F is for Filter Coffee

The letter ‘C’ should have ideally been for coffee but that seemed to be too generic. Sure, I do love coffee in all its forms but filter coffee holds a special place in my life.

I have had a love affair with this drink from as long as I can remember. When I was young, my grandmother would bribe me with coffee in order to get some lactose into my system.  Of course, it’s also by virtue of my Tambrahm-ness. A South-Indian household is incomplete without the ubiquitous, heady aroma of filter coffee, or kaapi (as we call it) that ushers you in. It’s the smell that takes me down memory lane – back to my grandparents place, solving Math sums with my grandfather, my attention focused on his slurps rather than my book, and  4 AM weddings.

What makes kaapi different from its counterparts?

The ingredients are minimal – freshly brewed decoction,  boiling milk, and sugar (which is optional). Of course, you have to ensure that you buy the coffee powder from a reliable store (South-Indian preferably, because the retailers are fool proof and  ‘know their shit’). Choosing the right mix can be tricky and it depends on one’s tastes. The perfect blend of roasted and ground coffee beans keeps you craving for more, and turns the likes of me into caffeine addicts.

Here’s the apparatus for creating some magic.

Using a filter has its benefits, be it on Instagram or for brewing coffee – one enhances your selfie while the other awakens your taste buds.

The Internet has no dearth of filter coffee recipes. But don’t forget to

  • take a long whiff of the roasted powder. That’s right. That’s the smell of heaven.
  • appreciate the grains of freshly ground coffee. Hold some in your palm. Watch them slip between your fingers and be hypnotized.
  • make sure the coffee is frothy when served. Coffee without froth is vapid and dull, and will certainly worsen your Monday mornings.
  • serve it in a steel tumbler and davara (Tamil equivalent of a saucer)
  • not add tons of sugar and dilute its flavour . That’s not kaapi. That’s diabetes.
  • savour every sip till the last drop and allow the caffeine to reinvigorate you.

Once you’re hooked to Kaapi, there’s no going back. Punctuate your mornings, afternoons or evenings, summers, monsoons and winters with this elixir. It’s the perfect ice-breaker. The ideal conversation-starter.

F is for Filter Coffee

My theme for the A-Z Blogging Challenge is ‘The A to Z of some my favourite things’. Stay tuned for more posts, this April!


  1. Diary of a Dublin housewife · April 7, 2017

    You really can’t beat the smell of fresh coffee can you? The best smell in the world 🙂

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  2. Dipanwita · April 7, 2017

    Coffee is bliss. Nothing can beat the aroma of freshly ground coffee beans. As you mentioned- it is heaven. 🙂


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    • AK.Prowling · April 7, 2017

      Feels great to be introduced to fellow coffee lovers! Cheers!


  3. LaurenEph · April 7, 2017

    I’m afraid I don’t like Coffee! Not even when it is combined with chocolate. I don’t drink tea either so people get very confused and don’t know what drinks to offer me!

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  4. Louise · April 7, 2017

    I love finding pieces like this one in blogland: descriptions of something I love and the unique way someone in a different country or culture enjoys it! I’m a coffee lover from WAY back. Enjoyed this post – and your Instagram filter comment made me giggle 🙂

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    • AK.Prowling · April 7, 2017

      Ah! Thank you so much Louise. It feels great when someone relates to what I write! ❤

      Much love and cheers,
      a fellow coffee addict!

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  5. valj2750 · April 7, 2017

    I love the smell of strong, dark coffee. I did a few tastings at Starbucks and the correct way to get the maximum flavor and body from the coffee is to French press it and sniff, slurp (distributing the flavors all over the tongue) and always taste it black, then pair it with a food that brings out the citrus, cinnamon or chocolate notes. It’s an art and a science. I’d love to try Kaapi.


    • AK.Prowling · April 8, 2017

      Your description blew my mind. I would to do a few tastings as well. Oh my god!

      Thank you so much! 🙂

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  6. jaishvats · April 7, 2017

    I would say have a yummy breakfast of idly and upma and then the kaapi Aah! Heaven!


  7. jaishvats · April 7, 2017
  8. Shawna Atteberry · April 7, 2017

    I could’ve done F for my favorite coffee too: French Press Coffee. Is there anything better than the smell? Oh my goodness. We like our coffee about the same way. I love Cafe Au Laits: coffee with warmed milk, no sugar for me.

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  9. Kaddu · April 8, 2017

    Ah ha! The frothy South Indian filter kaapi in steel tumblers! I love it! I’ve only had it twice so far… I mean the authentic one… both times at two different South Indian restaurants. I still remember the fragrance…
    Happy AtoZing!
    Chicky @ http://www.mysteriouskaddu.com

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