© Ganesh H. Shankar
Traditional South India filter coffee is served in beautiful stainless-steel tumbler and dabarah (container and cup). The coffee (sometimes mixed with chicory) is prepared either in a large percolator or brewed directly in the tumbler as in a French press. Full fat creamy milk (yes it does need to be full fat!) mixed with sugar to taste is prepared separately and brought to a boil. The coffee and hot milk is poured into the tumbler and then the magic begins… Pouring the coffee between the tumbler and the dabarah creates the classic frothy layer over the filter coffee. The coffee is ‘pulled’ from the tumbler to the dabarah in a beautiful and showy display. Experts can stretch this to as much as one or two meters! The effect is to mix the ingredients thoroughly, cool the hot coffee to sipping temperature, and aerate the mix without adding extra water.
This beautiful and delicious coffee is found throughout south India! Take me there >>