Madras Filter Coffee

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I was not a big fan of filter coffee before I came to the US.My husband introduced me to filter coffee and I loved it.So during our India trip,we shopped for the dabara(or davara) and coffee filter.There were various sizes of filters from small to big. Dabaras also comes in different sizes.We went dabara hunting and found the right size. We went shopping the whole day and finally forgot to get the coffee filter(which we realized while packing).We had the davara set and coffee powder,but forgot the coffee filter. So my dad went shopping on the day of our departure and got us a coffee filter.

I started experimenting with the coffee.I got two brands of ground coffee from India,Narasus and Bru roast and ground(mix of coffee 53% and chicory47% ).Decided to stick with bru roast and ground,because it is available here.I tried making coffee with skim milk,which turned out watery.So I got a small bottle of 2% milk(same as Aavin standardized milk) for the next trial.The consistency was right after a few tries.The coffee powder used also plays a vital part.It is through experimentation that you can get the right taste.

Below is the image of a traditional coffee filter.It has four parts.They are:

  • The bottom chamber- that holds the decoction (concentrated coffee and water)
  • The upper chamber – it had small holes on the bottom,for the coffee to percolate.
  • An umbrella shaped filter.
  • A lid to close the filter.

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  • Bru roast and ground coffee powder – 2 Tbsp + 1/2 tsp
  • Water – 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp
  • 2% Milk – 2/3 cup + 1 tsp
  • Sugar – 1tsp+ 1/4 tsp for each cup of coffee


Makes two tumblers of coffee.

  • Place the upper chamber on top of the lower chamber of the coffee filter.

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  • Spread  coffee powder on the lower chamber and press gently with a spoon.

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  • Place the umbrella filter on top of the coffee powder.

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  • Boil  water in a small saucepan and pour it over the umbrella filter.

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  • Place the lid on top and close immediately .

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  • Let the coffee drip overnight or for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the upper chamber of the filter and set it aside.

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  • Add the decoction little by little to the milk in a small saucepan and mix till combined.
  • The darker the coffee looks,the stronger it is.
  • Turn on the heat (medium) and let the coffee heat up till you see small bubbles appearing on the top.
  • Prepare the davara by adding sugar to the tumbler and pour the coffee into the tumbler.

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  • Do not mix the coffee and  sugar using a spoon.
  • Place the tumbler on the davara and serve hot.

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  • Let the person who drinks the coffee  swish it using the tumbler and davara.

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  • Different brands of coffee powder can be mixed,instead of using a single brand of coffee powder.
  • The decoction you get also depends on how you place the coffee powder in the filter.
  • Try pressing the coffee powder gently till they are well packed.On the other hand,a loosely packed coffee powder will yield a watery decoction.

3 thoughts on “Madras Filter Coffee

  1. madhipandian says:

    roast the coffee beans,powder it and use it soon. the correct roasting will give good flavour.Fresh hot dicoction will give good flavour

  2. umamithun says:

    You can try the Indian stores in the US. I have not seen them at the stores here. But you can try. I got mine at Chennai,India.

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