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“Kaapi” – South Indian Filter Coffee

What type of coffee drinker are you? Strong Brew? Creamy and Sweet? Flavored? Let me share with you the best coffee I’ve had.

Caffeine is the only addiction I had. I am a former coffee addict/coffee zombie. I wouldn’t function without coffee. I was a classic coffee drinker, a teaspoon of coffee with a little splash of milk and a little sugar. If ever I will add some flavor, it will be the nutty notes.


The best coffee I mentioned earlier is the only coffee I drink now whenever I have the chance. It is called South Indian Filter Coffee. The coffee that doesn’t need a stirrer nor a teaspoon to be mixed.


South Indian Filter Coffee or known as “Kaapi” is made by mixing boiled full-fat fresh milk with filtered coffee. The filtered coffee is brewed with a metal device that resembles two cylindrical cups, one of which has a pierced bottom that nests into the top of the ‘tumbler’ cup, leaving ample room beneath to receive the brewed coffee. The upper cup has two removable parts: a pierced pressing disc with a central stem handle and a covering lid. It is traditionally consumed by adding a couple of teaspoons of this strong elixir to the boiled milk plus a teaspoon or two of sugar in a “tumbler” and “dabarah”. It is then poured back and forth between these two vessels, creating a frothed milk and mixing the sugar at the same time. It also cools down the coffee mixture. TIP: If you want your coffee strong, do this last step just a couple of times.

This Filtered Coffee is from Saravana Bhavan in Oud Metha. Saravan Bhavan has a lot of branches all over U.A.E. I had Mysore Masala Dosa with my coffee which is a great way to start your day.

Let me know in the comments how was your South Indian Filtered Coffee experience.

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