Boil milk in stove top as it keeps hot for long time than the microwave boiled milk.
  • Milk is a very important factor, so use fresh milk always. My MIL uses aavin light blue pack, its perfect for her coffee.

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107 comments:

  1. besh, besh! romba nalla irukku! few of your tips are new to me, will use it raks. btw pictures are fresh like coffee!

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  2. Lovely clicks. well explained. u know something , i too have this post in draft with step by step pics. neenga munthikitteenga ;)

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  3. feel like having a cup of coffee now. As u said everyone cannot make best coffee. Even the one who introduced this fantastic cothas coffee powder makes it very pathetic.
    Nice write up with useful tips

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  4. My mom usually says sugar is added to make the decotion thick

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  5. I m one of those who got addicted 2 coffee/tea...just love the freshly made good filter coffee though I have tea on daily basis..u explained it beautifully raks....good job

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  6. basically im from kerala..so my mom always make tea....but i like coffee..that too filter coffee....coffee looks awesome...nexttime for potluck u make coffee...really looks divine raji!first click looks superb!

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  7. Nice coffee, one lays in my draft for years... Your pic are really good,

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  8. Wonderful presentation dear..coffee looks so comforting!

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  9. Awesome coffee with nice clicks.

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  10. Super.Excellent Job.Photos are perfect.Feel like having that coffee now

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  11. I can smell the coffee aroma even here, even i have the traditional coffee filter but have not used it so regularly, your snaps make me try this once.

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  12. Very well explained!!superb!

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  13. awesome click .....great post..

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  14. Aromatic fresh coffee - kaapi to be precise :)

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  15. Well explained post with beautiful pictures..ipove coffee kudika poren :) tempts me to the core

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  16. I so identify with your post here.At my place,we drink tea and coffee intermittently and the coffee is always Nescafe.But to be honest,we aren't so particular about the brand,my favorite is Bru.But at in-laws place the story is totally different.My fil and bil has to have fresh degree coffee(as you call it)daily,while breakfast and in the evening.My mil patiently does all this brewing part and getting everyone fresh degree coffee effortlessly on a daily basis.But have to give credit to my fil too,he makes a special concoction by mixing two powders,coffee day powder and brooke bond powder for that perfect colour,taste and thickness.Luckily I've learnt the tidbits from her and make a good cuppa when they visit:)

    Sorry for the long comment.Absolutely loved your post and couldn't resist sharing my experience as well!

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  17. These stunning pictures are making me crave filter coffee... and of course my love for filter coffee!

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  18. Thanks all for your comments :)
    Divya,
    No problem at all. Infact, long interactive comments make it more interesting :) I love to hear. And I will try that mixing part when I come to chennai definitely! And you are right, my MIL also effortlessly does this every day, but for me morning its a project :) But I love doing it :))

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  19. Great you are also using Cothas coffee...we too love it ! my coffee is bit different by 2 points(hotel version) 1)we add a pinch of salt/ sugar on top of coffee powder before pouring hot water. 2) we divide the required water into 2 equal quantities. After pouring the first half of boiled water , wait it to drip down then again heat second half and repeat, by this they say we can get maximum out of coffee powder, try it once i am sure u love it !

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  20. wow..awesome filter coffee..i love the smell of it..I am gonna post my recipe soon in my blog..

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  21. Looks so tempting and I want the filter kapi now as I am a coffee lover anytime or all day. I love ur clicks.

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  22. Your clicks are very captivating...temtping me to have my own cup of coffee

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  23. எனக்கு இந்த பில்டர் காபிதான் ரொம்ப பிடிக்கும்,இப்பவே காபி குடிக்கனும்போல இருக்கு...நல்லா விளக்கமா சொல்லியிருக்கீங்க.

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  24. Lovely clicks Raji, making filter coffee is an art by itself, nice presentation..

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  25. All my family members are filter coffee lovers too.. yes I too learnt from my MIL when she came to Singapore to visit us. She bought the filter coffee powder everything and that is the first time I learnt making Filter coffee. ANyways beautiful pictures and explanation Raji. Awesome post for Coffee lovers !!!

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  26. All the pictures in this post is beautiful Raji.

