Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kumbakonam Degree Coffee

Today is the last day of the Blogging Marathon.My posts on TamilNadu recipes would not be complete without the South Indian Filter Coffee.
Filter coffee & Neer more (spicy butter milk) are the welcome drinks offered in most South Indian households.Most of them wake up in the morning with the fresh aroma of the filter coffee and the day starts with davara tumbler(tumber specifically used for serving coffee) in one hand and 'The Hindu' on the other hand
The perfect filter coffee is called as 'Kumbakonam degree coffee' which is prepared with fresh milk without adding water

Kumbakonam degree coffee

Filter coffee powder: 2 tablespoon
Water:1/2 cup
Milk:1.5 cups
Sugar: as desired

  • Boil water until it bubbles up
  • Put 2 tablespoon of coffee powder in the perforated container of the coffee filter
  • Press it slightly with spoon. Do not press too tight.The coffee powder should not stick to the vessel
  • Pour the boiling water in the perforated container and quickly close it
  • Open the filter after 15 minutes. You will find the decoction collected in the lower container
  • Boil 1.5 cups of milk without adding water
  • Pour 1/4 cup of decoction in a tumbler and add 3/4 cup of milk ,sugar and mix well
  • Swish it using a dabara

  • Do not reheat the coffee.You will lose all the flavors
  • Close the lid of the coffee filter as soon as you pour boiling water
  • Do not add the decoction to the milk.Only milk has to be added to the decoction
  • If you want to store the decoction is refrigerator, add 1/2 of sugar and then store it.It will remain thick.You can reheat the decoction alone but not the mixed coffee
  • Coffee has to be swished before serving.You should be able to see the froth on the top
  • Always store the coffee powder only in air tight container
  • For a kumbakonam degree coffee do not add water to the milk and always use the first decoction
Checkout the other famouse recipes of TamilNadu.

Kancheepuram Idli
Kumbakonam Filter coffee


  1. Degree coffee is always the best... Ever famous authentic dish...

  2. Omg, feel like having that filter coffee, tabbara seat super..

  3. I've wondered how to make this coffee. It looks inviting.

  4. Very nice and authentic looking filter coffee.

  5. I liked the pic. Thats how they serve it in local coffee shops

  6. Wow! shall I grab the tumbler and finish of the coffee since it looks very tempting.

  7. பில்டர் காயியா?? பேஷ் பேஷ் ரொம்ப நல்லாயிருக்கு....

  8. i don't have the habit of drinking tea or coffee..but like this degree filter coffee very much..thanx for the useful tips...

  9. delicious looking coffee for any time

  10. Besh besh, degree coffee is too inviting, that too in davara and tumbler, reminded me of my parents' place.

  11. i love and live in coffee..yumm

  12. Should I come over for a cuppa coffee :))
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  13. Would love to have that glass of coffee anytime...My husband just loved degree coffee...Loved the Tamil Nadu special recipes...

  14. lovely array of tamilnadu recipes Shylaja. excellent.

  15. Yum ...just need that coffee to relish :)

  16. That's really tempting! The coffees's aromatic and nice!

  17. This post is Indian Coffee 101 -- great information. I'm not a coffee drinker, but my husband is and he makes his own coffee at home, but now I know how to, thanks to you. :-)

  18. Like u say... "Hindu" and "filter Coffee" go hand in hand... very traditional.. I love this..

  19. Now i learnt to make kumbakonam degree coffee..Thanks

  20. I don't drink coffee and my husband drinks once in a while.. I always make instant coffee for him and for my guests.

  21. OMG!! I didn't know so much hard work and care goes in making filter coffee. I am not from south, but the cofee I love most is the south filter coffee. I never miss a chance to have them in the south indian restaurants. :))

  22. I couldn't agree more with the davara tumbler and 'The Hindu" part :) Great intro!!!


  23. I love coffee, especially filter coffee.

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  26. Mam, may I know why we should not add decoction to milk and only milk to decoction . What's the difference & what will happen if it done vice versa?

    1. Generally sugar is added first followed by decoction and the boiled milk is added in the last.I honestly do not know the implications of doing it vice versa.

  27. Besh Besh romba nalla irruku