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3 Ways to Brew Indian Filter Coffee

3 Ways to Brew Indian Filter Coffee

Your filter coffee ritual says a lot about you and your lifestyle. 

From learning how to make the filter coffee, choosing the grounds, to brewing it, there are several variables that you’d have likely thought of. And if you haven’t, we’ve got you covered with these pointers on what to notice before buying filter coffee.

The best thing about Indian filter coffee is that you don’t need to go above and beyond to enjoy it. 

There are a couple of different ways to brew it. These vary based on the appliance, brewing time, coffee grounds, etc. 

Depending on how you go about it, the taste could vary somewhat since almost every step of the coffee brewing process impacts the flavour. But you will still get to relish a cup of this hearty coffee every day.

So here are the 3 ways in which you can brew Indian filter coffee.


Traditional Drip Filter Coffee Maker

For most South Indians, visualizing filter coffee goes hand in hand with thinking of the long sweeping arm motions that we’ve all seen quaint coffee stall owners (or even our parents and grandparents) make when preparing the drink.

There’s simply no separating the two images.

The traditional way of preparing filter coffee involves using a stainless steel drip filter set. It consists of 2 cylindrical utensils - the bottom one to collect the decoction & the tumbler that rests on top of it to place the coffee grounds.

There’s also a perforated disc that is used to tamp down on the grounds. Hot water is gradually added over the disk. 

And bit by bit, the water seeps into the grounds, extracting the coffee as it drips into the lower container.

A couple of spoons of this strong brew is then added to milk along with any sweetener if you prefer it. This process typically takes around 12 minutes.

If you want your coffee to be even stronger, you can use finer coffee grounds and brew for longer.


French Press

The earliest version of a french press was first invented in France. Years later, more and more designs began to be made with several variations. 

how to make french press filter coffee

You would have most probably heard of it as a plunger. The french press consists of a pot where grounds are steeped in hot water for a few minutes.

It is said that coarse grounds work better for french press filter coffee. 

Once the grounds are added to the beaker, hot water is poured into it, and the plunger is placed just above the water level. Let this sit aside for a while till you get some other morning task out of the way.

After a couple of minutes, press the plunger slowly, so that all remaining grounds are forced to the bottom.

And that’s how you get a residue-less, full-bodied pot of filter coffee. It won’t take you more than 5-6 mins to have this ready!


Stovetop Moka Pot

If ASMR posts catch your attention, you might want to consider the stovetop moka pot for your Indian filter coffee.

The bubbling sounds of water boiling and infusing with the coffee grounds is simply music to the ears (at least to ours!).

A moka pot is an electric coffee maker. It has two sections. The bottom one is for boiling water, and the above chamber is where the coffee brew is collected.

In between these two sections, a basket-like vessel is placed containing the coffee grounds.

stovetop Indian filter coffee

Designed by an Italian engineer, Alfonso Bialetti, the moka pot has become commonplace in many households.

While we’re not going to get into the science behind this appliance, how the moka pot functions is that the steam from the boiling water pushes the water up into the top chamber via the basket that contains the grounds.

A few physics principles and laws later, you have your perfectly brewed coffee decoction, ready to be drunk as per your preference.



Now that you know of these 3 methods, you’ll be able to develop a personalised routine to enjoy drinking Indian filter coffee every day.

We have specially curated a few Indian filter coffee kits for you.

They’d be perfect to get started in case you don’t have the appliance for one of the above brewing methods.

Let us know in the comments if you’ve already tried a way to make Indian filter coffee and how the experience was.

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