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  27. Wow this is awesome. I love filter coffee but do not make it as then I cannot give it up. i continue drinking it and end up with acidity and all the related problems.
    Love the way you have picturised it.

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  28. nice recipe with beautiful pictures and you explained it so well
    SPICE UP THE CURRY

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  29. I lovee filter coffee and do it the same way. My friend, who is from bangalore, always sends me Cothas powder and it is absolutely lovely.

    I am craving to have another cup of coffee after seeing these lovely photos.

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  30. Thanks for such a beautiful post, and for all the effort taking step wise pics , v helpful n descriptive post

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  31. Awesome pics raks and plus thanks for letting me know the coffee brands. Been using bru and the results weren't as good. Will try coorg next time.

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  32. I use Cothas too. Bought a espresso maker a year ago and enjoying my morning coffee even better. Just had my coffee and your pictures give me an extra boost.

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  33. Awesome pics Raks..I feel like I already had a tumbler of Filter coffee after looking at those clicks!

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  34. Beautiful post,..I luv coffee like anything,specially filter coffee:) will refer to ur post whenever I try,.:)

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  35. Aaaahhh This is the only job what I do for my self every morning. with out a cup of coffee I can not imagen my day.You are right Raks not every one can make a good coffee.I like degree coffee with sweet and bitter taste ummm. you have tempted me now I am going to make a cup of coffee for my self.. Lovely post and like the pictures superb like a fresh coffee..

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  36. thanks to you, now i'll be able to brew it the correct way! i always used to put the coffee powder on top of the handle... and wonder why the brew is always so diluted!!

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  37. wowwww... im a big fan of this ... alwayz wonder how to make it with that small steel vessel... wonderful detailed post Raks.. :)

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  38. Thanks a lot for sharing this preparation of filter coffee. I would prefer it over Nescafe any day.

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

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  39. Love the clicks and feel like drinking..:). I too have stored lots of powder in freezer. But laziness doing instantly

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  40. This is the best post ever on filter coffee..I luv this coffee so much,Of course my hometown Thanjavur is very famuous for it.Its like a breath for many people,Jus cant live without it.

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  41. This is great! And how convenient...I was just thinking about filter coffee yesterday.

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  42. Though its a cliche, I have to say this : "Besh besh romba nalla irukku" Super aa irukku kapi, I miss it so much here in the states. India lendu 1/2 kilo vangindu vanden, and I finished that long ago...Super photos!

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  43. Nothing like a good cup of filter coffee to get you started in the morning! The coffee looks divine like you said and lovely pics !

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  44. Filter coffee rombs stronga supera erukku...well explained too...superb shots..love it!!

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  45. A coffee lovers true urge of his needs is satisfied with a sip of degree coffee. Good work.

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  46. looks great! Would love some...

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  47. lovely photos! I need a filter coffee right now! Heading out to the nearest darshini :)

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  48. superb post raji.. well brewed coffee.. looks very fresh and aromatic.. Nice clicks

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  49. Superb post Raks. Love the second click :).

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  50. Lovely post !! Though I'm not big coffee person I love to prepare it for others !! Could smell the coffee from here !! I wanted to post about it but did not like the pics I took...

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  51. The pics are so good.....looking at them I can imagine how good it must have smelled.

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  52. Lovely post Raji. It felt very nice to read "kothas coffee" in Kannada :)

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  53. i never knew this was called degree coffee. i have the filter and have been wanting to share the recipe for so long but don't have a tumbler set for the pictures :D

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  54. am a die hard fan of coffee. used to take 6 cups of coffee when I was in Chennai.
    kumbakonam degree coffee thats what they say and i used to wonder what is this degree coffee.
    very useful post Raji
    too tempting pictures
    am going to literally try this for sure. i have been hunting this kind of post for ages .
    bookmarked this page forever. am sure this is the perfect degree coffee .

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  55. Lovely pics Raks..who can say No to this...simply love this:)

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  56. Prepared coffee ur way today with bru filter coffee :) truly relished it,.:)

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  57. love this...i missed my filter in idia itself.....

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  58. Guess I need one now dear! Slurrrrpppp :)

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  59. Hi Raji, nice post...I like filter coffee very much for its aroma n flavour, get boosted before drinking itself because of their smell. But never tried on my Own, after seeing ur your tempting pics i am craving for it Will soon buy coffee filter n try on my own...

