Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Kumbakonam Degree Coffee - Filter Coffee - கும்பகோணம் டிகிரி காபி - step by step

          Kumbakonam is famous for its brass vessels, Music, Kadappa ,Temples and Filter coffee . My H and me are coffee lovers. We strongly believe that that one cup of coffee makes our day brighter and gives a kick start to it. During our visit to India , we tasted Kumbakonam degree coffee in one of  the shops on the highway ,between "Chengalpet" and "Tambaram".( FYI , there are so many shops named "Kumbakonam degree coffee" in that highway. But I don't think all the shops provide quality coffee. This shop in particular gave us quality coffee. Sorry I forgot the name of the shop. ) The coffee was so aromatic and flavourfull, I couldn't resist myself from asking the lady at the shop ,about the speciality. She happily showed her boilers and told the secret.
        She told me two main reasons. One is high quality coffee powder ,which is less in chicory. They said, that they mill their own coffee powder in the milling machine. Also she said that when we grind 100 gm of coffee bean, we should get atleast 80 gm coffee powder , then its the high quality coffee bean. The second main thing is the fresh milk. She was telling that they have their own cows too. They boil the milk and heat it on a double boiler ,this way the milk will remain hot and also it won't get burnt at the bottom. Also they serve "kumbakonam degree coffee" only in brass "dabara tamblar". I loved the coffee ,so made my mind to grab all the ingredients to make a post out of it. and here is the detailed post about kumbakonam degree coffee.
 
Ingredients:
1.Filter coffee powder (Narasus )  -  3 tsp
2.Hot water                                    -   3/4 cup
3.Whole milk                                 -   2 cups
4.Sugar                                           -   2 tsp or as required
 
 
Method:
* The first step involves preparing the decotion . There are several ways in preparing the decotion. We can either prepare the decotion in the early morning and use it for our morning coffee. It needs atleast half an hour for the decotion to completely collect in the cup. To make it simple, I prepared the decotion ,the night before.Because, I want my coffee in the early hours like 5.45 a.m. The coffee filter has two compartments, in the upper compartment, add the coffee powder . I always prefer Narasus coffee. But if you don't get that,you can also try good quality coffee powders ,with less chicory.
 
* Mean while ,heat a cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes.We can also boil the water on a stove top and pour it in the coffee powder. Pour it in small quantities. I took me about 3/4 cup of water to get a thick decotion ,which can make up to 3 coffees.
* Just use a spoon to press the coffee powder,so that the hot water enters in. Close the coffee filter and keep it aside .It just need half an hour for the coffee to come out of the filter . Because the pores in the coffee filter are so minute.
* Now take a pan or bowl and add milk to it. Bring it to boil. Don't leave the milk unattended, then the milk will be  burnt at the bottom. I prefer to have whole milk for a thick coffee. But you can also use 2 % or fat free. Though you can heat the milk in microwave, but for filter coffee, I strongly suggest boil the milk on a stove top. This gives that unique taste to the coffee.
* Now take a bigger bowl of water. Place it on the stove top . Now place the milk pot inside the bowl of water .This gives a double boiler effect. From now on the milk will be heated at low ,till you are ready to make the coffee. Close the bowl with a lid. This way, the milk will not be burnt at the bottom and it still remains hot. If you want,you can can heat the coffee decotion this way. But I didn't do that .
Here is our aromatic coffee decotion ready for our coffee. Don't discard the coffee powder in the upper compartment. We can use that for brewing second  degree decotion.

* But I don't prefer using the second degree decotion for my coffee, as it won't be that thick and flavourfull. Some would prefer mixing both ,first and second degree decotion. Its upto our taste.


 
 
* Now take a dabara or a mixing bowl, add sugar according to our taste. 
 
* Pour the required amount of decotion into the dabara .I prefer to have a strong coffee ,so I have poured a bit larger quantity.
* Now , pour the boiled milk to the decotion. Froth it well .Since we have boiled the milk on a stove top,so it will not become cool, while frothing.

