Madras filter coffee requires the use of specific fresh-roasted coffee beans and chicory roots which are not always available outside India. An alternative is to use a brand of Indian instant coffee that has chicory in it, and is available in some Indian stores and supermarkets. Nestle Bru instant coffee has 30% chicory added and in general has a near enough taste to authentic Madras filter coffee.
Indian coffee is generally not black coffee and is made using milk instead of water.
To make one cup of coffee:
- Heat a small quantity (¼) cup of water until it boils.
- Put ½ to 2 teaspoon (depending on how strong you want to have the coffee) of instant coffee in it.
- Stir the solution and ensure that there are no lumps of coffee.
- Boil ¾ cup of milk and bring to boil.
- Add the coffee mixture to the milk and add sugar as per your preference.
- While the coffee is still boiling hot, pour it into a mug or, preferably, a stainless steel tumbler. While pouring the coffee, slowly raise the saucepan until the coffee falls into the mug/tumbler from a height of about 1 to 1½ ft. This will cause the coffee to froth (like espresso).
- You can dip a teaspoon in the coffee and lightly spread a few drops of it over the froth in the mug.
- Serve piping hot.
NOTE: filter coffee in India is actually made in a closed steel container called a coffee filter.