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Know the iconic brew ‘Indian Filter Coffee’ that Ranked 2nd Best in the World.

If you are a coffee lover and you haven’t tried the South Indian Filter Coffee, my friend, you are missing something exceptional brew experience in your life. We all remember the ‘Dalgona Coffee’ craze in lockdown. Now, the same coffee trend is back, not ‘Dalgona’ but our strong flavoured and aromatic coffee from South India.


It is served in a stainless steel tumbler with a matching saucer along with davara (dabara). Interestingly, during colonial times, Indians were not allowed in many coffee houses, which led to the opening of the first Indian Coffee House in 1936 at Churchgate in Mumbai. Filter Coffee has accumulated attention after being ranked 2nd among the


Top 38 Coffees in the World by TasteAtlas


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The Story Behind the South Indian Filter Coffee:-


In the mid-1940s, coffee houses were popularized by the Coffee Board of India. By the mid-1950s, it has become the drink of millions. Initially, coffee was a drink enjoyed by the upper class, with breakfast incomplete without filter coffee.  Eventually, it became a standard beverage in every household in South India. Primarily, it is consumed in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Kerala. 


The Art of Drinking Filter Coffee (Kaapi)Filter Coffee


The proper method of drinking filter coffee is quite different from any other cup of coffee. However, the traditional method is still followed from generation to generation in South India. The technique is simple: use your fingers, lift the tumbler carefully by the rim, and place it aside.

Bring a cup of milk to a boil and then add the rich decoction and sugar. But the magic happens in the next step—the pouring of the coffee back and forth between a stainless steel tumbler and a savannah, a stainless steel saucer with lipped walls. This rhythmic motion not only mixes the sugar seamlessly but also cools down the coffee to the perfect sipping temperature and creates a frothy layer without the need for added steam.

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Health Benefits of Filter Coffee:-


Kaapi coffee, cherished for its rich flavour and cultural heritage offer abundance of health benefits, underscored by the following pointers:


Antioxidant-Rich Blend:

Filter Coffee’s blend of Arabica and Robusta beans is rich in antioxidants, which play a vital role in combating oxidative stress and promoting overall health.

Cognitive Enhancement:

Filter coffee in moderate consumption will improve the mental function and increased alertness, thanks to its caffeine content and stimulating properties. 

Disease Prevention: 

Studies suggest that regular consumption of Kaapi may contribute to a reduced risk of certain diseases, including cardiovascular conditions and neurodegenerative disorders, owing to its antioxidant profile and potential protective effects.

Sensory Experience:

Beyond its health benefits, filter coffee offers a sensory journey characterized by its intense aroma and traditional brewing technique, enhancing the overall coffee-drinking experience and promoting relaxation and well-being.

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Cultural Heritage of Filter Coffee: 

As an integral part of South Indian culinary traditions,

Filter coffee is known as ‘Kaapi’, is a staple beverage of cultural heritage and authenticity, adding a nostalgic touch to each cup and fostering a sense of connection to tradition and community.

Nevertheless, the wafting aroma of freshly brewed filter coffee heralds the new day in most South Indian homes. In a South Indian household, two things are guaranteed to be found: dosa and kaapi filter coffee.


A quintessential beverage of South Indian culture, serving as a morning pick-me-up for energy and freshness. Kaapi has evolved into an emotion rather than merely a beverage, symbolizing the essence of South Indian culture. If you have a passion for food and beverages, consider taking courses where you can learn the authentic technique of ‘Filter Coffee.’ Having knowledge of culinary arts is valuable at any age.


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