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  60. thanks for sharing the tips for a perfect cup of coffee

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  61. I love making my coffee the most basic way. Thank you for such an amazing guide!

    What do you use to froth the milk?

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  62. Awesome!!! I am a coffee lover and i am just drooling over the pictures. It makes me want to have a cup of hot coffee right away!

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  63. hi raks
    it seems u r also a coffee lover....its looks perfect....we all love coffee.

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  64. love the pic, makes me want a glass right now :)

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  65. Perfect cup of coffee..awesome clicks..

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  66. I can smell the coffee flavor here.. perfect decoction coffee and marvelours clicks....

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  67. Ha ha Raji the first para suits me aptly i never drink coffee before marriage and my in laws family being coffee lovers now i can make good filter coffee and now even my days r not without coffee..wonderful clicks ..

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  68. amazing pictures! This is my first comment in the blog world and i am doing it for coffee. My parents, sister and brothers are ardent lovers of good filter coffee. I was not much inclined to coffee/tea but now having come to US, the weather here has made me to drink coffee. I try to simulate the filter coffee in coffee maker with US brand coffee powder. With lots of trials, now I can make a good one! Your blog is simple to understand but has a great appeal. Continue this good service to vegetarianism.

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  69. Thank you All :) Thanks a lot Usha Rajo for your comment and appreciation! :)

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  70. Hi Raks, you rock in every recipe that you post. Perfect recipes. This filter coffee reminds me of my mom's coffee. I have not even tried for a filter coffee since my marriage. I go for the instant one, as I m not confident to get it right. And frankly, I don't follow blogs generally, as I used to think that no one else could give the perfect recipe like my mom. But I changed my mind after trying recipes from ur blog. All credits to u. Now whenever it is too late to call my mom (as I live in UK), I used to just login to ur blog and start cooking straight away. :-)
    Love ur recipes and especially the images that u post along with the recipes. :-)
    And i am still waiting for Adhirasam recipe from you. Also can u please post recipe for masala tea/ chai. My husband loves it, but I m no good at it. :-(.

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  71. Thank you so much Haasini to write such a sweet comment :) I will sure try adhirsam b4 this diwali and post ;) Will also post masala chai soon! Keep visiting!!

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  72. Totally "Narasus Kaapi" Shot :)

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  73. What a lovely pictorial! Filter Kapi like this makes me weak in the knees! I am a tea drinker, i admit, however, i'd *never* say no to this coffee!

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  74. Aaa haa... all i wanna do is have a cup of filter kaapi right now :-)

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  75. Congratulations! on the DMBLGiT win Raks..
    Glad to have found your blog :)
    Even though I don't drink coffee, filter kaapi almost runs in the veins of my family.. Mom and dad have to have their quota daily!

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  76. This looks so tempting.. I miss this coffee big time

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  77. Dear Raji,

    Today, I was browsing some old news papers and for my surprise, your filter coffee image was there in that news paper! Its not a recipe post, but some other writing. I don't know whether they have took your permission to use the image or not. But there's no name or copyright mentioned on that pick.
    I have the hard copy of that news paper, but couldn't find the soft copy for that day on the net. Its a Kannada magazine, 'Kannadaprabha' dated 5th June 2012.
    Better you put a watermark on the images which you put here. Else, simply we will put on our efforts and the credit goes to somebody else!

    Cheers!
    Vani

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  78. Hi Really very happy tht you posted filter coffee recipe.. my mil too prepares only filter coffee... my hubby loves filter coffee which i dont know to prepare.. i tried once but the coffee was like hot water ( too watery to taste... hope you understand)

    so i preapre only bru/sunrise coffee..

    Thanks a lot you hv even specified even the exact amount of quantity required for recipe...

    even i hv the small coffee filter as shown in the image...

    I hv one doubt.. you hv specified tht u roughly calculate 1 &1/2 tsp coffee powder per person.. how much glass of water should i add for 1&1/2 tsp coffee powder approximately ?