Now our flavourfull and aromatic Kumbakonam degree coffee is ready to be served !!! 

Notes:
* Always use first degree coffee decotion for a good coffee.
* Always use fresh milk, which is boiled well on a stove top.
* Some also heat the coffee decotion on a double boiler and pour fresh cow's milk without heating.
But I don't prefer that way, as the bacteria's in the milk has to be killed for our safety.
* If you think that the coffee decotion is too thin, then just pour the decotion back to the upper compartment for the second brewing.
* Use fresh coffee powders ,which are sealed well. If the coffee powder looses its aroma ,then our coffee will not be aromatic.
 
Sending  this to "Tamizhar Samayal Tuesday "
 

33 comments:

Priya Suresh said...

Wat a post, handwriting kanna parikuthu.. Makes me nostalgic, now am seriously missing this degree coffee..

Divya Shivaraman said...

you are tempting me for a cup now...for the cold morning here i really want to have this...

Veena Theagarajan said...

never tried double boil method.. looks so tempting

Saraswathi Tharagaram said...

Cool..Remembering my hometown now :(

Priya Anandakumar said...

Super degree coffee Savitha, I love filter coffee, looks amazing. I am gonna make a cup of coffee and drink...

Vijayalakshmi Dharmaraj said...

wow super delicious and aromatic coffee... yes i too heard that double boiler milk will give rich taste to the coffee...

divya said...

looks simply yummy and mouthwatering.

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious...semma photo

Asiya Omar said...

டிகிரி காஃபி செமை.பேஸ் பேஸ் ரொம்ப நன்னாருக்கு.

Swathi Iyer said...

Delicious degree coffee, I miss filter coffee Savita great post.

Manjula Bharath said...

Omg after a long crying i stopped coffee drinking now you are tempting me to take a sip of this super flavorful coffees dear :) Love the vessels you have used :)awesome hand writing dear:)

Harini M said...

Thats a rea quality writing.I like that handwritten copy very much.The pic of coffee is so good :)

Poornima Porchelvan said...

My all time favourite. Especially i like the step by step pictures.

Nithya Naveen said...

Perfect aromatic coffee.. Double boiler milk adds more taste ..

Sangeetha Priya said...

superb post, even i noticed this shop all over highways in our last trip...thks for sharing...

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Amazing and delicious looking filter coffee. Excellent post.
Deepa

CHITRA said...

I wanted to taste that highway coffee but couldn't..must taste it very soon. U really tempted me with this post. I love ur handwriting :) Coffee in dabara tumbler looks so refreshing :)

Rafeeda AR said...

awesome post... felt like i already had a cup of filter coffee... loved the idea of writing tamil in a notebook with that pen on the side... feels nostalgic.. :)

Sailaja Angara said...

:)

Saratha said...

Wow coffee Manamam super

kumars kitchen said...

wow...the warm coffee aroma that wafts in air is delightful...love filter coffee :-)

Premalatha Aravindhan said...

nice post dear,cant think a day without coffee...beautiful clicks...

Vimitha Anand said...

Can I have a cuppa. Perfect

Maha Gadde said...

hot n delicious coffee.nice cliks.

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Saravanan said...

Wow, finally got the recipe for Kumbakonam Degree Coffee.. Thanks for your efforts!

Nizamudeen Mohamed said...

Wow super

Nizamudeen Mohamed said...

Thanks for your effort.next time when you come to India please try @ COFFEE BHAVAN located at ozhuppakkam near maduranthakam(toward chennai)

Nizamudeen Mohamed said...

Hi come and try with our coffee bhavan

Savitha Ganesan said...

Sure sir, I will come and try your coffee, next time.

abcarunaa said...

what is kumbakonam decree coffee
is it narasus cofee mixed one
you know kumbakonam decree coffee

ANNAPORNI said...

super super i like very much

Savitha Ramesh said...

abcaruna
I have tried kumbakonam degree coffee , in a shop. As you said, its a coffee powder ,filtered to get a decotion.Then added to milk.

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