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  79. Thanks :) For 1 serving u can use approximately 1/4 cup water I think

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  80. thanks a lot for prompt reply..:)

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  81. i am from Lucknow and while returning from Bangalore 2 days before...i bought cothas coffee powder....but was not able to make it properly...thanks a lot for sharing the recipe

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  82. I followed through the first few steps. I am using coffee day's filter coffee powder. Somehow my decoction turns out to be very thin, even after pressing the powder well. Tried it several times but no luck. I end up drinking watery coffee :(

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  83. Hi,

    Make sure you boil the water well.
    One more thing, try to add more coffee powder or reduce your water you are pouring. Sure you will get thick coffee. Hope this helps. Let me know if you still have the problem

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  84. very nice explanation.thanks

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  85. filter coffee is very delicious

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  86. 22 year old/ young single boy from Delhi says thank you! cheers.

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  87. Beautiful clicks Raaji. Romba Nanna Irunthathu.Loved this post and makes me remember and miss my Coffee Day times back in India. By the way we need to add sugar while storing the decoction in the refrigerator as it is a natural flavour locking agent.The refrigerant has the tendency to remove natural flavour from stored foods and coffee being volatile loses flavour. Maybe thats why your MIL says to add sugar. Anyway its best to have it brewed fresh. I hope i can come over to your place for a cup of fresh coffee.Heeeeeeeeee!! I am not sure what blend of Coffee Day you use. My mom uses Pure Peaberry and sometimes mix it with Peaberry and Plantation A in a 75 : 25 ratio without chicory. Try this next time.

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  88. Good one. Add milk on top of coffee dicoction..(my tip)...you will get fantastic taste.. Enjoy...

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  89. Good one.. For a tasty coffee.. You should add milk on top of Coffee dicoction.. which will give different type of taste and you will love it..

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  90. good tips mam but you add milk in coffee decoction it will mix well......... try it

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  91. good tips mam but you add milk in coffee decoction it will mix well......... try it

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  92. Hi, thanks for explaining the authentic procedure of making filter coffee. I recently relocated to Bangalore and started making filter coffee after reading your blog however, I have not yet gained expertise in it.
    I prepare coffee at home using 2&1/2 teaspoons of Cothas House hold coffee and fill half of the medium sized coffee filter with hot water. But I never get a thick coffee decotion you have shown in the left image but I always end up with the one shown in right image. What ratio of coffee:chicory is recommended to get best results (80% coffee, 20% chicory OR 70% coffee, 30% chicory OR no chicory at all)?

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    1. I think it has chicory. 20%. Make sure you press it tightly with your fingers and try using more coffee powder and see. Say 3-4 tsp.

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  93. I could almost taste it. Wonder if they are available in K-Cup style

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  94. Hey this is fabulous!! but i need proportions! how much water should i add to the coffee powder?
    also, sometimes the water just does not go down because the holes get blocked.. what should i do in that case?

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    1. Roughly water level should be double the height you add coffee powder. Before making coffee, show the holes over direct flame for 30 seconds and tap gently over counter top. Helps to remove the blocks.

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    2. Super!! im gono try some right after office today :) Cuz after i read ur article, i feel i have been making coffee wrong all these years!!
      Also, one BIG mistake that i have been making all these years is that once i add the water, i move the plate with handle up and down!! i think that is what is not giving me the desired result!
      Like you explained, i should just add the coffee, press down the coffee with my fingers, gently place the plate with handle and then pour the hot water and close the lid.
      That will give me that awesome thick decoction :)
      I'll make some today and share the experience with you tomorrow :)
      Thanks again!!

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  95. This pic. So awesome it makes me to pick and drink it. It smells here from the picture

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  96. This pic. So awesome it makes me to pick and drink it. It smells here from the picture

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  97. Filter coffee has been ringing in my mind (dunno why) for the last couple of days and that's how I landed here. I don't have this coffee machine at home, and I have Sunrise instant coffee powder. How can I make filter coffee with it? Sorry, I have zero knowledge about filter coffees. Is it possible to make filter coffee without that machine? If yes, how?

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  98. Pictures are missing again!!

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  99. Wow !! I have been fan of Filter Coffee from days it was available in Mumbai like cutting chaay, but it is out now, It could be only found in some Southindian Specialty restaurants, I have never known the recipe. I will surely try and update the experience. !!!

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